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Sunday, 19 June 2016 15:42

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato


For the purpose of grinding today’s piece, WS had to make a Hayudini act and escape from the on-going basketball game between the Sibugay and the Zamboanga City Eagles contingents at the Baliwasan Central Elementary School.

So this time, expect a truly brief piece, as WS will have to hurriedly return to the covered court.

These Eagles activities are being held in observance of the nationwide Eagles Week, 16 to 23 June.

Composing the Sibugay group are the Eagles clubs of Siocon, Ipil and Titay, while Zamboanga City is composed of the two existing eagles – central and western. The game was preceded by a city proper motorcade. This evening to precede the awarding rites, there will be games ion billiards, bowling and darts at Tebi’s and Sean’s pad.

Tomorrow, the five joint clubs will go island-hoping of the two Sta. Cruz Islands.

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The Zamboanga City Commission on Elections (Comelec) Office reports that all winning candidates in the last local elections have dutifully filed their respective Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE).

Accordingly, neither one is reported to have overspent. Of the losing candidates, there are still some who have failed to do so.

If they still have intentions of joining elections again, they had better know their onions and comply with the required filing of SOCEs, otherwise face permanent disqualification from holding public office..

And judging by the way certain candidates moved and plastered/bandied their propaganda materials, WS finds it hard to believe these bets were honest in their declarations, siendo bongga el diila movimiento (As their moves were glaringly lavish.)

Well, that’s how the cookie crumbles. To each his own way.

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DZT reports President BS Aquino III met top security officials in a closed-door meeting and lengthily discussed prospective solutions to eliminate the risk factors affecting the conduct of operations in Sulu.

Sad to note, the concern now displayed is in the twilight of his presidency, and at a time that two foreign nationals – Canadians have already been goringly decapitated, with one more – a Norwegian, plus a Filipina in the brink of it.

Tsk tsk, too late the hero.

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A Smartmatic engineer named as a respondent in a cybercrime complaint filed by defeated vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has fled the country. So was the Manila Prosecutor’s Office told on Friday during a scheduled hearing.

According to Marcos’ political adviser and Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz, who is also one of the complainants, the engineer - Mauricio Herrera, has left the country and is now in Panama,

Smartmatic, including Herrera and its other engineers are charged for committing a security breach by changing the script of the computer system without the consent of the Comelec en banc during the votes’ transmission.

And Comelec denies that there was any manipulation in the transmission of votes even with the change of script. But this presents so many questions.

No manipulation? Why then the alteration in the script, admittedly done with the assistance of Comelec engineers?

And why during the transmission of votes period?

Also, why escape court litigations?

These surely are grey areas.


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Outgoing President Benigno Aquino 3rd is surely unnerving. Recently, he again exercised his veto power and spookiely thumbed down the consolidated congressional measures entitled “An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Nursing Law Towards Quality Healthcare System, and Appropriating Funds Thereof.

In response to the veto, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate said that he will refile in the next Congress its House Bill 5540 or the proposed Comprehensive Nursing Law which aims to raise nurses’ minimum monthly salary to P25,000.

The proposed measure also aims to provide nurses with better working conditions and for the overall development of the profession.

The lawmaker fittingly hit Aquino’s veto, saying the move was “consistently anti-worker.”

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Time’s up. Till next time around, God bless