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Saturday, 30 July 2016 14:18

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Henry Salac, awardee of the prestigious sectoral honors in the field of media given  by the Provincial Federation of Zamboanga del Sur PWD, is going great guns, Media Award.

The award was tendered during the culmination of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week last 22 July at the Pagadian City Covered Court.

Perhaps, little is known that Salac was a 5-year trusted hand in the office of  WS during his mid-years as a City Councilor. And in many stage campaign sorties, while others had sexy females dancers for entertainment numbers, WS had only one, who he introduced as his Dancing Queen.

He was Henry Salac, who stole the thunder from the sexy female dancers.

Soon after, WS received a cell phone call from no less than than Mayor and now back as Congressman, Celso Lobregat, expressing concern that Salac was in his office, along with other applicants seeking job placement  in the City’s Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWO). My answer was, “Yes, Mayor he is there with my blessings. If he stays on with me in the SP, he will always be a co-termninus employee, whereas in the CSWO, his post will be permanent. Please help.”

So there, PWD Salac is safe now. Up to now, he regards his job as a Cabato gift of tenure to him. He was introduced to WS by then  Cong. Erbie Fabian, his scholarship benefactor at WMSU.

Due to his doggedness to learn, the Cabato family never treated Salac as a PWD, but rather more of a regular member of the household.

In the PWD sector, Salac has continuously  displayed  courage and determination in the field of sports, joining  races, earning in the process, gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter dash runs. He expresses dejection, though that while he further strives to achieve more even in media, doubling as an amateur practitioner, having started  with the opinion  column, “Daybreak”, there are in government who dislikes his moves.

Knowing his guts and confidence in self, WS commiserates with Henry. Carry on, man.

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Owing to an early morning Eagles Club acivity tomorrow, SS just might not see print by then . The ZC Western Eagles Club under the presidency of Edmond Atilano is motoring off by 6 am to Labuan, turf of active Eagle Member Oning Maravilla, barangay captain.

The activity will be tree-planting. Some 300 seedlings have been prepared for the activity.

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Is this a stepping of the brakes or simply a sugar-coat to criticisms from human rights groups?

Simultaneouisly reiterating his vow to crush illegal drug syndicates, President Rodrigo Duterte denounced extrajudicial killings and said he would put it “under control.”

Reading through the lines and his tranacity, there can be no brakes. Icings, very likely, yes. And this statement here could be seen as the the give-away tone. Duterte told local government executives on Wednesday night he had become the “whipping boy” for the casualties, but argued that the drug problem had reached crisis proportions.

Folks, with kid gloves these critical proportions of illegal activities can never be ever be stopped. Remember his target for drug-cleansing is 3 to 6 months. And the clock does not stop ticking away time.

Thus far, the death toll in the war against drugs has hit 667 since the President’s election victory on May 10, based on an independent tally by ABS-CBN News.

Police operations have killed 429 people while unidentified gunmen have killed 182. Fifty-six were identified as victims of vigilante killings. Watch out, drugsters.

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In Zamboanga City, at least eight drug pushers have been killd in Oplan Double Barrel. Two more drug suspects were killed in separate buy-bust operations that turned into violent confrontations in Tugbungan and Recodo last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

There can be no stopping, things as they are.

A sample situation, men of the Tetuan Police Station’s Station Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Force led by Supt. Nonito Asdai conducted around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, a buy-bust operation at Latero Drive, Tugbungan targeting Reymond Acas y Gallardo, alias Totot, 27.

When marked money and shabu changed hands between a police poseur buyer and Acas, the latter realized that it was a police operation, so he darted into his house and armed himself with a .38 cal. revolver and opened fire on the lawmen.

At this point, policemen tried to convince Acas to surrender, but he continued firing prompting the lawmen to returning fire killing him.

In the West Coast last Wednesday, men of the Ayala Police Station led by newly promoted Chief Insp. Karib Muharram staged a buy-bust operation at Purok 3B, Recodo that resulted in a shootout killing the target person identified as Ismael Pula alias Lolong.

Here is a similar case, while the lawmen were about to arrest Ismael, he pulled out a .45 caliber pistol and opened fire.

Muharram and his men quickly dropped to the ground and some of them took cover but Ismael continued firing at them. Police had no choice but to return fire killing Ismael.

Such is the usual scenario, kill or be killed. If you were a police man, what you choose?

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These ones did not resist arrest, so, they remain alive. A suspected big-time lady pusher and her college student daughter were arrested during a buy-bust operation along Gov. Lim Avenue last Tuesday afternoon.

Nabbed were Malay Asakil y Faizal alias Auntie Mal, 45, and her daughter Roselle, 17, a student of Universidad de Zamboanga, both residents of Bunkhouse, Tulungatung.

The two were arrested by men of the Culianan Police Station led by newly promoted Chief Insp. Elmer Solon, around 4:30 p.m.

So, it seems police officers active in the discharge of their duties and functions are getting their much-needed rewards. You will note, just now reported are the promotions of Chief Insp. Karib Muharram and Chief Insp. Elmer Solon, while Supts. Diomarie Albarico Nonito Asdai have been promoted much earlier and for higher ranks.

More power, officers. Congratulations you all.

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday threatened to lift its unilateral ceasefire, declared on communist rebels following a New People’s Army (NPA) attack against government militiamen.

Merece lang (This should be the case.)

In a speech before soldiers at Camp Guillermo Nakar, the President said the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army and the National Democratic Front (NDF) should give him an explanation before midnight on Thursday or he will scrap the declaration of ceasefire.

“I am demanding an explanation from the CPP … If you do not honor or you kill a single soldier or a Cafgu (Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit), who is also a soldier of the sila pa ste el tampa caro (They are yet the ones playing hard-to-get.) The NDF has set two conditions before reciprocating the ceasefire, the official text of the ceasefire declaration and the release of more than 500 political prisoners.

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Pres. Duterte’s moves toward the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is a puzzler. Previously not branding them “criminals”, now he is, saying government will not talk with the ASG because its members are “criminals.”

And this time, the President reiterated a promise he made in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday that he will crush the ASG.