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Monday, 20 June 2016 14:16

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Unidentified burglars robbed the Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the Philippines (CAMACOP) in Don Alfaro Street, Barangay Tetuan, this city, last Tuesday and carted away more than P50,000 worth of items.

So, what else is new? The Baliwasan Chapel was discovered burglarized, too only last Sunday moring.

But while the Tetuan place of worship suffered some P50,000 losses, Baliwasan’s was of a lot lot lesser in damage.

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Not that this corner is against the imposition of martial law in Sulu or in any other place where there is need for it, WS just feels that if government has the will to eradicate lawless elements, there is no such need for it.

Former Philippine President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has shown the way, when he ordered the capture of the MILF-occupied Camp Abubakar in Lanao. No martial law was imposed, yet the military managed to take control of the camp.

We see no different of Abu Sayyaf encampments. For sure, subject MILF camp housed plenty more and better equipped men with plenty more sophisticated armaments.

The difference is, Estrada had the will.

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Get a load now of these grave charges from a big brave man. Jolo Mayor Hussin Amin accused the military of colluding with the notorious ISIS-linked Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and said some officers partook of the ransoms paid for the freedom of some of the group’s hostages.

At the same time, Amin called on government to investigate these officers who are in cahoots with the terrorists and for the Armed Forces of the Philippines to conduct a loyalty check among its ranks.

Amin, a former congressman, exposed that a colonel in the military benefited from the ransom paid for the release of Dr. Alberto Canda who was kidnapped in Sulu in 2004 and freed a month later. He said a congressional inquiry into the kidnapping showed the alleged involvement of the military officer.

“It is on the record in Congress, we conducted an investigation when Canda was kidnapped. A colonel made money, he was a partner. That case is in Congress but lawmakers never gave it much attention. They should not hide that case,” he said in Pilipino.

These people are asking and receiving ransom, those who made money should be jailed, concluded Amin said.

To this, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) immediately denied, maintaining that there are no traitors in the military.

AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said there is no reason to doubt soldiers.

“Our Armed Forces and police have been at the forefront of the fight against all KFRGs (kidnapping-for-ransom groups) and the ASG for a long time.

But, folks, were they serious in the forefront “fight against all KFRGs and the ASG for a long time””. Were they conscientious in their moves to have succeeded?

Here an insight to the answer by way of another question – Do the KFRGs and ASGs still exist?

And here is more of the observed vacillation of incumbent Pres. Aquino in addressing the problems at hand, particularly, beheadings. It is reported that although he refused to elaborate - citing operational security - Aquino ordered “refinements” in the military operation against the Abu Sayyaf.

Now, here is the exposed ambivalence of Aquino.

The military is ready to implement any changes in the offensive against the Abu Sayyaf to rescue the remaining hostages held by the bandit group, according to Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., spokesman of Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), adding government troops would abide by whatever policy will be adopted in the effort to save the victims.

Revealingly, however, Tan averred, they have not been advised of any changes in the military operation in Sulu.

So, there. Blah blah blah. All talk, no walk.

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Tomorrow, SS will grind a little late. WS, able to have viewed only the last six minutes of game 6, having missed out on all the earlier five, would not dare missing this thriller of a game 7.

As declared, WS is rooting for the Warriors, and even predicted a win in Game 6, having read present NBA Most Valuable saying, he will play his best game ever in that game. Yes, he may have scored some 30 points then, but didn’t come through with his best. For game 7 tomorrow, 20th, Curry declared, “I need to play my best game of the year, if not my career, because of what the stakes are.”

This time, he was a lot more humble, saying, “Four out of the six games I’ve played pretty well to my expectations, my standards, so I need to take it up another notch for game seven. That’s what the greats do.”

This time around, there’s no doubt, Curry will deliver that higher notch, lest will eat his words again.

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It appears WS right in saying, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) was wrong when by a vote of a close 4-3, allowed the late filing of Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) by candidates and political parties.

Incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the same, as he took a snipe of his own at the Liberal Party (LP) and (Comelec) following latter’s decision on the Statement of contributors and expenditures (SOCE).

He said PDP-Laban intends to question the Comelec ruling before the Supreme Court (SC).

The commissioners, in justifying the law-bending decision admitted giving weight on the consequences of disallowing the late filing, such as the disqualifation of some 140 congressional winning bets, to include presumptive VP Leni Robredo.

Yes, the situation may become complicated, but as lawyers say, “Dura lex, sed lex”. The law is hard, but it’s the law.” The law should then prevail.

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It’s final the inaugural rites of the two topmost leaders of the country will be held separately. His was announced by the Duterte camp, but time with a lot more finesse.

Duterte adviser Christopher “ Bong” Go said, the set-up will allow Robredo to in invite all those who she wishes to witness the affair. Whereas, if held together, her guests will be limited due to space constrictions.