It’s always someone else’s fault

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 27th, 2014

Why is it that whenever any of those Ejercitos are busted, they always find someone else to blame?

He accused Malacañang of being behind his ouster.

    “Pilit po akong inaalis ng Malakanyang sa pwesto dahil hindi ako bahagi ng LP [Liberal Party],” Ejercito said. “Hindi na inirerespeto ng Malakanyang ang rule of law.” HERE

He claimed he should not have been removed from office for overspending during his campaign because he used money donated by strangers.

But the Comelec thought otherwise.

    Comelec records showed Ejercito spent P23.5 million during the campaign, way beyond his authorized campaign limit of P4.5 million or P3 each for 1,525,522 voters.

    Ejercito’s camp denied the charges, saying that “strangers” paid for his TV advertisements.

    Brillantes, however, said Ejercito’s argument does not hold water.

    “Yes, he didn’t pay for it. It was a donation to him. However, the law on campaign finance does not mention the source of the money. What is being discussed here is how much was spent. If a donor donated P1 billion, can you spend that one billion? No. The limitation is still P4.5 million,” he said.

    “Yung binigay sa kanyang TV ads, he accepted it. He should have said: ‘Give me P4.5 million and not P6 million.’”

    Brillantes said at least one contract for Ejercito’s political ads in ABS-CBN was worth P6 million, which already exceeded the spending cap.

    The Comelec chief noted that Ejercito spent or received P23.5 million in political ads alone.

    “Political ads pa lang yun. Hindi naman pwede na hindi siya mangampanya, mag gasolina, magpalabas ng campaign propaganda material,” he said. HERE

    The long and short of it is there is a law capping campaign spending and Gov. ER Ejercito of Laguna went way beyond it. His defense is just blame-tossing…just like Jinggoy’s and Erap’s before them.

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She is what she is

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 27th, 2014

At the risk of offending my politically correct friends, I will confess that the first words out of my mouth after reading the list that Janet Napoles submitted to the Senate – a list that included former Sen. Jun Magsaysay and DBM Sec Butch Abad – was “THAT BLOODY LYING CUNT!”

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Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 26th, 2014
    “Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
    You been out ridin’ fences for so long now
    Oh, you’re a hard one
    I know that you got your reasons
    These things that are pleasin’ you
    Can hurt you somehow ” – The Eagles

A columnist in a paper identified with the Estradas claims his story comes from a “highly reliable source”.

    Kahit sino ang tanungin mo sa sirkulo sa pulitika kung sino si Sexy, ang ituturo sa ‘yo, si Ahoro and not Jinggoy (Ask anybody in the local political circle about Sexy and they will point to Ahoro and not Jinggoy),” he added. “Kaya nga nagulat kami na nag itinuro ni Benhur Luy na si Sexy daw, ay si Senator Jinggoy (It came as a surprise that Benhur Luy pointed to Jinggoy as the one code-named sexy),” said the source.

Mamamatay ako sa kakatawa sa kabobohan ng istoryang ito.

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It’s called hooking up, not rape

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 26th, 2014

So one of those opposed to the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the US described the situation as “The Philippines got raped again but this time, sad to say, it was rape with consent (of the Aquino government.”

Excuse me poh, pero paano naging rape kung meron consent? Maybe the better way to describe it is the Philippines and the US “hooked up”?

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Runs in the family

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 22nd, 2014
    Voting unanimously, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday ordered Laguna Gov. Jeorge “ER” Ejercito to step down from his post after it found him guilty of overspending in the 2013 polls.

    Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said the Comelec singled out Ejercito over other candidates accused of overspending during the 2013 elections. (from Philippine Star)

Er Ejercito is being singled out.

That’s the same old selective justice song that Erap’s son, Jinggoy, has been singing about him and his Hogzilla mates. And maybe there is some truth to it. There are a lot of law breakers out there, so why me or us only?

That’s always the argument of criminals. Ang daming ibang kriminal bakit ako lang ang nakita ninyo?

Well, for those who do not live outside the law, the answer to the selective justice argument is simple – follow the law and you will never have cause to complain about being singled out.

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What about the rest of them?

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 16th, 2014

All those lists. So what? The Ombudsman has so far found probable cause to charge three senators and dozens of agents and bureaucrats in the PDAF scam. Not bad for starters. And if at the end of the day only those three and their cohorts wind up in jail, I’m not going to bitch too much about the ones that got away. I’m not greedy. I’m not a glutton. Those three senators are a good enough meal for me. The rest will be dessert, as far as I’m concerned. Get the three godzillapigs first and then we can talk about who we’re having for dessert.

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A short Mother’s Day note from the mother of a PDAF senator

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 11th, 2014

Dear Son,

Please don’t credit me for raising you up to be the person you have become.


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Passing thoughts on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the US

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

“As with any agreement, neither gets 100 percent of what it wants. Basically the US wanted the rudiments of forward basing, prepositioned military equipment etc. Forward basing and prepositioning is US strategy in line with a defense assessment made over a decade ago, an acceptance of the fact that it does not have the wherewithal nor the domestic and foreign political support to maintain huge permanent foreign bases anymore. The Philippine government for its part stated what it expects/wants from the set-up. Over the next ten years we will see whether both parties want to continue with the arrangement.

The argument of the antis against the EDCA is this: The US got what it wants, the Philippines got promises.

It’s not as simple as that.

EDCA is an agreement between two unequal states. Practically any agreement we have and will enter into with many countries will be between unequals, more often than not with a more powerful state. In the game that nations play, we will always end up holding the short end of the stick. That’s a fact we have to live with until we become big enough to get the longer end.

We play with what we’ve got, we do our best to get the most out of what the more powerful is willing to give ika nga ni Thucydides more than a thousand years ago.

So I would appreciate an assessment of the agreement based on reality, not on a fantasy that we entered into an agreement between two equal powers and that anything that reminds us that we are the weaker party must be obliterated from the agreement.

Absolutely wala bang pakinabang ang agreement? Absolutely wala bang mapapala with an alliance with the US? Do we have other options within the next ten years?

I read the antis and wala akong makitang binigay nilang alternative to the agreement that was signed. Magbigay sana sila ng mas magandang paraan.

I’m not fully satisfied with the agreement either kasi siempre mas maganda kung kaya natin tumayo ng mag isa, kung hindi natin kailangan manghingi ng tulong, kung hindi tayo kailangan umasa sa bulok ng gamit.

Sana, sana, sana. Pero, pero, pero.

Kung sana walang “pero”, “but” at “however” pag tayo ay nagpaplano at naghahanda para sa atin national defense, diba?

So anong alternative to alliance with the US and its friends, habang wala pa tayong armas?

Di naman pwedeng neutrality, nakita na natin ang nangyari sa Melians. Ala neutrality ng Switzerland sana, pero hindi na unique ang Switzerland, wala ng cartel na humahawak ng lahat ng kayamanan ng mundo, ang dami nang ibang depository ng wealth, ang dami ng mayaman sa maraming lugar at ang pera nila ay nagkalat na sa balat ng lupa.

Neutrality is not an option for us, not when another country is threatening our territory. Because neutrality is not a one sided option, it requires consent by others.

Kailangan lumagay tayo. Saan tayo lalagay?”

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An imaginary conversation with a PDAF-scam senator.

Posted in Manuel Buencamino by uniffors on the May 3rd, 2014

“I had a horrible nightmare, I turned into a cockroach,” said the visibly shaken senator.

“Well, that’s not so bad, Sir,” I replied. “Imagine how that poor cockroach must have felt being you.”

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