Mariano not ready to throw towel PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 July 2016 13:55

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Starting time of column grinding is 12:13 noon. So, this will then be another hurried brief piece today. Wife Lily is scheduled for discharge from hospital by 1:30 pm. Have to move release papers for her.

Likewise, the Cap Aime-tasked work for WS remains undone, as they may remain to be until tomorrow.

First round of the Jimenez-Mariano battle goes to Councilor Charlie Mariano. DILG-9 Regional Director Moh. Taha Arakama rules the City Council cannot expel the veteran legislator. Anchoring his opinion with citations that the absence of a no imprisonment sentence and nonexistence of a clause barring Mariano from permanently holding public office, the DILG Chief submitted this opinion in answer to the request sent in by City Vice Mayor and Council Presiding Officer, Cesar S. Iturralde.

At first, WS was tempted to modestly argue certain points raised in the judgment, but being on the side of Mariano, WS keeps things to himself.

Can’t tell now what Councilor Cesar M. Jimenez will do next. But knowing him, he just might be up to something wily by Tuesday.

Keep watch, WS is confident, too, Mariano is on his toes and not about ready to throw in the towel, especially so that he has the DILG siding with him.

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Something for non-repentant drugsters to ponder seriously on. The local police are on a relentless drive to ferret them out. If you know what’s good for you, time to stop, guys.

Thus, the police report that a total of 74 persons have been arrested in Zamboanga City from July 1 to the present in connection with the nationwide campaign against illegal drugs.

Make that 76 now, as the police reported two suspected drug pushers to have been arrested in a buy-bust operation at Barangay Sta. Barbara, this city, last Thursday.

Police Station 11 commander Superintendent Diomarie Albarico identified the suspects as Samer Majuddin y Salim, 27, single, and Gani Sapie y Sayaddi, 43, single, both residents of the same place.

On the first 74 batch, Sr. Insp. Helen Galvez, City Police Office information officer, disclosed that they were arrested in 44 separate drug bust operations carried out by the different police stations.

Galvez said that a total of 250 sachets of shabu weighing 8.793 grams were seized from the suspects.

She said that 42 cases have been filed in court against those arrested.

Good for some 5,346 persons involved in illegal drugs as they have turned themselves to authorities voluntarily, which means that they will not be charged in court, but instead helped live normal lives. They know their days are numbered.

Out of the 5,346, 196 are pushers and 5,150 users and a total of 3,053 houses were visited by the police as part of Oplan Tokhang. (With DZT reports)

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On some other angles, the police appear similarly alert, as well  as they arrested a suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member wanted for kidnapping and illegal detention in Barangay Sta. Maria, this city, Thursday. The arresting team was composed of joint elements of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) under Rear Admiral Jorge Amba and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)–National Capital Region and Region 9.

Report showed that Bads Adjam, alias Pa Malod and Abu Jihad, was arrested by virtue of several warrants of arrest for kidnapping and serious illegal detention.

One arrest warrant was issued by the 9th Judicial Region, Branch 4 in Parang, Sulu Province in relation to the kidnapping of a member of the Jehovah’s witness in Patikul, Sulu last 2002.

Another warrant of arrest against the suspect was issued by RTC, NCR Branch 262, Pasig City for the kidnapping of 10 Malaysian Nationals, 9 European Nationals and 2 Filipino resort workers in Sipadan Island, Malaysia in 2000.

A monetary reward of P600,000 for the arrest of the suspect has been set by the Department of National Defense and Department of Interior and Local Government (DND-SILG) in November 2012.

The arrested ASG member was brought to the CIDG 9 office for documentation and detention. ( DZT reports)