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Monday, 05 September 2016 12:05

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Writing time due to filial, family and personal obliogations have again caused the late pounding of today’s piece. To beat the deadline set by Ed Roy, today’s article would predictably be brief. In chabacano, it is said, “Let us to see.”

It seems private rooms in hotels, inns and pension houses are the favorite venues of pushers these days.

Classy operations, hugh. Could only be an indication of how lucrative the illegal trade is.

Another couple has again been arrested during a shabu buy-bust operation carried out inside a pension house the other day. Could thing, very evidently nobody resisted arrest violently. Knowing the track record of P/Chief Insp. Karib Muharram… Bang!

Nabbed were Rassian Hussam y Aibani, 37, and his wife Enna Hussam y Alidjam, 36. Also arrested was Benhur Jamid y Alam, 48, married.

The three - all residents of Arena Blanco - were arrested by men of the Ayala Police Station led by Muharram, inside the Amber Room, Atilano Pension House around 7 a.m., Wednesday.    Confiscated from the suspects’ possession was a set of drug paraphernalia and marked money.

The suspects were detained at the Ayala Police Station while appropriate charges red being readied against them.

Meanwhile, another female drugster fell into police hands, as Police confiscated a sachet of shabu from her possession when she was frisked by a lady police after a 37-year-old woman accused her of having an illicit affair with her husband.

Jennie, not her real name, appeared at the Divisoria Police Station and filed a complaint around 10:43 a.m, Wednesday, against her husband Angel Domingo, 47, of Covarrubias Drive, Divisoria for allegedly keeping an illicit relationship with Vanessa Salbin y Paelmariano, 37, of Lobregat Village, Putik.

When conducted to the police station of Divisoria for further interrogation, PO2 Widzra Aripin searched Salbin, and discovered in her possession the illegal stuff.

Salbin was detained while the recovered sachet of shabu was forwarded to the 9th PNP Crime Laboratory for examination

Charges of concubinage and illegal possession of prohibited drugs have been readied against Salbin. (DZT-fed)

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Massive combat operations to include the use of air, artillery and naval firepower and a preponderance of combat troopers, continue in Sulu in search and destroy military operations.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo,  placed the number of troops at 6,500 to 7,000 in Sulu alone.

And nine armored personnel carriers (APCs) arrived in Zamboanga City Friday on the way to Sulu to be used in the military offensive.

Arevalo said the combat troops are all under Joint Task Force Sulu and consist of Army, Air Force and Navy units.

Pursuit operations are ongoing against the group as of reporting time.

And due to heavy military pressure, Arevalo said they received reports that the fighters of the ISIS-linked group have splintered into smaller groups to mix with the civilian population.

While this would make it harder for the military to hunt the Abu Sayyaf, it would also make the militants more vulnerable to attacks by government forces, Arevalo said, adding that intelligence and civil-military operations were underway to stall this Abu Sayyaf evasion tactic.

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President Rodrigo Duterte has cancelled his trip to Brunei, his first foreign trip as President and the first leg of a three-country swing through Southeast Asia, a Palace official said on Saturday.

The Brunei trip was cancelled, according to Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, in deference to the deadly explosion in Davao City on Friday night that claimed the lives of 14 people and left 67 injured.

Duterte, who took office two months ago, was initially scheduled to visit Bandar Seri Begawan as part of an inaugural trip to neighboring countries.

He is still set to fly to Laos on Tuesday for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit and to Indonesia on Thursday for a working visit, Andanar said.

He added that Duterte was supposed to depart for Brunei at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The visit had been scheduled for September 3 to 5.

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei sent a message to the media saying Duterte’s visit was “postponed.”

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto urged the President to attend the Asean summit in Vientiane.

He said canceling the trip to Laos might lead to the international impression that terrorists have succeeded in grounding the Philippine leader.

“If he goes to Laos as planned, then the President is heeding his own call that terrorism should not disrupt our daily lives,” Recto said in a statement. (TMT)

Three countries have issued travel advisories on Saturday to their visiting citizens here to take safety measures and avoid crowded areas following the explosion late Friday in a Davao City night market. These are, then United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

In an “Emergency Message for US Citizens,” the US Embassy in Manila reiterated a previous warning of an “ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against United States citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines,” and said it had suspended official travel of embassy personnel to Mindanao.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), on the other hand, advised against all but essential travel to Mindanao, and “all travel to south-west Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of ongoing terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), for its part, reminded its citizens of its existing travel alert warning level two on the Philippines.

Level two means there are bigger risks in the location than what would typically be found in a larger Australian city. It may also reflect a weak law and order system or deficiencies in public services.

“We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines due to the high threat of a terrorist attack and the high level of crime. You should pay close attention to your personal security at all times,” the department said on its website.