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Saturday, 25 June 2016 14:36

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Amenaso pa lang, muchu ya man ta ataratan. (Only threats now, so many are already scampering.)

The threatening words of incoming Pres. Roldrigo — “Kailangang huminto na kayo (You need to stop now). This time you have to change your lifestyles and try to be just an ordinary government worker (citizen).”

Results: The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-9 (PDEA-9) has revealed that some drug suspects in the region have gone missing about 10 days before the administration of Duterte will take over.

Joseph Ladip, PDEA 9 regional director, said one of the reasons is the pronouncement of Duterte that he will wage an all-out campaign against illegal drugs nationwide and will order law enforcers to kill hardcore drug pushers and traffickers if they will resist arrest.

Ladip also had some threatening words of his for them, spoken in Pilipino “... wherever they are, the long hands of the law will be after them...They must remember, it is not only in Zamboanga that there are police and PDEA. Even in the Visayas and Luzon there are police and PDEA, there is the NBI.

He stressed, no drug personality lasts, all are arrested, in some cases even killed. When one engages in drug trafficking, he either lands in jail or heads for the cemetery. (With reports from R.G. AA. Go)

And here is yet another such result. Ta puede man gale. Antes pa era. (It is, after all, possible. These should have already been done before) — The police have arrested 15 suspected drug pushers as they have stepped up the campaign against prohibited drug trade here in Region 9.

Chief Supt. Billy Beltran, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director said, the suspects were arrested on Monday in separate anti-drug operations in this city and in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay.

Beltran said seized from the suspects were drug items and paraphernalia with marked money enough to stand as evidence in court against them.

With the help of all stakeholders, the said the problem on the proliferation of prohibited drugs can be curbed within three to six months with the help of all concerned stakeholders.

We could truly expect greater results when Duterte settles as head of the nation

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The frequency of arrests of Abu Sayyaf members in this city is increasing. This should sound the alarm of possible kidnap prospects, for this is an indication, they are in town.

We have to take into consideration, the arrested and target personalities are the only ones identified as there are standing warrants in their name. Meaning, there  could be more herfe but remain unidentified. They can be anybody near you. Only God knows.

Chilling, huh? This is where the public should exercise extra vigilance. Guard your backs and neighborhood. Of any suspicious-looking individuals with equally suspicious movements, law-enforcement authorities must immediately be notified, with the latter quick to respond.

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ricardo Marquez is doing the right thing. He said, he will step down two months ahead of his mandatory retirement on August 28 to give way to his successor, Chief Supt. Ronald dela Rosa.

And that will be on 28th June. Good move, Chief. You are a true officer and a gentleman. After all, too, that is what is rumored earlier on. Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte is calling for all officers handling top posts in the military and the police to hand in their courtesy resignations soon as he becomes President.

Upon assumption of “Bato” (dela Rosa), from only one star tagged on his shoulders, three more will be pinned.

Even before the election, Marquez explained he had said that whoever wins he will tender his courtesy resignation. But he opted to retire early so that the incoming PNP Chief  will be able to hold the four-star rank.

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Finding indications of fraud in the last elections, a party-list group joined Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in urging the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to immediately conduct an investigation into alleged manipulation of the results of the May 9 national and local elections.

One of the indications of cheating, the Confederation of Non-Stock Savings and Loan Associations, Inc. (Consla) party-list on Thursday cited is the discrepancy in the votes it garnered based on the quick count conducted by the Philippine Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and the poll body.

Consla is one of the 115 party-list groups accredited by the Comelec in the last elections.

The group’s counsel, Rodolfo M. San Diego, said the noted cheating and vote manipulation was to favor certain candidates.

In its letter to Comelec Chair Andres Bautista, PPCRV twitted its partial canvassing of votes. So did multiple media outlets. But the votes PPCRV canvassed from the Transparency Server, which essentially are the same votes canvassed by the Comelec, bore completely different results, San Diego pointed out.

At the same time, Consla filed a letter of complaint to the PPCRV seeking an explanation for the discrepancy of the votes it received. (TMT-fed)

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No wonder, while the championship champagne had dried up, the euphoria created by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ come-from-behind victory over the Golden State Warriors continues to be felt by Cavalier fans.

Boxing sports writer said, “For the record, the Cavaliers became the first team in NBA Finals history to overcome a 3-to-1 deficit and win the championship.”

He went on “... the true measure of a champion is measured not solely by his ability to recover from a loss, but from his ability to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The Warriors came within one win of repeating as NBA champs, but the Cavs refused to throw in the white towel of surrender.”

A GS warrior rooter WS is, yes, but this Tolentino item truly attracted his interest to their feat. Cav fans do have reasons to rejoice. Saludos.

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Up to its dying days in office, the Aquino administration maintains that the named and renamed controversial budget measure - Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), was good for the economy and that its implementors acted in “good faith.”. So reports TMT.

That could be true, agreed. But not in  all aspects, friends. In some instances It could have been good for the economy, yes, and its implementors may have acted in “good faith.”

But can the same be said of the grantor/s?

Hardly, WS dares say. There are accusations of its use as “bribery”. Take the case of disgraced Chief Justice Renato Corona. The answers are there.

Take the case, too, of the Napoles clients - a dime a dozen of them.

Good implementors? Ha ha ha.

Take one more instance, Batanes - a town said to be even smaller than Basilan, hometown of another implementor, Budget Sec. Butch Abad, whose his wife if congresswoman - raking in billions in DAP money as compared to the pittance other cities and provinces elsewherereceived.

Can the same be said?

You be the better judges.

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There it goes again. Amid criticisms of clear violation of law, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday issued a resolution en banc officially amending its rules allowing it to continue accepting Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) of candidates in the last elections beyond June 30, 2016, but with the appropriate fines.

In a seven-page Resolution No. 9939, the Comelec changed the deadline for the SOCE filing from June 8, 2016, to June 30, 2016.

In view of RA  No. 7166 which provides that if a political party, which nominated a winning candidate, fails to file the SOCE on time, the/candidate cannot assume office, clearly this time its action was not based on law but on mere perceptions.

Comelec cited the resulting public frustration, widespread political vacuum, and a constitutional crisis, which would be caused by a strict implementation of Section 14 of Republic Act No. 7166.

Voting was identical to its ruling on the SOCE - 4 to 3.

Pros - Commissioners Arthur Lim, Al Parreno, Sheriff Abas, and Rowena Guanzon.

Against - Chairman Andres Bautista and Commissioners Louie Guia and Christian Robert Lim.

Lim, in his dissenting opinion, called the resolution to extend the deadline a “clear accommodation” for the Liberal Party (LP).

Incoming House Speaker Pantaleon has more reasons now to fume as he did yesterday, saying Comelec should have been the first to uphold the SOCE provision of    Republic Act No. 7166, which states that all candidates, winners or losers, must file their SOCEs within 30 days after the elections.

“But by acquiescing to the LP (Liberal Party) SOCE filing extension, the Comelec became the first to violate RA 7166, as well as its own Comelec Resolution No. 9991.