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AN intelligence personnel of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) was shot and killed Saturday, March 10. Jeric Flores, 35, was repeatedly shot by the suspect, Ahmad Nasser Hawari, at around 6:45 p.m. in BAT Compound on Governor Camins Avenue.

The victim was reported to be driving his motorcycle when he was attacked. He died on the spot, and Hawari, also 35, fled.

Assigned as he was with CAAP, this could certainly for personal reasons. CAAP is a non-controversial agency.

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This revelation is what gives SS the inkling that the president is inclined to postpone once more the scheduled 14 May Barangay elections.

In what is expected to send shivers down the public’s spine, some 9,000 barangay chiefs are on President Duterte’s “narco-list,” prompting the government to warn the public to shun political aspirants with illegal-drug affiliation.

DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño said the President is hell bent on eliminating the country’s “narco-politicians’’ through legal means with the DILG conducting a thorough probe on the 9,000 barangay chiefs and other politicians with illegal drug links.

Diño, a former barangay captain, said officials linked to drugs will be removed from office.

Question. Is this intent pliant before the set elections?

Two months going, naaaah… nary a chance.

And the only Duterte advice is for “the public to shun political aspirants with illegal-drug affiliation.

Another question. Will the public so abide?

To SS, another implausible act. When drug money flows, people’s eyes are likely to glow.

That is where the possible polls postponement lies.

Duterte had said, “Gusto nila eleksyon, so be it.” But then he shot instantly, “The drug problem is still much alive. When drug money-financed barangay captains win, there will be another war, and more killings. Analyze the points yourself…

Just a hunch, folks. Not Gospel truth.

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Is it goodbye Philippines for Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair Andres Bautista? The Senate Committee on banks, financial institutions and currencies, Sen. Chiz Escudero chairs had recently cited Andres for contempt for failure to appear in a  committee hearing.

And elder brother, Dr. Martin D. Bautista, advanced the claim hat Andres is not in hiding, explaining his brother has not received a subpoena to appear before the Escudero committee.

The doc tor-brother, a US-based gastroenterologist in  message to “Philamessenger,” revealed, Andres has been advised to avoid prolong  travels as he is suffering from “secondary pulmonary hypertension” possibly due to obstructive sleep apnea, and there is a tendency for him to contract pulmonary embolism setiology of pulmonary hypertension and hyperlipidemia.

Dr. Bautista added that his brother’s treatment is continuing, and concluded that  his brother cannot travel to the Philippines because of his medical condition.

With those cautions, there is strong likelihood, the guy is staying there forever. And for sure, they could always talk to any disinterest phsician  to go by his advice.

Thus, the question. “Is it goodbye Philippines for the resigned Andres Bautista?

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Only a de Lima-like personality would be able to withstand pressure from all sides. Supreme Court (SC) employees on Monday urged Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to resign from her post to spare herself and the entire judiciary of the shame of an impeachment trial.

“Chief, it is time to let go. Please let the judiciary move on,”court employees said. The appeal was made on the second “Red Monday” where court employees wore red as a sign of support for the ouster of Sereno.

SC associate justices Noel Tijam, Samuel Martires, Francis Jardeleza, Mariano del Castillo, Lucas Bersamin, Diosdado Peralta, Teresita de Castro, Presbitero Velasco Jr, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, and former associate justice Adolf Azcuna were also present during the flag-raising ceremony.

And the 1,200-strong Philippine Judges Association composed of Regional Trial Court judges is also expected to issue a manifesto calling for Sereno’s head.

Will Sereno stand the strain? (By Jimmy Cabato)




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