Is it really goodbye Hot Papa?

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

Malaya’s publisher has a story on Eduardo Ermita’s travails. (Read his column here)

“Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita really wanted to resign. He stayed on because he was prevailed upon by the President.

But he immediately took off for the United States to cool his heels. It turns out, according to my sources in his office, that Ermita felt by-passed. He was never let in on the bribery of congressmen and local officials in Malacañang. He felt his usefulness was over. He felt ignored.

Ermita feels uncomfortable. He is sandwiched in the worsening feud between President Arroyo and Speaker Jose de Venecia.

He felt worse when he was told that brains behind shameful bribery was DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno. That was the straw that broke his back. He has had enough. He is a loyal Lakas follower like the Speaker. President Arroyo and Puno are Kampi stalwarts.

I am told that Malacañang is now in search for Ermita’s replacement. When they find one, I hope the Palace would not say he was fired at the behest of Puno.

He is a potential bombshell

Everything will depend on how the Palace will handle the resignation of Ermita. If they shame him because that is what Puno wants, President Arroyo could be in very serious trouble.

The executive secretary is better described as the “little president.”
He knows, or he should know, the inner secrets in the Office of the President.

I presume he knows a lot, a whole lot unflattering to the President, if he talks about them. One example is how he tried to obey the President’s order to help ensure the defeat of the Philippine government in the arbitration case filed by Fraport of Germany.

The government won. That made powerful people unhappy. They missed hundreds of millions that would have come from a settlement with Fraport.

Ermita is happy about the victory. But the powerful ones are not. He knows a lot more.”

A battle royale between Puno and Ermita with Gloria caught in the crossfire will be a sight to behold and something to look forward to.

Hopefully, it comes soon.


8 Responses to 'Is it really goodbye Hot Papa?'

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  1. ricopoblete said,

    on October 23rd, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    with ermita gone and puno in, the betterer.
    that will be downhill for GMA from then on
    puno was one of the bright boys of marcos serving under dilg
    and was with erap when angie fetch them in malacanang to exit via pasig river
    so GMA is next, puno is only being consistent, every president he serve got booted out from office, and the writting is on the wall

  2. on October 23rd, 2007 at 2:59 pm


    that’s a comforting thought. I hope they both go out wuth the tide

  3. Schumey said,

    on October 23rd, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    Now this is the real time bomb ticking away. Hot Papa may have enough savings for his retirement. He has really used up his usefulness. Its time to call it quits than stay with the sinking ship.

  4. on October 23rd, 2007 at 11:45 pm


    An wxpose from him would be useful towards toppling Gloria.

  5. Shaman of Malilipot said,

    on October 24th, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    Ermita is Lakas and FVR’s man. With the rift between GMA and JDV widening, Malacanang cannot afford to have him there in the inner sanctum of Kampi.

    When the final GMA-JDV showdown comes, Hot Papa can really be a very hot, powerful weapon for JDV.

  6. anna de brux said,

    on October 24th, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    I am of two minds regarding this rumour, Manuel.

    Knowing Ed Ermita and knowing him pretty well, I’d say, he would accept the sacking without much ado, also, he’s no longer very young. Ed is a very smooth operator and really, he is a gentle creature not confrontational at all and would rather enter into a compromise than rouse hell but of course, Hot Mama could have changed all that. (Last time I spoke to him and had lunch with him along with a couple of friends was in 2005 so things could have changed in two years.)

    Of course, my other thought is that having tasted power at that level, whereas before, he used to play second fiddle to Rene de Villa, Joe de V, etc, he might give Puno a knocking over something he’s also capable of.

  7. manuelbuencamino said,

    on October 24th, 2007 at 10:13 pm


    I hope your second mind is right

  8. anna de brux said,

    on October 25th, 2007 at 6:16 pm


    Like you, hope he would get in there fighting Puno but really am not sure … he’s a better version of Neri, much better version but am sure he realizes he can’t fight the Establishment all on his own.

    Ed is the ultimate subjective-objective.