A shot in the arm PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 May 2016 14:07

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

It’s barely six days to the appointed day in history, yet this Sniper (Sound Snipings Writer) still gets to find some time to hammer out a few lines here.

Could that mean, number 1 rooter for son Jaime “Boday” is comfortably cruising along simply awaiting the results?

No, not really. While confident of a good showing, the Sniper still moves. It’s only the craving to write that allows for the inserts of this piece, which today is done at a pre-campaign day sortie.

So, if this piece comes out brief, please do with what there is.

Battling for son Boday, aspirant for a council seat, is still the priority.

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Ret. Police General Mario B. Yanga gets a booster of a titanic push. The momentum for his mayoralty bid surges into high gear.

He was personally proclaimed choice for Mayor of presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte.

It’s an undeniable fact, the anointment will have a gigantic effect among the throngs of Duterte following in Zamboanga City.

And with the impetus of the Duterte blessing, Yanga has emboldened his moves in the closing days of the campaign period.

The first big step yesterday was a press conference, which we believe was assembled only once after he filed his Certificate of Candidacy (CoC).

In that briefing yesterday, a revitalized Yanga was seen exuding confidence and buoyancy amid coolness.

Yanga did display a biting spirit. In labeling his qualities as a candidate, he came out with stinging descriptions seen as in comparison to the opposing camp.

Yanga exclaimed, “I am clean. I have no corruption charges. And I am not a liar.”

With the recent attacks of Cong. Celso Lobregat against Mayor Isabelle C. Salazar, the Sniper just cannot help but think - the spicy words dished out by Yangs was aimed at the candidate of a major party. Who? Kailangan pa bang imemorize yan?”, so goes the slogan of an FM station here, which simply means, there is no need to say it.

On the handling of the Zamboanga siege, Yanga pointblank declared, “I would have acted differently. I would have personally led in solving the problem.

And it simply meant, there was mishandling in the Zamboanga raid.

Resulting from the Duterte shot in the arm, emerges a Mayor. Mario B. Yanga.

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Six days to election day, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. widens lead in the latest non-commissioned survey conducted by Pulso ng Pilipino.

Marcos’ rating jumped to 31 percent from the 29 percent recorded in the survey conducted from April 11 to 16, 2016 by the same survey firm.

The latest survey was conducted from April 23 to 29.

The Issues and Advocacy Center (IAC) said 1,800 people were polled nationwide.

It has a margin of error of + 2.5 percent.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo remained at second place with 25 percent. She was followed by Sen. Francis Escudero with 18 percent, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, 15 percent.

Trailing them were Senators Gregorio Honasan and Antonio Trillanes 4th with five percent and three percent, respectively.

Marcos again dominated Metro Manila with 38 percent and the rest of Luzon with 39 percent.

“What these figures represent is that the level of support Marcos cuts across the societal classes and that his candidacy is practically embraced by majority of the populace.” the reports said.

For the presidency, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was the top choice at 29 percent, followed by Sen. Grace Poe with 25 percent. (TMT-supplied)

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Presidential hopeful Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City appears simply coasting along now in the remaining days of the campaign period.

And it could be a good move. A Chinese proverb says, Many talk, many mistakes. Less talk, less mistakes. No talk, no mistake.

On fastidious staunch critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Duterte said, he will no longer bark back even if he (Trillanes) will keep on snarling at him to demand an explanation for the alleged hidden wealth stashed in local banks.

But in making the statement, Duterte fisrst called the senator a “paid askal,” the common name for a street mongrel.

Duterte added: “He (Trillanes) is a plain askal. I will not, from now on, answer. Dakilang Askal yan (he is nothing but a street dog).”

Can you beat that? Duterte said that, even after Trillanes tagged him a coward on TV. (MB-fed)

Was that an honest declaration or was it a smokescreen - a prelude to something up his sleeves?

We see in the upcoming days.

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic International are ready for the May 9 polls, an official of Smartmatic said yesterday.

Question. Ready for what – to cheat or to conduct a clean and honest election ?

Well, this is what they claim, “The Comelec and Smartmatic assured the public that the VCMs are hack-free.”

Jimeno explained that the VCMs are not connected to the Internet so hackers would not be able to access them.

We hope that that is true.