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Sunday, 26 June 2016 15:14

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Ed Roy, today please take pains to go over my piece. No time left for reviewing. Tonight, will be a busy one for WS. It’s the chartering of the 3rd Eagles Chapter in this City, and the induction of new members of the two existing clubs—Central and Western. And by noon today, WS will have to be with dear wife for lunch. It’s her birthday. Permit me — Happy birthday, Mama.

And quite will surely today, SS may come again out briefer than usual.

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The Celso-Beng tiff looks to be getting out of hand. Evidently, when Cong. Celso Lobregat took his oath as second termer congressman-returnee, he had sensed “unwelcomeness” in the Mayor Beng-Climaco-led inaugurals at City Hall.

WS crosses his fingers that such a situation would not get in the way of local governance.

Should these ill-feelings worsen, WS does foresee it may, the City Council is split in half between the Lobregat and Climaco factions.

While Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde takes joy in that he is the tie-breaker, but with the absence of one member during session, that occasion may never come. One and the   other side would surely lack one vote to pass any measure that covers financial  obligations.


Bears watching.

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The Filipino woman captive of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits is free. She was released yesterday, a Friday. Her captivity lasted more than nine months.

The hostage, Maritess Flor, was brought to the house of Sulu Gov. Totoh Tan – the head of the Crisis Management Committee – at about 2 a.m. and was immediately given food and security.

In turn, Tan phoned the military to say Flor is free.

Flor is thankful to Governor Tan and his father, Vice Governor Sakur Tan.

Flor was handed over to the group of Secretary Jesus Dureza, peace adviser of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who has sent a private plane to pick her up from Sulu.

Earlier, her family in Bukidnon province appealed to Pres.-elect Duterte to help secure her safe release

And Dureza said the elder Tan helped in securing the safe release of Flor on instructions from Duterte.

At the moment, the vice govenor is also negotiating with the kidnappers for the freedom of another hostage, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, still in Abu hands.

Later, in Davao City, Flor was presented to Duterte during a police turnover of command ceremony.

The incoming President said the elder Tan helped in securing the release of Flor.

Duterte also expressed gratitude to the elder Tan, who he said, “helped us,”, shaking hands with the vice governor.

Duterte likewise expressed optimism for the release of the Norwegian national.

It is just such a big pity, the other  captive - both Canadians - were not spared. They were beheaded, after their families and the Canadian government rejected a total of P600 million in ransom demanded by the terrorist group for the release of the two captives.

This time, Dureza said no ransom was paid for the release of Flor.

Hmmm… WS chooses to keep mum.

“No, there was no ransom paid for Flor’s safe release,” he stressed.

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The day of reckoning is coming. Those were the words of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Friday as he warned the bandit Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) against continuing its kidnapping activities.

His statement was issued after receiving kidnap victim Marites Flor from incoming Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza.

Duterte said these kidnappings “gave us a very bad image but there will be a time I have to confront the Abu Sayyaf.”

Meanwhile, Norwegian national Kjartan Sekingstad still remains in the hands of the ASG. Dureza said they did not have any information yet on the fate of Sekkingstad but there are also efforts to save him.

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Criminals don’t have to be afraid as they will surely die. This was the stern warning of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte as he pushed for the re-imposition of death penalty in the Philippines.  He lamented that when the death sentence was in place, seldom was it resorted to, so its deterrent factor never caused fear in the hearts of offenders.

And that is what he wants revived so that he will implement it to the letter, insisting it should be by hanging.

The 71-year old tough-talking local executive assailed people who tagged death penalty only as a “corrective measure” and “inhuman.”

Speaking in Pilipino he said, “Here, one-year-old, three months old getting raped, killed, you son of a _______ then they tell us don’t use death penalty because it’s inhuman.

To his mind, Duterte stressed, the death penalty, by law, is retribution.

In his speech, Duterte told the policemen to never be afraid and just do their job and he would take care of them.

All that he asks for the police to do their duty according to the law, reiterating his previous orders to the police force to kill criminals who are resisting arrests even if they are politicians.

Take the case, too, of one Wilfredo Lorenzo, “colorum” van driver accused of raping and robbing several female passengers. He is known to have committed those acts, six times - and still counting.

Is it inhuman for him to be spared the death penalty.

You judge.

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is unfazed by reports that drug lords had set a P1-billion bounty to have him killed.

In the same recent speech at the Davao City Police Office on Friday, Duterte also said he could even match the reward allegedly placed on his head by the drug lords.

“No questions asked, pataasan kami ng presyo. (We can have a price war if they want),” Duterte said.

According to the incoming President, he will even promote on the spot any policeman who will “slaughter” anyone who would try to kill him.

It is not clearly though as to how his own bounty will be used, but it can be presumed, it will be given to anyone  who will eliminate the person who would attempt to kill him..

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Remember these words in SS yesterday? - “ Amenaso pa lang, muchu ya man ta ataratan. (Only threats now, so many are already scampering.)

The momentum is going far and wide.

In Quezon City more than 1,000 drug pushers, as well as drug users, were reported to have surrendered to the Quezon City police also on Friday.

But there the system is unique. The mass surrender is seen as a success for the QCPD’s “Oplan Katok Pakiusap” campaign launched under the leadership of Director Edgardo Tinio against illegal drugs in the city.

Officials of the QCPD said they expect more surrenders in the next few days ahead of the oath-taking of Duterte on June 30.

By Katok-Pakiusap, it simply connotes of diplomatic means.

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All six Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners are up in  arms against their Chairman Andres Bautista for “failure of leadership” over his alleged inaction and pronouncements on issues concerning the May 9 polls.

In an eight-page memorandum dated June 3, the commissioners asked Bautista to shed light on 17 issues before and after the elections, including the hacking of the Comelec website, alteration of the script in the transparency server and his statement on the postponement of this October’s barangay and youth elections. More on this tomorrow.

It’s lunchtime with the wife.