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Friday, 05 August 2016 14:36

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

The council faction that claims to be with the administration can never ever profess its bloc is in control of the City Council. An impossible dream, boy.

And it appears that is the crux of the squabble plaguing the final distribution of committee chairmanship that has taken a turn for the worse.

This is gleaned from the revelation of Red Team designee in the negotiations, Councilor Mike Alavar, who bared negotiations for the chairmanship distribution again fell flat and the wrangling have sunk deeper.

Alavar, however clarified that except for one, the Committee on Trade and Industry, all committees are believed already resolved. The contesting personalities are Councilors Benjamin Guingona and Rommel Agan.

It was on this matter where power-grabbing and greed have taken the better of  the yellows as they took an adamant stand, claiming that as they are administration bloc, they should have all the rights.

They have all the rights. Huh?

Boy, that is one mania, the administration guys should dispel from memory. They may be with the administration, yes. But they do not have the votes.

Composition of the council set-up is at an even 9 to 9 members, and the other dream of presiding officer, VM Ituh Ituralde to break the tie is another impossibility,too. In serious matters, such as this highly contested chairman, it will take for only one dissenting member to abstain, and the majority will be 9 — one vote less for the needed number to adopt a measure.

According to Alavar, the Red Team is not asking too much. They only want 9 chairmanships at one apiece, he said and they can have all the remaining twenty four of thirty three.

At present, six councilors under the red team were chairmen of six committees namely Committee on Muslim Affairs chaired by Councilors Ismael Musa, Committee on Women under Myra Paz Abubakar, Committee on Energy held by Charlie Mariano, Committee on Trade and Industry headed by Benjamin Guingona, Committee on Anti-Drugs is under Councilor Gerry Perez and Alavar’s is Committee on Agriculture.

They simply want retention of their present 6 posts plus one each for the three new entrants, Councilors Rudy Lim who wants to chair his former Committee on Education, Boday Cabato who eyes the Committee on Disaster and Lilibeth Nuño who is seeking the Committee on Health and Sanitation as this was formerly chaired by her mother, then Councilor Lilia Nuño. “Nueve lang kame comitiba ta pidi diila ya aquel todo 24 committees,” (We are asking for only nine [9] committees. All the other 24 are theirs,) Alavar emphasized.

WS feels the desire of the Red Team is reasonable. No sense for the Yellows to be remain inflexible.

Ademas, un comitiba ya lang man el problematico, el pelea entre Guingona y Agan. (In addition thereto, only one chairmanship is problematic, the struggle between Guingona and Agan.)

Time to give in.

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South Korea-based Zamboangueño Mhel Sebastian had foreseen the snag now experienced in the implementation of the Duterte idea of hot lines to entertain complaints from around the country.

Rightly and early on, he had posted on his fb timeline, “The government should have first implemented the National ID system before making the 911 and 8888 hotlines operational. If not, make at least a mandatory registration for both post paid and prepaid users. This is to be able to track down prank callers. In South Korea, the UAE, and other countries, one must present (his) their passport to be able to acquire even just a prepaid sim card. KAYA WALANG MANLOLOKO. (So, there is no prankster)

Now, this is the state of the country’s hot line system, “Another 3,947 prank calls were recorded from the new emergency hotline 911. From 4,193 recorded prank calls from 9 a.m. on August 2 to 9 a. m. of August 3, the number of prank calls reached the 8,140 mark.”

Late learner Filipinos, it seems. It is only now that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) officials are moving the Sebastian forewarned way of an idea.

Nice one, Mhel. WS quotes the words of his English professor at UM, the University of Manila - You are five fingers ahead of the rest.

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Malacañang has offered at least 27 local government officials, implicated in the illegal drugs trade, the rare chance to clear their names lest they face sanctions, including suspension from office.

However, no ultimatum was given by the President on how soon these local executives must come forward and respond to the drug allegations. Presidential Spoksman Abella said there was no timeline but “when you are addressed, it is expected you respond promptly.”

Earlier, Albuera (Leyte) Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. surrendered to Director General Ronald dela Rosa, the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, after President Duterte issued a “shoot-on-sight” order against him and his son Kerwin if they resist arrest.

True enough, yesterday, six named security aides of Mayor Espinosa were killed when they shot it out with policemen conducting patrol operations in front of the local official’s residence in the coastal town of Albuera.

Meanwhile, Faced with the possibility of being shot on sight, two mayors wept before President Duterte as they pleaded with him to spare their lives and the humiliation of being publicly identified as local officials with links to the illegal drug trade.

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Now, this is one Duterte statement that puzzles my analytical prowess. Can’t seem to get the point.

The report - In his quest for lasting peace and development in Mindanao, President Duterte said he is willing to have the wish of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) granted through the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Furthermore, Duterte is willing to give up Sulu for the other major Muslim group – the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) led by Nur Misuari.

“Ibigay ko na lang ang BBL sa Bangsamoro,” he said, if it’s the only way to prevent another outbreak of violence in Mindanao.

Amid talks of federalism, Duterte said he has not abandoned the issue of the BBL and the pursuit of lasting peace in Mindanao.

He said the government cannot afford to go into war again with the MILF just because of the non-implementation of the BBL, which was covered by the Comprehensive Agreement for the Bangsamoro under the previous Aquino administration.

In speaking about  the failure of previous Congress to pass the BBL, does he intend to implement the BBL, lock, stock and barrel, in the same way then Pres. Aquino gave his nod to the BBL?

If so, that would mean inclusion of the eight provisions tagged as unconstitutional.

And about Sulu, his statement runs smack of saying he is segregating the province of Sulu from  the Philippine territory.

Mystifying. Can’t easily grasp the statement. Say you of his pronouncements?

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Duterte has advised Jose Ma. Sison to “just shut up and let others talk.”

WS looks at this as very revealing. Taken in the context on the way it was reported, it could mean Duterte may have wisened up to the Tiglao revelation yesterday. The “megalomaniac septuagenarian” Sison has lost control over the communist rebels here. And has no business talking for them.

What you think?

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North Korea (NK) appears still hot in its military adventurism.

On Wednesday, NK fired a medium-range ballistic missile that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and landed near Japan’s territorial waters, Seoul and Tokyo officials said, It is reported as one of the longest flights by a North Korean missile, this far.

And the U.S. Strategic Command said North Korea fired two presumed Rodong missiles simultaneously, not just one. The command said initial indications were that one of the missiles exploded immediately after launch, while the second was tracked over North Korea and into the Sea of Japan.