US meddling in PHL affairs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 15:02

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

It was truly an exasperating day yesterday. This is my post yesterday will explain:

“Whew..! Tough luck struck again. Sound Snipes misses seeing print today. Writeup already under mid-review for editing, then sending, electricity zaps. Hard copy deleted. Time spent wasted. Sorry me. Till tomorrow. God bless us all.”

This was to have been the 1st item written yesterday. WS recomposes it in view of this very brief post on FB yesterday showing a photograph of an event:

“The owners of World War II  jeeps conducted  a motorcade from Cavite to Luneta in Manila on Monday to commemorate Philippine-American Friendship Day.”

The story - Just brushing up my memory of history. So, if the likes of Prof. Clem Bascar and and other noted historians, I stand corrected. Today (as it was written yesterday) is the 4th of July, the day the country first observed Independence Day, when America decreed freedom for the country. But then Pres. Diosdado Macapagal changed it to 12th June, the time when the 1st Philippine Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo freed the country frolm Spanish rule. From then on, the country began celebrating Philippine-American Friendship Day. In previous years it was observed with fitting public ceremonies, but none of that sort has been noticed for a long time now. It turns out though, some sectors still do, but with very little spice.

Now, for the meat of the item was — WS vividly remembers the 4th of July immediately following the EDSA Revolution. On that day, WS happened to view in awe a US TV documentary that carried very revealing accounts. Here are the scintillating lines disclosed by the American narrator, per memory.

“The United States takes pride in having played a major role in the success of the People Power.”

Revealing, huh… say you?

Shifting to a another topic, he declared, the chronicler credited America for the installation of Ramon Magsaysay, President. That the choreography started with the rise of Magsaysay as defense secretary.

The revelations of the chronicler went on, that it was an army captain (name skips my memory) who molded his image to that of the common man. One sporting a salakot on his top, wielding a sheathed bolo by the waist. And one with a pant-leg rolled up below the knee, shod in rubber boots.

That also was the same officer who wrote all the speeches of Magsaysay, the bio-pic continued..

In a boasting aura, he professed, it was the same person who themed the Magsaysay very popular campaign song.

Popular as it was, WS learned its lyrics by heart. Here goes:

Mambo mambo Magsaysay ,Mambo mambo mabuhay.

Our democracy will dies, kung wala si Magsaysay. (Repeat) Good or bad, that’s America for us.

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Tomorrow, July 6, is a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

President Duterte has signed Proclamation No. 6 to provide the “entire Filipino nation… the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in peace and harmony in the observance and celebration of the holy feast.

Throughout this month of Ramadan, the Muslim faithful practiced a dawn-to-dusk daily fasting and is traditionally set by the moonrise in Sawwal, the 10th of the 12-month lunar calendar.

It is also considered one of the most important holidays in the Islam.

Tomorrow, City Councilor Boday and Barangay Chair Aimie Cabato will have their hands full in doing the rounds, mostly mosques and for visits to Muslim friends in Baliwasan and possibly elsewhere, a traditional gesture of both even before they became barangay officials.

From the Cabato family to the Muslim faithful, Salamat Hariraya Pu-asa.

Alhamdullila. See you. Insha Allah.

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The 48-hour ultimatum given by Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa to rogue policemen has lapsed with not one surrendering. He expressed surprise of their toughness, and is now plotting his next move; that is to  craft them into a popular Baguio recipe - “pinikpikan” - wherein chicken is repeatedly “beaten” prior to cooking.  “I will just keep quiet, but deep inside my heart, I’m angry, he said in Pilipino.

He also articulated alarm that nine out of 2,405 policemen who went through a surprise drug test last Friday tested positive.

After a second test, those proven  positive would face charges and be ultimately dismissed.

This time, that is Bato for crooked police.

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The Duterte administration will never negotiate with the extremist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). Such is the reiteration made by Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella in a news conference.

Abella issued the statement after an alleged member of the Abu Sayyaf Group reached out to the government to talk about the last of four captives taken from Samal Island last year.

Over the weekend, however Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said he is willing to negotiate with the Abu Sayyaf about Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad.

Dureza confirmed having gotten word from someone in Zamboanga City that an Abu Rami, one of those holding Sakkingstad and other captives, wanted to talk to him.

Previous reports identified Abu Rami as the spokesman for the Abu Sayyaf.

He said, he was ready and willing to talk with anyone for the release of the hostages and save lives provided that it would not be by way of ransom. Already given a special phone number to the contact, he has yet to receive word from him.

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Vice President LeniRobredo called on President Duterte at Malacañang yesterday, and was reportedly received cordially. But according to Presidential Communications Office chief Secretary Martin Andanar, Duterte did not offer a Cabinet position to Robredo, who ran under the Liberal Party.

Further details of the first formal meeting between Duterte and Robredo were not made available to the public.

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Writing now on the Microsoft Publisher program, guess per Ed Roy Ramos’s request this piece today is brief.