Digong’s last days as rude person PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 June 2016 14:33

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Yesterday’s writeup in Daily Zamboanga Times (DZT) was ground a day before, only it was late in transmittal. Son Boday gave me some writing tasks that were priorities. And today’s piece in DZT was spawned also a day before. But on facebook both are dated.

On Monday and Tuesday, however there’s no assurance SS sees print. WS is joining Boday in a trip to Dipolog to, among others, make an encore as barangay captain. Probably for the fifth time in his six years as barangay head, he will again take two all-Baliwasan soccer teams to compete in the Saulog Football championship.

In the past, the highest honors that the Bali Boys snatched were first and second runner-ups, even lesser. This time around, the councilor-elect is hopeful, Baliwasan will grab the championship, saying the teams are not splintered now, as they were before when some Bali grown boys were recruited by competing local teams. It’s an all-Baliwasan team now, he took pride in saying.

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Done in silence, police authorities recently thwarted a possible kidnapping when they arrested two persons, including an Abu Sayyaf spotter in Zamboanga City.

Chief Superintendent Miguel Antonio, Jr., Police Regional Director (Western Mindanao), said the suspects were arrested following a chase shortly before 1 a.m., Thursday, June 2, near an eatery in the village of Canelar.

The suspects were identified as Alhnur Usup, 28, with aliases of Arab-Arab and Arab Puti, the Abu Sayyaf spotter and his companion, Jamal Labuan, 32.

Antonio said that Usup is among the spotters of the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group led by Idang Susukan “as well as conducting surveillance for prospective targets for kidnapping in Zamboanga City.”

Confiscated from the possession of Usup and Labuan were a grenade, three sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as “shabu,” prohibited drugs paraphernalia, a motorcycle and two motorcycle receipts. (Sun Star-fed))

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Obviously-disatisfied members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) are coming out in full force in social networking sites like Facebook, denouncing what they say was the wholesale stealing of their votes for Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the May 09 elections. And that puts  President Aquino, the Commission on Elections, and even Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo in a bind with so much of explaining to do

It looks like INC members feel that the proclamation of Robredo as the vice president-elect of the country was part of a sinister scheme aimed not only to stop Marcos from becoming vice president, as President Aquino repeatedly announced before May 09, but more to  make the INC look like a Church that could no longer deliver the votes of its members, as it used to, because of alleged internal division and discord.

From the looks of things, there’s no telling how this will ultimately end or be resolved,. INC members are one in thinking that they could no longer remain silent while their votes are being stolen, and while politicians are maneuvering to sow intrigue among their leaders in a bid to destroy the might of the Church in solidly voting for chosen candidates. (DZT-fed)

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Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd should know by now. That is  the view of TMT’s Rigoberto Tiglao because President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has tasked incoming Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd, “to “investigate the Disbursement Acceleration Program (illegal funds releases) and look into the liabilities of officials responsible for it.”

Aguirre even noted: “He told me that charges should be filed no matter who gets hurt. There should be no selective justice.”

Add to that, folks the declaration of incoming Agrarian Secretary, avowed leftist Rafael Mariano, who is eyeing his family’s  Luisita Farm as DAR’s maiden battle. Mariano had announced a review of the implementation of what he said was a “sham” agrarian reform program in said sugarcane estate.

Back to Tiglao who contiuned, “... only two people were responsible for the DAP: Aquino and his Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Jr. In fact, he said, very few in government, even in the budget department, had been aware of it until Senator Jinggoy Estrada in 2013 exposed it, claiming that DAP funds were used to bribe senators to vote Chief Justice Renato Corona guilty in his impeachment trial. According to Estrada, senators voting to remove Corona from office were given P100 million for their “projects,” which, he would later on be told, came from the DAP.”

It will be rfecalled, the Supreme Court (SC) ruled the DAP unconstitutional in July 2014.

Worse for Aquino, the Court ordered that “proper tribunals must determine the criminal, civil, administrative and other liabilities of its authors, proponents, and implementors.” Of course, the Ombudsman simply ignored the Court’s decision, and for the opposition and civic-minded Filipinos, it was useless to file cases while Aquino was in power.

Surely then, these pronouncements arer sending shivers down  Aquino’s spine.

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Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte stands his ground. He will not apologize for his statement justifying the killing of corrupt members of the media, his spokesman said on Thursday.

Incoming Palace spokesman Sal;vador Panelo said, “A call for him to apologize is misplaced. You only apologize if you committed something wrong,”.

Nothing wong? It is smack ol desecrating the dead. Denigration even of the media profession. (TMT-fed) )

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The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to adopt more measures aimed at preventing electronic cheating in the country’s automated polls.

A case of of too late the hero. While there will be other elections in years to come, 2013’s and 16’s are over. Damage done. And one of the victims is this corner, SS. The damage is irreparable. The victory of Boday, however is a vindication. Concrete manifestation/proof of WS’ oftrepeated contention. Thank God.

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Even if it is not a presidential or amabassaorial declaration, the statement of U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter may indeed be assuaging to Filipino diplomatic observes. Carter said, the American alliance with the Philippines remains “ironclad” following the election of a new Philippines president who, in turn, has said his country needs to chart a course more independent of the United States.

During a visit to Manila in April, Carter announced new measures to strengthen U.S.-Philippines defense relations, and that the U.S. has no plans to change course.

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Yesterday, Duterte was accused of sexual harassment and disrespecting women after wolf whistling a female journalist on a nationally televised press conference.

The controversy sparked, when Duterte, 71, interrupted a question from television reporter Mariz Umali Tuesday night about his Cabinet appointees with a light-hearted comment about her trying to get his attention, then wolf whistling and breaking into a short serenade.

Umali continued trying to ask her question as Duterte smiled and some other reporters laughed.

In an interview with her GMA network on Thursday, Umali described his remarks as “improper.”

And husband, also a TV personality, Raffty Tima reracted sharply, “Catcalling my wife is wrong in so many levels. Some jokes are funny and should be laughed at but disrespecting women is definitely not one of them.”

On the other hand, Aida Santos, president of local women’s rights groups WeDpro, said Duterte’s wolf whistling was a form of sexual harassment.

“Catcalling treats women as sex objects… some say it’s a way of being cute but it’s wrong,” Santos told AFP.

Meanwhile, Government is considering to file a case against Duterte resultive of the case, he faces before the Commisson on Human Rights (CHR) for telling a campaign crowd that he should have been first to have sex with an Australian missionary that inmates had raped and killed in a jail riot in 1989.

Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento said that as soon as his department receives a copy of the CHR resolution, they would conduct a preliminary investigation to find probable cause for disciplinary proceedings. And news of another possible investigation came as Duterte drew more flak for sexual harrassment and disrespecting women, after he wolf whistled a female journalist during a nationally televised press conference. (MS-newsfeeds)

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Well, lookie here. What SS has always been hoping for may still be come. PDI reports, the foul-mouthed, trash-talking, crime-busting mayor and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has promised to metamorphose into a butterfly after he is inaugurated as president on June 30.

Seemingly crazed, Duterte mused, saying he enjoys being rude because his days are numbered before he should start acting presidential.

He added, “I’m enjoying my last time as a rude person,” Duterte said.

This, SS further liked, he said his metamorphosis would be from the foul-mouthed mayor to a presidential.

El Presidente, Bravo!