Intelligence makes one guilty? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 14:38

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Have not thoroughly read the Duterte Freedom of Information Executive Order, but based on newspaper accounts, it does seem to encompass all possible access to vital documents. And the EO, too, does seem to have the weight of a very implementable mandate of an edict.

Coming as it does simply by way of an executive masterpiece, big questions surface.

What tied the hands of both the executive and legislative departments from adopting a similar law or directive in the last 29 years? What were they so afraid of exposing to public knowledge? Could they have had so many darn secrets?

Truly, we can only suspect.

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If Pres. Digong Duterte goes on his dogged decisions as now plus a new-found polite image for the next six years, this corner declares – largely due to his canto boy lingo - WS could only have misjudged him to turn out being a dangerous president.

Truth is, this silent misjudgment began simmering as soon as Duterte declared, he would metamorphose into a butterfly, the moment he formally sits as president.

True enough, his self-admission of enjoyment in being rude, has been noticed as early as a few days entering his oath-taking rites to have started simmering. Gone are the cursing words and ill-mannered moves.

He is seen to be truly presidential now, a cut-out statesman.

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The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) announced, it has set aside P563.6 million in emergency loan for its active members and old-age pensioners in nine more areas in Mindanao that were affected by El Niño.

Sorry, folks, to Zamboanga City beneficiaries, this is false alarm.

Eligible to apply for the loan until July 31 are qualified members and pensioners in Iligan City in Lanao del Norte, Claveria in Misamis Oriental, Tudela and Bonifacio in Misamis Occidental, Kabasalan and Alicia in Zamboanga Sibugay and Guipos and Kumalarang in Zamboanga del Sur.

Asia’s Latin is not on of them.

Sorry, so sorry, folks. Qualified Zamboanga GSIS members would not be able to avail of the following. For first-time borrowers a Php20,000 emergency loan. Those who have an existing emergency loan are entitled to Php40,000, from which their outstanding loan balance will be deducted.

One good thing going though, per report, the new areas are actually additions of nine more. It could be likely then, GSIS may come up with more additions. And our city is the closest to one of the addition, that is  Sibugay.

Keep your fingers crossed.

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WS is getting to admire opinionist Rigoberto Tiglao more and more. He talks with sense, spiced with fiery rhetorics. See how he describes three Supreme Court Justices and the appointing authority who dissented in the acquittal of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA). “What else could you expect, if three of these are so inexperienced and unqualified for the post, appointed by an incompetent President purely on the basis of their loyalty to him — the first time such level of inexpert lawyers are appointed to the Supreme Court in its 115-year history?

He laughed off as a “preposterous dissenting opinion of Justice Marvic in the charge, which had kept GMA incarcerated at grave risk to her health for five, or was it four years, as she was jailed Nov. 11, 2011.

Tiglao cited Leonen’s “preposterous dissenting opinion, this way, “He starts his dissent with the following: “Arroyo was a highly intelligent President who knew what she was doing. . . . As President, it was her duty to stop . . . pilferage of public coffers.”

He ends it with: “The former President cannot plead naiveté. She was intelligent and was experienced.” Therefore she’s guilty, Leonen argues.

Of what?, Tiglao asks, of being intelligent?

Meaning, intelligence now makes one guilty, he mused.

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Drumbeaters of Pres. Duterte reports that today’s, 15th July SONA is to be held in simple modest manner.

Eh? Why then the need to employ, even if on pro bono basis, the services of a multi-awarded film director to choreograph the SONA?

Just a point to ponder on.

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Filipino boxing icon and now Sen. Manny Pacquiao is reported to be lining up a fight against  unbeaten Terence Crawford, who just punched his way to a lopsided 12-round unanimous decision over Viktor Postol on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to unify the World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Council super lightweight world titles, scoring a couple of knockdowns in the process.

That spells danger for the idle Pacquiao. He is not getting any younger. Could be a wrong move going into final retirement.

Even if he wins, what is there for him to prove? But if he loses - especially via the short route, as Crawford is a known knockout artist – all boxing honor and glory earned in the past, evaporates. Shameful.

But if the fight is against either Juan Miguel Marquez or Floyd Mayweather, Jr., it will entirely be different. He has everything to win, nothing to lose.

Say you?