Brenda nominated to the ICJ

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the July 31st, 2007

Senator Santiago to Int’l Court of Justice was how the Inquirer headlined the shocking report.

The report said, “The nomination was announced Monday at the opening ceremony of the 40th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center where the President acknowledged Santiago’s presence.”

I said to myself, “That’s a strange thing to include in a keynote speech on the ASEAN agenda.”

I went to the OPS website to see how Gloria pulled it off.

It turns out the announcement was not made in the main body of the speech; it was surreptitiously included in the salutation.

“Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Chairwoman of the Committee on Foreign Relations and our Philippine nominee to the International Court of Justice” was sandwiched between “Senator Angara, Former Senate President of the Philippines” and “Mayor of Manila, Mayor Fred Lim”. Thank you, Jesus.

The ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the UN, was created “to bring about by peaceful means and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of peace.”

Gloria must really believe the twice-rejected nominee to the Philippine Supreme Court would make an excellent addition to the international court.

It’s either that or her campaign to destroy all the hallmarks of civilization has just gone global.

Meanwhile, the happy nominee spoke about her chances of winning a seat in the international court.

She said, “As the period for the submission of official nominations approaches, I will have to have one-on-one meetings with groups of ambassadors so that THEY WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET ME FACE-TO-FACE AND DETERMINE IF I HAVE THE PERSONALITY OF A JUDGE.”

She added, “Normally, a judge will be considered SOBER, and I am proud to say that when I was in the RTC, I got my TOWN (Ten Outstanding Women in Nation-building) and other awards because I WAS A SOBER JUDGE.”


[Personal appeal to my favorite political junkie. Please disseminate all of Brenda’s greatest quotes before this thing gets out of hand.]


Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the July 31st, 2007

We know that the Queen made Mikey Arroyo and Angie Reyes the new energy lords. And it’s not hard to figure why she did it.

What about Iggy Jose Pidal Arroyo?

He’s now chairman of the House natural resources committee. Mining and exploitation of nature’s bounty, ika nga.

Gloria knows Iggy can’t do it all on his own. He’s a self-confessed dummy. isn’t he?


Gloria transferred control over mining from DENR to her office. And she appointed Heherson “Sonny” Alvarez to run it. Was it because Sonny was called “Malverson” when he was a student in UP ?

Lito Atienza, DENR secretary designate, will have to make ends meet issuing Environmental Clearance Certificates to health spas in the cauldrons of active volcanos.

Anyway, Iggy and Malverson are now a team.

It’s going to be a contest between the Alvarez/Iggy team and the Angie/Mikey tandem. Which duo will deliver more goodies to the Queen?

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata. Or better yet, BANTAYAN ANG SUSUNOD NA KABALASTUGAN!

Ten Years After

Posted in Economic Affairs by uniffors on the July 30th, 2007

In this article for Business World’s Yellow Pad, Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III marks the 10th anniversary of the Asian financial crisis.

Ten Years After

Filomeno S. Sta. Ana III

It was 10 years ago – in July 2007 – that the Asian financial crisis shook the world.

The conflagration, as it were, began in Thailand. Financial investors panicked and like a herd, rushed towards the exit. The capital flight led to the precipitous fall of the once stable but overvalued Thai baht. The wild fire immediately spread to the neighboring region – Korea, Indonesia. Malaysia, and the Philippines. Within the same year, the Asian contagion reached other parts of the world, especially Brazil and Russia. Not only did their currencies plunge; their economies crashed.

The crisis also had deep political repercussions. In Indonesia, what the activists could not accomplish, the financial crisis did – end the long reign of the dictator Suharto. In Malaysia, Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad was initially weakened but managed to survive. He instituted capital controls to stem the hemorrhage and provoked nationalist sentiments by blaming the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the crisis. And in the Philippines, Fidel Ramos took a beating from popular opinion. His much-ballyhooed vision – “Philippines 2000,” which was a fantastic leap to industrialization in a short period – was blown to smithereens.

Furthermore, the crisis marked the decline of the Washington Consensus (WC) agenda of liberalization and deeper economic integration. In the pre-crisis period, the ideologues of the WC sounded arrogant and triumphant. But the depth of the crisis, in no small measure resulting from the policies emanating the WC, gave the critics ammunition. The WC henceforth took an intellectual and political retreat. The power and prestige of the IMF likewise diminished.


Angie and Mikey, the Super-Duo

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the July 29th, 2007

The Queen was not happy with the way her energy program was going.

So she fired Rafael Lotilla and appointed Angelo Reyes in his stead. And she asked Speaker Venecia to appoint her son Mikey to chair the House Energy Committee.

Reyes and Mikey are not strangers to each other. Reyes once headed the National Anti-Smuggling Task Force.

So the Queen is confident that her Superduo will do a lot of things Rafael Lotilla refused to do.

The unwiped stain on our democratic record

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the July 27th, 2007


They didn’t produce Jonas Burgos.

They didn’t even bother to show up in court.

Instead they sent Assistant Soiicitor General Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, to challenge the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals over the investigation of Burgos’ abduction. She said abduction investigations are a “police matter”.

She also lectured the CA. She said a writ of habeas corpus does not apply to Jonas Burgos because no one knows where he is.

in doing so, she reiterated the Palace/military line enunciated by Ermita and an army spokesman, “How can we produce [Burgos]? We will try producing but I don’t know why… We don’t have him, so how can we produce him?”

When the Court asked Cabotaje-Tang why Garci General Esperon refused to release the investigation report on the stolen license plates, she replied it was for reasons of confidentiality.

Para bang:
“why are they hiding the investigation report?”
“Eh… kasi ayaw nila malaman ni Mrs. Burgos yung alam nila.”

Trivializing National Holidays

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

Gloria Arroyo just signed a law trivializing national holidays.

Henceforth, the date of Philippine independence will be “it depends.” The same holds true for National Heroes Day, Ninoy Aquino Day, Bonifacio Day, Rizal Day, and Labor Day.

Under RA 9492, national holidays will become movable feasts celebrated on the nearest Monday… because long weekends are good for “family bonding”… and patriotism is not.

Religious holidays, however, will continue to be observed on their original dates… because you can’t call a Monday, Good Friday…
and Santa Claus won’t make an extra trip just to please us.

Sorting out the trash

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

Dispatches from the Enchanted Kingdom
Manuel Buencamino

From where she sits

At about 10 a.m. on Monday, House Secretary General Roberto Nazareno ascended the Speaker’s podium and announced:

“In this corner, wearing rainbow trunks, the five-time champion, Joe dey Vey-nethia! In the blue corner, wearing a dour expression, is his challenger, Pab-low Garrr-thia! LLLLLET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!”

I had been looking forward to this heavily hyped bout, expecting a real “rumble in the jungle” between champion and challenger. Unfortunately, instead of Pablo going for Joe’s head, Pablo’s corner men went for Nazareno’s.



Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the July 24th, 2007

Over at ANC’s Top Story, Rep. Luis Villafuerte, Rep. Pablo Garcia’s campaign manager for his losing speakership bid, told news presenter Pia Hontiveros that he and Garcia are going to form a reform bloc in the Lower House.

Luis Villabuwitre a reformer?

Next thing you know, the Abu Sayaff is going to open a day care center.


Posted in Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the July 24th, 2007




Measure SONA against this

Posted in Economic Affairs,Philip Gilmore Cartoons by uniffors on the July 22nd, 2007

A year and half ago, January 16, 2006, we posted this editorial cartoon on the state of the economy.

This year, and once again, Gloria Arroyo will use the SONA to boast about her achievements.

Measure her claims against this to see if anything has really changed.

“What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires—desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it.” – Bertrand Russell

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

Also you may find THIS NEWS REPORT an interesting read.

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