Some Region 9 pols possibly involved in drug trade PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:47

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

11.35 a.m. is today’s writing time. Just came from the 2nd session day of the new set of councilors here. As a father to a neophyte council member Boday, WS cannot stand but set aside some time to watch the action on the sides.

Pardon my tender of a comment, for a novice, son Boday is faring well. Here’s a one phrase description of the rookie, lifted from mouths of mediamen covering the council beat on members who simply sit down, voice a second and cast a vote along party lines - “Nuay le chikoy na boca,” (He has no sticky stuff in his mouth). He talks when there is need.    Move on, officer.

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This one is quite a revelation. The Police Regional Office (PRO9) last Friday disclosed that there is a great possibility that some politicians in Region 9 are protectors of or involved in the illegal drugs trade.

But PRO 9 commander, Chief Supt. Billy Beltran said this report is still discreetly being investigated by the various police stations in the region.

And Beltran assured that there is no shabu laboratory in his area of responsibility based from information provided by their police intelligence units.

Beltran said the recent bravado pronouncements of President Rodrigo Duterte that he will be behind the police in their fight against illegal drugs have bolstered the morals of the police.

The Police Regional Director also pinpointed  Zamboanga City as the transshipment point used by illegal drug syndicates from Luzon and other areas in the country.

What is good is, Beltran bared that the police have identified some of these shabu big bosses and are already formulating plans for their capture. (Nonong Santiago-fed)

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Former President Fidel Ramos is on a rampage against Ex-Pres. BS Aquino III. It starts with  a revelation - little is known, Ramos, a loyal defender of then-President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s mother Corazon, who he succeeded as President, has labeled the Noynoy Aquino 1st state of the Nation address (SONA) as “the most unpresidential SONA” he’d heard.

Ramos was piqued by Aquino’s relentless attacks on purported failings and anomalies under Gloria Arroyo, an unseemly excoriation of his predecessor to which no other  President had ever stooped, not even his mother, despite her bitterness over the assassination of her husband by soldiers of the Marcos regime.

And yesterday Rodrigo Duterte didn’t lambast his predecessor, despite Aquino’s campaign attacks and last-ditch bid to get his rivals to unite against him. Duterte, he said didn’t say anything unfitting for the office.

But let’s say it for him, Ramos offered. We aren’t obliged to be presidential and can tell it like it is, especially how Aquino’s rule created the criminality Duterte now has to grapple with. And that is very much part of the state of the nation today, although pro-Aquino media have largely concealed it, even from normally well-informed experts.

In sum, Ramos concluded, actions and data debunk the widely parroted claim that Aquino’s Daang Matuwid slashed graft and strengthened the rule of law. In fact, the opposite happened: Aquino’s policies and actions spurred the lawlessness scourge now afflicting the nation.

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Daang Matuwid gets yet another flak. This time from opinionist Atty. Dodo Dulay of TMT. Dulay says, the recent decision of the Supreme Court (SC) acquitting former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) of plunder charges over the alleged misuse of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) intelligence funds has erased one of the last vestiges of the “daang matuwid” administration from our political system.

He went on, “We recall how during his administration, former President Benigno Aquino 3rd kept harping on the success of his administration’s anti-corruption campaign, frequently citing the hospital arrest of his predecessor. Obviously, Aquino relished Arroyo’s incarceration as a major achievement of his ‘daang matuwid’ government.

With the past administration making Arroyo the poster child for all the ills that befell our country, the SC’s junking of the only remaining plunder charge against her is a slap on the face of Aquino. It also confirms what many have suspected all along—that Arroyo had been illegally and hastily detained on trumped-up charges.”

The SC noted in its ruling that all of the alleged conspirators (except for Arroyo and PCSO Budget Officer Benigno Aguas) have been granted bail by the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan after finding that the evidence of guilt against them was not strong.

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Poor sport  Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, who bandied he is Duterte’s fair-haird boy for the Senate Presidency, was a no-show during election time. And the result of the polls among the senators was 20 to a mere 3, in  favor of Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd  over closest rival Sen. Ralph Recto of the LP, who as a result, became Minority Leader.

And neophyte Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao was given the distinct honor to swear in Pimentel, son of former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr.

Glaringly, Mindanaoans now occupy three of the four highest posts in the land: President Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte and Pimentel of Cagayan de Oro City. Only VP post is not.

It was the first time for the son of a former Senate President to also lead the chamber.

In a dramatic turn, Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, a returnee to the chamber and a staunch supporter of Cayetano, rose to nominate Pimentel.

The friendship between the two Mindanaoan legislators (Pimentel and Zubiiri) was marred by their fight for the 12th and last senatorial slot in the 2007 elections.

Zubiri was proclaimed winner but had to quit in 2011 before he was to be unseated by the Senate Electoral Tribunal over charges of election fraud.