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Monday, 18 July 2016 15:17

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

After surfing the net for newsworthy items to share with you, writing time is exactly 9:03 am. Have to be done by 10:00 o’clock. In the company of Western Eagles Club here, we fly to Labuan where new Eagle awaits us for a powwow on our next outreach mission in Labuan – Bloodletting.

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After well in convincing 72 drugsters to surrender voluntarily, the biggest catch among the 15 barangays under Police Station 11, newly installed petit and demure youngster of a Barangay Chair of Baliwasan, now faces an acid test in her leadership. It would be interesting to monitor how she would deal with persistent reports that, at least one of her kagawad is engaged in the illegal drug trade.

Likewise, there are stories of some barangay tanods who are into drugs. Reports indeed, are challenging.

Bears watching. We will keep you informed.

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The military retaliates. And with might,.

A military source said on Friday that 10 Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed and several others wounded Thursday in an airstrike launched at one of the three towns occupied by the ISIS- linked group.

The source, who requested anonymity, told Daily Zamboanga Times that MG20 attack helicopters pounded Bohe Buug settlement in the harassed village of Baguindian, Tipo Tipo, Basilan island with rockets hitting Abu Sayyaf dugouts and killing 10 fighters, including a 50 caliber machine gunner.

He identified some of the slain militants as Abu Amil, Abu Gabuh, Abu Amer, Commander Sibin and an unidentified .50 caliber machinegunner.

Five others remained unidentified while six more were reportedly wounded.

He said the groups of Isnilon Hapilon and FurujiI Indama were not with the group of Ubaib when the air strike occorred.

Just curious. Could this be the beginning of Digong’s reckoning day?

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Some skeptics say the fear of the Dutere government is starting to erode.

Do you agree?

WS says it’s too early to tell. Stories as the immediately written item in Basilan woluld surely strike terror in the hearts of militants. This hereunder report would do the same to drugsters.

Suspects continued to drop dead in Manila, Pasay, Las Piñas, Mandaluyong and Pasig cities, again either as casualties of police operations or victims of unidentified gunmen who made sure their targets also publicly “confessed” through cardboard signs left on their bodies.

If indeed, there is an erosion of fear, it could only come because of moderates, the likes of Sec. Leila de Lima, Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Baguilat Jr. and scores of other legislators, who talk of investigating these recent spate of drugs killings.

WS hopes that with valiant assuring words of Pres. Duterte yesterday that he is taking full responsibility of these killing because such is his marching orders will stop dampening the demoralization of the ranks of the law enforcers.

And it’s a good thing – for sensible reasons — incoming Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he is rejecting calls for the House of Representatives to investigate the spate of drug killings involving policemen because lawmakers could be suspected of protecting drug lords.

“I don’t want any insinuation that the drug lords are using members of Congress to investigate the police so the [police] would go slow on their campaign against illegal drugs,” Alvarez said.

Baguilat Jr. and de Lima have filed separate resolutions seeking a legislative inquiry into the hundreds of deaths arising from the Philippine National Police’s campaign against illegal drugs, which has intensified since President Duterte assumed office on June 30.

Alvarez said suspicions would not only discredit members of the House but also undermine morale in the PNP after the President had assured policemen that he would back their aggressive tactics.

He said that even if a House probe proved that the drug killings were summary executions, he did not see any legislation coming out from the investigation.

Alvarez quoted the late Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew: “In criminal law legislation, our priority is the security and well-being of law-abiding citizens rather than the rights of the criminal to be protected from incriminating evidence.” (PDI-fed)

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It’s a minute to 10 am. Time is up. Flight time now. Requesting Ed Roy to please review this piece. No time left for self-editing.