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Crying Lady
Yesterday’s Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the PCSO anomalies was not a deja vu. But it almost did. Flashback during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on the Garcia-Ligot-AFP anomalies (which lead, some would say, to the unexpected suicide of General Angelo Tomas-Reyes), we saw Erlinda Ligot, on her tears, unable to answer the Senator’s queries. We heard her husband, General Jacinto Ligot, repeatedly invoking his constitutional right against self-incrimination.
And there was a second installment yesterday. Former PCSO General Manager Rosario Uriarte cried unabashedly and asked the Senators to spare her family from the investigation. And she has repeatedly plead her silence and invoked her right against self-incrimination when asked about the “bigger fish” behind this mess.
It started when Uriarte was asked about the controversial Php 325-million intelligence fund of the PCSO, citing that any statements she would give to the Senate will be used against her in the plunder charges filed on the Office of the Ombudsman.
It is once again proven. Refusing to answer the Senators’ questions and repeatedly invoking the constitutional right put one into a public impression of being guilty and hiding and protecting someone bigger.
Who’s this bigger fish? Who is/are orchestrating all this anomalies? Or as a Metallica song would put it, who is the Master of Puppets? Not unless these persons point out the ‘big boss’, we will never know. I just hope that they will not be another Angelo Reyes who will bring their secrets to the grave.
Senator TG “Galit Sa Buwaya” Guingona stated that there is sufficient evidence for Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to explain her side at the Office of the Ombudsman.
But will she speak? We all know that the Moled One has a vow of silence. And the only instance that we heard her speak was her insincere and infamous “I am Sorry” during the height of “Hello Garci” Scandal.
If only a veritaserum is available to let truth come out from these scoundrels. Will you please give us a truckload Professor Severus Snape?
By the way, though unflattering, I’m not mocking Gloria Uriarte on choosing this photo. I have been searching the net for a more decent photo but this was the only one who will compliment my post.
Kudos Manila Bulletin! You have done this again. The last time you did this, according to my recollection, was when you featured then-Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez when the House found probable cause to impeach her. Picture perfect. The photographer deserves a Pulitzer prize!
I hope this country will soon be cleaned of all this mess.
God save and bless the Philippines.
Viva Filipinas! Padayon! 
(Read more: Ex-PCSO execs opt for silence)

Crying Lady

Yesterday’s Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the PCSO anomalies was not a deja vu. But it almost did. Flashback during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on the Garcia-Ligot-AFP anomalies (which lead, some would say, to the unexpected suicide of General Angelo Tomas-Reyes), we saw Erlinda Ligot, on her tears, unable to answer the Senator’s queries. We heard her husband, General Jacinto Ligot, repeatedly invoking his constitutional right against self-incrimination.

And there was a second installment yesterday. Former PCSO General Manager Rosario Uriarte cried unabashedly and asked the Senators to spare her family from the investigation. And she has repeatedly plead her silence and invoked her right against self-incrimination when asked about the “bigger fish” behind this mess.

It started when Uriarte was asked about the controversial Php 325-million intelligence fund of the PCSO, citing that any statements she would give to the Senate will be used against her in the plunder charges filed on the Office of the Ombudsman.

It is once again proven. Refusing to answer the Senators’ questions and repeatedly invoking the constitutional right put one into a public impression of being guilty and hiding and protecting someone bigger.

Who’s this bigger fish? Who is/are orchestrating all this anomalies? Or as a Metallica song would put it, who is the Master of Puppets? Not unless these persons point out the ‘big boss’, we will never know. I just hope that they will not be another Angelo Reyes who will bring their secrets to the grave.

Senator TG “Galit Sa Buwaya” Guingona stated that there is sufficient evidence for Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to explain her side at the Office of the Ombudsman.

But will she speak? We all know that the Moled One has a vow of silence. And the only instance that we heard her speak was her insincere and infamous “I am Sorry” during the height of “Hello Garci” Scandal.

If only a veritaserum is available to let truth come out from these scoundrels. Will you please give us a truckload Professor Severus Snape?

By the way, though unflattering, I’m not mocking Gloria Uriarte on choosing this photo. I have been searching the net for a more decent photo but this was the only one who will compliment my post.

Kudos Manila Bulletin! You have done this again. The last time you did this, according to my recollection, was when you featured then-Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez when the House found probable cause to impeach her. Picture perfect. The photographer deserves a Pulitzer prize!

I hope this country will soon be cleaned of all this mess.

God save and bless the Philippines.

Viva Filipinas! Padayon! 

(Read more: Ex-PCSO execs opt for silence)

Source: mb.com.ph


SO HELP ME GOD. Catholic bishops embroiled in a PCSO charity fund misuse during President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s administration, take their oath at the start of Wednesday’s Senate hearing. They are, from left, Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, Msgr. David William Antonio (representing Most Rev. Ernesto Salgado), Bishop Rodolfo Beltran, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, Archbishop Romulo Valles and Most Rev. Martin Jumoad. PHOTO BY LYN RILLON

So it happened yesterday. The Bishops who were involved in the inaccurately-called Pajero Bishops faced the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee yesterday morning.
I was on the road with my grandmother during the senate hearing so I was not able to watch the whole proceeding. But thanks to Birthday Boy Manny V. Pangilinan’s TV-5’s 92.3 News FM, I was able to listen to the senate committee proceedings.
Sayang. I was at the Senate (at the Senator Pecson room in particular) last Tuesday for the Technical Working Group of the Sustainable Forest Management Act sponsored by Sen. Miguel Zubiri. Had the Senate Blue Ribbon hearing happened last Tuesday, I will be able to catch a glimpse of my Lolo Bishops (and make mano and introduce myself as one of their seminarians).
During the proceedings, I was enthusiastically voicing out my thoughts on Twitter and exchanging opinion with my former Political science professor, my former roommate, and people whom I look up to on the cyber world.
As expected (or was I the only one who expected this?), the Senators were calm on asking the bishops. The Philippine Daily Inquirer, in their news today, described it as a “reverential treatment”. The only exciting part yesterday was when PCSO Chair Margie Juico was booed on the mistake of calling the Prelates Pajero Bishops when there was actually no Pajeros involved.
As usual, the critics of the CBCP (mostly RH advocates and who describe the Bishops as corrupt Damasos mingling with State-affairs) were storming the social media (Twitter and Facebook), expressing their disgust on the proceedings. Some said that the Senators appeared to be “too afraid” and “protective” of the Bishops. Others were bitin and did not see a tension-filled exchange of words on the session hall. While some describe the Senators as ass kissers of the Bishops.
I respect their opinion and protest. They are free to do that. Personally, I was also bitin yesterday on the appearance of the Bishops. But the moment they started name calling and other indecent words to describe the Senators and the Bishops, that is just so immature and unbecoming.
Here’s the thing: What more can be said by the Bishops? They have stated and explained their side. It is now up to the lawmakers and the law-enforcing body of our country to do their job. It is now up to the PCSO to explain their mess. After all, they are the ones who gave these vehicles to these needy Prelates. If it is found out that these bishops have violated the law, then in the light of truth and justice that they will be penalized, so be it. but don’t shove in my face that the whole Catholic Church (including her faithful) and all the Bishops are corrupt and are involved with this mess. It is unfair and illogical.
I am sorry for the rant. Even though I am a devout Catholic, a seminarian, and a Prayle-wannabe, I am not defending the Bishops. I just looking at things at a bigger and fair perspective.
And speaking of the bigger perspective, may we know who is the bigger fish behind this mess? In a Senate Hearing earlier this morning, former PCSO General Manager Rosario Uriarte repeatedly invoke her right against self-incrimination (which reminds me of General Ligot).
Who is behind these mess? Who are they protecting? Why not say the name for the benefit of all? Is it possible that the Moled One is behind this mess? Including the controversies on PNP (rubber boats and choppers), AFP (“pabaon”-issue), PAGCOR, etc.
We don’t know. Mahaba-habang inuman pa ‘to. Let’s just wait and see.
But in the event that all these things lead to the Moled One, I only have three words for her:
Ibagsak ang Pandak!
God save and bless this country. Viva Filipinas! Padayon!
(Read more here: Bishops get reverential treatment.)

SO HELP ME GOD. Catholic bishops embroiled in a PCSO charity fund misuse during President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s administration, take their oath at the start of Wednesday’s Senate hearing. They are, from left, Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, Msgr. David William Antonio (representing Most Rev. Ernesto Salgado), Bishop Rodolfo Beltran, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, Archbishop Romulo Valles and Most Rev. Martin Jumoad. PHOTO BY LYN RILLON

So it happened yesterday. The Bishops who were involved in the inaccurately-called Pajero Bishops faced the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee yesterday morning.

I was on the road with my grandmother during the senate hearing so I was not able to watch the whole proceeding. But thanks to Birthday Boy Manny V. Pangilinan’s TV-5’s 92.3 News FM, I was able to listen to the senate committee proceedings.

Sayang. I was at the Senate (at the Senator Pecson room in particular) last Tuesday for the Technical Working Group of the Sustainable Forest Management Act sponsored by Sen. Miguel Zubiri. Had the Senate Blue Ribbon hearing happened last Tuesday, I will be able to catch a glimpse of my Lolo Bishops (and make mano and introduce myself as one of their seminarians).

During the proceedings, I was enthusiastically voicing out my thoughts on Twitter and exchanging opinion with my former Political science professor, my former roommate, and people whom I look up to on the cyber world.

As expected (or was I the only one who expected this?), the Senators were calm on asking the bishops. The Philippine Daily Inquirer, in their news today, described it as a “reverential treatment”. The only exciting part yesterday was when PCSO Chair Margie Juico was booed on the mistake of calling the Prelates Pajero Bishops when there was actually no Pajeros involved.

As usual, the critics of the CBCP (mostly RH advocates and who describe the Bishops as corrupt Damasos mingling with State-affairs) were storming the social media (Twitter and Facebook), expressing their disgust on the proceedings. Some said that the Senators appeared to be “too afraid” and “protective” of the Bishops. Others were bitin and did not see a tension-filled exchange of words on the session hall. While some describe the Senators as ass kissers of the Bishops.

I respect their opinion and protest. They are free to do that. Personally, I was also bitin yesterday on the appearance of the Bishops. But the moment they started name calling and other indecent words to describe the Senators and the Bishops, that is just so immature and unbecoming.

Here’s the thing: What more can be said by the Bishops? They have stated and explained their side. It is now up to the lawmakers and the law-enforcing body of our country to do their job. It is now up to the PCSO to explain their mess. After all, they are the ones who gave these vehicles to these needy Prelates. If it is found out that these bishops have violated the law, then in the light of truth and justice that they will be penalized, so be it. but don’t shove in my face that the whole Catholic Church (including her faithful) and all the Bishops are corrupt and are involved with this mess. It is unfair and illogical.

I am sorry for the rant. Even though I am a devout Catholic, a seminarian, and a Prayle-wannabe, I am not defending the Bishops. I just looking at things at a bigger and fair perspective.

And speaking of the bigger perspective, may we know who is the bigger fish behind this mess? In a Senate Hearing earlier this morning, former PCSO General Manager Rosario Uriarte repeatedly invoke her right against self-incrimination (which reminds me of General Ligot).

Who is behind these mess? Who are they protecting? Why not say the name for the benefit of all? Is it possible that the Moled One is behind this mess? Including the controversies on PNP (rubber boats and choppers), AFP (“pabaon”-issue), PAGCOR, etc.

We don’t know. Mahaba-habang inuman pa ‘to. Let’s just wait and see.

But in the event that all these things lead to the Moled One, I only have three words for her:

Ibagsak ang Pandak!

God save and bless this country. Viva Filipinas! Padayon!

(Read more here: Bishops get reverential treatment.)

Source: newsinfo.inquirer.net

Trial and Error Government and Her Error-riddled Banknotes

Welcome to the trial and error government.

Critics have been bashing the Aquino Administration over its seemingly trial-and-error mode of running the country. Senator Joker Arroyo once called it a “Student Council”. The government have been receiving numerous criticisms from ordinary people through the social media (e.g. Facebook and Twitter).

First, they gave us the seemingly laban o bawi approach on the Executive Order No. 2. Then the botch Pilipinas Kay Ganda campaign of the Department of Tourism. and now, the newly-released banknotes.

PHILIPPINES IN UPROAR OVER ERROR-RIDDLED PESOS 

Geographically-challenged Philippine maps and a rare parrot with the wrong coloured beak have perturbed the country after the central bank rolled out error-filled new editions of its peso bills.

Critics say the new-generation banknotes - rolled out earlier this month and containing the signature of new president Benigno Aquino - bombed spectacularly in the graphics department.

The reverse side of the new 500-peso bill features a rare native bird, the blue-naped parrot.

But its red beak is incorrectly rendered in yellow and the tail feathers underneath coloured green instead of yellow.

A map on the bill - which also carries portraits of Mr Aquino’s late parents - mislocates Saint Paul’s, a subterranean river that is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site.

"Yes, they have made a very big boo boo on the parrot," said Jon Villasper, a cartographer who is also a member of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.

A very big boo boo on the parrot. What a nice set of words to describe the error. Of course, I understand their sentiments of the cartographer.

But with this, I’ll just be pragmatist and realistic. I’d rather rant about a poor Filipino without money than a poor bird inside the money. (That’s a loose usage of “Mabuti pa ang hayop, nasa pera. Samantalang  ang tao, parang hayop na walang pera.”).

"Aside from that, they misplaced Tubbataha reef by around 400 kilometres and Batanes is not on the map.

"I believe they also misplaced Saint Paul’s subterranean river."

Printed on the 1,000-peso bill is a map locating the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park, another prized Philippine UNESCO world heritage site, on or near Malaysian territorial waters.

The map of the Philippines which features on six different bills re-draws the country’s territory to place its northern limit 150 kilometres south of the actual line and exclude the Batanes island group.

Technicalities. I understood their point. I don’t want the new generation of Filipinos ignorant on some of the geographical details of their country. 

Ghelynne Avril del Rosario, a Manila lawyer, said the mistakes echoed a re-branding campaign by the tourism ministry that was withdrawn last month amid charges that its slogan was forgettable, it plagiarised Poland’s campaign and the URL of its website was close to that of a pornographic site.

Mr Rosario says like the campaign, the bills are now fodder for ridicule on Internet social networking sites.

"Just like scrapping the ‘Pilipinas Kay Ganda (Philippines What a Beauty) slogan, let’s scrap the new peso notes as well," she said.

Scrap the new peso notes as well? Why not just modify them before releasing them to the public? Why not first postpone the releasing of the new banknotes and modify what needs to be modified?

(Read the whole article on www.abc.net.au)

I noticed that the critics of this administration want a rash and fast solution on every “trial and error” problems. But on the other hand, I admire the people’s participation (through the internet and the social media) on the different issues.

Some will say that this administration and this government are lightweights. But I’d rather stick into a “trial and error government” with a room for improvement on every mistakes committed than an “error and error governement”.

Well, this is just me. My opinion. My point-of-view. If you do not agree with me, then you are free to voice out your own. Padayon!

Photos courtesy of the Official Website of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Source: abc.net.au


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