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Sunday, 22 November 2015 14:54

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato


The smooth and safe APEC hosting in Manila was noticeably rising to laudable levels in the media, but the anti-climactic act of a known presidential sister just snapped it all as negative comments from netizens are pouring in  from all over.

We refer to what is essentially described as a damaging pose posted on facebook that went viral in a still predominantly conservative nation.

Straight from hosting the APEC spouses’ visit to Intramuros on Thursday, celebrity Kris Aquino rounded up the day with a snap of her sunburned shoulders straight from her bathroom.

And none of it sat well with majority of netizens who heatedly posted varied downbeat twits on her Instagram account.

The post - “Either fresh from a shower or about to take one, the photo had Kris with her back to a mirror, the rest of her wrapped in a terry-cloth towel, and captioned: “About to sleep, Bimb took this picture–decided to post this so we can all have a good laugh tonight sa karma ng kaartehan ko na SUNBURN ako ng bongga–nabilad in Fort Santiago at the peak of the just before noon heat . . . You’ll love the sense of humor of my sister Viel, baka daw my entire back nag ka lace patterned sunburn. Si Bimb naman said the shape of the sunburn is like the Batman mask from the Michael Keaton era. Quits na tayo sa lahat ng nahirapan mag commute these past few days, patas ang mundo, patche patche naman ang balat ko. #LaughterIsTheBestMedicine (I drank Paracetamol kasi parang lalagnatin ako sa init ng balat ko, any sunburn suggestions?) GOOD NIGHT. #LoveLoveLove” (TMT)

The post garnered over 800 comments as of yesterday. Taking it from newsmen, “the verdict is that President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s infamously tactless youngest sister has done it again.”

And reportedly, she has so darn enraged the very public who had to bear with security measures installed  for the weeklong APEC summit in Metro Manila.

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Fresh from hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday enplaned for Malaysia for the conduct of a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Kuala Lumpur.

In a pre-departure statement, the President said he plans to raise the issue of maritime dispute involving Asean member-countries and China in the Kuala Lumpur summit, during his meeting with fellow Southeast Asian leaders and other dialogue partners.

The South China Sea, a large part of which is part the West Philippine Sea, is being wholly claimed by China.

Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and the Philippines are among the Asean member-countries with conflicting claims over the vast chunk of territory.

The Philippines and Vietnam have sought international arbitration over the dispute. But China refuses to recognize and participate in the ongoing proceedings.

The territorial dispute was among the issues discussed by Aquino in bilateral meetings with US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. (With reports from TMT)

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The news that Indonesia not giving priority to executing convicts on death row is a welcome relief, especially with a Filipina jailed there in the throes of death.

Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI), has welcomed the report considering that it raised hopes that the life of Mary Jane Veloso, now on death row there will be saved and that she will eventually be proven innocent.

Veloso, scheduled for death by firing squad in April on charges of alleged drug smuggling was temporarily spared.

At the  same time, the ECMI official, appealed to the Regional Trial Court in Nueva Ecija that is handling a case of human trafficking that Veloso had filed, to speed up the process.

The Indonesian court is said to be waiting for our court decision, and will rely on it, according to Santos.

Speeding up the process will cause the release of Mary Jane from continued stay and suffering in prison, he added.

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Terrorists strike again. This time in a little known town of Mali, capital of Bamako, in North Africa.

It took some nine hours following the attack for Mali’s security minister to announce there were no more hostages after special forces, backed by US and French troops, stormed the luxury hotel Radisson Blu in the Bamako capital.

“At least 18 were dead and many of the 170 hostages initially trapped by the suspected Islamists in the besieged hotel were foreigners, with employees of the French and Turkish national airlines as well as Indians and Chinese known to be among those staying there. A Belgian regional assembly official was reported to be among the dead.” (MB)

18 bodies had been recovered, a foreign security source said; while a Malian military source said two attackers had been killed and was not clear if they were among the 18.

No immediate confirmation of any link to the dreadful Paris attacks last Friday that left 130 people dead has been established.

Mali, however, has been at the center of French military operations against Islamists in north Africa.

And it is reported, the most powerful jihadist groups active in Mali are aligned with al-Qaeda rather than Islamic State, which has emerged latterly as the global leader of alleged violent Islamic extremism.

The UN Security Council is set to vote on a French-drafted resolution authorizing countries to “take all necessary measures” to fight the IS group, the French mission said, which in a later report here is said tro be well-backed.

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There have been some comments posted in the net that they have not heard Islamic States condemn the terrorists, calling themselves ISIS for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

That certainly is a wrong notion. So many Muslims have been posting outrages against terrorism, with so many saying, killing is unislamic, to which this corner adheres.

Take peek then on this MB report, and tell us what you notice. “At least 36 people were killed Friday in air strikes by Russian and Syrian jets on Islamic State-controlled Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said, describing them as the heaviest in the region since the start of the war.”

Noticed it? Right. “...air strikes by Russian and Syrian jets…” The attacks are joined in by Syria itself. It is then clearly shown, terroristic acts are not condoned by Muslim Countries.

It will be recalled, Russian  President Vladimir Putin vowed retaliation for a bombing that brought down a Russian airliner in Egypt last month. So, it pounded the jihadist group in Syria, firing cruise missiles from warships in the Caspian Sea.

“At least 36 people were killed and dozens more injured in more than 70 raids carried out by Russian and Syrian planes against several districts in Deir Ezzor,” Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group told AFP.”

In the United Nations, member states reportedly backed a motion calling for action against terrorists a week after the Paris attacks, the worst on French soil also claimed by the jihadist group based in Syria and Iraq.