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Sunday, 06 March 2016 14:29

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato


Mayor Beng Climaco is doing a Pontius Pilate

Thus is the tenor of Ismael Musa as he rebuked Mayor Beng in connection with his ouster as IPMR representative to the City Council, in retort to the Mayor’s letter reply accusing him of making several false and irresponsible allegations against  her.

In the same letter of reply,  Mayor Climaco questioned how Musa could have misinterpreted her simple act of merely furnishing the Vice-Mayor and the Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod a machine copy of the communication from Timuey Woy Lim P. Wong, Regional Director, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Regional Office IX, in relation to the NCIP-9 decision on his recall/removal as IPMR in the Local Legislative Council of Zamboanga City, affirming the decision rendered by the council of elders/ leaders recalling Ismael I. Musa as Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative in the Legislative Council of Zamboanga City.

To that, Musa answered, “The rules of the NCIP provide(s) that only parties and their counsels are required to be furnished copies of the decision. When the decision was furnished to your office it was only for your information because you are not a party to the case. Moreover, the decision shows that the Vice-Mayor was one of those furnished a copy. That would have already been sufficient. Despite that, you still endorsed it to the Vice-Mayor not only for his information but also for his appropriate action.”

Musa, saying he is a non-Christian, compared the Mayor’s act as that of Pontius Pilate by washing his hands from responsibility for the death of Jesus Christ.

In like manner, Musa further related, “Like Jesus the victims here are the Sama Banguingui, who are one of the most marginalized tribes. It seems very unlikely that you would persecute us. Your present position, naturally suggests that the Vice-Mayor is to be blamed.”

Musa’s statement comes as Vice Mayor Cesar Ituralde informed him in a letter Thursday (March 3) that he is reinstated as member of the Council representing the IP. (DZT-fed)

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Barring unforeseen circumstances, Zamboanga City will soon become a big supplier of bio fuel in the    world.

This comes to fore as three big companies, Metro Stonerich Corporation, Van Kessel Olie, and Mackay Green Energy inked a contract for a joint venture forging partnership of what is seen as the biggest investment ever in the city.

Signatories to the joint venture agreement are Engineer Ibrahim :”Bong” Nuño and Pablito Yap, Metro Stonerich Corporation president and chairman, respectively; Joan Van Kessel, owner of the Van Kessel Olie, and Mackay Green Energy Chief Executive Officer James Mackay.

Nuño is son to  Kajieh Amman and Dist. 2 Re-electionist Rep. Lilia Macrohon Nuño.

The bio fuel will be produced out of the Bana grass, which will be provided by the Mackay Green Energy, according to Nuño, with the plant now being designed by experts.

Bio fuel out bana grass?

Try Tangan tangan, for size. And these experts should best consult a certain Roque.

Remember him? Roque is that Napoles clone who was cited here months back, for tapping a congressional representative to use PDAP funds for the purpose of planting tangan tangan for use as source of bio fuel. Napoles replica as he is, the project, of course was fictional.

For how could it ever have taken off, the site for the multi million-peso PDAP funds to plant Tangan tangan was to be Baliwasan, a largely residential and partly business and industrial zone. OMG!

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In both presidential and vice presidential race, it’s a virtual tie for VP Jojo Binay and Sen. Grace Poe, as well as for Sens. Bongbong Marcos and Chiz Escudero, respectively.

Poe and Binay is a mere one percent, while Marcos is behind Escudero by a scanty three percentage points.

Given the plus-minus factor on  survey results, both fights are essential ties.

And what is interesting is, administration-backed Mar Roxas has an even score now with Rodrigo Duterte.

Not bad for Mar, from where he whence he was slumped in previous other surveys.

That part, indeed, is a marked improvement for Mar. Whoa there... bad luck struck him again.

At least 27 incumbent administration lawmakers and mayors, including members of the ruling Liberal Party, were reported to have “defected en masse,” and turned opposition, dumping him, in favor of his arch-rival Vice President Jejomar Binay.

And to confirm it, they were a “no show” in the campaign rally led by President Benigno Aquino III in Bohol Wednesday. Aquino has designated himself as the campaign manager of Roxas, giving him the kiss of death. Poor Mar.

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While boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is considered still in the winning column, comments against the gay community appear to have pulled down his ratings in the latest Pulse Asia survey.

Sharing first to second spots are Sen. Vicente Sotto III with 63.6 percent and former senator Panfilo Lacson with 60.2 percent.

Occupying 3rd to 5th spots are former senator Francis Pangilinan (54.1 percent) and Sen. Ralph Recto (53.4 percent).

Senate President Franklin Drilon is ranked 3rd to 6th places with 52.4 percent, followed by former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri who took the 5th to 7th slots with 48.5 percent. The other probable winners in the May 2016 senatorial elections are former justice secretary Leila de Lima who obtained 45.3 percent (6th to 10th places), Sen. Sergio Osmeña III (43.7 percent, 7th to 10th places), former senator Richard Gordon (42.6 percent, 7th to 11th places), Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian (41.2 percent, 7th to 12th places) and former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) head Joel Villanueva (39.1 percent, 9th to 14th places).

Sen. Teofisto Guingona III is ranked 10th to 14th places with 36.7 percent voter preference, followed by former Akbayan lawmaker Risa Hontiveros with 36.2 percent (11th to 14th places) and world boxing icon Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao with 34.8 percent, (11th to 14th places). (PS-sourced)

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See what we wrote yesterday on the lip-service of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). The evidence - Comelec is standing doggedly on its decision not to activate the Voter Verification Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) feature of the automated voting machines, and will instead supposedly activate the onscreen verification of votes function during the May 9, 2016, national elections.

Onscreen? We doubt if that can be recorded and later monitored.

Pasa vista lang se (A glimpse of a sight). Gone at the wink of an eye. No record on which to monitor. Pffft...

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North Korea bullies further non-allied nations.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his country to be ready to use its nuclear weapons at any time and the military to be in “pre-emptive attack” mode in the face of growing threats from its enemies, state media said on Friday.

Such tough talk, indeed.

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This is that action and not words we talked about yesterday in the view of the ever bullying Chinese government.

The United States Navy has deployed a small armada to the South China Sea in what is considered a show of force as tensions rise over China’s construction of artificial islands in disputed waters.


Question? What about Nokor? Deja ya lang? (Leave it be)