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Thursday, 01 September 2016 12:06

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Now it can be answered. It was the calm before the storm. Could thing nobody was reported to have resisted arrest. Otherwise, bang, bang, bang. That is the mark of hard-hitting lawmen. The mark of both P/Chief Insp Karib Muharram and P/Sup Nonito Asdai. Written here very recently was, “While Tetuan’s Asdai, Mercedes’ P/Chief Insp Edwin Solon and Divisoria’s P/Chief Arlan Delumpines, et al, were hot on the trail of drugsters (Pushers and Users), Ayala’s Muharram was relatively silent for some few days.

However, WS wondered aloud, does it mean the Ayala AOR (Area of Responsibility) is already clear of illegal drugs. Hardly, no. Then could this be the calm before the storm? Yes, yes, yes. It was.

Muharram’s latest feat was a strikingly of note. Top-billed by the much earlier tagged “drug queen”, several illegal drugs personalties were arrested as the anti-illegal drug campaign continues in Zamboanga City, notably Ayala and Tetuan areas.

Around 4 p.m. Saturday, men of the Ayala Police Station led by Chief Insp. Karib Muharram conducted a buy-bust operation in Darussalam, Purok 4, in Recodo. It resulted in the arrest of Aida Samla y Amil, 49, a relative of Margani Samla alias Bin Ladden, the notorious drug lord who was arrested somewhere in Basilan several years ago. Confiscated from her possession were eight sachets of shabu, P200 marked money and several drug paraphernalia.

Around 1:20 p.m. of the same day, the same team arrested in Recodo Junior Baddiri Tuaraja y Asakil, alias Assunta, 31. Confiscated from his possession was a sachet of shabu and P200 marked money.

On the sides,  on or about 5 p.m. that day, men of the Sta. Maria Police Station led by SPO1 Benzar Elhano conducted a buy-bust operation in Capehan, Tumaga resulting in the arrest of Roy Lacson y Bartolome, 28, married. Confiscated from his possession were four sachets of shabu, P1,000 marked money and drug paraphernalia.

During interrogation, Lacson told the police that his source of illegal drugs was a certain Ree Troy West of Canelar Tambucho,

Around 6:16 p.m. of the same day, the same team swooped down in Tambucho Canelar and  arrested West who yielded a medium size sachet of shabu. Also arrested were Alegar Paspasan, who was caught in possession a .45 caliber pistol and David Bentosa, 33. Police recovered P500 and some drug paraphernalia in their hideout.

Also around 7:41 p.m. Saturday, men of the Divisoria Police Station led by Chief Insp. Arlan Delumpines arrested Michael Tarroza y Delgado alias Kambal, 19, of Cabato Road, Tetuan during a drug bust operation. Confiscated from his possession were two sachets of shabu and P200 marked money.

Around 9:30 p.m. of the same day, men of the Tetuan Police Station led by Supt. Nonito Asdai conducted a buy-bust operation at Gagaracruz Drive, Mampang resulting in the arrest of Robert Falces y Benito, 24, single, and Elbert Baird y Jimenez, 36. Confiscated from their possession were two sachets of shabu, marked money, empty sachets and drug paraphernalia.

The same team conducted another buy-bust operation the following day around 1 a.m. in Arena Blanco that netted Michael Asamuddin y Hadjinulla, 32, married. Confiscated from his possession were two sachets of shabu, marked money, two empty sachets and some drug paraphernalia. (With DZT reports)

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Two days ago, it was reported  that AFP forces fell 12 Abu Sayyaf militants in an  encounter in Sulu. And yesterday, the table was turned around when Abu Sayyaf elements killed 15 government troops in fierce fighting late Monday in Patikul, Sulu.

This prompted President Duterte to order the military to go “full force” against the Abu Sayyaf amid the mounting troop casualties in fighting the bandit group since last week.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said five more battalions would be deployed in the theater of operations.

Abella said the President is bent on destroying the Abu Sayyaf down to the last man.

“Definitely the President is focused on making sure that the threat from the Abu Sayyaf should be terminated as soon as possible,” he said.

Meanwhile, city officials in coordination with the Police and Military authorities must shore up security measures hedfre as Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday warned against possible diversionary tactics that may trigger attacks by Abu Sayyaf in urban centers.

In an interview, Lorenzana said that they have received reports that there might be terror attacks on major cities.

While not mentioning Zamboanga, Lorenzana did of metropolitan and urban centers, thereby not dispelling this city as he bared “That’s what we are preparing right now. We know they might do diversionary tactics in Manila, Cebu, or Davao, metropolitan centers…”

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US President Barack Obama will meet President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss alleged human rights violations in connection with the Philippine government’s war against illegal drugs, during a regional summit in Laos in September, the White House said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

Hopefully, when this happens, our President will act presidential. The proposed bilateral talks with China on the sea dispute could not even gain headstart because of the impasse on the International Arbitral Court ruling that the Philippines rightfully sticks to, while China wrongfully dishonors. We cannot then afford to antagonize a strong ally.

And here’s more. Obama will also raise concerns over certain statements made by Duterte when they cross paths in next week’s East Asia summit in Vientiane, Laos, to be held at the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

And quite definitely, his name-calling of a senior US ambassador as “son of a whore” may just arise.

Of that, WS feels, Duterte’s doggone adamance in refusing to apologize  demands a change of heart.

Mr. President, Sir. Not that we stoop to licking America’s booths, but when situations demand, we have to at times  keep our cool and be humble.

Annoying a power ally will do us more harm than good. If the irritants persist, China will be watching with laughter on the side.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2016 13:33