Police matter, not war PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 September 2016 14:42

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

SS comes out, after all, just the same today. And WS comes to you from out of Ipil, where we spent the night before after the Titay Eagles Club induction of its new set of officers and new members at the gymnasium of the Titay Muinicipal Government.

Taking on his second set as president is Boy Alere, with Vic Mayor George delos Reyes as his vice president. View some photos of the affair on the Western Mindanao Eagles Region 3 timeline and WS’s, too.

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For a twin effort to counter terrorism and strengthen the campaign against illegal-drug trade, President Rodrigo Duterte early Saturday declared “a state of lawlessness” or “a state of lawless violence” across the country.

Speaking in a televised interview, he emphasized, “it’s not martial law but it would require nationwide, well-coordinated efforts of the military and the police.”

“I have this duty to protect the country. I have this duty to keep intact the integrity of the nation,” he added.

“There will be major checkpoints,” he said.

Duterte admitted, this is not the first time Davao has been sacrificed in the altar of violence, adding there have been terrorist acts in the past.

he considered the incident a police matter, “not a war.”

He ordered the police and the military to conduct searches and set up checkpoints in the city.

The Davao attack Friday night left 14 dead and 67 wounded, based on the latest police reports.

As quick as it happened, the Abu Sayyaf group claimed responsibility for the explosion in a Davao City night market. This was announced by Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mike Sueno.

He divulged, his office already had information about a possible attack from the Abu Sayyaf days ahead.

“Yes. We expected this already. Two or three days ago pa may intelligence report na tayo about this,” Sueno said.

The Abu Sayyaf, in the meantime, further taunted President Duterte, warning thousands of government troops he sent to hunt them down in Sulu to prepare for a “test of strength.”

“Starting September 1, the so-called soldiers of Duterte should be prepared for a test which will come from ASG forces,” Radullah Sahiron, Abu Sayyaf commander in Sulu, told the ABS-CBN network. The militant group indeed talked tough, “If soldiers will not be the ones who will attack, the Abu Sayyaf will be the ones to launch tests against these forces to win Sulu by their terms,” he added.

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With this story here, see our point - of what good is the International Arbitral Court (IAC) decision ceding the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) to the Philippines?

As China continues to dishonour and disrespect it, with no body/agency to enforce it, what good that does it bring us.

President Duterte on Friday hit China’s reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), warning Beijing its actions could disrupt trade and become a potential military “flashpoint.”

Threat, threat, threat is all that the country can leash out. The president himself has already admitted incapability to resort to war.

As this echoes and re-echoes, China appears to continue building new structures in the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), also called Bajo de Masinloc, Duterte revealed.

In a speech during the inauguration of the Davao International Container Terminal in Davao del Norte, Duterte said he received an intelligence report claiming that new barges were going to the area for construction activities.

So, what else is new? Unless, this bilateral talks push through, the rigodon goes on to our dismay.

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It’s not between DU30 and DE5 now, it’s between Sen. Leila de Lima Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, as the latter yesterday dared Senator Leila de Lima to file a case against him if he is indeed fabricating evidence against her in connection with her alleged involvement in illegal drug activities at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Aguirre stated that he is no puppet compared to his predecessors who allowed themselves to be used by the past administration. “I am not like some past secretaries of justice who allowed themselves to be used by Malacañang,” he said.

And one such secretary is de Lima. Obvious, ba? So, the lingo goes.

Now, he’s talking. President Rodrigo Duterte, while admitting that he has a beef with Senator De Lima said he won’t stoop so low and release her alleged sex video in public.

The President admitted he knew about De Lima’s incriminating video but considered its public release as “below the belt.”

Bravo!

Just the other day, De Lima, who was Justice Secretary under the administration of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, threatened Aguirre and even National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Dante Gierran that she would file perjury charges against them for fabricating evidence against her concerning illegal drugs.

The senator had stated that her reported linkages with illegal drugs were all lies and that the DOJ has no evidence against her.

The DOJ is currently investigating two former staff members of De Lima, namely, Jong Caranto and Edna “Bogs” Obuyes.

One thing good going for DE5, Obuyes, who had worked for de Lima when she was head of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), has already issued a denial in her Facebook account that the affidavits she issued before the DOJ indicated that the legislator was involved in illegal drugs.

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Encoding today on a Microsoft Word program, and not Publisher, WS can’t decipher length or brevity of this piece. So, this piece bears 30 now. Till next time around. God bless us all.