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Saturday, 12 March 2016 13:54

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

So for years now, the much-talked about gas over-supply in the City Council remains unresolved, and based on the issued statement of incumbent city Vice Mayor Cesar Itturralde, the matter was simply treated like a volleyball - tossed from one court to the other.

The latest on it is that, the supposed scam was this time around flipped to a different court, the Civil  Service Commission (CSC), which the vice mayor believes is the proper agency to handle the matter as it is mandated to oversee every aspect of human resource in the government service.

Gas misallocation, or better still misspending/pilferaging, CSC and human resource?

It’s the Commission on Audit, SS ventures to say. What you think, folks?

As the money involved is by the hundreds of thousands, the Ombudsman could also be a good venue.

SS has certain interests on this case, being a member then of the council at the time the scam occurred, and had even received a collection demand letter from gas supplier and friend, Patrick Lee, proprietor of Shell Refilling Station in Canelar.

This representation, however wasted no time in cleansing his name by of way answering his letter, copy furnished the Mayor, the Vice Mayor and all members of the city council.

In return, SS got an evident apologetic personal call from a trusted office staffer of Mr. Lee, one Nora was it?, and was simply requested to help advise the vice mayor and council members to clear the matter as soon as possible.

The rest is history repeated today.

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Comments adverse to the Supreme (SC) Poe ruling continue to mount.

“Poe should be ashamed of herself.” Thus, wrote Rigoberto Tiglao, hinting the hand of Malacañang played a big role in the issued decision, even charging that Llamanzares “has yoked even the highest court of our land to her will, dragging its justices to the level of her and her patron President Aquino’s legal man servants.    This, he attributed to Poe’s “...consuming greed for power, (and) her vaulting personal ambition to be President.

Of the nine Aquino appointees, four voted in Poe’s favor and branded them, this-a-way, “The Shameless Four.”

He listed them as follows, “1. Ma. Lourdes Sereno, a lackluster legal academic plucked out of obscurity by Aquino and put in the High Court in 2010, and then in 2012, over the heads of all the other 13 more senior justices, appointed to replace Renato Corona as chief justice in 2012, at 52 the youngest ever appointed to the post and the first female — and I would insist, the most unqualified…”

2. Marvic Leonen, two years younger than Sereno, and like her, an obscure, although noisy academic, his appointment a sort of reward by providing the legal (yet flimsy) justification for the peace agreement with the MILF, and the consequent Bangsamoro Basic Law.”

“3. Francis Jardeleza, who has had no experience as a judge in his entire legal career, his working life devoted to lucrative corporate lawyering  for the country’s elite. His post at the court is a reward as being the main backup for Ombudsman Conchita Morales in their campaign to put opposition figures to jail and as Aquino’s Solicitor General; and lastly,

4. Alberto Caguioa, 56 years old, Aquino’s college classmate, his legal counsel in Malacanang for the past four years, and so clearly Aquino’s legal factotum competing with Sereno and Leonen as the justice with the least qualifications to be a justice of the highest court of the land.   His legal career is so obscure that one can’t even find any information on him on the internet, except a news article about him when he was appointed to the Court last January.

He replaced Martin Villarama, who strangely, or not so strangely, retired seven months before his scheduled date in August, so that Aquino could appoint another one of his boys to the Court.

In conclusion, Tiglao rued “...Aquino as debasing the highest court of the land, appointing to it the least qualified but the most willing and ready to do his bidding.

He also hit Aquino’s Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, who is supposed to defend government agencies and not individuals. It was Hilbay who defended Poe in the SC hearing.

With finality he asked, “How much more in-you(r)-face declaration of Aquino’s backing of Poe could you get?

Another strong adverse comment to the SC decision came from Ex-Sen. And Martial Law Information Minister, Kit Tatad. The move, he said, may have destabilized and endangered the peace of the nation, adding “it is a complete breakdown of the constitutional and moral order.”

On the other hand, while Ben D. Kritz, in his non-political column wrote that the decision baffled and infuriated the online public, one bright aspect propped up.

Earlier in the day, he said, the stock market was dwindling, but that the prospect of continuity of the present government’s program that Poe represents may have encouraged market investors. and soon after quickly gained. Some analysts were not willing to go quite that far; but agreed that there was a clear correlation between the ruling and the market’s quick gain. They, however, avoided speculation about the specific causes.

Read well, please, “… present government’s program that Poe represents…”

Such is another “in-your-face of an Aquino-Poe alliance. What say you?

Earlier on, too, presidential aspirant and ex-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had said, he welcomes the official entry of Sen. Grace as presidential rival. But on the sides, though, he had also warned that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn twin rulings by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) cancelling Sen. Grace Poe’s certificate of

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