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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 14:04

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

It’s 14 minutes after 1 pm. Barely 46 minutes to beat the DZT deadline. So, for sure today’s piece will be same as yesterday’s - brief.

It’s circus time, so it seems. Now you see, now you don’t. Which is which is..? The ISIS-linked  AbuSayyaf on Saturday disowned the b  omb attack Friday night  in Davao City where 14 people have been killed and 67 others injured.

Muammar Askali alias Abu Ramie, self-styled spokesperson of the Abu Sayyaf pointed to an ally as behind the deadly explosion at a crowded night market along Roxas St.

Askali told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a phone call  that the bomb attack was carried  by the Daulat Ul Islamiya, an ally of the Abu Sayyaf.

Well, this is new. But as readily admitted, the Daulat Ul Islamiya is an ally, salih salih hadja yuan (Its’ all the same banana.)

And to have said these, bespeaks of the same thing - “They are doing this to sympathize (with) our group and we are sending a message to President Rodrigo Duterte that all the Daulat throughout the country is not afraid of him,” Inquirer quoted Askali as saying.

He said the bomb attack was only the start of similar attacks in response to the military ongoing combat strikes at Abu Sayyaf strongholds in Sulu.

“We can hardly call people, but we can still inflict damage to the soldiers,” Askali said, describing how tight their situation in Sulu was.

About 9,000 troops are currently in Sulu closing in on the group list by the United States as a terrorist organization. Since August 26, 15 soldiers had died and 30 militants had been killed.

Askali said the bomb attacks would only stop “if Duterte will make our hadith his laws and he will seek conversion to Islam.”

The hadith is described as a collection of traditions containing sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, with accounts of his daily practice. Sunni Muslims use this to emulate the Prophet’s practice.

However, all said done, Chief Supt. Manuel Gaerlan, Southern Mindanao police director, who now supervises the investigation of the blast, said what they were looking into now is the possible participation of “disgruntled vendors” in the city but they were also considering other possible groups as suspects.

“There were some disgruntled vendors in the awarding of stalls at the night market. This is one of the motives that we are looking into,” he said.

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The recent Recto statement that Pres. Duterte should not have scrapped his first ever scheduled trio abroad. Recto said, Duterte’s trip cancellation may give the impression that the Philippine government does not have  the terror activities under control and that our countryhmen are under the mercy of the terrorists. This comes as the Malacañang on Sunday urged the public to carry on with normal life despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of a “State of Lawless Violence,” but said people should be prepared for acts of terrorism following Friday’s deadly blast in Davao City.

The Malacañang media bureau continued, “Let’s continue with our lives. Do not be afraid but be alert. Let’s practice our civic responsibilities as responsible citizens to ensure our country moves forward progressively,”

In the meantime, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said an executive order formalizing the President’s declaration would be issued today.

But the declaration, he clarified, did not mean people should restrict their activities.

With all these said and done, the Recto statement says a lot.

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The president of the LigangMga Barangay, Jerry E. Perez, favors postponement of the barangay election so barangay officials can continue their unfinished projects.

Perez issued the statement following the call of Congress, Senate, and President Rodrigo Duterte for the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election on October 23, 2017 instead of this year.

This proposed postponement may augur well to some extent, but this, too, may lead to disenchantment of some barangay official, for the measure speaks of appointments of barangay officials.

When this happens, patronage politics sets in. Barangay officials with no connections to the powers-that-be are out.