Time to fine talk leaders of our allies PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2016 12:03

Sound Snipes

BY Jimmy Cabato

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte,  as having admitted of his threat to bolt from as member of the United Nations (UN) must again be kidding? Look over.

Duterte warned of a “bloody” confrontation if China insists on invading Philippine territory.

Bloody, yes. But of whose blood? The tingling eerie feeling runs down my spine. Yieuwww, as teens are prone to say.

And of this liner here, aware of his courage, he is still believable. Duterte said he will have no choice but to ensure that the country will defend its sovereign rights.

Duterte added, the Philippine government will have to find the best way “to defend our country.”

“We have to do something… It will be the bones of our soldiers, pati na yung akin (as well as mine). We will not allow any country to bamboozle us. I will not allow it. So it’s up to China,” he added.

How, Sir? Alienating us from tested allies, such as by insulting their senior ambassadors, trash talk leaders of the UN and ridicule Australia’s leaders for reacting negatively to sexist jokes like regretting not having made to queue first on a gang-raped missionary, who was by that killed?

He stressed that China cannot go on ignoring the ruling of an international tribunal invalidating Beijing’s claims on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

And added, “Because whether we like it or not, that arbitral judgment would be insisted not only by the Philippines but by the whole countries here in Southeast Asia,” the President said.

Question again. This time in chabacano - How how the carabao?

Time for the president to fine talk leaders of our allies.

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This piece started grinding early, 10:00 am. But just after writing “30” to the immediately preceding item, filial tasks beckoned. Had to face first those obligations that are  now accomplished. And it’s 12:20 noon. Column grinding resumes.

Amid reports that the Abu Sayyaf Group had beheaded an 18-year-old hostage, President Duterte again issued statements with bravado. He said he had given orders to eliminate the organization. “… I’m sending the troops there and tell them to destroy them,”

And in all bravadura, he added, “So, killed or what, don’t ask about human rights.”

The Abu Sayyaf earlier called the family of the 18-year-old hostage to inform them about the beheading. The group demanded a P1 million ransom, which the family could not afford.

The big question is, how long will it take for government to get the order done?

The Abu Sayyaf seems unfazed of military aggressions. They fight back and are even able inflict deaths and injuries on the military.

Only recently, three soldiers and two militiamen were reported to have been killed while three others were wounded in clashes with Abu Sayyaf as fighting resumed outside three towns liberated by Philippines troops in the troubled island province of Basilan.

dxN0 radio station manager Richard Falcatan announced, a second encounter Tuesday left another militia volunteer dead and three companions wounded in Sumisip town, where the militant group sought refuge after a month-long military offensive in the towns of Tipo-Tipo, Albarka and UnkayaPukan.

Earlier reports that reached the Basilan Crisis Management Committee (CMC) said, four were killed from the government side, including three Army Special Forces and a member of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU).

And all these come, even as Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said troops from the Joint Task Force Basilan (JTFB) were pounding the Abu Sayyaf group since Tuesday morning.

And government foot soldiers are backed by 3rd Air Division sky ware, as well as naval forces on sea blockading the coastal area of Tuburan to prevent the Abu Sayyaf bandits from escaping by the sea.

And Tan, sounded optimistic, “All out military offensives are ongoing to neutralize the Abu Sayyaf group responsible for the series of atrocities in the province of Basilan,”

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Is Sen. Leila de Lima truly finished. If you take it from the President, she is.

These were his words, “De Lima, you are finished.” - a single liner from the MB.

So,too with this report in the PS, “Former justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan III washed his hands yesterday of involvement in drug trafficking by NBP convicts in the previous administration, saying Sen. Leila de Lima, as justice secretary, had overall supervision over the national prisons.” Washing his hands, the Baraan statement, clearly shows he is ready to grab the offer to turn state witness.

De Lima, finished?

In chabacano pa, “Let us to see.”

All these come as President Duterte stepped up his personal attacks against Sen. Leila de Lima on Wednesday, alleging that the latter’s “sex escapades” led her to commit “serious violations of law.”, per TMT report.

Speaking to reporters, Duterte slammed the former Justice secretary for “pretending” to be a crusader for justice.

“What is really sad for this country, here is a woman posturing [as a]crusader for good government but (she cannot stop her immorality])” Duterte said.

On Wednesday, de Lima, a leading critic of Duterte’s war on drugs, branded as an “absolute lie” the allegations made by Duterte on Tuesday that she was among the highest officials in a “matrix” of personalities involved in the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.

“I say it again, those accusations against my alleged drug links are complete falsehoods and absolute lies,” de Lima told reporters.

De Lima said she was advised by her family and close friends not to talk about the issue anymore, because it seemed there would be no end to it.

And Duterte indeed had new details against the lawmaker. He claimed de Lima has a new boyfriend named Warren, who is into motorcycles. And that former Metropolitan Manila    Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino, who was edged out by de Lima in the May senatorial elections, fed him this information.

Duterte however noted that de Lima’s marriage had been legally annulled, just like his marriage with his wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman.

The President  himself also has admitted to having multiple girlfriends.

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Signs of postponement of the barangay and SK polls abound. In the Senate, postponement seems to be a done things as practically all Duterte allies have voiced concurrence to it.

In the Lower House, heading the pack for deferment is no less than its speakers and some other Duterte leaders.

In the end, however, it is the President who decides. But then, these leaders would not have voiced these optimisms if they had not consulted him.

In any case, in Baliwasan the Cabatos remain silent on their stand. With or without elections, are in are will remain parched above the pretenders. Ya mira ya man. (That has been tested).

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Elysha Dinn Rasay, who represented the country in the recently concluded Princess of the World tilt in Bulgaria, bested 40 other hopefuls to bring home the coveted crown. She comes from Santiago, Isanela, if memory serves WS right.

And she is slated to soon compete in another international contest. As depicted in a photo, is all of all 15 tears or sol young.

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Senator Leila de Lima is not inhibiting herself from the Senate’s investigation into the extra judicial killings as Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano’s proposed on the basis of her being biased and prejudged the case against law enforcers tapped for the Duterte government’s war on drugs.

Defying the proposition, de Lima countered, he’s the one very biased in favor of the administration and extra judicial killings from day 1 of the hearing.”