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Thursday, 28 July 2016 15:27

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

The Duterte SONA, timed to be 38 minutes – with in-between ad-libs turned out to be 98 minutes long — and remains to be the talk-of-the-town days after its delivery.

Some express regrets they didn’t have the chance to view, hear or read even it. So, here are compiled highlights of subject SONA

• The fight against criminality, illegal drugs and corruption “will be relentless and sustained,” and the government will not stop “until the last drug lord, financier and pusher have surrendered or have been put behind bars or below the ground.”

• Climate change agreements must not stymie the country’s industrialization

• Government will implement unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels effective immediately

• The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act will be implemented to allow parents to plan and space births

• Mining projects allowed but must comply with standards and pay correct taxes

• No demolition of squatters’ homes without relocation

• Task force on media killings will be formed to protect “bona fide” journalists

• Gates of Malacañang will be opened to accept complaints from the public

• Monthly rice subsidies for the poor through the DSWD

• Full implementation of the Magna Carta of Women

Legislative wishlist

• Reduction in personal and corporate income tax rates

• Amendments to the Bank Secrecy Law

• Emergency powers to solve transport and traffic problems

• The Bangsamoro Basic Law without unconstitutional provisions

• Shift to a federal system of government

• Creation of the People’s Broadcasting Corp. to replace PTV-4, with separate television channels for Muslims and the Lumad

• Whistleblower Protection Act

• Consolidation of agencies handling overseas Filipino workers

• Universal health insurance through the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.

Major projects

• Additional runway at NAIA through Merville Subdivision, or if not possible, transfer of the airport to Clark, with a fast train to and from Manila

• Removal of transport terminals from major roads

• Inter-island shipping linkages

• Rail systems north and south of Manila, Panay, Cebu City and Davao City; the Mindanao Railway Project

• Free wi-fi access in selected public places (TMT)

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Drugsters, beware. The local police campaign versus the illegal drug trade is clearly relentless.

Another suspected drug pusher was arrested as the campaign against illegal drugs gained momentum.

The buy-bust operation was conducted at Salam Drive, Mampang around 11:45 a.m. Sunday resulting in the arrest of Anthony Herrera y Leonard, 27, single, of Farmer’s Drive, Mampang. The operation was carried out by men of the Tetuan Police Station led by Supt. Nonito Asdai.

Recovered from Herrera’s possession were the usual illegal drug paraphernalia.

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There will be no extension in the 30 July-scheduled deadline for registration of voters for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. The local Commission on Elections (Comelec).

District 2 Comelec officer, Atty. Lerdo Matildo said the central office has already finalized their calendar of activities to include the registration of voters only until July 30, 2016.

He called on the new voters and those who failed to vote in the recent elections due to biometric problems to already go to their office to register.

“Those who are interested to join in the SK and the barangay elections may come to our office early to avoid problems in the future,” Matildo emphasized.

Matildo added, the Comelec office will be open Saturdays and Sundays including holidays.

He said President Rodrigo Duterte earlier vowed to push through with the elections scheduled in October 31, this year.

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The suspect in the killing of Lt. Col. Cristobal Julian Paolo “Tiny” Perez last June 20, 2016 along Buenbrazo Drive barangay Tumaga, this city is now identified.

City police director, Sr. Supt. Luisito Magnaye, however kept the name of the suspect under wraps pending his arrest.

Divulging the identity of the assailant may jeopardize police investigation efforts and his eventual arrest, Magnaye said.

Prior to his last assignment, Perez served as the commander of the Army’s 18th Infantry Battalion, one of the military units fighting against the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan province. (Nonong Santiago-supplied)

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This is a striking bit of development, though not with finality as yet. The Supreme Court (SC) stopped temporarily yesterday the implementation of curfew on children and those below 18 years old in the cities of Manila, Quezon, and Navotas.

a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued after its full court session, the SC said that the detention or restraint of a minor apprehended during the curfew period, normally from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., may be illegal.

“The Court, acting on the petition for certiorari and prohibition with application for a temporary restraining order challenging the ‘Curfew Ordinances’ of the three local governments as ultra vires for being contrary to Republic Act 9334 (Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act), issued a temporary restraining order effective immediately and until further orders enjoining the three local government units from implementing and enforcing the ‘Curfew Ordinances’,” Spokesman Theodore O. Te said quoting from the SC resolution.

The SC acted on the petition filed by the Samahan ng mga Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) which named as respondents Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Manila City Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada, and Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco.

The three city mayors were ordered to answer SPARK’s petition in 10 days. (MB-fed)