BY Jimmy Cabato
Read closely these lines that appeared here yesterday on the Mayor Beng Climaco-announced inaugural rites at City Hall. First of the mayoral pronouncement:
“Hearing no name of Cong. Celso Lobregat, WS wonders aloud, wazzzzup? Wondering aloud, but not saying it out loud.
If guess is right... alam na! (It’s known - obvious)”
Now, it can be told out loud — Mayor Climaco wants to do a Duterte, shutting out Congressman Celso L. Lobregat from the ceremonies. And Lobregat sensed it way ahead of all, and jumped the gun on them. Read on at what was posted on fb today:
“Congressman Celso L. Lobregat took his Oath of Office last June 14, 2016. The oath was administered by City Prosecutor - Atty. Ricardo G. Cabaron in a simple ceremony.”
So, was it to also be in the City Council’s maiden session on 12 July at 9am, SP Building, R.T. Lim Boulevard: Read on:
“Hey hey hey … Cong. Lobregat gale? (What about CL?)
Mas Alam na! (All the more known now.) And here’s an FM radio cliché - Kailangan pa bang imemorize yan?”
His name was not mentioned as having been invited to address the body.
Now, speak of reconciliation. Anyone, please.
* * * *
The police custodians responsible for ferrying two arrested Abu Sayyafs to jail, and one able to escape, have a lot of explaining to do.
Basically, of course, the circumstances surrounding the escape should be seriously be taken into consideration. Were the stacks really worked up against them?
Still and all, WS sympathizes with them for one big factor may work against them — possible neglect of responsibilities. Under all circumstances that would be very hard for them to rationalize.
* * * *
While commendations are truly due the Ayala Police Station under Commander Sr. Insp. Karib Muharram for nabbing an alleged “shabu queen” in Recodo, there, too, is one thing that should be done with care.
First on their achievement. Congratulations for having collared suspected “Shabu Queen” Sitti Hanna Asilin y Asnawi, 46, married on the strength of a warrant for violation of Sections 5 and 11 of Republic Act 9165, issued by Judge Eric Elumba of the Regional Trial Court Branch 13.
Asilin is in the wanted list of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
Good work , Chief. It was hard, we sense, netting a high profile character. And right on her own turf!
We can only imagine the entrenchment you hurdled.
Now, here is where WS spoke of care. Former Recodo Barangay Captain Boy Aminula called me on the phone yesterday fuming mad that members of his family are allegedly being unnecessarily subjected to humiliation to the point of harassment by the Ayala police. Very recently, Aminula said, police were allowed to raid his brother’s house, and the operation proved negative.
Yet now, Aminula claimed, the police posted a picture of his nephew labeling him as a drug pusher.
Chief Muharram, Sir. Please look into this seemingly valid grievance.
Whereas, in all positive undertakings, SS is in full support of Sr. Insp. Muharram, but subjecting individuals to shameful mess, and attaining negative results is utterly unfair.
Kindly look into Cap Boy’s apparent legitimate gripe, Sir. Thank you.
* * * *
SS stands behind the city’s lament on what City Legal Officer Jesus C. Carbon Jr. termed as seeming conformity of the Department of Justice (DoJ) to the plea bargaining proposal of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members, charged for rebellion and violations of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for launching the September 2013 invasion in this City.
Carbon said that he intentionally missed the hearing on the MNLF cases last June 16-17 at the regional trial court in Pasig because he had no copy yet of the DoJ’s counter offer to the plea bargaining request.
It was useless to attend the hearing, Carbon rued as he had idea of what the deal was to be.
He received a copy of the DoJ’s counter offer only last Monday morning just before facing the media.
Upon perusal of it, Carbon expressed dismay for the document showed seeming consent of DoJ to reduce the charges from rebellion to mere “illegal assembly” for at least 150 accused MNLFs and for them to plead guilty to being accessories to IHL violations.
With the hundreds killed, the millions of pesos in loss and thousands displaced!, Illegal assembly?
With all those travesties the marauders created, yet per his reading, Carbon opined, the DoJ is of the belief that there was not enough evidence to pin down the MNLFs for rebellion and direct violations of the IHL
What a laugh! Say you?
* * * *
Incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is distraught with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision extending the filing of SOCEs. It should have been the first to uphold the SOCE provision of Republic Act No. 7166, which he said, states that all candidates, winners or losers, must file their SOCEs within 30 days after the elections.
But by acquiescing to the LP (Liberal Party) SOCE filing extension, the Comelec became the first to violate RA 7166, as well as its own Comelec Resolution No. 9991, which ruled out late filings and affirmed that the June 8 deadline is ‘final and non-extendible’,” Alvarez added.
And it was only yesterday when LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas finally filed his SOCE at the Comelec, making him the last presidential candidate to file.
Roxas’ camp cited “voluminous number of receipts that have to be scanned and attached to the document” needed in filing the SOCEs as reason for the late filing. The Roxas camp arrived at the Comelec accompanied by a truckload of supporting documents.
Friends, it must be remembered, all other candidates faced similar constraints, but they were able to meet the deadline.
Alvarez further contended, the late filing of SOCEs should be considered as non-filing, and be penalized, with winning candidates who failed to file SOCEs barred from assuming their posts.
“We are supposed to be a government of laws and not of men. Meanwhile Alvarez also called on the poll body to immediately release the resolution that granted President Aquino’s LP a 14-day extension in the filing of its SOCE to allow the aggrieved parties to question its legality before the High Court.
The resolution was purportedly released one week after the June 8 deadline.
Pantaleon added, “Right or wrong, there seems to be a public perception that the release of the resolution is being held in abeyance until after the sought-for 14-day extension lapses so it may no longer be questioned before the SC,” Alvarez said. (With MB feeds)
* * * *
It’s almost a certainty, Sen. Koko Pimentel is the next Senate President. This comes in the face of a President-elect Rodrigo Duterte statement that he is “neutral” in the Senate presidency contest.
And this, too serves as an eye-opener to those senators who are yet to join the newly formed majority bloc that supports Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd’s bid for the chamber’s top post, unless they valiantly opt to join the minority.
* * * *
Pres.-elect Duterte has, in effect twitted outgoing President BS Auino 3ed, when he disclosed, the purchase of 12 FA-50 lead-in fighter trainer jets by the Aquino administration is just a waste of money as the air assets are being used only for ceremonies.
Duterte said the jets - the biggest item in the military’s modernization shopping list - cannot be used to fight insurgency.
He added the two FA-50s that were delivered to the Air Force are not enough to challenge China, which has occupied Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, a fishing area off Zambales that is within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.
Money was wasted in the purchase of those jets, he insisted. That should have been for anti-insurgency hardware, which is the problem at the moment, Duterte said, the money spent for the jets could have better been used to buy helicopters or boats that would pursue the Abu Sayyaf.
“If we had night vision goggles, we could have caught up with these guys and if we had fast boat, we could have pursued them,” he said. (PS-fed)
* * * *
In speaking against the death penalty, Pope Francis declared the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty. He amplified his opposition to capital punishment, saying it’s an offense to life, contradicts God’s plan and serves no purpose for punishment.
But our Cabinet Chairman Monggueh “Genghis” Gan, the conqueror, showed us a debatable contrasting Bible verse - actual Book, Chapter and Verse Nos. escape my mind at the moment. For your ready reference and own dissection, WS lays it down, “Whoever murders a man will himself be killed by his fellowmen.”
For you to ponder on, friends. ‘Til next time around...