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Saturday, 05 March 2016 13:53

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

City gone crazy. That’s where we are now. Series of killings practically on a daily basis, with one that is mystifying in that the victims are international figures - one, a renowned cleric; the other, a diplomat.

Add to that, one other puzzling incident that has so far failed to reach the media.

Last night, the area near the entrance to Airport Rd. was thrown into an uproar. All neighboring households awakened, when the Police blocked off both ends of the Airport Rd., from its junction of San Jose Rd. up to the portion near GSIS.

The Police were awaiting the arrival of their Bomb Squad.

A well masking-taped box of carton, with matching thin electronic wires, was found abandoned near our very own gate.

The matter was reported to us by a  Barangay Intelligence Network member of Baliwasan. And when he rushed outside to check, the Police were already alighting from their hazard-lighted vehicles, and motioned us to hurry back inside.

The rest is history. The box did appear suspicious and with considerable weight. It was more of a decoy, it turned out.

But why the decoyed carton - masking tapes and protruding thin wires - and why of all places, the Cabato gate?

It’s all a mystery. A puzzler, it is.

SS can’t even venture a guess.

Precaution, precaution, precaution. Can’t anticipate any move.

Such a sorry state. Like fighting a phantom. Whisssh…

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The shooting and wounding of a popular Saudi cleric and travelling companion-diplomat is the first puzzle. While several theories may have arisen, still nothing is definite. Some say, the preacher is in the ISIS hit list. Some link the incident to the squabble between the Sunnis and Shiite Muslims. Others also say, the renouned cleric called for a Jihad against Americans in Saudi soils.

So, SS takes no stand on it, except to hope that government probers will soon enough discover the truth, so measures may be adopted to spare Mindanao from greater woes.

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The issue of the billions of Typhoon Yolanda donations has once again surfaced.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte called on Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd to explain where the billions of pesos given by foreign donors for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda went.

At that time, Roxas was Interior secretary when the typhoon (international name: Haiyan) devastated the Visayan region  in November 2013.

There are actually, conflicting versions of the donations. Roxas had said, most the cash donations remain in banks unspent. On the other hand, both Malacañang and DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman said, the  donations have all been spent and properly accounted for.

The  Malacañang and DSWD versions were supported by Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., who had issued a statement that all foreign aids received by the country for the benefit of the communities affected by Super Typhoon  Yolanda  were fully accounted for and have undergone the requisite audit by the Commission on Audit.

In his campaign sortie in Pangasinan, Duterte insisted there has been none, and  challenged Roxas to do so, saying the latter can be the next president if he could do so.

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Per E-Media survey, Barangay Captain-son Jaime “Boday” Cabato is in the magic circle of leaders.

Relatives and friends are elated.

Not having moved much, yet already in the winning circle, to us, is very encouraging.

And, too, that development comes without yet the father moving.

As early as now, Jaime “Boday” is ready with his campaign strategies.

Keep tab.

Go go Cabato. Boday, servicio everyday.

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is again into lip-service. It said, wanting 100 percent accuracy, it would conduct a more comprehensive random manual audit (RMA) of votes in the May 2016 polls with the help of the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel).

100 percent accuracy? My foot!

The singular way to obtain 100 percent is to activate the mandate security features of the Vote Counting Machines.

Minus the security features, no amount of the supposed  comprehensive random manual audit (RMA) would ever  ensure an honest-to-goodness elections.

This 2016 polls will be as dirty as it was in 2010 and 2013, where the safety features were also de-activated.

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This could be one of the mildest reactions to the China aggression in the contested South China Sea shoals. Read on, “The United States does not want China to use its Navy to intimidate fishing vessels from other countries in a disputed area of the South China Sea, the US state department said on Wednesday.”

Ese lang, nuay counter action? (Is that all, no counter moves?)

Saying, it is aware of these press reports regarding the Chinese vessels operating near Jackson Atoll in the contested areas of the South China Sea, yet only words are uttered. No action.

Thus, China is unmoved. With the unending bullying of China in the disputed area, guess, countermoves is the order of the day. (PDI-sourced)

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Sen. Grace appears displaying a determined will. Even as it is reported that the ponencia of Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, who the High Court en banc tasked to write the draft folr the others to concur or dissent, shows a negative opinion to her qualification, she still expressed the belief, she will be allowed to run.

In any case, the SC ruling may have not much effect on her candidacy. Her name is printed on the ballot. That means, she had passed all the preparatory steps leading to her name’s inclusion. And preparations include the electronic process of the polls’ conduct.

Which further shows, she can be voted upon, and her votes automatically included in the counting.

And the possible occurrence of a vicious scenario may come into play.

Need we repeat?