MEANWHILE BACK IN ALI BABA’S CAVE…
Raul Lambino, Gloria’s lawyer and spokesman, responds to the statements of another set of witnesses to the cheating in the 2004 election:
“Those same allegations were already investigated thoroughly before and even exposed in media. Now, personalities with their own political agenda to advance are like hyenas savoring to devour their fallen prey by capitalizing on matters that in their minds will help them earn some points from the unsuspecting public”
Raul Gonzales, Gloria’s justice secretary, asking why these allegations were not investigated before, adds:
“Palagay ko gawa-gawa lang iyan eh..just either for publicity or they are being paid…whatever reason self-motivated yan”
And Ali Baba wraps it up
“Our persecution continues. We are continuously being vilified and maligned based on hearsay evidence. I don’t know these people who are spreading these lies about me. After more than a year in office, it’s still all politics. For a non-performing administration, we are being used as scapegoats. We are being used as a media fodder to mask this administration’s lack of solid and long-term economic program.”
Parang sumasakit din ang leeg ko, sa may batok. Na high-blood yata ako sa mga pinagsasabi ng mga gunggong na yan.
“Where’s the road map? Where is tuwid na daan going?” That’s the basic theme of criticism directed at President Aquino’s SONA.
The critics missed the message. More than that they miss Gloria Arroyo, she who always presented grandiose plans with roadmaps that led directly to her bank accounts – a broadband network for the entire country, a railroad from Clark to Manila, roro ports everywhere, fertilizers, health cards, privatization, and anything and everything she could lay her hands on, including leaflets from the PCSO, because, as Jimmy Breslin once said, “The number one rule of thieves is that nothing is too small to steal.”
It’s easy to deliver a SONA with a vision that comes with a blueprint. The world does not lack policy wonks. And President Aquino could have hired a whole school of them to come up with a speech that would give wonks an orgasm. But titillating wonks is not what he set out to do. He was more interested in (more…)
I did not realize how much I missed Raul Lambino until I saw him resurrected as Gloria Arroyo’s spokesman. I thought he had died heartbroken after the Supreme Court called his “People’s Initiative” for charter change a “grand deception” and a “gigantic fraud” on the Filipino people. I’m glad I was wrong.
Lambino picked himself off the ground, brushed off the dirt, and proved that you can’t put a good man down.
Lambino’s appointment confirmed my suspicion that Gloria Arroyo really knows how to pick the right people.
In retrospect, I think we should have heeded Gloria’s granddaughter, the one who said, “I want lola to be president forever.”
If Raul Lambino did not show up at the right time, (more…)
THE PCSO GIRL
AND THE PLUMBER
Interaksyon reports that Mikey Arroyo and his uncle, Iggy, are among the top absentee solons.
Abra Representative Maria Jocelyn Bernos followed Arroyo with 29 absences, followed by Arroyo’s uncle, Ignacio, representative of Negros Occidental (27), and Negros Occidental Representative Julio Ledesma IV and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao (26).
The other lawmakers with the most absences were Masbate Rep. Narciso Bravo, Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Romeo Jaloslos Jr., and Manila Rep. Rosenda Ocampo (18); Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Jonathan Cabilao Yambao (16); Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat (14); Agusan del Norte Rep. Ma. Angelica Amante-Matba (13); Davao del Norte Rep. Anton Lagdameo and Sulu Rep. Nur Anna Sahidullah (12); and Laguna Rep. Evita Arago (11). (Read rest of story here)
That’s the best piece of news I’ve heard in a long time! The Arroyos should absent themselves more. I feel so much safer when they are not around.
I think we should petition ALL the Arroyo family members to go on an indefinite, hopefully permanent, leave. Their galamays are also more than welcome to stay away from the sessions!
MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – Suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Zaldy Ampatuan is also cutting his ties to his boss, former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
After linking his brother and father to the Maguindanao massacre, Ampatuan said Arroyo and her husband Mike were responsible for the poll fraud in Maguindanao in 2007 that allowed now Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri to snatch the last Senate post.MORE HERE
Philip Gilmore’s reaction is at the end of the pastoral statement.
CBCP Pastoral Statement
- Our Dear People of God,
Our Mother Church has been deeply wounded by the controversies in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office that have erupted in the past two weeks. Some members of the Church believe in the innocence of the bishops involved in the issue, while others do not. There is no doubt that everywhere in the Church there is great sorrow. We your pastors are one with you. As shepherds struggling to love you like Jesus the Good Shepherd, we are sorry for the pain and sadness that these events have brought upon you.
We are saddened that many of you, especially the youth, the poor, our Basic Ecclesial Communities, have been confused because of the apparent inconsistency of our actions with our pastoral preaching.
As we express our sadness, we also ask you to be slow in judgment and to conscientiously seek the whole truth behind the controversy. Let us seek the truth always in charity.
We assure you that the bishops concerned are ready to accept responsibility for their action and to face the consequences if it would be proven unlawful, anomalous, and unconstitutional. We assure you that their action was done without malice.
Out of their sincere desire to help their people, they failed to consider the pitfalls to which these grants could possibly lead them. They have also expressed their readiness to do everything that is necessary to heal this wound so that we can all move forward in hope.
We also assure you, our beloved people, that we shall re-examine the manner of our collaboration with government agencies for purposes of helping the poor, making sure that pastoral sensibilities are respected and the highest ethical standards are observed. We shall examine our values in the light of our vocation to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
We commit ourselves to the long journey of personal and social transformation required of all disciples of the Lord. We plead with you to walk with us in this path of constant renewal.
We express again our deep sorrow for the pain that the recent events have brought to you our beloved people. The good Lord knows our love for you. The words of the psalmist come to our mind: “My sacrifice, a contrite spirit. A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn” (Ps.51).
As the same Psalmist addresses the Lord, we take his words as our own to encourage and challenge us: “Indeed you love truth in the heart; then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.”
For the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines,
+NEREO P. ODCHIMAR, D.D.
Bishop of Tandag
President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
July 11, 2011
IN OTHER WORDS…
ABS-CBN NEWS reported that retired Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal will take charge of the CBCP’s internal investigation on the bishops who received SUVs and cash donations from Gloria Arroyo.
Three years ago Manolo Quezon wrote an article on Vidal. It will give you an idea why appointing Vidal to investigate his fellow bishops is no different from appointing ex-Ombudsman Merci Gutierrez or ex-Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales to investigate the Arroyos. The only question will be how the former pastor of Bonnie and Clyde is going to absolve his colleagues of any wrongdoing.
The Long View – The interdiction of a witness
By Manuel L. Quezon III
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:01:00 03/24/2008
MANILA, Philippines – When Ricardo Cardinal Vidal was recently taken to task for showing partiality to the President, his critics were taken to task in turn. The whole thing has taken a regrettable emotional toll on the Cardinal and his defenders.
Due deference is owed the good Cardinal as the spiritual father of the Cebuanos. But whether president, prince of the church, or pauper, in matters that involve the public good, a democratic citizenry must put the lowest premium on respecting hierarchy. Respect the office, yes; respect the principles the office ought to represent most of all.
What must be paramount is for our spiritual shepherds to realize how they have been co-opted by political wolves.
The present administration handles the hierarchy in the same manner it handles congressmen. For this reason, anyone who objects to calling prelates “congressmen in cassocks” should lodge a complaint, not with those who say it, but with the Palace that made the comparison possible. (more…)