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.