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Saturday, 27 August 2016 13:37

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Yesterday SS almost saw no print. Filial obligations got in the way as WS about to go to a near by net shop to send the article. And after tasks were done at about 3 pm, that was the only time the contribution  could be sent. Good enough when Editor Roy was informed on the phone, he acceded to still include SS. Thanks, Ed.

Now, it’s 1:03 pm, and am only starting to pound on the keyboard. Anyway, there could still be time for a brief piece today. Here goes.

Whatever has happened to one of the once very active and aggressive Police Stations, Ayala’s 9? While the Tetuan, Sangali and other police stations continue their crusade versus drugs, P/Chief Insp. Karib Muharram’s 9 surprisingly seems quiet.

There could only be two reasons that WS can offer. One, the Ayala AOR, after swooping down on, including neutralizing notorious drug pushers, the area is now clear. Two, this could be the silence before the storm.

Let’s keep watch. In the meantime, seven more persons were arrested in this city as the anti-illegal drug war continues.

Men of the Tetuan Police Station led by Supt. Nonito Asdai conducted a buy-bust operation around 10 p.m. at a house in Ortega Street, Alfaro, Tetuan resulting in the arrest of Adrian Duterte y Omongo, 28, single, and his companions identified as Stevenson Ardelesa, CeejayJanal, Archie Quilante, Jerry Paul Violanggo and Arlyn Duterte.

Confiscated from their possession were five sachets of suspected shabu, big roll of  aluminum foil, two lighters, four pairs of stainless scissors, tooter and P200 marked money.

The suspects were detained at the Tetuan Police Station while the seized items were forwarded to the 9th PNP Crime Laboratory for examination.

On the other hand, men of the Sangali Police Station arrested Randy Gomeri y Palomar, 26, single of Sitio Daap, Sangali, one of the top personalities in the list of Sangali Police Station’s drug watch.

Confiscated from his possession were 15 heat sealed pink sachets containing suspected shabu, P200 marked money and some drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was detained at the Sangali Police Station while the seized items were turned over to the crime laboratory. (DZT-fed)

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As pointedly written here yesterday, it’s time for the President to mellow in his dealings with the international community.

Two known opinion writers today wrote on what they assess of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. Former Senator Kit Tatad writes, Aside from the summary drug killings, which, according to TIME magazine, have now reached 1,800, President Rodrigo Duterte’s problems have been the result of careless words rather than concrete official deeds. In his first two months in office, he has talked through the oftentimes mindless and undiscriminating media, using inappropriate language to bludgeon some of his more unwelcome critics.

These include the Ambassador of the United States, the UN rapporteur on summary executions, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the chairperson of the Senate committee on justice and human rights. He apparently enjoys the thunder of his expletives, and their effect on the media and the public, and has not noticed their apparent overuse.

Yes, as Tatad has noticed, he may have apologized to the Chief Justice for his rash statement threatening Martial Law if the police were required to produce warrants before going after drug suspects. He has assured the UN that his threat to withdraw from the world body because of its “meddling” in the summary killing of drug suspects was nothing but a poorly delivered “joke.”

But he has refused to apologize for calling the US ambassador a “gay…son of a bitch.” And he remains locked in a propaganda war with Sen. Leila de Lima on her current Senate inquiry into the drug killings on the one hand, and on the other hand her alleged involvement in the drugs trade at the New Bilibid Prisons when she was still Secretary of Justice.

Another former senator, Rene Saguisag, opined DFA Secretary Jun Yasay does his darndest best to protect tactless Prez Digong from himself.

Saguisag noted, Sabah/Malaysia and Scarborough/China are tough issues, let alone our relations with other countries. Digong should bone up on them and not squander scarce valuable presidential time thrashing Sen. Leila de Lima, a task better suited to Sal Panelo, a Defend-and-Attack-Dog who blocked the probe into Digong’s bank account, described by Sen. Sonny Trillanes to be in humongous amounts. How much time has Digs wasted on that, OK, feisty woman? She looks at human rights issues, but Digong keeps changing the subject.

Aside from Panelo, he has Messrs. Medialdea, Andanar, Abella and Evasco to do the pedestrian job of palengkeros. He should not minimize the presidency. Justice Sec. Vit Aguirre may probe Leila. Vit and I were among those who helped defend Hubert Webb, who had to spend more than 15 years in jail, having been tried and convicted by publicity. Digong has a prosecutor’s background and bias.

With all these observations, time for Digong to truly metamorphosize into a graceful butterfly  as he had pledged days into his presidency.

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On the lighter side of the news. Henry Sy of the SM Mall empire was named the country’s richest man for the ninth consecutive year, with Forbes magazine pegging his net worth at $13.7 billion. And Forbes Magazine billed John Gokongwei Jr. of the rival Robinsons malls ($6.8 billion) and the Aboitiz family ($5 billion) second.

The rest of the top 10 are airline and tobacco magnate Lucio Tan and family, No. 4, with a net worth of $4.9 billion; George Ty of Metrobank, No. 5, $4.6 billion; Tony Tan Caktiong of Jollibee, No. 6, $4.3 billion; Jaime Zobel de Ayala and the Ayala group, No. 7, $4.1 billion; ports and casino tycoon Enrique Razon Jr., No. 8, $3.5 billion; construction taipan David Consunji of DMCI, No. 9, $3.1 billion; and property tycoon Andrew Tan of Megaworld, No. 10, $3 billion.

The man with the fastest growth rate is Edgar Sia 2nd - three times to $1.2 billion from a year ago - with his Double Dragon Properties Corp., a joint venture with Tan Caktiong. Sia was named 17th richest in the country.

San Miguel’s Ramon Ang landed on 16th place with a net worth of $1.21 billion.

And the biggest reported loser was Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. of Rustan’s and SSI Group (No. 46, $165 million), as his wealth fell by 65 percent from $480 million last year on the back of the competitive retail sector and increased expenses involved in his foray into the luxury market.

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For a moment, WS thought Sen. Leila de Lima was on the right track, using her femininity as shield against Duterte.

As she turns 57 tomorrow (Saturday), the embattled Sen. Leila de Lima announced she has two wishes for her birthday: for President Duterte to leave her alone, and to find a new love.

“My No. 1 wish at the moment, given all that is happening. I hope the President stops attacking me. I hope he puts an end very soon to this whole madness,” De Lima told reporters during her advance celebration in the Senate on Thursday.

“I am not asking that for my own sake, but it’s for the sake of my family, for the sake of the President himself, and especially for the sake of the country. I feel like the attacks have been coming one after another, no letup,” she said.

“I don’t have a love life right now. So that brings me to my second wish … . I wish I had a love life now, so I would have a partner to be beside me through all of these,” De Lima said, turning somewhat giddy.

“What I’m going through is not a joke. I’m bearing with all of these on my own because, as much as possible, I don’t want to involve my family,” she said, calling this time in her life “unimaginable, phenomenal and unprecedented.”

See? That could have melted the iron part of the heart of the president. But she may have just lost the chance when, in the same breath, she laughed off the “matrix” that the President presented charting her alleged links to the drug trade in  New Bilibid  Prison, calling it “garbage.”

“Honestly, over the past few days, I have been enraged about the allegations against me. But when I saw the matrix, I just laughed it off, and I pity the President. That’s why I hope the President pities me too and stops this. This is already madness,” she said.

She called the matrix  linking her to the drug trade  “almost laughable,” showing to the media a version of the chart that her staff had tinkered with using red ink to edit for  grammatical and style errors.

Pffft… with those stingy-spiced comments, femininity goes out of the window. Si Leni gane, umpoco de cariño lang, de necesariament bigah, ya tene dayun puesto na cabinet. (Take for example, Leni, only a little charm, nay temptatious inducement, got herself  a cabinet post soon after.)

But with de Lima second ranting, the war will amplify.