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Wednesday, 23 March 2016 13:55

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato


Whoa there. Hold it! Somebody must be pulling our legs. The amount is getting smaller and smaller each day.

SS is referring to the actual amount in monetary assistance extended to the local government due to the 21-day September 2013 siege

The other day, if memory serves SS right, acknowledged city hall spokesperson Sheila Covarubias announced the amount was something like forty seven thousand. Now, Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar herself bared the financial assistance the local government received  as of March 16, this year, brought about by the 21-day September 2013 siege is twenty nine million and forty four thousand pesos (P29.44)million.

And yesterday, the Inquirer - in its second front page - screamed that Congress will investigate the “billions of  money” poured in Zamboanga City due the devastation of the attack.

Cosa ba gayot? (What is it really?)

The mayor said among the donors are the House of Representatives, Senate of the Philippines, Local Government Units, banking institutions, business establishments, shopping malls and retail corporations, private companies, non-government institutions, including Zamboangueños abroad and other concerned individuals.

And those are the same persons and entities that Covarubias cited in her announcement.

Minus still the foreign countries and foundation contributors.

Join up, folks and sing.

Dollar, dollar, how I wonder. From one hand into the other.

Is it there? Is it there? Sister Mary’s standing there.

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As of yesterday, Monday,  March 21, the Zamboanga City Water District ZCWD) has imposed its new water rationing system, as the city reels from the water crisis that worsened, with supply continuing to dwindle to a critical level. While the new water rationing scheme will provide longer hours of water service to the city’s three key areas, service will be on an every-other-day basis.

The three main areas are - the central, west and east coasts of the city. Each will have water on an average of 10 hours on alternate days, but without water for one day following that.

This current scarcity of water is caused by the ‘El Nino’ phenomenon, which is ravaging the country, and ranked to be the worst ever to hit the city, says Engr. Alejo Rojas Jr. Next to this year’s drought, is that of 2009’s where the city suffered dearth of water, with water level then down to 73.82 meters.

Normal water elevation is at 74.20 meters.

And as of Saturday afternoon, the water elevation at its diversion dam is down to 73.80 meters .

Accordingly, the initial cloud seeding operations was a botched attempt as it failed to produce enough rainfall to replenish the depleted water table of the city.

The second attempt is on hold as the City Agriculturist Office has not gotten the green light to proceed with the next.

But why the delay? We doubt if it’s money, facilities and/or experts. There should be no excuses for the delay.

The city is in a severe water crisis. In dire need of water. Gentlemen, there’s no room for delay. At this point, only repeated and successful cloud seeding operations is the answer.

Move it, please!

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The camp of Vice President , Jejomar Binay says the alleged “black operation” against UNA presidential bet was hatched as early as of May 2010. The hatchet job is allegedly the handiwork of former associates of the once powerful The Firm.

In fact, former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo who was with the defunct Carpio Villaraz Angcangco or CVC Law Office, secured Binay’s case records from the Office of the Ombudsman days after the May 2010 elections.

This angle is contained in two sworn and signed affidavits of former Special Prosecutor Wendell Barreras-Sulit,  who claimed, at two separate times, that “sometime after” the May 10, 2010 elections, she received a call from Fe Campued, Marcelo’s confidential staff, requesting for records of Binay in a case that was already dismissed.

In sum she said, it was former Ombudsman Marcelo who asked for the documents.

Sulit added she prepared the requested documents because Marcelo used to be her boss at the Office of the Ombudsman.

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Tim Bradley has expressed doubts on the present punching power of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, saying that he hasn’t knocked anyone out in a long time. But he later qualified his statement, adding that it could be the weight class - he now fights at 147 pounds to which he rose, after fighting for long at only 130 and 135 lbs.

Recall, the last time fight fans saw Pacquiao stop a foe was in Nov. 2009 when the Filipino star took out Miguel Cotto in the 12th and final round.

After blasting the lights out of Cotto, Pacquiao was unable to put away Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Brandon Rios, and Chris Algieri.

Bradley, who split his first two matches with Pacquiao, however said, he is not taking it to mean that the 37-year-old fighting congressman has lost his appetite for destruction.

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With those talks and of the following, SS expresses concern over Pacquiao’s chances in his upcoming battle with Bradley.

This time, Freddie Roach’s Filipino assistant trainer Marvin Somodio expressed belief that the newly-improved punching power of Timothy Bradley remains ‘tricky’ as of this time.

Somodio is currently assisting Roach at the Wildcard gym in preparing Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) for his third bout against the 32-year-old Bradley (33-1-1 record with 13 knockouts) on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA.

“Since Bradley’s technical knockout victory against Brandon Rios last year, we just cannot size up how strong his punches are,” Somodio told The Manila Times.    But of Bradley’s style, it is going to be the same Bradley just the same, he added.

Whether to expect if he’s going to fight aggressively is yet to be seen, but to box defensively, which he usually does, has to be gauged on fight night.

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Beijing continues its bullying ways, flexing its military muscle in the South China Sea, driving away Filipino fishermen from Panatag Shoal and preventing the Indonesian coast guard from detaining a Chinese vessel caught poaching in Indonesia’s waters.

The development prompted Jakarta to summon the Chinese ambassador and sparked new concerns over China’s growing assertiveness in staking its claims in disputed waters.

Earlier, at least 10 Filipino fishermen were reported being harassed and driven away from Panatag or Scarborough Shoal by a Chinese coast guard vessel. The shoal, off Zambales province and well within the Philippines’ 200-mile exclusive economic zone, has effectively been under Chinese control since 2012. (PS-supplied)