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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 14:00

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

The Celso-Beng tit for tat refuses to die down, and in the ongoing scuffle, one and the other’s true character/personality emerges.

One stays his cool, the other appears under stress and is going wayward.

Simple analysis of their words actions are clear indications.

One maintains serenity, decency and poise. The other starts calling names in disrespectful manner.

Described aptly in media, one is a weaned and grown little sister, the other Big Brother Kuya.

Who is who and of which is which, is all up to you. A simple analysis, repeat, of the words, actions and reactions of each are clearly depicted.

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Twice mentioned here earlier was presumptive Vice Pres. Leni Robredo’s - this time, too, the word “presumptive” applies for a valid election protest is in the works by the camp of Sen. Bongbong Marcos - imperiled status as a winner. But due to space constriction, WS failed both to touch on it on both times, Here it goes now.

The danger of Leni’s status here then was not in reference to the Marcos protest. It hinged on her and the Liberal Party’s neglect in complying with the required submission of their SOCE, Certificate of Contributions and Expenditures.

Such SOCE, under Republic Act 7166 was to be complied with within 30 days after an election. And both failed to do so.

And the Leni risk was voiced by no less than by Comelec commissioners themselves. There are some lawyers who have separately voiced opinions that subject requirement will not apply on Leni. One is Atty. Mauricio Batas. His explanation as written - “The law is clear. Let us reproduce a part of it, which is self-explanatory: “No person elected to any public office shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the statement of contributions and expenditures herein required. The same prohibition shall apply if the political party which nominated the winning candidate fails to file the statement required herein within the period prescribed by this Act.”

Non-lawyer as WS is, the wisdom of one cannot be contradicted. But intuition of a law-reader tells WS, as written, Batas says, “The law is clear.” But how we would interpret these lines, he himself wrote. ““No person elected to any public office shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the statement of contributions and expenditures herein required (Highlight supplied). The same prohibition shall apply if the political party which nominated the winning candidate fails to file the statement required herein within the period prescribed by this Act. (Highlight supplied). And that has to b de within 30 days after an election.

Question - Were there compliances by both parties within the required period of time?

Answer - Premises considered, clearly there were none.

To say that once the statement is filed, even beyond the deadline set by the law, the reason for the prohibition is removed is beyond WS’ judgment. What is clear is, RA 7166 does not qualify that.

Well..? Just a point to ponder on from an admitted non-lawyer but, as each of us is, a confirmed reader. And in this particular instance - repeat, same as all you out there - a law-reader here.

WS professes no knowledgeability, only ability to read. Again, as you all do possess, too by God’s gift.

Confession done. Amen.

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Police Station 8 commander Chief Inspector Hingming Ladjaali and his men have done it again. Another feather decors on their cap, as they netted the number 4 ranked person on their drug watch list.

Ladjaali identified the target drug dealer as AlnazerAbduhari y Madji, 37. Arrested in his company was his common-law-wife Kharerin Padilla Alam, 28, both of Marlboro Fr., Lower Calarian, Barangay Campo Islam.

Ladjaali disclosed, the anti-illegal drugs special operations task group (AIDSOTG) confiscated from the suspects two medium and six small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, 10 empty sachets also containing alleged shabu granules, P200 registered marked money bill and assorted drug paraphernalia.

The suspects and the confiscated illegal drugs and paraphernalia were brought to the police station for then filing of the appropriate charges.

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A not so known TMT writer, whose name escapes my mind, yesterday, called on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte not to metamorphose and to continue being rude, simply because people like him that way and for that voted him into office. Passing his call for a gobbledygook, WS sidestepped his view. ’Twas a childlike plea.

But reading over Kit Tatad column today, WS touches on it now so he and some other nannies egging Duterte to stay vulgar will stop. For if he continues trash-talking, he is likely to endanger Philippine relations to friendly allies. Read over.

Kit Tatad says, a careless Duterte speech has triggered what he termed as an international cause celebre involving no less than the United Nations Secretary General and the world press.

“I am extremely disturbed by recent remarks by the President-elect of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte,” Sec-Gen. Ban Ki-moon said, adding, “I unequivocally condemn his apparent endorsement of extrajudicial killing, which is illegal and a breach of fundamental rights and freedoms.”

The Duterte statement was “… “just because you’re a journalist, you’re not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a bitch.”

Evidently, Tatad surmised, “Ban Ki-moon apparently saw this as a big enough issue and decided to use the annual gathering of UN correspondents, diplomats and other guests to talk about it. No UN Secretary General has ever done that. No one has ever gone out of his way to name an incoming or sitting head of state over the latter’s quarrel with the local press.”

Here’s one other tidbit for those misguiding Duterte into hanging on to his canto boy image.

Although reelected Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada sees President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s wolf-whistling at a female TV reporter during a press conference in Davao City two weeks ago as just trying to be funny, it was a disaster with women’s groups and rights advocates as they - in unison - called out Duterte on his unpresidential behavior.

Now, this one is a sound disclaimer, “According to him (Duterte), he will be different once he sits as President, so we’ll see,” Estrada offered.

See? Presidente Duterte, by 30th June, change.

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Chief Supt. Ronald dela Rosa, incoming Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is showing the way. One can talk tough, yet remain respectable.

Recently, he ranted - in dealing with imprisoned drug lords who continue plying their illicit trade from within, even placing bounties on Duterte’s head and his - they will be led our out of prison “horizontally.”

That is tough talk, yet with no trashy invectives.

This time around, dela Rosa said, “The country needs extreme measures in running after violent criminals, especially those involved in illegal drugs activities, as the government’s way of showing its might,” in reaction to the issuance of warning statements by human rights advocates, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the United Nations (UN).

“If we are afraid of these investigating bodies, nothing will happen. All the policeman will become bayot (gay), nobody will already address this problem,” said dela Rosa.

spicy words, but the sickening diatribes absent.

Show it to him, Chief. Duterte as president of a country must act as a statesman. Not ads a hooligan.

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No matter how PDP-Laban downplays reports of infighting among allies of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte in the Senate, the handwriting is on the wall. The seat of the senate presidency is on the way.

While PDP-Laban deputy secretary general Ben Ranque says the issue should not be focused on the race between Cayetano and Pimentel for the Senate presidency but on the support of senators to the administration of Duterte, the infighting is there. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano’s challenge to the decision of the Senate majority in choosing Sen. Koko Pimentel as senate president, is a clear defiance of the coalition agreement with the Nacionalista Party.

Cayetano, the defeated running mate of Duterte in the last May elections, has been making noise about getting the support of 15 senators in the run for the Senate presidency.

Ranque said the senators who signed the resolution supposedly supporting Cayetano may have been misled into believing that Duterte meddled in their affairs.

If that is not infighting, WS could not tell just what it is. And read over Sen. Toto Sotto’s remarks telling Cayetano to shut up on his assertions that the emerging super majority supporting Pimentel will not be able to push the legislative agenda of the Duterte administration.

Come on, men. That is plain power struggle.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 14:02