Council in another bind PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 13:28

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Bidding your interest please to hereon statement made earlier in SS. This was in mentioning that some other police officers here “… are in the league of Supt. Nonito Asdai, C/Insp. Karib Muharram, Sup Diomarie Albarico, C/Insp. Elmer Solon, C/Insp. Arlan Delumpines, and Chief Insp. Gary Bahoy.

Now, please take note of the order of personalities named. The fist two are Supt. Nonito Asdai, C/Insp. Karib Muharram, right?

There was a singled out connotation to that. It meant the two are a cut above the rest. While all others are also  doing their level best, the significance is the duo’s performance outshines all others a little more.

And this was proven when Police Regional Office 9 (PRO9) director Chief Supt. Billy Beltran awarded the “Medalyang Kagalingan” to personnel of Police Station 9 and 6 of Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) following their stern campaign against the proliferation of illegal drugs in the city.

Beltran said pursuant to General Order number 1820, the medal of merit was awarded to personnel of Police Station 9 led by Chief Inspector Karib Muharram last Monday, August 8, 2016.

And the same award was also given to personnel of Police Station 6 led by Supt. Nonito Asdai last Tuesday, August 9, 2016 under General Order number 1822.

Beltran has been actively recognizing police units excelling in the performance of their duties to protect the community and country against criminality, specially the proliferation of illegal drugs.

The PRO9 chief had also visited several secluded police stations in some municipalities such as Sirawai and Sibuco. (With feeds by Eugene A. Lasprilla, DZT)

As cited other officers are also in active motion fighting the drug menace here. This time, men of the Divisoria Police Station led by Chief Insp. Arlan Delumpines arrested two men during a buy-bust operation at Zone 6, Boalan at dawn last Friday.

Delumpines identified those arrested as Christian Russel Francisco, 19, of Boalan and Percival Miguel Loctores, 35, of Pasobolong. Confiscated from their possession were one small size sachet of shabu (buy-bust item), one medium size sachet and another small size sachet of shabu.

Police also recovered the P200 marked money used in the buy-bust and a cell phone.

The suspects were detained while the seized were forwarded to the 9th PNP Crime Laboratory for examination. (With lines contributed by Dan Torribio, DZT)

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With the fate of City Councilor Teodyver Arquiza appearing to near a solution, even if only temporary, the City Council finds itself in a another bind.

Nonong Santiago of ZT writes, “Goodbye Councilor Ismael Musa, welcome Councilor Tungku Hanapi.”

This will highlight its Tuesday regular session as Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde has vowed to enforce the latest order of the National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP) declaring Hanapi as the new IP representative in the city.

In an interview over Brigada News FM, Iturralde bared that the NCIP regional office has affirmed the appointment of Hanapi as the official representative of the Indigenous People, vice Councilor Musa.

The vice mayor said he has already consulted with DILG Regional Office and the office has also affirmed the appointment of Hanapi..

On the other hand, Musa yesterday petitioned the court for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop  the vice mayor from enforcing the order on Tuesday. IKt was immediately known if his petition was granted.

But Musa insisted he will be present in the session and will fight for his rights saying this move is all politically motivated.

And pretty soon, it is likely that the yellow team may just have the upper hand in membership number.

That is if Musa will finally be eased out of the council, and if Arquiza surfaces as it is reported the courts have decided in favor of his petition for bail. As of now, his arrest warrant cannot yet be recalled for he has to first personally appear before the sala of the presiding judge.

And supposedly, per information of a yellow party insider, the liberty of Arquiza could be only temporary, as allegedly three more similar cases are hounding Arquiza.

The insider even expressed reservations if Arquiza will indeed surface. That will be known most likely later today, 15 August.

When he continues hiding, even if Musa is eased out, the majority will be back to a stalemate. And that may come into two or three sessions more, as Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde has also said he will expel Councilor Teodiver Arquiza if the alderman will be absent for four consecutive sessions in the Sangguniang Panlungsod. Absences would mean those with no valid reasons. And being a fugitive of the law is no excuse.

The vice mayor said expulsion of a member from the council is one of the provisions in the house rules.

Iturralde asked Arquiza to voluntarily surrender to the authorities so that his case in court could be resolved the soonest time possible.

According to Iturralde, he is trying to contact Arquiza but his phone is out of coverage.

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Written here yesterday, in effect saying the country has become a little safer after criminal activities have decreased during the first month in office of President Rodrigo Duterte with index crimes down by 42 percent.

To further reduce crimes in the country, Malacañang appealed to the public to cooperate with the police in the campaign against security threats.

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Former Sen. Kit Tatad is adopting a pessimistic stand on the success of Duterte’s drug campaign, stating in   other places, the prohibitionist state has gone hammer and tongs after the producers, manufacturers, financiers and distributors of illegal drugs, not simply after everyday users and pushers who DU30’s war is killing or incarcerating en masse.

The war on drugs, he noted is usually a war against cartels, with their own armies fighting the government armed forces; not simply against barefoot drug runners in the ghettoes or the streets. In certain cases, foreign governments have engaged the active cooperation of other governments in their fight; for instance Colombia and the US were said to be spending at least $1.2 billion a year in their joint effort to combat cocaine production and trafficking in that Latin American narcotic state.

That in spite of that, international experts who have done extensive studies on the global drug wars are deeply cynical; they describe the “war on drugs” as a failed strategy, and are calling for a major policy “rethink.”

And that even if those who deplore Duterte’s methods at home are praying that his ‘war on drugs’ would somehow succeed, Tatad just the same deduced, some UN officials, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and certain international publications have conducted studies previous DU30’s war by at least a couple of years. And that their scientific findings lead us to conclude that if the global war on drugs has failed, there is very little chance it would succeed anywhere else.

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Even if it is in a humble field, a Filipina is making a name for herself. She is Yolanda Pascual, who to new Olympics swimming sensation is “Auntie Yolly”, named himself by gold medalist Joseph Schooling as his second mother.

Singapore Telecoms (SingTel), a media outfit, writes, “Besides his Olympic gold medal for winning the men’s 100-meter butterfly event in Rio de Janeiro, one of Singaporean Joseph Schooling’s treasures in life is his long-time Filipina nanny, “Auntie Yolly.”

“She supports me unconditionally. She definitely puts extra in the extraordinary. She’s passionate about what I do,” said Schooling in an interview with Singapore Telecoms (SingTel).

The 21-year-old swimmer was the talk of the sporting world last week when he beat the most-decorated Olympian Michael Phelps in the 2016 Rio Olympics for the gold medal in the men’s 100-meter butterfly.

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