ON TARGET

Senior Supt. Chiquito Malayo, comedian

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The Moro rebels who invaded some coastal villages in Zamboanga City came prepared for intense fighting and a long siege.

They have mortars and .50-cal. Barrett sniper rifles, which could pick out targets at a distance of 2 kilometers, and supply of ammunition  to last for months.

One of the areas they have occupied has a warehouse filled with rice and produces dried fish so they have enough food.

Where did the Moro rebels get the mortars and Barretts, which only the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is allowed to own?

It’s a good thing the President is in the thick of the fighting in Zamboanga City, because that question has surely popped up in his head by now.

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I am no fan of the President, but I doff my hat to him for his handling of the Zamboanga crisis.

They say that the best or the worst in a man comes out in a crisis.

The President has shown sterling leadership as AFP Commander in Chief by being in the midst of the action in Zamboanga City.

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A friend of mine in the intelligence community, who has connections in the MNLF, says the men who allegedly surrendered to Senior Supt. Chiquito Malayo, Zamboanga City police chief, were not members of the MNLF.

This friend showed me the following text message supposedly from his source in Zamboanga City: “halo-halo, sir, may mga kristiano at muslim, pinik up ni col malayo tapos pinasuot ng mnlf uniform.”

Translation: The surrenderees were a mixed group. There were Christians and Muslims. They were picked up by Colonel Malayo and then made to wear the uniforms of the MNLF.

Chiquito Malayo lives up to the talent of his late namesake, who was a comedian.

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Tarlac Assistant Prosecutor Noel S. Adion was arrested by NBI agents on Tuesday as he received marked money from a respondent facing a criminal case in his office.

Adion was arrested on a request for his entrapment by my public service program, “Isumbong Mo Kay Tulfo.”

The respondent had come to us to complain about Adion’s demanding P30,000 in exchange for dropping his case.

If a judge or prosecutor is demanding money from you in exchange for a favorable decision, come to us at “Isumbong.”

I will help you set a trap for corrupt judges or prosecutors.

I learned that some of the most corrupt prosecutors and judges are in Pasay City.

I would gladly help in exposing them.

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested recently a fake doctor, Jose Norlito Fruto, and his assistant, James Irvin Tarampi, also in an entrapment at his clinic in Caloocan City.

Elena Roque Pascual, a heart patient, complained that Fruto had misrepresented himself as a cardiac specialist.

The public should be aware of fake doctors.

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