A small matter of trust

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the February 28th, 2007

In Business Mirror, Manuel Buencamino asks Gloria Arroyo’s lap dummy, Toting Bunye, if she can be trusted.

Dispatches from the Enchanted Kingdom
Manuel Buencamino

A small matter of trust

Dear Secretary Bunye,

I’ve been going around spreading the gospel.

Yesterday, I went to see an unemployed friend to bring him the good news about the strong peso and the buoyant stock market. I told him we were on the verge of an economic takeoff and now was the time to invest.

Unfortunately, all he wanted to talk about was the difficulty of finding a job. I asked him for a little patience, as Mrs. Arroyo’s two-pronged strategy to solve the unemployment problem would bear fruit very soon.

Toting, exporting supermaids and having the National Statistical Coordination Board define the term “employed” to include “those who do any work for one hour during the reference period for pay or profit, or work without pay on the farm or business enterprise by a member of the same household related by blood marriage or adoption” will do the trick, right?

Anyway, my friend said he didn’t want to work abroad and leave his family so I suggested applying for a job with a call center. That was stupid of me. My friend has a lisp like you-know-who and a call-center job was out of the question for him. All I could do to escape embarrassment was to make light of his disability by cracking, “You can still become President, even with a lisp. All you need ish a shellphone and a Garshi.”

I’m glad my wife picked me up before things became really uncomfortable.

On our way to Makati, while driving along Nueve de Febrero in Mandaluyong, we saw a bunch of children walking home from school. It was past 7 p.m. and the missus seemed bothered that those elementary school children finished classes so late. I tried to cheer her up.

I told the missus, “Honey, those kids are the vanguard of our march toward First-World status.” That was a BIG mistake.

The missus punched me and screamed, “Idiot! Those kids have to go to school at night because there are no classrooms for them during the day.”

Dazed from the blow, but still trying to save the day, I told my wife, “Don’t worry honey, Gloria is addressing the problem.”

I thought assuring her that all will be well would end the unpleasantness. Wrong again. She hit me harder and yelled, “What do you mean she’s addressing the problem? She already solved it!”

My head was spinning now and I didn’t realize that smiling and then saying, “See, I told you she would, didn’t I?” would send her over the edge.

She let loose a well-aimed blow at the back of my head and shouted, “Torpe! Instead of building three times as many classrooms and hiring three times as many teachers, she told the Department of Education to count one classroom as three!”

Toting, please tell me Mrs. Arroyo is not like that. Tell me I can trust the PhilHealth card she gave me last election to pay the hospital bills I incurred from my wife’s beating.

Keeping the faith,


Buencamino writes political commentary for Action for Economic Reforms (www.aer.ph).

Who owns RPN-9?

Posted in Manuel Quezon III by uniffors on the February 28th, 2007

RPN-9, the government-owned TV channel, aired a delayed telecast of the Team Unity grand proclamation rally held in Cebu City a couple of days ago.

Gloria Arroyo’s legal counsel, Segio Apostol, said he assumed Team Unity paid for the broadcast. He added, “If they can afford it, why not. If they cannot afford it, they should keep quiet.”

If a poltical party wanted publicity, why pay for coverage in a TV channel nobody watches? How much did Team Unity pay RPN-9, if it did, for the airtime?

If you were a candidate on the Team Unity slate, wouldn’t you want to know why your campaign manager is throwing money away buying airtime in a forgotten TV channel?

But no one in Team Unity is complaining.

So maybe someone outside of Team Unity “donated” the air-time?
Or more likely that same someone abused her power once again and ordered RPN-9 carry the rally for free.

RPN-9 is owned by the government. It is owned by the Filipino people, not the Arroyos.

It must give equal time in the same time slots to ALL political parties.

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Ang Manduduro

Posted in Brownman's Posts by uniffors on the February 26th, 2007

Mike Arroyo was the witness in today’s hearing of his libel suit against Malaya publisher Jake Macasaet.

Mike Arroyo was testy under questioning. At one point, he stood up and challenged the defense attorney to a fight. He said, “If you want to settle this outside, let’s settle this outside.”

The defense attorney, Paul Arias, replied, “Alright, let’s settle this outside.”

Arroyo backed down.

In the vernacular we call Arroyo’s bluff, “panduduro” and we label manduduros as “tigas titi.”

Details of the story plus other links are in Ellen Tordesillas’ blog. HERE

“Can’t Get No Satisfaction”

Posted in Economic Affairs by uniffors on the February 26th, 2007

In Business World, Filomeno S. Sta.Ana III explains why he can’t get no satisfaction from Gloria Arroyo’s economic “gains”.

“Can’t Get No Satisfaction”
by Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III
26 February 2007

When I’m drivin’ in my car
and that man comes on the radio
and he’s tellin’ me more and more
about some useless information
supposed to drive my imagination.
I can’t get no, oh no no no.
Hey hey hey, that’s what I say.
I can’t get no satisfaction, I can’t get no

–Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

When I turn on the radio and come across a government apologist singing praises about the economy under Mrs.Gloria Arroyo, I get turned off. Like the bad boy Jagger, I “can’t get no satisfaction” from Arroyo’s prolix propaganda—that the economy is expanding, the stock market is booming, the peso is strengthening etc.


Then and Now

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the February 26th, 2007

LAST YEAR Gloria was so afraid of people power she said, “The world embraced EDSA 1 in 1986. The world tolerated EDSA 2 in 2001. The world will not forgive an EDSA 3 but instead would condemn the Philippines as a country whose political system is hopelessly unstable. And the Filipinos are among the finest people in the world but who manage to shoot themselves in the foot.”

She even mocked the opposition, “If the apostles of permanent revolution would have their way, they would dig trenches on EDSA to perpetuate its memory

THIS YEAR, people are focused on the election so Gloria felt secure enough to say, “People Power is about the future, not just the past.”

Ganyan talaga ang walang hiyang yan,

Two mangy old dogs fighting over a bone

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the February 25th, 2007

Former Chief Justice Hilarion Davide and UN permanent representative Lauro Baja are fighting over the UN permanent representative post.

Davide is unconfirmed but he will still present his credentials to the UN.

Baja has been recalled but he refuses to leave his post. He solicited a letter from Cardinal Rosales and 40 signatures from Congress asking Gloria Arroyo to extend his tenure.

Both are way past retirement age but they still want to serve the country. They want to serve the country so much they don’t give a shit about the Foreign Service Law or the Civil Service Law.

The two septuagenarians have no shame.

Ang langaw na nakatungtung sa kalabaw

Posted in Brownman's Posts by uniffors on the February 23rd, 2007

From the blog of Ellen Tordesillas (HERE) we picked up the following statement of Sen. Francis Cuneta.

“Hindi ako dadalo sa naturang pagtitipon dahil hindi naman ako opisyal na miyembro ng GO, ako’y isang guest candidate lamang. Subalit, bilang isang bisitang kandidato, di naman yata marangal na pilitin tayong dumalo o parusahan dahil sa hindi pagdalo sa Sabado. Ako’y nagpapasalamat sa tiwala ng Genuine Opposition at sa kanilang imbitasyon, subalit marapat na dumalo sa Sabado lamang, ang mga opisyal na kandidato nila.”

Si Francis ay yun sinasabi natin mga Pilipino na “yun langaw na nakatungtung sa kalabaw akala niya siya na ang kalabaw.”

Hoy Kiko! Si Sharon ang binoboto ng tao. Hindi ikaw!

Ang Idolo ng Dwende

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the February 23rd, 2007

During her State of the Nation Address last year, Gloria said: “Sa mga lalawigang sakop ng 7th Division, nakikibaka sa kalaban si Jovito Palparan. Hindi siya aatras hanggang makawala sa gabi ng kilabot ang mga pamayanan at maka-ahon sa bukang-liwayway ng hustisya at kalayaan.”

What did she mean by that?

The Melo panel explains:

“The rise in killings somehow became more pronounced in areas where General Palparan was assigned. The trend was so unusual that General Palparan was said to have left a trail of blood or bodies in his wake wherever he was assigned.”

“General Palparan ascribes his grisly reputation to his enemies, as part of their propaganda campaign to discredit him and to denigrate his excellent performance in implementing the various missions and programs assigned to him by his superiors.”

“General Palparan, clearly the man in the center of the maelstrom, admits to having uttered statements openly encouraging persons to perform extrajudicial killings against those suspected of being communists, albeit unarmed civilians.”

“Worse, he was reported to have “expressed delight” at the disappearance of at least two persons, mere students, but who were suspected of being communist or activists.”

“General Palparan’s statements and cavalier attitude towards the killings inevitably reveals that he has no qualms about the killing of those whom he considers his enemies, whether by his order or done by his men independently.”

“He mentions that if his men kill civilians suspected of NPA connections, “it is their call,” obviously meaning that it is up to them to do so. This gives the impression that he may not order the killings, but neither will he order his men to desist from doing so.”

“Under the doctrine of command responsibility, General Palparan admitted his guilt of the said crimes when he made this statement. Worse, he admittedly offers encouragement and ‘inspiration’ to those who may have been responsible for the killings.”

Palparan’s reaction to the Melo panel?

“totally flawed, without basis, and based on guesses, and speculation”…”hao hsiao” …
”re-echo of enemy propaganda.”


“Bakla nga ang conclusion nila, there is nothing definite, the military may be involved. What is that? It’s tentative. They have not done their job and yet they singled me out. They did not dig deeper.”


“The military’s response was not lacking. The information was not enough for us to act properly… Those allegedly involved were investigated and sent to jail, and were dismissed, so how can we remiss of our responsibility?” he said.


This report from the Daily Inquirer shows Palparan doing contortions:

“Palparan said that among his statements that the Melo commission had allegedly taken out of context was his warning to a group of New People’s Army (NPA) supporters that he had ordered soldiers to shoot “armed rebels” in their homes and that it’s just “too bad if victims would be killed in the process.”

“I suspected that my words would reach the NPA in the nearby hinterlands. It’s psychological warfare. I meant it for them to get the message… Now, the Melo Commission misconstrued that I admitted to having civilians killed,” he said.

“To tell you the truth, I was just scaring them, these people who are being used by the NPA… It’s just right that these people are scared to stop the wrong that they are doing. That’s the coercive power of the state,” he said.

Palparan said he had to scare rebel supporters to stop them from “spying” on troops.

“The NPA is using them to liquidate our soldiers. What should we do?
Let it pass? Befriend them? Instead of killing them, we just scare them.”


Earlier Bunye said, “President Arroyo has vowed the resolution of this issue with fairness and justice, and to uphold the good name of the 99 percent of the soldiery who take the cudgels for our national security 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

So Gloria be straight with the people – Where does Palparan belong? With the 99 percent or with the one percent?

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The complete, and completed, Melo report

Posted in Brownman's Posts by uniffors on the February 22nd, 2007

The Melo report can be accessed HERE.

The Alston departure statement can be accessed HERE

PDF versions of the Melo Report, including Esperon’s reply to Melo, can be downloaded HERE

The government’s answer?

“We are waging a war on insurgency.”

The question?

“Why can’t you wage war without becoming like the enemy?”

Esperon joins the fray

Posted in Brownman's Posts by uniffors on the February 22nd, 2007

“I believe Alston may be in a state of denial… He refuses to believe that the CPP-NPA [Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army] could be the perpetrators of some of the killings,” Esperon said.

Some of the killings? Alston wanted to know what he, Esperon, was doing about those killings perpetrated by his soldiers.

Alston said, “When the Chief of the AFP contents himself with telephoning Maj. Gen. Palparan three times on order to satisfy himself that the persistent and extensive allegations against the General were entirely unfounded, rather than launching a thorough internal investigation, it is clear that there is still a very long way to go.”

Esperon countered, “I believe he was not that enthusiastic when I presented to him the 1,227 cases of purging.”

Esperon’s data is based on an alleged CPP NPA document called, “Operation Bushfire”.

Alston reply?

“In the absence of much stronger supporting evidence this particular document bears all the hallmarks of a fabrication and cannot be taken as evidence of anything other than disinformation,” he said.

The only weapon left for the AFP to discredit Alston is to exhibit pictures of Alston and Joma singing karoake songs together.

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