Maginot Line

Posted in Manuel Buencamino,Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the September 25th, 2014


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Think before you speak

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the September 24th, 2014

I’m not arguing for or against the issue of burying Marcos in Libingan ng Mga Bayani or the Binay compromise solution of burying him in his hometown instead of Libingan but with full miltary honors.

I’m just saying that the argument of those in favor of giving Marcos those honors – people like Binay, Chiz Escudero, Bishop Oscar Cruz, TeddyBoy Locsin etal – is not only flawed it also opens up Marcos to some very unfavorable comparisons.

So if you are one of those who love Marcos, and I respect your feelings and opinion, you may want to think carefully before you adopt the following argument as stated by Sen. Chiz Escudero :

    “Wala namang debate na naging head of state sya. Wala namang debate na sundalo siya. If only because of those two facts, siguro marapat na bigyan natin siya ng karampatang paglilibing dahil anuman ang reklamo, ano man ang diumano ay ginawa o hindi niya ginawa bilang pangulo, o ginawa o hindi ginawa bilang sundalo, nanatili pa ring tutuong naging head of state siya at naging dating sundalo siya.”

Of course the most obvious counter argument to that is to point out that Marcos was overthrown in a popular revolt. EDSA was not a coup.

But I’m more concerned that the argument opens the door for a really ugly and hurtful comparison. One could tell Chiz and company – “Well Judas was an apostle before he betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver. Should that count?”

All I’m saying is if you are what some call a Marcos loyalist, you should give a lot more thought to your arguments because a poorly thought out argument can cause a lot more harm and hurt than help to those you love. ‘Yun lang.

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Conrad, paki-explain nga

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the September 22nd, 2014

Inquirer’s Conrado de Quiros does his sneakiest best to defend Binay.

    “The “court of law,” or the Senate investigation, is where Binay finds himself with the stronger hand. That may be a strange thing to say given that that’s where he’s been getting it, with Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes and Koko Pimentel, in particular, leading the charge. But Binay has the stronger hand there, simply because his detractors have not presented incontrovertible evidence against him.”

Tapos meron ka pang kicker,

    Binay doesn’t have to prove himself innocent, his detractors have to prove him guilty. The cardinal principle in law, at least in a democratic society, is that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Which is what’s profoundly disturbing about the way the Senate has gone about the hearing on Binay. Mercado and company have thrown all sorts of accusations against him, none of which they have bothered to prove with documents, the corroborating testimony of independent witnesses, the reports of COA and various experts. Instead, they are challenging Binay to prove them wrong.

Binay made the same claim during his “presidential address” to the nation but in a more concise manner.

He said,

    “Wala sa mga pinangangalandakan nilang testimonya ang tatayo sa isang hukuman ng batas.”

Conrad, saan ka nakakita ng isang 11-story carpark cum office building na nagkakahalagang P2.2B? Ano ang nilagay dun sa building, Carrara marble ba ang office floors at parking areas? At yun mga gypsum board walls binalot ba sa gold leaf at mga mamahaling gemstones?

Anong nangyari sa iyo, bakit ka nagkaganyan? Matino ka namang tao dati. Tsk,tsk.

P.S. Naniwala ka kay Chavit nung sinabi niya naghahatid siya ng jueteng payola kay Erap pero hindi kapanipaniwala ang kwento ni Mercado na naghatid siya ng pera kay Binay?

Naniwala ka sa sinabi ni Jun Lozada tungkol sa bid-rigging ng ZTE-NBN pero hindi ka naniniwala kay Engr. Hechanova tungkol sa bid-rigging sa carpark?

Tsk, tsk, ulit.

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Mga azkal talaga

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the September 21st, 2014

Some UP professors who belong to CONTEND-UP, obviously the counterpart of the UP student group STAND-UP that pelted DBM Sec Abad with coins after he honored an invitation from the UP DILIMAN student council to speak at their forum issued a statement defending the azkal behavior of their fine student protesters.

They said, “students should passionately challenge the system” …I guess by chanting slogans and throwing coins.

And then they added,

    “We should never be afraid of debates. We do, however, refuse to engage in talk that will only lend credence to the façade of democracy and academic freedom we currently have.”

In other words,

    “We will debate if we like what we hear, if not we will throw a tantrum and pelt you with whatever we can lay our hands on.”

Mga azkal talaga. Woof, woof.

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Dapat sa mga bata inireregalo ang cakes

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the September 20th, 2014


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Pangalawang Pangulo o Pangunang Panggulo?

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the September 20th, 2014

I often hear the vice president called Pangalawang Pangulo, the number two president. Why call him that?

There is only one president under our system of government. The vice president has no functions under the Constitution other than to wait for the president to die, become incapacitated, or impeached.

Granted, the president, if he wishes, can appoint the vice president to any appointive position in his administration but he is under no obligation to do so. And since under our system the president and the vice-president are not by law elected as a team, then there is all the more reason to question why the vice president should be called Pangalawang Pangulo. Binay is not PNoy’s Dick Cheney. In fact, many times he is the Pangunang Panggulo.

For example: Binay flew to Zamboanga during the MNLF raid and inserted himself in the management of the crisis claiming that he negotiated a cease-fire with the MNLF. Who appointed him negotiator?

Besides, the cease-fire claim was proven to be false. But that was after it created confusion among those who were in the crisis management team. Defense Secretary Gazmin had to publicly distance himself and the government from Binay’s claim.

Recently he flew to Cagayan in the aftermath of Typhoon Luis purportedly to “alleviate the suffering of typhoon survivors”. Well and good if the president asked him to do that. But the president did not. The president did not appoint him caretaker during his absence. He is not included in the National Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The relevant agencies of the government were in Cagayan doing their job and there was no need for Binay to go there to tell “the people of Cagayan and Isabela that their government is ready to assist them.”

The thing is Binay is a vice president that travels with an entourage fit for a king. Local officials have to take time off from attending to post-typhoon work just to accord him courtesies that he believes is his due him as vice president. In the Zamboanga crisis, Binay even asked for an on the scene briefing from the DND and the AFP even if he had no business whatsoever in that crisis.

He did the same thing during Yolanda. So okay he is in charge of housing but housing does not happen when first responders are still on the scene. Housing for typhoon victims happens way down the line.

A vice-president is a spare tire. He is the panglimang gulong. He stays in the trunk of the car until there is a flat tire. Period.

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My butt hurts

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the September 20th, 2014

Ernesto ‘I-didn’t-know-he-is -still-alive’ Maceda headlined his op-ed in Philstar as VP Binay answers accusations. Take it from a man who has been fending off accusations for over half a century.

He also mentioned a certain Malou Tiquia: “Independent political analysts led by Malou Tiquia rated Binay’s speech as effective, direct to the point and presidential.”

My butt hurts. No, not Maceda, at his age not even mainlining Viagra will help him. It was Malou Tiquia’s fat middle finger.


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A total waste of taxpayers’ mony

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the September 14th, 2014

Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, spokesman of Vice President Jejomar Binay,called former Makati Vice Mayor Mercado’s inclusion in the witness protection program a
“total waste of taxpayers’ money.”

    “The DOJ should not tolerate his gambling habit to the point that it will provide security for Mercado each time he visits casinos or cockpits to gamble. This will be a disservice to the WPP and a total waste of taxpayers’ money, all to advance the political demolition agenda of two senators,” he said.

This after Binay blew P2.4B on an 11-story carpark.

Well, he did save Makati P200M by using gypsum boards and rolling vinyl for the walls and floors of his world-class building.

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“Bahala ka na sa buhay mo” – Sens. Sotto and Ejercito to VP Binay

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the September 10th, 2014

The headline says, “Minority eyes boycott of Makati bldg probe.”

In the body of the report, Sen. JV Ejercito, quoting Senate minority leader Tito Sotto, said,

    “Sabi ni Tito Sen, sabi kasi ‘pag nandoon tayo binibigyan pa natin ng credibility ang hearing so depende, pag-usapan namin.”

JV added,

    “Sana huwag gamitin for political purposes. Kasi ‘yun na ang tingin ng iba. Let’s leave it to the constitutional bodies. Credible naman ang ating COA chair, credible naman ang ating Ombudsman. Bakit kinakailangan pang pumasok ang Senate blue ribbon committee sa isang kaso na dapat lokal? Iba ang pagtatanong pag naka-on ang camera, iba yung paglilitis sa korte na walang camera. Malaki ang diperensya.”

Hmmm. Talagang malaki ang diperensya. Yung isa, huwes at mga abogado lang ang makakakita ng paglilitis, hindi makikita ng publiko, pero yun open Senate hearing kitang-kita ng lahat. At saka, yun isa ang magdedisisyon ay mga huwes pero yun open Senate hearing ang publiko at mga botante ang magdedesisyon.

Kung kandidato ka at may kasalanan ka na gusto mong itago, saan mo gustong litisin ang kaso mo – sa korte kung saan walang TV camera o sa Senado kung saan meron gavel to gavel radio/TV coverage?

Anyway, at the Senate hearing last week, JV Ejercito tried his best to lend credibility to the powerpoint presentation of Hilmarc Construction and to cast doubts on the credibiity of one of Hilmarc’s interlocutors by making it appear that an “off-stage” conversation between Sen. Trillanes and Hilmarc representatives involved bullying by Trillanes.

But Trillanes took to the floor and directed clarificatory questions to the Hilmarc lawyer who ended up admitting that the alleged bullying was actually a friendly conversation.

And then Sen. Cayetano proceeded to take apart the powerpoint presentation of Hilmarc.

As a result, the Hilmarc lawyer reluctantly confessed that he could not claim the carpark was “world class” and “green”. He also had to beg off from answering unequivocally how much the price of steel and the cost of the building’s foundation actually contributed to the ridiculous construction cost of the carpark. And he could not explain why government procurement should necessarily be more costly than private procurement.

And so the presence of the minority in last week’s hearing had no effect whatsoever on the credibility of the investigation. That was ably demonstrated by JV Ejercito who failed miserably at lending credibility to Hilmarc’s testimony.

That’s why when the minority says they will boycott because they do not want to lend credibility to the investigation, they are in effect admitting that Binay’s position is indefensible.

So fuck that “lending credibility” excuse. Tito Sen and JV are running away, leaving Binay to defend himself. That leaves Nancy to defend her father.

Why can’t she cross-examine resource persons and show them to be liars if she is so goddam sure her father is innocent? And if, as she and her father claim, the probe is just politics of destruction then she has every right, in fact the duty, to expose it for what it is.

Recusal on the grounds of conflict of interest does not hold water in a case where one has to defend someone who is unjustly and unfairly accused. If she is the only person who can stand up against political persecution then it is her duty to do it regardless of her relation to the accused.

Besides, I’m sure her father can furnish her with evidence that will debunk the allegations of Sens. Cayetano and Trillanes.

Come to think of it, if such evidence exists, anybody, even a monkey, can deliver it to the Blue Ribbon committee because the evidence does not need a spokesman, it can speak for itself.

So let’s hear it from the documents that Binay will produce. Please.

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The Binay impeachment ruse

Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the September 8th, 2014


Impeachment for Binay? That would be a ruse concocted by Binay.

Yes, the House can gather enough signatures to impeach him but there is no way there will be enough votes in the Senate to convict him.

Here’s what the Constitution says on the Senate’s role in impeachment:

    Art XI Sec3. (6) The Senate shall have the sole power to try and decide all cases of impeachment. When sitting for that purpose, the Senators shall be on oath or affirmation. When the President of the Philippines is on trial, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall preside, but shall not vote. No person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of all the Members of the Senate.

2/3 of 24 Senate seats is 16. Now do the math.

Three senators are suspended. If they cannot vote then their non-vote will be counted as a NO or an acquittal because the Constitution says 16 or more YES votes are needed for conviction.

But if the three detained senators can vote, guess how they will vote. Enrile and Jinggoy are partymates of Binay and Revilla, aside from being the president of GMA’s party, is Jinggoy’s best friend. So that leaves 21 senators who might vote to convict.

Now, of the remaining 21 senators, three of them – JV Ejercito, Nancy Binay, and Gringo Honasan – are sure to acquit or at least abstain. Not only are they all members of the opposition, they all also have strong personal reasons to acquit Binay. JV will follow his father’s wishes, Nancy is Binay’s daughter, and Gringo is Enrile’s “adopted” son. They can recuse themselves but recusal would be the same thing as abstaining which is the same as voting for acquittal because, as pointed out earlier, you need at least 16 YES votes to convict.

And don’t forget Sotto who is the minority leader. He is thick as thieves with the detained senators who have everything to gain from a Binay acquittal.

There is also no guarantee that the remaining senators will vote to convict. Besides Binay does not have to work on any more senators to get an acquittal. But his acquittal base of seven senators can still increase.

What if Miriam suddenly gets another attack of chronic fatigue syndrome or sudden high blood pressure and she has to stay home or go to the hospital on the day of voting? What if a senator gets sick or dies or is caught in a traffic jam or is stuck in an elevator? What if one or more of the remaining senators decides that voting for acquittal is better for his/her political fortune?

Any move to impeach Binay will work out in his favor. There will not be enough votes to convict him and he will be able to point to his acquittal as proof that all the charges against him were politically motivated and devoid of facts and his political rivals were simply ganging up on him. His underdog routine will gain traction and as we all know the voting public loves an underdog.

Let the Senate investigation run its course. Don’t get fooled by the line that impeachment carries the penalty of perpetual disqualification from office. That’s nothing but a shiny apple coming from a snake. There are not enough votes for conviction. Period.

Don’t let impeachment get in the way of exposing the overprice in the Makati carpark. Let the people impeach Binay through the ballot in 2016. Kill all Binay impeachment talk now!

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