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Thursday, 02 June 2016 13:29

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato


Hey folks, do you notice the title of this piece now? From Sound “Snipings”, it now says Sound “Snipes”. Its meaning remains the same, yes but Writing Sniper (WS for short, remember?) chose to change it because there are quite a number who upon meeting speaks of it as Sound Sneepings.

With it as Snipes, there can surely be no mistaking now. Say you?

And you would recall that for the past two straight days, WS had said “this piece today will be very brief. But it turned out, they just the same remained long narratives. Me and my big mouth, he he.

In any case though, what WS now says is that, for as long as time permits, SS will grind daily, whether long or brief.

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Kit Tatad does not appreciate the absence of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte from his own official proclamation as President-elect by the National Board of Canvassers on Monday, without offering any valid excuse for it. Tatad sees it as for Duterte stressing to all and sundry that he is much bigger than his office.

WS, however sees it as a mere display of a supposed lukewarm person to have become the head of a nation. He is just a man of his own. Unique.

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The administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is inclined to see full implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) forged between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), as well as the passage in Congress of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Jesus Dureza, the incoming Peace Adviser of the new President, said.

Whew..! Would that “full implementation” there mean to include the imperfections of unconstitutional provisions in the enactment of a law? OMG. God forgive. Our country is bound to face a constitutionals crisis.

Que horror. (Frightening)

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The media is not after all in full honeymoon with Duterte.

Journalists were quick to react to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that most journalists who have been killed were due their corrupt doings..

These were the exact words of the president-in-waiting, “Just because you’re a journalist doesn’t mean you’re exempted from assassination if you’re a son of a bitch,”

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Chairman Ryan Rosauro strongly objected to Duterte’s remarks, stressing that nothing justifies the murder of journalists.

Rosauro noted that the incoming president’s remarks sullies the names and memories of the 176 journalists who have been murdered in the Philippines since 1986. (PhilStar-fed)

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In a statement in TMT, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo reminded her partymates that being in a political party is not for purposes of winning elections but for standing up for common principles.

, who is expected to take on a leadership role in the Liberal Party (LP) being the highest elected office ial in the LP, gave the advice even as her party mates already started to flock to the new ruling party - the PDP-Laban of Davao City Mayor and President-elect Duterte.

She admitted it has been a natural course for a party to lose members once the sitting administration is not led by someone from the same party, and expressed hope that her party mates would not forget that they bonded together for they share the same stand on issues.

But the Liberal Party (LP) is not listening. In another forum, quite the opposite is seen for  Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. is working on the LP signing a coalition agreement with the incoming ruling party PDP-Laban while bidding to be the House Minority Leader at the same time in the next Congress.

Is this a sign, Robredo is incapable of waging the party whip? Keep in touch, friends.

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Light Flyweight Champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes plans to go up the weight division, claiming he had beaten all the best challengers in his present weight class, and has nothing more to prove there.

Easy does it, Champ. Test the waters first.

Nonito “the Flash” Donaire, a classy fighter, too did that and fought heavier Nicolas Walters. Donaire was pulverized. Careful, man

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Manila Bulletin reports Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed hope that China and the Philippines can work hard to push their relations “back onto a healthy development track” after ties soured due to the ongoing territorial disputes over the resource-rich West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The Chinese leader stressed this in a message to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte sent through the Chinese Foreign Ministry late Monday afternoon in which he extended his felicitations to the newly elected Philippine leader. Sounds good.

But America was faster on the draw, having declared that much much earlier, Duterte dismissing it as a simple “Hello Letter”.

How would he then react to this China call?

Bears watching for it may sour relations with US, if that “Hello Letter” is not reciprocated in time. And watch close.

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Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista is pursuing the postponement of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls to held together with the election of members of a proposed Constitutional Convention (Con-Con).

His call is grounded on the announcement Duterte made that there will be an election to select Con-Con members, justifying it would be better if the polls will be held at the same time.

However, maverick Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said she is against postponing the October polls.

On the other hand, upcoming Pres. Duterte had also said, he does not favor postponing the barangay and SK polls.

One other development to keep watch over, folks.

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Comelec Chair Andres Bautista, claims alleged vote manipulation in Quezon province is unbelievable as the Automated Election System had many safeguards against fraud.

Owzzz… Illegal changing of transparency and hash tags servers of vote-transmitting machines midway of counting one them (safeguards)?

Case closed.