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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 11:59

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

This a non-violent comment on an item of friend, Mike Apostol writing on Table Talk, he having so requested. “Scoop: Is it not that serving of Warrants of Arrest should only be done on weekdays? And no arrest on holidays? This is done because it gives those arrested the chance to “post bail” with the court that is open only on weekdays and closed on holidays. PNP warrant section please get an advice from the Prosecutor’s Office.  “Criminals are still innocent until proven otherwise beyond reasonable doubt” and part of Due Process of the Law is the right to bail for temporary freedom until conviction. You may agree or disagree.”

Under regular circumstances, WS agrees in full. But in the case at bar, that of Councilor Teodiver Arquiza’s, WS poses a humble disagreement. The second set of three warrants for his arrest bears no privilege to post bail. It goes then, subject person is to be arrested at any time of the day or night. Moreover, having heard the warrant read over a local radio, stands firmer. The document expressly so states that command for the no time tabled arrest schedule.

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First, it was the narco-generals, then politicians, judges and prosecutors, moving to oligarchs, and on to gambling. Now, it’s the Metro Manila mayors who are next in line in the shame campaign of the Duterte administration to weed out protectors of illegal drug traders.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueno made the announcement as 35 policemen and 27 politicians on President Rodrigo Duterte’s list of “narco-officials” turned up at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame to issue denials.

Sueno told radio station DZMM on Monday  Of some of the Metro mayors, he said  the government is in the process of building airtight cases against them. When it comes to Metro Manila, there is need to validate and re-validate information, as they move to gather evidence against them.

Meanwhile PNP Director General Ronald “Bato’ De la Rosa received Cebu’s second most wanted drug suspect, Franz Sabalones, who admitted to having assumed control of Cebu’s drug trade after the death of drug kingpin Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz during an encounter with police in June.

Asked why he surrendered to the PNP, Sabalones said: “I want to change.”

The alleged drug bigwig was accompanied by his brother, Vice Mayor Franz Sabalones of San Fernando, Cebu.

Duterte on Sunday accused the vice mayor and more than 150 other individuals of being involved in the drug trade.

But the local official claimed he was a victim of mistaken identity, saying the President may have been referring to his older brother, Franz.

Hold on there, the drive does not stop there. There is yet another set - rich tax evaders. They, too, are to be targets of President Duterte’s latest name-and-shame campaign.

“You rich people, pay your taxes. I will be announcing formally - because I would like to have the list completed - all you rich millionaires in the Philippines. Pay your taxes or I’ll invite you for questioning,” Pres. Duterte bared. He vented his ire on oligarchs, a small group of people who wield economic and political power.

He said last week that he wanted to destroy them and their hold on the country, as they were out to maintain their power and their clutches on the country’s riches.

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Bagging the silver medal in weightlifting, a house and lot on top of a P5 million cash incentive await Hidilyn Diaz when she returns home on August 11 from the Rio Olympics.

According to Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, aside from the roll-over prize, President Duterte will also receive her in Malacañang  upon her return.

The lot and house bonanza comes from developer 8990 Deca Homes for her achievement. And the P5m cash bonus will come from the Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor). The  feat of the 25-year-old Diaz saved the day for the country, whose top boxing medal aspirants had fallen ahead. It likewise, ended the Philippines’ medal drought in the Olympiad that spanned 20 years.

For taking home the silver, Zamboangueña Diaz also became the first Filipina to win a medal, and the first athlete from Mindanao to annex a  medal in the Olympic.

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This is eyebrow-raising. Urdaneta Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez 4th has ordered the clearing of the city of all Muslim residents, giving them three weeks to leave in the wake of his intensified campaign against illegal drugs.

The mayor announced the bold step during the flag-raising ceremony on Monday and instructed barangay (village) officials and the police to enforce the order.

At the same time, he requested the Sangguniang Panlungsod to enact an urgent ordinance stopping the entry of Muslims, either to rent a house or stay in hotels or inns in the city.

Citing a police report that was confirmed by the PDEA chief, retired general Isidro Lapeña, Perez disclosed that at least 84 percent of more than 5,000 Muslim residents here aged 12 years old and above, are into drug peddling.

The report said that most of the crimes—murder, summary execution, robbery and rape—are also related to drugs allegedly being sold like candy by the Muslim drug pushers in the city.

Perez urged owners of apartments and houses being rented by the Muslims to serve them eviction notice, with warning that their business permits will be canceled if they ignore the order.

This move is really uncompromising, as Perez admitted, his decision maybe abrasive but stood pat, saying, it was the only way to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in his city.

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Monday warned of a potential constitutional crisis, as she questioned allegations that seven judges had been involved in illegal drugs.

In a letter to President Duterte, Sereno said only the Supreme Court is authorized to discipline members of the judiciary.

She called on judges named by Mr. Duterte in a rambling speech televised nationwide shortly after midnight  against submitting themselves to investigation by the Philippine National Police, as Duterte had directed, cautioning that the judges could become vulnerable to extrajudicial executions as “collateral damage.”

Apart from reminding Mr. Duterte of the separation of powers in the Constitution, the letter also sought to cast doubt on the integrity of the intelligence report on the alleged involvement of the judges named, pointing out that one was already dead, another dismissed for incompetence, and the rest had either retired or had little to do with drug cases.

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This is the funniest joke in 2016. Read over - Nearly nine in 10 Filipinos find the May 9 election results believable, according to a Pulse Asia survey that showed a “generally positive assessment” of the polls.

Could you beat that. Believable? Ha ha ha. My foot!

Read further and try disputing WS’s laughter. The admission by a Smartmatic official that there were several servers outside of those sanctioned by the Commission on Elections tells all.

In a hearing at the Manila Prosecutor’s Office, the head of Smartmatic’s technical support team, Marlon Garcia, admitted there were other servers in the Automated Election System (AES) apart from the three sanctioned by the Comelec for the May 2016 elections.

Garcia said these were kept in a “meet me room” that was kept separate from the three official servers.

And that admission of the existence of several other servers in the AES validated Marcos’ earlier contention that Smartmatic was not forthright in the system it employed during the elections, putting the integrity of the May polls under a cloud of doubt.

He said the election results which were televised in public did not come directly from the transparency server, as mandated by law.

Instead, the results were first transmitted to a “queue server” where they were “consolidated and processed” and it was this “queue server” that sent the data to the so-called transparency server.

With that said and done, how could the last elections ever have been believable?

Believable? Sh**t!