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Sunday, 21 August 2016 15:15

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

WS feels bad for strong-hearted Councilor Isamael Musa.

Breaking news! The Court yesterday lifted the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) for Musa’s retention as Council Member.

It was an official of the Department of the Interior and Local Governments who broke the news to WS and was fed after the hereunder item was already ground. It, however, has relevance still, as Musa’s motion  for reconsideration in NCIP-Manila remains undecided. Tiene pa (There is still) chance.

Fight, Maeng!

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Here again comes the National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP) regional office, officially implementing its “final” decision recalling the Certificate of Affirmation of Councilor Ismael Musa as Indigenous People representative.

Era, sabe man sila que el (Knowing that) its action, as in the previous instance, is petitionable before its main office in Manila, it should not speak with finality.

It is that act that sparks that the wedge dividing between and among the red and yellow teams.

In an interview over Brigada News FM, Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde made this disclosure yesterday, saying “So este ay puede ya gayot resolve el (So, this will sure resolve the issue as far as the IP representation in the City Council.”

See? Even the vice mayor speaks with  finality, too.

Iturralde, however, said the Sangguniang Panlungsod will continue to respect the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) of the court.

Addendum - With the lifting of the TRO, Tunkuh Hanapi gets in. Temporarily, however, it may turn out to be, in view of the pendency of the Musa petition filed earlier .

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Barely some one month and a half in action, the local police have a lot to show in terms of achievements in the anti-drugs campaign.

Chief Insp. Helen Galvez, City Police Office Information Officer, reported that from July 1 to August 17, police have submitted for prosecution a total of 88 drug cases.

Galvez said that those involved in the 88 cases now detained in cells of the different police stations while evidence like shabu and drug paraphernalia as well as marked money have been turned over to the 9th PNP Crime Laboratory for examinations.

Drug operations including a serving of search warrant for violation of Republic Act 9165 total 101 in number.

Of these, Galvez said were 10 drug buy-bust operations where 11 target personalities were killed for rersisiting arrests.

A total of 152 drug suspects have been arrested and jailed while 431 sachets of shabu and two suspected ecstasy tablets were seized.

A total of 274 pushers and 8,239 users surrendered and 11,775 houses were visited by policemen under the so called “OplanTokhang”, the report concluded..

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The Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu are threatening to behead captive Patrick James Almodovar if the ransom demand is of P1 million is not paid.

The terrorists are demanding P1 million in exchange for the life of Almodovar. Reported execution date is 24 August 24, at 2:00 in the afternoon.

In a video clip released by the Abu Sayyaf, pitiful Almodovar, appealed to the government to save his life and pay the ransom.

The parents of the victim tried to raise the money to pay the ransom but they were to raise only a little over P100,000.00 up to now.

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There are conflicting reports on the true membership state now of Sen. Leila de Lima. Electronically generated or if it actually happened, she was featured in an fb video addressing the Senate saying she is “surrendering her mandate as senator.”

That is one thing, we are in the process of checking. WS did  view the clip today, but he is not yet fully convinced of it, for if the showing was true, it would have hugged today’s dailies. But not one paper bannered the story, hot as it surely is.

Secondly, in the same film, de Lima was depicted to openly admit connections with the Bilibid Shabu laboratory. And a top-notch lawyer of her stature, never would have.

Thirdly, in today’s tabloids, she even flatly denied link to any drug lord. Much more the shabu lab! He hell she would, unless she was just needling Duterte.

But what is striking, is her thundering silence on the sex scandal.

What gives?

We can only speculate. Ferocious denial on drug indignity, but hush hush on sex ignominy. Hmmm...

Draw your own assumption, please. Mine is censored.

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Depending now on the true membership state of de Lima in the Senate, this one here may still or not have relevance any longer.

House allies of President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday sought a probe into illegal drug activities in the national penitentiary in a resolution that zeroed in on Sen. Leila de Lima, who supervised the prison as Justice secretary under the Aquino administration.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte, Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu of Batangas, Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles and House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez of Quezon, among others, filed House Resolution 105 seeking the investigation “in aid of legislation” on why drug syndicates were allowed to operate at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Resolution 105 took of records in the Philippine Center for Transnational Crime, the number of drug-infested villages in the country that rose to 8,629 in 2015 from 6,020 in 2012.

Centering on detainees Peter Co and Herbert Colangco, the senators questioned why they were allowed to continue their illegal drug trade in air-conditioned cells equipped with internet connection.

The resolution, however, noted that the illegal drug trade at the national penitentiary was first exposed during a raid by authorities led by de Lima as Justice chief in December 2014.

She did? And it was in 2014, two long years ago!

Now, we wonder, how and why did it  flourish up to mid-2016.

Speculation, speculation. Hmmmm… Again, do your own, please. Mine remain censored.