Politics rears its ugly head in the North PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2016 11:36

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Again assigned only in the city proper, SS finds early  time today to grind this piece prior to moving out to pitch for son Jaime “Boday”, a council aspirant, especially in the closing days of the campaign period.

SS believes the  red and yellow teams will be crossing each other’s path today in one or two venues where labor groups are to be gathered in celebration of Labor Day, that was launched  with a long and impressive motorcade from town to most likely the Golf Beach Resort and the Ecozone.

The first chance encounter of the two teams was on Day 1 of the campaign at City Hall where both groups stomped. In that unexpected meeting, Mayor Isabelle C., Salazar “confronted” two opposing camp candidates. They were Councilor Pers Ramos and Boday Cabato. Valiantly the two fighters stood their ground and reasoned out straightforward their justification on different issues. Ramos on the Masepla expose, and Boday on comparison to working habits of Cong. Celso Lobregat and and Mayor Salazar.

In getting home from the sortie that day, Boday upon seeing SSWriter (SSW), quipped matter-of-factly, “Pang, hala, capitan lang yo, ele Mayor hay sinti pa gat le mi honesto opinion? (Pang, whew, I’m only a barangay captain,  she a mayor, why would she be so onion-skinned?). SSW replied, “Siguru, ta sinti culpable. (Maybe she feels guilty. And that’s how politics works. Just keep on releasing your honest thoughts. Speak out the truth and people will admire you. In politics, that’s how the cookie crumbles  You’ll get used to it, son.”

This piece today will definitely be brief to allow for time to meet with old comrades to root for Boday.

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The ugly head of politics has started moving in the North. La Union Rep. Eufranio “Franny” Eriguel, a supporter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, escaped death by a whisker Saturday when a remote controlled bomb placed on a parked motorcycle exploded.

The lawmaker and some supporters were on their way to a campaign sortie when the explosion occurred.

The blast occurred along Verceles Street in Agoo, near Eriguel’s home.

“The bomb exploded, just as soon as Erriguel got past the detonation point. It was a split second escape, the report said.

However, two of Eriguel’s bodyguards who were on the car just behind the lawmaker’s vehicle were killed. Four others were injured.

Eriguel is now on his third and final term as congressman of the province’s second district. His wife, incumbent Agoo Mayor Sandra, who is also on her final term, is running for a seat at the House of Representatives against former La Union 2nd Dist. Rep. Tomas Dumpit, Jr., a former military man. (TMT-fed)

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With the most developments leading to election day, the vice presidency appears sealed for Sen, Ferdcinand “Bongbong” Marcos, jr.

After reportedly getting the support of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), another religious group - the influential Catholic charismatic group El Shaddai of Bro. Mike Velarde — has endorsed the vice presidential bid of Sen. Marcos, Jr.

Velarde was to make the formal announcement on Saturday evening during the group’s prayer meeting at Amvel compound in Parañaque City.

And yesterday morning, Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said he was personally rooting for Marcos.

Atienza confirmed that Velarde was to make a special announcement yesterday evening.

Buhay is the party-list group founded by the El Shaddai leader. It has an estimated eight million active in the country and abroad.

The INC, which is known to vote as a bloc, has at least two million members.

The Duterte camp yesterday expressed belief that the demolition job against presidential frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would continue in the run-up to the May 9 election.

The statement was issued amid  ctiticisms that Duterte has P211 million in bank deposits, which he failed to declare in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth in 2014.

Duterte had presented documents showing his accounts at a Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch on Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City.

The documents showed Duterte has a few thousand pesos in his account and not P211 million as claimed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes.

Duterte supporters said the demolition job against their bet was due to his high ratings and consistent lead in poll surveys.