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Thursday, 25 February 2016 14:05

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Four market supervisors have been asked to explain why they should not be charged administratively with neglect of duty for their failure to strictly implement and enforce the Market Code provision, prohibiting “human inhabitation” ( Inhabitation?. But from its tenor it means living/staying) in the stalls inside the main public market.

They are Nathaniel C. Asuncion, market supervisor IV; Alexander L. Enopia, market supervisor III, Jessie L. Calisay, market supervisor II, and; Aline M. Feliciano, market supervisor I.

According to the probe body, as market supervisors, they are directly responsible for the operations, maintenance, and activities of personnel inside the main public market.

The investigation team is headed by City Legal Office Jesus Carbon.

The findings, in the same breath, cleared officer-in-charge City Administrator Dr. Elmeir E. Apolinario and Assistant City Administrator Marie Angelique C. Go of any negligence, saying he had issued a standing directive for market supervisors to fully implement the market code.

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Now this here is what is “Quick Police Response”

A few minutes after a woman was held up in Canelar last Sunday afternoon, in an instant, the Police launched a hot pursuit effecting the early arrest of the 32-year-old suspect.

An instantaneous investigation showed that Abigail Domantay y Caduhada, 18, of 160 Mayor Jaldon Street, Canelar, while in the vicinity of their residence beside their pension house, a man appeared and announced a holdup at gunpoint.

The holdupper grabbed Domantay’s two cell phones, and hurriedly left the place soon after.

Immediately, policemen of the Investigation Section conducted a follow-up operation that yielded the arrest of the suspect at the premises of UZ building.

The stolen cell phones and a dummy .38 cal. Revolver were recovered by the Police.

It’s just a pity, names of the responding policemen were missed out in the news account. Otherwise they should have been showered here with special credit-mentions.

Now, the only reference hat be made is that they were elements of Police Station 11. (With reports from Dan Toribio, Brigada News -TMT))

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To former Senator and now TMT columnist Kit Tatad, the 1st Philippine presidential debate was a humdrum of an event. Boring.

Not a single candidate spoke of any particular issue with any kind of wit, substance or depth, he said. Accordingly, all seemed to be defensive about something - Mar Roxas, about his social media image as a hopeless failure and a wimp; Vice President Jojo Binay, about everything that has been thrown at him and his family by the Malacanang attack dogs; Mayor Duterte, about every vile thing that has cascaded out of his foul mouth; Miriam Defensor Santiago, about her reportedly failing health; and Sen. Grace Poe Llamanzares, about her questionable citizenship and residency and her lack of experience.

Unlike the ongoing US Republican debates, nothing shone or sparkled from any of the candidates here.

He made an example of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida who pitched one unforgettable quote: “I’d rather lose the election than be wrong on abortion.”

Tatad said he was hoping someone would say something half as courageous and as memorable as that.

He spoke, too, of Ronald Reagan then against the younger Walter Mondale, who had wanted to put the former actor on the defensive because of his age, in their Kansas City 1984 debate. Very wittingly, the aged Reagan quipped extemporaneously, “I will not make age an issue in this campaign, I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”

No one came even half as witty as Reagan, he rued.

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Surprisingly, based on casual talks with friends on the 1st presidential debate, a marked majority feel Mar Roxas scored the most. Some say, Roxas’ intelligence showed all the more in the give and take.

However, a common remark echoes and re-echoes… Aquino!

That’s the one sorry thing going sad for Mar, the “kiss of death”, remember?

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TMT reports Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is the runaway choice in the race for Vice President in the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan, based on non-commissioned surveys conducted last month.

The surveys held from February 15 to 20, 2016 in Isabela and February 15 to 18 in Cagayan showed Marcos leading his rivals with a large margin, confirming his dominance in the “Solid North.”

In Isabela province, Marcos emerged as the top choice of his fellow Ilocanos with 42.3.1 percent, while Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero came in a far second at 21.0 percent.

Rep. Leni Robredo took the third position with 14.3 percent while Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano got 12.2 percent.

Senators Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes 4th trailed at 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

Another survey showed a similar result in Cagayan province: Marcos was the top choice of the respondents at 43.2 percent, edging out Escudero by a margin of 18.7 percent. Escudero got 24.5 percent.

Robredo ranked third with 12.0 percent while Cayetano was fourth with 8.3 percent. Honasan and Trillanes got 5.0 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively.

The pre-poll surveys conducted by the Issues and Advocacy Center (IAC) polled 800 registered voters in Cagayan and 1,200 in Isabela. (TMT Newsfeed)

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Saying he himself was a  victim of cheating in the 2010 elections. Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd has promised not to cheat in the 2016 elections.

The former Interior secretary made the comment in reaction to a recent survey showing that several Filipinos believe that candidates will cheat in the 2016 polls, as he cited his bad experience in the previous polls .

He expressed dismay on how voters view the coming polls. In Pilipino, he stressed, he is not a cheat, he is not a thief, and he is not liar.

Roxas, in  his 2010 loss to then Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay in the vice-presidential race, showed a striking difference of  700,000 votes despite having consistently led in all pre-election surveys.

He filed an electoral protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), which is left unresolved to this day.

Largely, this corner feels Roxas is telling the truth - he has no intention to cheat. Seems believable, don’t  you think?

However, seen as the only way to escape persecution after stepping down from office, his chief endorser, might be thinking otherwise. So, one big question keeps reverberating, on whether the present Malacañang occupant shares Roxas’ view.

Will he or will he not...

With intentioned and/or unintended lapses and excuses of Comelec in the electronic electoral processes. Need we say the obvious.

Say mo? (What say you?)