Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
I was watching Rep. Edcel Lagman deliver Rep. Gloria Arroyo’s counter-SONA when my nephew walked in and began to pester me. (more…)
“Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the Planet Earth.” – Barak Obama in a light moment
I showered and dressed early Monday morning. It was the SONA and I didn’t want to be late. Only the vice president has the privilege of arriving late.
I started my preparations for the SONA a week ago. I had my physical therapist work on my neck and arms for the inevitable rubber-necking and elbow-rubbing that I expected to do at the Batasan. I visited my Binondo herbalist for a special tea that would suppress vomiting in case I caught sight of certain politicians.
And so I seated myself, one hour before the SONA, in front of my television. I did not get a ticket for the show. The House protocol office said they were tapped out, all seats taken, no standing room allowed. I told them they were liars, that I knew Cong. Gloria Arroyo’s high chair was available. (more…)
PNoy’s salary 65% more than Arroyo as president
When President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III draws his first salary as President this month, he will be getting nearly 65 percent more than what his predecessor received when she was still in power.
President Aquino’s monthly salary is pegged at P95,000/month – quite a jump from P57,750/month, which was former President and now Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s last salary as the country’s chief executive.
In a way, PNoy has former President Arroyo to thank for his bigger pay. It was the latter who, just days before her term ended, signed Executive Order No. 900 implementing an increase in the basic pay in all government salary grades, including the President’s.
Indeed Gloria had a substantially lower salary but let’s see if Pnoy will have more money than she does by the time he leaves Malacanan.
“No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.”—Theodore Roosevelt
The latest development in the election protest of Aquilino Pimentel III against Juan Miguel Zubiri brought me back to a jam-packed press conference held in Club Filipino five years ago. An indignant Susan Roces is telling Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: “The gravest thing that you have done is that you have stolen the presidency, not once but twice!”
Zubiri’s victory in 2007, like Gloria Arroyo’s in 2004, came from cheating. Pimentel proved it beyond a shadow of doubt. (more…)
Sarah Palin, wordsmith, invented a new word : refudiate
refute+repudiate = refudiate? Only in Palin-Lala-Land
Picked up the story from Ellen’s blog. President Aquino asked Justice Secretary Lila de Lima to review the Oakwood case against Sen. Trillanes because…
“Trillanes was first incarcerated by virtue of the charge of participating in a coup. However, if you review the Revised Penal Code, there is a provision that says a coup is committed if there is a swift, violent attack. Then there’s an enumeration. The enumeration does not include a hotel.”
“He was imprisoned because of Oakwood. My opinion is, and that is just my individual opinion, the fiscal should not have let that case prosper. There are several other cases but the coup d’etat case has specific requirements, which were not present. I think there was injustice there.”
The crime of Trillanes and company was twofold: they embarrassed Gloria Arroyo and they exposed the rampant corruption among the AFP top brass.
For that they paid a price because under Gloria criminals sent good guys to jail.
Hopefully, Noynoy will set things right.
Why the Left remains politically insignificant
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo (The Philippine Star)
Communist Russia has changed and adapted. Communist China has changed and adapted. Vietnam has changed and adapted but our Extreme Left continues to be stuck in their ISMs and rejected methods.
The PNP said law-enforcement alone won’t be able to stop jueteng. (READ HERE)
“The PNP’s campaign against jueteng and other kinds of illegal gambling has never wavered, but we can only do so much. We can always make raids and arrests, but we hope that all sectors would comply with the law. What we need is a total approach to stop jueteng,” said PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr.
I don’t know about you but what I’m hearing is this: for the PNP’s “total approach” to succeed, everybody has to voluntarily stop betting on numbers. That’s like saying let’s everyone hold hands and sing kumbayah.
But serioulsy, wouldn’t it have been more satisfying for law-abiding citizens if the PNP spokesman had said, “The bad news is jueteng cannot be totally eradicated but the good news is the PNP has the hots for jueteng lords so we’re going to nail them all.”
“The less we know, the longer the explanation.”—Unknown
Paul the octopus was 100-percent correct in picking the winners of this year’s World Cup. If I had a little more faith in his mojo, I would now have enough money to attend the next World Cup. Anyway, I’m glad Spain won. They played football against a team whose members thought they were in a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) bout. But this article is not about a game everyone saw. It’s about Paul. (more…)
On TGIF by Rene Saguisag.
If GMA’s rah-rah squad won’t stop telling lies about her, we may not stop telling the truth about her family. – Rene Saguisag
GMA’s first bill, filed in her own interest, (more…)