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Saturday, 03 September 2016 13:24

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

This is an advanced pounded piece. WS motors off today. 2nd Sept. for Titay to attend the induction of the new set of officers and new members of the Titay Eagles Club. So, very likely, Friday will be an SS-free day. WS will have to head back for Zamboanga City early morning as in the evening of that day the Zamboanga City Western Eagles Club will have a similar  activity of its own on the 3rd. Incoming President is Edmond Atilano; outgoing is former Councilor Noning Biel.

Guest of honor and keynote speaker is Police Regional Director P/Chief Supt Billy Beltran.

To give an inspirational message is Dist. 1 Cong. Celso L. Lobregat.

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Yesterday, 1st Sept. a college student granddaughter showed me a position paper she prepared for submission to her college instructor as an assignment. She is Anca Cabato who served as Sangguniang Kabataan Barangay Chair of Baliwasan until the body was abolished by the Aquino administration after three years. With a little re-hashing/editing, WS shares it with you as that is exactly how WS feels. The paper goes —

“The International Arbitral Court decision on the South China sea dispute.

This is a very contentious matter. The International Arbitral Court (IAC) has ruled in favor of the Philippines, stating in undisputed terms, China has no evidentiary documents to lay claim on what to us is the West Philippine Sea, which to them is the South China Sea.

Yes, to the IAC ruling is in our favor, but the question is - who or what body exists to enforce the decision. The United Nations (UN) may, yes. But will it, as China remains adamant in dishonoring it? China has even declared, it is will forcefully drive out anybody who transgresses into what it claims is theirs. In plain and simple words, China is ready to go to war.

Are we? No. Even President Rodrigo Duterte had said, “No. Hindi pa natin kaya” (No, we are still incapable.)

Being practical there lies our only acceptable position - Deal with China. Proceed with the bilateral talks as proposed.

Seek only a twin leverage. One, let them formally accept that the West Philippine Sea is ours;. and two, offer a business partnership ties. After all, it is but only clear, China has only one desire - control of the acknowledged rich oil source of the sought after territory.

Let us face the truth. The Philippines is not only cash-strapped, it is likewise stripped of engineering and  technical knowhow, as well as facilities.

With an “industrial partnership” type of system, offer an acceptable sharing scheme. Theirs are the engineering and technical knowhow, as well as facilities; ours is ownership of the resources and part of manpower needs.

Proceeds-sharing design subject to negotiations.”

To WS, very well written piece. What else could be the better alternative to her position, with war ruled out ? Say you?

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President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Wednesday he won’t become a dictator amid international criticism of his war on illegal drugs that has left at least 1,900 suspects dead.

“Welcome to your (Must have been “our”) country…and help me. I don’t plan to be a dictator. I am a lawyer, my mother is a Yellow Friday leader in Davao,” Duterte said.

With the yellow Friday leader tag, he must have referred to a group that supported the presidential bid of Corazon Aquino against the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who was ousted by the 1986 “People Power” revolt.

“They said I would be like Marcos. Far from it. I am just doing my duty. Otherwise, I will compromise the next generation. That includes your children and grandchildren. We will have a failed country,” Duterte said.

“I don’t care if I turn out to be wrong, as long as I am sure of the Filipinos’ welfare,” he added.

The President again shrugged off the criticisms from the United Nations and other human rights groups of his anti-drug campaign, saying he was simply exercising political will that his predecessors were unable to do.

“I will clean this country [of drugs]… this is not to brag … but nobody is capable of doing these things except me. I started this and I will end this. If I end up in prison, then visit me in [Muntinlupa]. Bring drugs,” the President said in jest, alluding to the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison.

The President then reiterated that people involved in drugs won’t get a free pass just because they are poor. (TMT-fed)

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Two justices of the Supreme challenged oppositors to the burial of the late dictator buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) to prove who should and who should not be interred there. The duo contended, the Armed Forces of the Philippines does not have categorical guidelines on that.

Even former cabinet secretaries and their wives have been interred there, they added.

With such kind of observations, we can readily see that as a former president, not necessarily, as a hero, Marcos  deserves to buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

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Initial findings of the Special Investigation Task Force (SITF) looking into the Monday assassination of alleged Iloilo drug lord Melvin Odicta Sr. and his wife Merriam tentatively show there was no police rub-out. It said there was only one gunman who fired shots at the couple.

Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman, said a reenactment of the crime by SITF-Odicta established that the incident happened at 1:15 a.m. on Monday and the lone gunman used a caliber 45 pistol.

“Meriam was shot first with apparent fatal result. Melvin Sr. was able to run a few steps but was hit by the succeeding fire, fell down and crawled a few feet across the covered walkway before losing consciousness,” Chief Supt. Jose Gentiles, Western Visayas Police Office regional director, said in a message to reporters at Camp Crame, the PNP’s main headquarters, in Quezon City.

“Responders arrived within five minutes after receiving the call. Two responders carried the immobile body of Merriam and loaded her onto a passenger cab. Two other responders assisted by an unidentified male person carried the unconscious Melvin and placed him on the left rear seat of the police covered pick-up,” according to Gentiles.

He said the first responding team did not even know the identities of the victims and they only came to know them upon arrival at the hospital. Per findings, it is shown that it is unlikely the male Odicta was shot not only in the leg and allgedly finished off on the way to the hospital.

He he he, only God knows.