Other venues?

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


That despite the results of an SWS poll conducted September 26 to 29 showing that 8 out of 10 Filipinos want Binay to appear before the Senate panel investigating corruption allegations against him.

A better understanding of the statement of Binay’s spokesman, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, comes with this imaginary dialogue between Binay and an adviser.

    “Boss, yung mga dating kakosa mo isinumbong ka sa Senado.”
    “Ganun ba? Hayaan mo sasagutin ko ang mga paratang nila.”
    “Haharapin mo sila sa Senado?”
    “Tatapatan ko sila ng press con.”
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Crying in the rain

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the October 19th, 2014

Interesting column in the “Young Blood” (youth voices) section of the Inquirer.

All I can say to the young man is “Hijo, ang problema ay dun sa nanliligaw at hindi dun sa liniligawan.”

“Kung hindi mo mapasagot ang liniligawan mo sa style mong pagligaw siguro ang tamang gawain ay tignan kung saan ka nagkukulang. Huwag mo nang ipagpilitan ang style na bulok at lalo nang huwag kang magpamukhang martyr kasi talagang mababusted ka.”

Here’s the drift of the op-ed:

    By Jayson Arvene T. Mondragon

    “We don’t go out in the streets under the blistering sun or the pouring rain, get hosed down or clapped in jail, just to see and hear the people we are fighting for looking down on us like we’re nothing more than a nuisance. And truth be told, that’s exactly how most people see activists: just another nuisance in their life. For most, activists are just the people who caused the traffic that made them get to school or the office late, just a noisy bunch of know-it-alls who “waste” their time shouting in the streets instead of “doing something good in their life.

    “Yes, like most people, we can choose to put the placards down and live a life like everyone else. Instead of shouting in the streets, we can be part of the growing commercialization of the country, and, judging from how artistic and creative most mobilizations are, we’ll probably be good at it. Instead of getting hosed down with dirty water after a day of walking in the sun fighting for a cause, we can actually get a job and clock out after five and go home to a luxurious hot shower. (Most real activists actually have jobs because we also know that fighting for a cause costs a lot.)”

Wow, woe is me, sincere and only trying to do what I think is best for you. Anong gusto mong mangayri? Sabihin ng liniligawan mo, “Nakakaawa naman siya sagutin ko na lang”, yun ba? Crying in the rain. Pweh!

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Ass-lick journalism

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the October 19th, 2014

This report, headlined as “No Lost Decade under GMA”, written by Paolo Romero contains a glaring omission. I’m posting the report in full. See if you can spot what Paolo Romero left out of the report.

    ‘No lost decade under GMA’
    By Paolo Romero

    The economic and fiscal reforms instituted by former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo continues to benefit the country and help protect it from external challenges, a former finance chief said yesterday.

    Former finance secretary Margarito Teves was commenting on President Aquino’s repeated assertions that Arroyo’s term from 2001 to 2010 was “a lost decade” for the country’s economy.

    Teves, who has been cited as “Asia’s Best Finance Minister” during his stint in government, said the Arroyo administration had laid the foundation which resulted in the Philippines’ credit rating upgrades which started during her term and shortly after she stepped down from office.

    “Data show that contrary to President Aquino’s reference to the Arroyo administration as a ‘lost decade,’ the Arroyo administration and Department of Finance had initiated several positive reforms that are benefiting the Philippine economy until today,” he pointed out.

    Teves noted that Arroyo’s prudent management of the national government debt and the passage of legislation in support of financial market development like the reformed value added tax have contributed to the strong fiscal performance of the country, which resulted in credit outlook upgrades from negative to stable during the Arroyo administration and positive shortly after July 2010.

    He said that Fitch’s upgrade in March 2013 noted that it was Arroyo’s “improvements in fiscal management…that made general government debt dynamics more resilient to shocks.”

    Teves recounted that the Arroyo administration’s strong focus on tax reforms also paved the way for increased tax collection revenue, generating the highest revenues by any single measure adopted under any administration.

    Arroyo’s Strong Republic Nautical Highway also improved connectivity in the country by integrating land and sea modes of transportation. Indonesia later followed the SRNH model.

    Teves stressed that President Aquino should give credit to Arroyo and members of her finance team by acknowledging their contributions in building a stronger economy.

    “I believe it would be fair to give credit to former President Arroyo and our colleagues at the Department of Finance for the hard work they have done from 2005 to 2010 and acknowledge the contributions of the previous administration in building the foundations of a stronger economy,” Teves said.

    When asked to assess the Aquino administration, Teves said he is commending the administration for sustaining the economic growth that was initiated during Arroyo’s term. But he noted that the growth is still not inclusive.

    He said the Aquino administration and the next administration must raise infrastructure spending to five percent of GDP from the present three percent and focus investments on infrastructure bottlenecks that increase the cost of doing business.

    He added that the Aquino administration must also modernize the agricultural sector; simplify the application process to build and operate power plants; create a stable regulatory environment which honors contracts with investors; address inconsistencies between increased tax collection and distortionary tax regime; and improve access to basic financial services such as credit, savings, payment of transfer remittances and insurance.

    “The economy needs to grow more in order to enlarge the economic pie and ensure that 100 million Filipinos partake of it. Our economy needs to grow eight percent consistently over two decades to achieve an increase in per capita income that will bring us closer to Thailand and Malaysia,” he said.

    Earlier, executives from the business process outsourcing industry in the country credited Arroyo for being responsible for the massive growth of the sector that has employed hundreds of thousands of workers.

Okay. Do you think your appreciation of Romero’s report would be the same if he identified Teves as Gloria Arroyo’s Secretary of Finance?

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Creating a martyr

Posted in Manuel Buencamino,Uncategorized by uniffors on the October 17th, 2014


Look at the placards of Gabriela. “Justice for Jennifer Laude. Junk VFA” Other mini-rallies in front of the US Embassy and at the UP campus had similar placards.

Justice for Jennifer Laude that is what one would call for if one truly cared about justice for Jennifer Laude. But when one adds “Junk VFA” written in bold red letters seemingly larger than the font used in “Justice for Jennifer Laude” then the tragedy that befell Jennifer is reduced to being a means to an end. Her coffin becomes a political soapbox.

The same thing happened when a UP student committed suicide. There was very little discussion on understanding suicide because know-it-alls already knew what drove her to kill herself – it was the unequal distribution of wealth, it was anti-poor policies, and on and on and on. Coffins as political soapboxes.

Let’s respect the dead. Let’s call for justice for Jennifer Laude. Let’s not victimize the victim by using her dead body as a vehicle to advance a political agenda. Please naman Gabirela and company, do not desecrate the dead.

NOTE: Iba ito sa let’s say the funeral of Ninoy Aquino. Ninoy was seen as a martyr, spontaneously and by millions. Etong ginagawa ng Kaliwa is creating a martyr. Big difference.

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A nominee for the Shit Bucket Challenge

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the October 15th, 2014

In a statement last Tuesday, JV Bautista, spokesman of VP Binay and interim secretary general of UNA, said

    “Senator Trillanes styles himself as a moral crusader, but all these years he has evaded the issue of how he was able to afford eight luxury vehicles with his salary in the military and why he did not declare them in his SALN. This is a clear violation of the law.”

And he added,

    “Mahirap ang nagmamalinis. Kung anu-ano ang sinasabi laban kay Vice President Binay ‘yun pala sya ang may nilabag na batas at may malaking itinatago.”

Hmmm…I smell outrage and indignation, Sir JV Bautista. And I understand why because I know exactly where you’re coming from.

Oo nga naman, if I were to take your word for it, that Sen. Trillanes is also a crook, then you’re right to feel the way you do. Sen Trillanes has no business outing Binay because there should be honor among thieves – that’s the dictum you believe in, right? And so Sen.Trillanes is a jerk for breaking The Code.

But see, Sir JV, and I hate to be the one to tell you this, “Honor among thieves” is not the entire maxim. It is only a fragment. The entire saying is “There is no honor among thieves”. I’m surprised you didn’t figure that out because ‘honor among thieves’, as a stand-alone phrase, is an oxymoron.

Do you really believe that criminals are capable of living by a code of honor? Have you never heard of Al Capone’s accountant, John Gotti’s underboss Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, and, closer to home, Chavit Singson snitching on Erap, Ben Hur Luy blowing the lid off the Napoles’ scam, Ruby Tuason finking on Jinggoy? There are so many examples of criminals claiming moral ascendancy over fellow criminals I’m surprised to see you still making an issue out of it. I’m pretty sure you’re the last person in the world who still believes that crooks live by a code of honor.

Look, the only thing that matters now, the only question that needs to be answered now is this:

    are the allegations against your boss, Jejemon Binay, true or false?

Don’t waste your time and mine by stomping your feet over the breach of a code of honor that is a real as the Tooth Fairy because such behavior will just earn you a nomination to the Shit Bucket Challenge.

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Where are friends when you need them?

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

I don’t understand why the only people who can help Binay against his detractors are nowehere to be found. What kind of friends would leave a friend in need?

Nowehere to be found are:

1. Gerry Limlingan, trusted finance officer of Binay
2. Ate Ebeng Baloloy, trusted secretary of Binay
3. Marguerite Lichnock, Limlingan’s wife and one of the incorporators of Meriras Realty and Dev Corp, the company that owns three or four parcels of land adjacent to Bonifacio Global City
4. Lichnock’s fellow Meriras incorporators
(a) Erlinda Chong,
(b) Kimsfer Chong,
(c) Kim Tung Chong,
(d) Irene Chong,
(e) Imee Chong,
(f) Irish Chong

Poor Binay his friends left him high and dry. He is all alone, totally relying on idiot spokesmen to make his case to the public.

Could there be a pattern to this type of disloyal behavior?

When Erap was in trouble his confidants left for abroad. Same thing with Jinggoy, his trusted aide Pauline Labayen is nowehere to be found. And remember that Garci disappeared when GMA needed him most.

Binay needs the testimony of his confidants; they are the only ones who can clear him. That’s why unlike all those skeptics with half a mind, I can’t imagine Binay telling them to hide.

Worse, I can’t figure why all of a sudden Binay can’t get in touch with those people anymore – specially Limlingan and Ate Ebeng. Apparently Binay has no clue where they are.

And yet he has not asked anybody to help him locate those people. Why? Pride siguro.

I’m sure the Senate, the NBI, the PNP and even ordinary citizens like me would gladly help Binay locate those people if only he asks.

Hay naku. Hindi ko maintindihan itong si Binay at mga kaibigan niya. Akala ko pa naman “Walang Iwanan” ang motto ng gang nila.

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Makati is one big happy family

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the October 9th, 2014

Cut and paste of Tiu interview and excerpt from Senate hearing:

On allegations that he is a dummy for Binay

    TIU: I own Sunchamp completely. I have no connections with the Binay family except for my current law firm. The Binays did lease a lot within the Sunchamp property. I did not own the property when the Binays bought the lease. Sunchamp began accumulating ownership of the asset two to three years ago.

EXCERPT from the Senate hearing:

    CAYETANO presents Tony Tiu’s profile from his company’s website:

    “At 36 years old, he is the CEO, president and chairman of AgriNurture, Inc. (ANI), a company that takes pride in its integrated approach towards agriculture. He points out that ANI was formerly known as Mabuhay 2000 Enterprise.”

    Cayetano shows audit report of Commissioner Heidi Mendoza on Makati hospital equipment, showing that Mabuhay Enterprise used to supply hospital beds for Ospital ng Makati. He says sarcastically that agriculture and hospital beds are related.

TIU in another statement to the press responds to the issue of hospital beds:

    Tiu said Mabuhay 2000 Enterprises—the old name of ANI before diversifying into agri-business—had indeed imported hospital beds but did not supply them to Makati. Instead, he said, Mabuhay 2000 supplied the beds to Apollo Medical, which was led by Apollo Carreon and sold the beds to Ospital ng Makati.

TANONG ko lang poh :

    Is Apollo Carreon the same Apollo that COA Commissioner Heidi Mendoza had a crush on? :-)

EXCERPT from Senate hearing:

    TRILLANES: Trillanes says that Tiu used his company AgriNurture firm to acquire the farm, which he later on transferred to Greenergy Holdings, of which he is president.Trillanes says that Tiu’s major stockholdings include: Earthright Holdings, Sunchamp Real Estate, Three Star Capital Unit.

    “Ito na ngayon ang links,” Trillanes claimed. “Nang tinignan natin ang Greenergy website ang corporate secretary ay si Martin Subido, law partner ni Congresswoman Binay. Pag nakita ninyo ay partner din niya si Mr. Claro Certeza, siya din ang naging lawyer ni Mayor Junjun Binay.”

    Earthright Holdings and SPCMB Law Office share the same address at Salcedo St. in Makati City.

TIU replies to Trillanes via text :

    “I know the Binay family since their law firm is my legal counsel since I started doing business.”


    One big happy family ang Makati!
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Protest Tourism

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the October 7th, 2014

Over the weekend, Akbayan partylist Rep Walden Bello went to Hongkong and delivered a five-minute address in support of the former British colony’s pro-democracy rally. Prior to his trip to Hongkong, Bello and Akbayan staged a rally in front of the Chinese consular office in Makati supporting the Hongkong protests.

Okay yung first rally. In fact it is commendable. But I’m not sure that going to Hongkong and addressing the protest rally is okay even if Bello went “as an ordinary citizen … who values democracy, peaceful change, [and] the energy and idealism of young people” and not to represent the people of the Philippines or any of its government agencies.

It’s one thing to rally in your own country in support of pro-democracy efforts in another country and it’s an entirely different thing to go to that country as a tourist and then to join their rally that demands among other things that their chief executive step down. That’s called protest tourism.

Bello reminded me of that rat-faced Dutch national disciple of Joma Sison who joined a SONA protest last year and verbally abused a policemen assigned to rally duty.

But Bello, unlike the Dutch boy Thomas Beersum, is a member of congress. If Hongkong police were to detain him and charge him for breaking the law, it will have larger implications and complications than if he were an ordinary tourist.

As a member of Congress, Bello should be more mindful of the actions that he takes. Protest tourism is definitely a no-no for someone in his position.

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“Who me?” – Ricardo Cardinal Vidal

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the October 4th, 2014

Retired Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal of Cebu denied that he called for Pres. Aquino to resign.

So what was he doing concelebrating a mass with Bishops Arguelles and Capalla and then addressing the assembly of a group that declared they will “now purse all necessary and available lawful means to compel President Aquino to step down at the soonest possible time”?

Vidal’s answer?

    “I did not even mention him (Pres. Aquino) in my talk I only asked what do you want now? and they all answered it. It did not come from me.”

Like Eve told God, “It wasn’t my idea, Lord. The apple did not come from me.”

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VP Binay, wala ka ng dahilan para hindi sumipot

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the October 2nd, 2014

Sen. Cayetano’s direct challenge to Binay in response to the statement of Binay’s spokesman that Binay does not want to attend the hearings because he cannot cross-examine his accusers.

This is what Binay’s mouthpiece, Joey Salgado, said yesterday:

“We expect his political detractors to continue their campaign of lies against the Vice President. Again, if the detractors feel strongly about the allegations made by discredited local politicians, they should bring it before a court of law. This would afford us the opportunity to cross-examine the accusers and scrutinize their so-called evidence, unlike in the Senate subcommittee probe where such rights are not allowed.

Cayetano replied,

    “Kung haharap ka dito, papayag ka na kahit sino sisiyasatin ang sinasabi mo, doon po makakahusga ang komite at ang publiko kung sino ang nagsasabi ng totoo. Kung ang tingin po ni VP Binay na sila’y (witnesses) nagsisinungaling, I will move to suspend the rules na siya mismo… ay mag-cross examine sa lahat ng witnesses na pumunta dito.

O ayan, VP Binay, the committee will suspend the rules to allow you to cross-examine your accusers. Will you take this opportunity to discredit your accusers or will you come up with another excuse not to attend?

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