Immunity from arrest for Misuari PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 July 2016 14:35

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

SS, after all, still sees print today. Eagles Club tree-planting activity in Labuan done and it’s 12:45 noon. Enough time left for a brief piece today.

And we start off with that Eagles Cub activity early this morning, starting off with a motor ride to the area. Initiated by the Eagles, with Kuya Edmond Atilano as president, the project was conducted speedily as four other groups joined hands in the effort.

First, was the Labuan Barangay Council under Barangay Captain Oning Maravilla. Also on hand was the 3rd Air Division, Philippine Air Force (PAF), under Brig. Gen. BG Domingo Palisoc, ably represented by Maj. Samuel Jailani and Capt. Mangubat and men. In, too, was the Army Training Group under Col. Epimaco Macalisang, Commander and Lt Col. Rufino de Leon, his deputy and men, joined in by KABALIKAT CiviCom, led by Provincial Chair Roderick Mangaser. Except for latter, the four leaders mentioned are all Kuyas, being Eagles members themselves. And all went hand in hand for the tree-planting efforts.

On a scale of 1 to 10, WS rates the program, a 9.

Of course, nothing is ever perfect, except God.

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Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-9 (PDEA-9) also made a score to its name, netting five persons during a single drug buy-bust operation at a house in Camino Nuevo Thursday morning.

PDEA-9 identified those arrested as Mark Bacay Machado alias Mac-Mac, Joemarie Napal Tubog, alias Jojo, Elpidio Aragones Bacay alias Jojo, Jeffery Cagalawan Que and Gibson Villalobos Tuting.

Machado was the sole target of the buy-bust setup, but after consumation of project - marked money, shabu and all changing hands, and with a PDEA back-up team cordoning the area, four others were nabbed with Machado.

PDEA agents recovered from their possession sachets of shabu with estimated street value of P8,000 and the marked money used in the buy-bust operation. (With reports from DZT)

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This one is real. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte defying existing laws, has ordered the police to refrain from arresting MNLF Chieftain Nur Misuari.

You will recall, there is a standing warrant for the arrest of the latter issued by a competent court for his alleged involvement in the 2013 siege. Instead, the Zamboanga City Police Office disclosed that it will provide a safe conduct pass to the MNLF leader on his way to Sulu to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte.

City police director Sr. Supt. Luisito Magnaye said their hands are now tied, and have to follow the president’s order in the event Misuari will pass through Zamboanga City.

Which means, as in the words of Magnaye, the President is asking for some sort of immunity from arrest for Misuari, who he is scheduled to meet soon in Sulu.

MNLF officials are now preparing the venue for the meeting of Duterte and Misuari in an undisclosed location in Sulu. (With reports by ZT)

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The suspect in the road rage shooting in Quiapo, Manila which resulted to the death of a bicycle rider and the injury to an 18-year-old student, has been arrested in far-off Masbate.

He is Vhon Martin Tanto, a military reservist. Tanto was presented to media by Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Saturday.

Accordingly, before Tanto shot bicycle rider Mark Vincent Garalde, the two first engaged in a fistfight, were Tanto was beaten black and blue. And when presented to the media, wore a yellow “detainee” shirt, with his blackeye still visible. Poor sport. Good for him.

Dela Rosa highlighted the importance of CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras in communities and the role of the media in the resolution of crimes.

Dela Rosa also said he was going to teach Tanto how to throw a punch and do deep breathing exercises so he can avoid reacting violently to stressful situations.

Guess he’d best heed the words of a philosopher, Ramon “Genghis” Gan, then conqueror recently quoted to his cabinet members – “A moment of patience in a moment of anger, saves one from a thousand moments of regrets.”

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Time’s up. This is as far as we go today. Till the next time around, God bless us all.