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Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:13

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Yesterday, we carried a short item on a fallen soldier, treacherously shot from behind right here in Zamboanga. Nothing much was said about him in the picked up story.    Except for the Julian and Perez family names and  home place in Buenbrazo Dr. Guiwan, he was never mentioned to be a Zamboangueño. And surfing the net today, clues surfaced that the man is Zamboangueño, a homegrown compoblano (townmate). First clue was posted by Mhel Sebastian from faraway South Korea. Second came from a Perez, my godchild by baptism - Niña.

And also today, a longer and descriptive news item of his came out in the Inquirer (PDI). The story -

“If I assault, follow me. If I falter, urge me on. If I retreat, kill me.’

This was the favorite line of Lt. Col. Cristobal Julian Paolo “Tiny” Perez when he was on combat duty.

Perez was tagged as the No. 1 enemy of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan. His operations in 2000 to 2004 resulted in the deaths of a number of Abu Sayyaf bandits.

On Monday night, Perez, 46, was shot and killed by motorcycle-riding men outside his residence on Buenbrazo Drive, Barangay Guiwan here.

Police are still investigating the attack.

Now assigned to the First Tabak Infantry Division in Pulacan, Zamboanga del Sur, Perez came here on Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day with his wife May.

Perez was a graduate of Philippine Military Academy Class 1993.

A few years ago, he returned to Basilan as head of the 18th Infantry Battalion.

When Perez left Basilan for a post in the First Infantry Division in Pulacan, he left behind several projects for children in Basilan.

Jose Manuel Mamauag, former human rights commissioner, recalled Perez’s determination to enroll his soldiers in human rights classes.

‘He’s a human rights defender in military uniform,’ Mamauag said.”

Perez’s remains lie at St. Peter Funeral Parlor here.” (PDI)

Ugh ugh, on second browsing the brace officer, the Julian name may not at all be maternal as its proceeded by Paolo, definitely n either maternal.

In any case -  By his words, Perez was a valiant officer. SS condoles with the Perez family and relatives for the loss of a gallant man.

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Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) reports, it plans to hold a Moro convention to help draft a revised Bangsamoro bill.

This was announced by interim chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, who said that the convention will be a coalition of the Bangsamoro comprising both the MNLF and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Alonto, in an interview Sunday night at a Hotel in Iligan said that talks were already underway for the initial plans on the meeting.

The MNLF official admitted, the outgoing Aquino administration’s Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is already dead in Congress.

Alonto added that the output in the convention would be submitted to President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte, who will study it presumably for certification as urgent.

Alonto concluded that from the start, the BBL was already betrayed with Aquino not certifying the bill as urgent from the executive branch.

He charged Aquino for betraying the hopes and aspirations of their people.

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Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Christian Robert Lim made true his word to resign as head of the poll body’s Campaign Finance office (CFO).

the senior Comelec official, earlier manifested, the act is in  protest to the en banc for granting the request of the Liberal Party (LP) and its standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II to extend the filing of their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs), Lim downplayed perceptions that his resignation has put his colleagues in a bad light  and stressed that he is not mad at his colleagues.

Alongside, however, he expressed frustration in the en banc move, articulating that the majority in the poll body want to take a different shift, so let them run CFO.

Aside from Lim, those who voted to deny the request are Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista and Commissioner Luie Guia.

Commissioners Arthur Lim, Al Parreño, Sheriff Abas and Rowena Guanzon approved the request to reset the deadline to June 30. The original deadline was last June 8.

The poll body official believed that the decision to extend the filing of SOCE was illegal., explaining further - looking at the law, the SOCE compliance must be within 30 days after an election - going beyond 30 days is tantamount to an amendment of the law.

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Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., four current and former Comelec commissioners, and Smartmatic-TIM Corporation are facing charges for alleged violations committed under Republic Acts 7080, 3019, and 9184, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

The complaint for punder was filed by former Negros Oriental congressman Jacinto Paras yesterday.

Aside from Brillantes, charged before the Office of the Ombudsman were ex-commissioners Lucenito N. Tagle and Elias R. Yusop, incumbent Commissioners Christian Robert S. Lim and Al A. Parreno, and Smartmatic officials Cesar Flores, Elle Moreno, and Marlon Garcia.

In the same manner, Paras asked the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to begin investigating the charges and conduct lifestyle checks on the accused.

Paras claimed that as much as P240 million changed hands.

In the complaint, Paras alleged that Brillantes, Tagle, Yusop, Lim, and Parreno approved Resolution No. 9922 on December 23, 2014. The resolution called for the Comelec to undertake a Direct Contracting arrangement with Smartmatic for the diagnostics, maintenance, repair, and replacement of the Comelec’s Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.

Paras said Comelec awarded and executed the Extended Warranty Contract in favor of Smartmatic on January 30, 2015, without the benefit of public bidding in violation of RA 9184.

The contract was questioned in the Supreme Court by Bishop Pabilloet. al. and the Integrated Bar of the Philippine (IBP). Ant the Supreme Court found the contract to be illegal, invalid, and in violation of law, thus, null and void.

Paras said the Supreme Court, through Justice Perlas Bernabe, said Brilliantes, Tagle, Yusop, Lim, and Parreno justified the use of Direct Contracting as an alternative mode of procurement despite it being inappropriate and inapplicable to the transaction they executed with Smartmatic.

Their act of justifying the use of Direct Contracting, which is in contravention of RA 9184, showed their evident bad faith, manifest partiality, and gross inexcusable negligence to favor Smartmatic over other possible qualified suppliers/bidders, which could have given the government a more advantageous price and better quality of service, Paras said.

“Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling…, nobody stood and pursued the criminal aspect of the declaration of nullity by the Supreme Court on the Extended Warranty Contract,” Paras said.

So, there you go. Going by the claims of the former Congressman, can those charged ever even  dream of escaping liability? Say you? (With MB feeds)

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The media, due to “limited space” as announced by Malacañang will be barred from covering the inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on June 30. Martin Adanar, incoming chief of the Presidential Communications Office, said only the government-run television PTV4 and Radio-Television Malacañang (RTVM) will be allowed inside the Rizal Hall.

Andanar added that reporters can, however, monitor the event at their working area at the New Executive building.

He explained, Rizal Hall is not that big. But then, our colleagues in RTVM are used to a broadcast pool. So it is believed, he added, they will not have a difficult time,”

Andanar said only 500 guests were invited, including Duterte’s immediate family, those who helped in his campaign, incoming Cabinet members and members of Congress.

President-elect Duterte has even asked us not to bring our wives, he added.

So, there are now several major exclusions to the Duterte planned inaugural, 0due to space constrictions; among others - VP-elect Leni Robredo, the media, and wives of national dignitaries.

And Christopher Go, special assistant to Duterte, adds, the inaugural celebration in Malacañang will be “simple yet meaningful” and “consistent with Duterte’s principles on austerity.”

Hey, there is one sector seems to have been conspicuously left out - foreign dignitaries. They are normally fixtures in the retinues of invited guests. Right? (TMT)