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Earlier today, at around 10:51 am, radio station DZMM said that the Palace was set to issue a statement favoring Charter Change today. During the lunchtime news program of Tony Velasquez and Bernadette Sembrano, word is that the President, in a workshop this morning, directed government agencies, particularly the Department of the Interior and Local Governments and the Department of Budget and Management, to pursue Charter Change by 2009.

What will make this version of Charter Change different is that it will be focused on Federalism, an original component of the administration’s first Charter Change efforts, but eventually dropped in favor of a focus on a shift to the parliamentary system.

Whether this focus on Federalism is meant to muster local government support, and salve the wounded feelings of original Civil Society allies of the Palace, remains to be seen -just as whether this is an effort to put the President’s imprint on this version in contrast to the parliamentary focus of the Speaker who pushed for the previous effort: after all, having solved the President’s impeachment-related problem for 2007-2008, the Speaker is now dispensable (despite warnings from the Speaker that if he falls, she falls, which he said he told her in a one-on-one meeting Sec. Puno denies every happened; see also Datumanong drafted by Palace to replace JDV? But Newbsreak says, detente is the name of the game).

Anyway, here’s the news: Arroyo renews call for Charter change: Panel formed to draft federalism ‘roadmap’ by 2012. See also Arroyo revives Cha-Cha bid, forms federalism panel (the political opening, of course, would be, such a shift would require some sort of transitional government).

I’m inclined, for now, to treat this as a clumsy effort to deflect attention from the Palace’s dilemma over what to do with Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio. But it would be prudent to place the whole thing within the context of a problem identified in Chinese Money Meets Filipino Politics in Asia Sentinel:

With the president out by 2010, however, her hold may be waning as junior leaders look toward their political futures. There are allegations of other irregularities in Chinese deals and critics may find lots of material to throw at newspaper reporters in an effort to chip away at Arroyo’s credibility, despite the country’s solid economic performance in recent years.

Mon Casple in his blog, says the ruling coalition is also increasingly paranoid:

The real rift between the GMA and the JDV camp threatens the solidity of the ruling coalition–a coalition that weathered the political storm of the past three years.

This is compounded by a lot of factors: among them are the continued political challenges coming from the opposition, the inexorable deadline of the 2010 end-of-GMA-term, the wily play of the presidentiables, the US and Western concern over growing Chinese influence, health problems of key administration players, and the flexing of the military’s political clout.

These factors are leading to a growing perception of a lameduck GMA presidency. This may not yet be the case but it cannot anymore be denied that, if no decisive GMA policy decision on the political crisis is forthcoming, the perception will take hold and influence the decisions of the various key players.

Atty. Pulido’s impeachment complaint–however haphazard it may seem to many–acquires significance beyond its original assessment in the light of this current political reality. Considering the political nature of an impeachment process, a significant coalition of legislators in the lower House can seize and railroad the process (only 80 votes needed for impeachment). They can shortcut the process and give it to the Senate.

Such a possibility spooked Malacañang and hence its attempt to hold the line with the ruling coalition majority. It may entail more concessions to the JDV camp. On the other hand, it may also precipitate an ouster move on him. What is clear is the signs of nervousness (and suspicion) that everyone exhibits when looking at his or her neighbor in the coalition.

Shifting loyalties–such is the stuff of transitions and wind of political change.

As the political class’s attention increasingly focuses on 2010, the Palace has to find ways to keep itself relevant to the political class. An effective way is to keep everyone guessing what the President’s real intentions are concerning 2010 and one way is to keep local government officials and legislators coming back to the trough for regular fattening.

A news item like this one, seems innocent at first, Palace looks to add judiciary in Ledac, but becomes interesting in light of what the President is poised to do next year: enjoy the opportunity to appoint a new Civil Service Commissioner, new Commission on Audit Chairman, several Supreme Court justices, etc. An institutional means to circle the wagons over the next couple of years has just been floated.

Gov. Panlilio’s revelation last week was that after a Palace meeting, he was given half a million pesos in cash. Bulacan Gov. Jonjon Mendoza confirms the account of the Gov. of Pampanga. Their accounts go in the face of denials or conflicting testimony from everyone else who was at the same meeting. An earlier meeting involving congressmen, has led to conflicting accounts, too: Cash gift ‘standard’–House leader: This is when we’ve done something good, he says and Two more congressmen admit receiving Palace ‘cash gifts’. Now the congressional dole outs may have had impeachment immunization in mind (see GMA gets ‘immunized’) but the local government dole outs make sense not only with the baranggay elections but also Charter Change in mind, too.

Gov. Panlilio’s initial response was pastoral, not legal: to take the money and place it in the provincial treasury and use it for good works. But then he seems to have realized that what is pastoral (therefore, moral) is not necessarily legal. Also, considering he’s a reformist governor, it’s a political opening for his critics: Kampi mayor to Gov Ed: Why did you take the money?. So the Governor has said he intends to ask why he was given money without the required voucher, and if Palace can’t explain why he’ll return the money: Panlilio to Palace: Where did P500,000 come from?.

Meanwhile, Neda firm on keeping NBN papers. Konfrontasi with the Senate continues.

Even as Opposition plans to take impeach referral to SC, this is a sensible move: Opposition to boycott impeachment hearings. And this is a long-overdue reform: Noynoy eyes 3-strike rule vs Cabinet appointments.

Economic news: No stopping the peso, closes even higher while Hot money back, Sept. net inflow $38.2M.

Senator Joker Arroyo vigorously justified himself in a piece he demanded be published, and his opinions are shared by Philippine Commentary while criticized by last Sunday’s Inquirer editorial and in a commentary by Amando Doronila today.

In his column, Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ discusses what an impeachment is and isn’t:

The whole point of the impeachment process is to save the nation from one who does not deserve to be in office. It is not meant to be an instrument of punishment. Punishment can follow in a criminal proceeding if impeachment succeeds or when the official concerned leaves office.

The constitutional rules for impeachment, however, can be manipulated to make the process achieve the precise opposite of its purpose. It can be manipulated to shield an official from a serious impeachment complaint for one year. And this is easily done. All that is needed is one member of the House who is willing to file or endorse a flimsy complaint. This is what all the current brouhaha is about.

(See Philippine Politics 04 for related materials on impeachment and the Supreme Court’s definition of when a complaint gets initiated.)

Justice Isagani Cruz tackles executive privilege.

Randy David says the legal system hasn’t caught up with public opinion:

Thank heavens not everyone hangs by the thread of unresolved legal issues. In the meantime, there are political closures. The fact that GMA or her husband has not been charged or found guilty of any crime does not negate the certainty that the majority of Filipinos have closed the political book on her. Her consistently negative approval ratings in recent surveys attest to this. The rejection of most of her candidates in the last senatorial election shows this in no uncertain terms. The stunning election to the Senate of the detained young military officer Antonio Trillanes IV, accused of leading a mutiny against her government, confirms this closure. Ms Arroyo governs on the sufferance of a nation still recovering from past upheavals. Everyone awaits her last days in the presidency.

There are moral closures too. No one today, not even its most rabid supporters, thinks of this administration as an emblem of good government or of ethical leadership. Those who still see politics as a contest between the forces of good and evil are in no doubt at all as to which side Ms Arroyo is aligned with. No other administration has been as brazen as this one in giving cash to legislators, election inspectors and bishops.

And there are social closures. After Marcos, no other head of government has earned the resolute distrust of the citizenry as much as GMA. Again, survey after survey expresses this. More than at any other time, distrust permeates the whole political system today because of the way she has run the government. She ought to listen to how ordinary folk talk about her on AM radio. She may not sense this now, but it will be difficult for her not to notice it when she finally leaves public office. She will receive none of the lingering affection and awe that Cory and Erap continue to bask in when they are among ordinary people. No one with any hope of winning will want to be associated with her in any future election. That is social closure.

A truly outstanding entry in Ricelander’s blog, on the relationship between politics, politicians, and issues: read the whole thing.

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    • Shaman of Malilipot on October 16, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    For one thing, elected officials are not supposed to meddle in the non-partisan, non-political barangay elections. So they should not be expected to support anybody running for barangay position.

    Becoming a tradition and part of our political culture does not make bribe-giving legal or moral or justifiable.

    But Bel Cunanan is Bel Cunanan, the Gloria sycophant, who must justify every crime of this Administration (otherwise her husband would be booted out of his sinecure at the SSS).

    • mlq3 on October 16, 2007 at 3:54 pm
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    mav: sorry, missed your question. the best antidote is a guarantee of a change of administrations. in a recent discussion someone pointed out that ever since gen. tolentino retired, reports of extrajudicial killings and abductions have pretty much stopped. this shows the effect individual people with authority can have, but also, that perhaps the armed forces, at least the next crop of generals or the younger generals, have also begun to think of their career prospects in case a new administration takes over in 2010. right now, accusations of complicity in political murder is not a career-killer. but it could be, under a new administration. so why run the risk of either excusing them, as palparan did, or turning a blind eye, as other senior generals might have done?

  1. http://philippinesfreepress.wordpress.com/2006/05/27/last-of-the-100-days-may-27-1939/

    it used to be that dinner was enough. mlq3

    even government officials were much much simpler then. given the fact that their compensation were decent enough for them to live a life that only upper-middle class enjoy in our own generation. at a time when the smell of a reinvigorated republic was in the air, there was idealism.

    as ms. cunanan would put it: “This is a tradition that has gone on for so long, a part of our political culture, said this lawmaker, and anyone denying having received it is a hypocrite.” the question remains, can age-old traditions (whether good or bad) be undone overnight?

    • mlq3 on October 16, 2007 at 3:56 pm
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    shaman, i don’t know where bel got her information. i’ve asked congressmen and they say this business of handing out envelopes en masse didn’t take place before. even estrada would reach into his pocket and hand out cash to individual congressmen he was cultivating, not summoning everyone and basically offering a cash buffet. this is an innovation of the present dispensation.

    • MAV on October 16, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    mlq3:THANKS!

    follow-up question:Why is there no real public OUTRAGE or at least indignation to these orchestrated series of bribery attempts? Are the people “manhid na”?

    • MAV on October 16, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    “there was idealism.”

    multiple choice(s)

    HIJA:I agree.

    stay FREE.period.

    • qwert on October 16, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    “the best antidote is a guarantee of a change of administrations”- MLQ3

    To leave or not to leave, that is the question…

  2. changing some pertinent facts, the link mlq3 posted could have as well been describing Congress today.

    “WELL, my friends,” Speaker JDV is said to have told several Assemblymen last week, “all of you have had your palabas. You have given privilege speeches. You have directed investigations. You have passed important bills or amended them. You have had your share of newspaper headlines. Now give me a chance to show off. Let’s close it ahead of time.”

    The he announced he would give his colleagues individual envelopes at Malacanang at 8 p.m. on the last of the 100 Days, four hours before the witching hour of midnight, when the clock was stopped in other legislative windups.

    It was a subtle and effective trick that would have done credit to a devil, and proved that the veteran Speaker had aged of political cum. The Congressmen, in high good humor, rattled off bill after bill in third and final reading, and cleared the table by 6:45 p.m. with the approval of the P? trillion public works appropriation. Congressman del Mar occupied the rostrum during the last lap. Congress passed a total of ? bills in the 100 Days; all have already been allowed to lapse by the President.

    Then they recessed for half an hour, swapping punches, sharing women in the legislative restaurant, while the house leaders passed around envelopes of undisclosed amount paid for out of the president’s discretionary funds. The emptied envelopes were tossed to the cheering scrambling gallery of onlookers.

    There was only one slip-up. While many of the members were off the floor, celebrating in advance, a rider was almost smuggled through a vote. It provided for the abolition of the presidential system of govt in exchange for a federal one. A bill on the same subject had been introduced separately but it had been turned down previously on the eve of massive protests.

    In the festive hurly-burly of the last day, the bill was tacked on as a rider to another bill.

    Only alert Congressmen of Akbayan detected the daring trick. They foiled the maneuver by holding up the proceedings with a vigorous speech. The members, jolted into shame, quickly killed the bootlegged provision. Floor Leader ? heartily thanked Akbayan for their intervention, admitted ruefully that the rider would have passed otherwise. It would have been a black mark on an otherwise splendid record of legislation.

  3. mav, don’t be so gayish.

    ! (with an exclamation point)

    • MAV on October 16, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    mutiple choices:

    Luli:I am not your dad!

    Stay free.period

  4. mutiple choices:

    Luli:I am not your dad!

    Stay free.period mav

    stop being a fag ! (exclamation point), will you?

    • frombelow on October 16, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    SCENARIO ONE:

    What would happen if a video tape suddenly came out showing the distribution of cash gifts (bribes ) in Malacanang? In full view of the Palace officials.
    Too scandalous enough for the eagerly awaited tipping point.
    A very inportant public official then seized the initiative. Calls all TV networks saying an announcement will be imminent. Then (evil) civil society gorups are rushing to the place. Someeone has called on the people to protect the official who is apparently will start to spill the beans. Malacanang panicks. All roads are now guarded by soldiers. Then came a flash report. Some of the mutineers were freed ( rescued ) by their guards and their whereabouts unknown. Military on highest level of alert but the camps are eerily quiet.People are now massing at the house of the officials but no sign of the police or soldiers are in sight. People are beginning to sense something. Business groups suddenly announced in unison thier demand for clean government. At the house of the official, some officials are now arriving.

    NOTE: Indulge na lang tayo in fiction, anyway di naman natin maalis GMA. At least we can release are pent up emotion.

    Di pa tapos scenario ko. Di ko pa alam ending.

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    oopppsss

    • qwert on October 16, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    The son of House Speaker Jose de Venecia on Tuesday said he has become completely disenchanted with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, whose administration has been coping with allegations of bribery attempts over the past weeks.

    Businessman Jose “Joey” de Venecia III, who has implicated First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo and senior government officials to the ZTE controversy, issued the statement at a forum in the University of the Philippines (UP) in Quezon City.

    Asked why he is no longer calling Mrs Arroyo “my president,” the younger De Venecia said that: “I have lost my respect with the President when she allowed her Cabinet secretaries, who were her alter egos, to perjure themselves in the Senate for five hours.”

    “I don’t think the President and her gang will change. In the words of my father, the President is numb to corruption,” the younger De Venecia said.- Amita Legaspi, GMANews.TV

    I think “Joey” De Venecia has become a boxing promoter with his statement.

    • MAV on October 16, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    “changing some pertinent facts, the link mlq3 posted could have as well been describing Congress today.DevilAdv8)”

    As the French saying goes: “plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose” (the more things change, the more they remain the same). …

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    “In the words of my father, the President is numb to corruption,” the younger De Venecia said.- qwert

    i wonder how will jdv answer this statement that was said by his own son.

    • MAV on October 16, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    multiple choices:

    thanks! i enjoyed the pingu post!

    Stay FREE.period.

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    it’s a website link not a post

    😀 !

    • MAV on October 16, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    “Asked why he is no longer calling Mrs Arroyo “my president,” the younger De Venecia said that: “I have lost my respect with the President when she allowed her Cabinet secretaries, who were her alter egos, to perjure themselves in the Senate for five hours.”

    “I don’t think the President and her gang will change. In the words of my father, the President is numb to corruption,” the younger De Venecia said.- Amita Legaspi, GMANews.TV”

    QWERT: It was so silly for Joey de Venecia to first call her “My President” and then lose respect for her only during the Senate hearing.

    I TOTALLY lost my respect for her when I learned about the “Hello Garci” tapes.she CHEATED!She didn’t have to..but she DID.

    I was part of those silly EDSA 2 middle forces who helped install her.Mea culpa.Mea Maxima culpa!

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    mav,

    if you say that gma didn’t have to cheat, why did she cheat then?

    it’s mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa as what is said in the confiteor

    • MAV on October 16, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    “mav,if you say that gma didn’t have to cheat, why did she cheat then? ”

    multiple choices:

    That remains the biggest question in my mind;I voted for Roco BUT I had no doubt that she was more qualified than FPJ.

    I really can’t understand why she did it;most logically ,she wanted a more “comfortable” lead versus FPJ to establish her credibility later;hence the call to Garci for one million votes more .

    But there is no such thing as a perfect crime!

    Stay FREE.period

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    mav,

    since you are very active in the arena of politics. have cases been filed against garcillano? or we will just contend ourselves with the time-tested uncorroborated testimony of the love problematic doble? gma can’t be sued yet due to her immunity. the only way is impeachment which was all failed attempts.

    your logic does not makes sense. a small or a big lead is irrelevant if we talk about the winner or loser. i don’t think it was one million votes more.

    so, do you know the confiteor?

    😀 !

    • MAV on October 16, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    “your logic does not makes sense. a small or a big lead is irrelevant if we talk about the winner or loser. i don’t think it was one million votes more.”

    mutiple choices:

    Hiaja:even if were just ONE more vote!

    The ends never justify the means.

    Stay FREE.period.

    • qwert on October 16, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    QWERT: It was so silly for Joey de Venecia to first call her “My President” and then lose respect for her only during the Senate hearing.- MAV

    Well, I’d rather that he called her “my dad’s president”, he would have been consistent up to now.

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    the point of the matter is that you have to correct your facts. i don’t care whether it was one million votes or one vote but don’t mislead people with your sketchy numbers. do you understand that? misinformation is quite rampant these days you know.

    it’s

    the end does not justify the means. get it?

    so, do you know the confiteor? (this is the second time i asked this, you can google it if you like)

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    you portray an image that you know about politics. k, let’s talk about politics. just take care with your answers because you might get nailed just like cvj.

    i also know that there are a lot of bloggers in here who are very fond of googling 0_o and plagiarism

    😀 !

    • MAV on October 16, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    “Well, I’d rather that he called her “my dad’s president”, he would have been consistent up to now.

    QWERT:
    Panfilo Lacson had some very interesting things to say about Jose de Venecia: “He’s out. It’s only a matter of time whether he’ll get out fighting or not. I pity him. He saved her in 2005 during the height of the ‘Hello Garci’ scandal. What he didn’t know and probably still doesn’t realize is that nothing matters to the President except herself.”

    That’s what happens to presidential ass-lickers!Joe de Venecia was too naive to trust her!

    Her loyalty is not to the nation,not her allies.

    To HERSELF!

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Panfilo Lacson had some very interesting things to say about Jose de Venecia: “He’s out. It’s only a matter of time whether he’ll get out fighting or not. I pity him. He saved her in 2005 during the height of the ‘Hello Garci’ scandal. What he didn’t know and probably still doesn’t realize is that nothing matters to the President except herself.”

    That’s what happens to presidential ass-lickers!Joe de Venecia was too naive to trust her!

    Her loyalty is not to the nation,not her allies.

    To HERSELF! mav

    mere speculation. can you predict the future now? you can only say possibilities but nothing of the sort with certainty. not unless you’re nostradamus.

    • MAV on October 16, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    multiple choices:

    ok,back to political blogging.let’s respect MLQ3

    will not feed the troll ever again!

    stay free.PERIOD.

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    multiple choices:

    ok,back to political blogging.let’s respect MLQ3

    will not feed the troll ever again!

    stay free.PERIOD. mav

    i do respect this blog. those who don’t have any respect are the likes of you who can’t even get their facts straight, who make all sorts of tsismis and for the sake of it. with your speculations, you are peddling tsismis.

    do you think that your style with work with me? i don’t think so.

    you don’t even know where mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa came from. it’s from the latin prayer confiteor (i confess). next time, before you use words or phrases, make sure where they come from. because you might be using phrases that you don’t know what it’s all about.

    you can even use bulldozer for the troll.

    • qwert on October 16, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    MAV,
    This is the Daily Tribune headline today, though I will take it with a grain of salt coming from an opposition newspaper.

    GMA, Kampi, readies Nograles for Speakership

    10/16/2007

    President Arroyo’s marching orders to oust Speaker Jose de Venecia have been heeded in earnest by her allies, and Mrs. Arroyo and her spouse’s pick to replace De Venecia Jr., a source, who is a member of the President’s Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi) told the Tribune yesterday, is Davao City Rep. Prospero Nograles of Lakas.

    The source said a meeting over the weekend in Malacañang was called by Mrs. Arroyo, with the top brass of Kampi, along with some Lakas congressmen known to be loyal to the presidential couple present, discussed the ouster of De Venecia, who has had a falling out with the Arroyo couple.

    There were eight “trusted’ congressmen present during the meeting, the same source from Kampi said.

    The marching order to oust De Venecia was reiterated many times by Mrs. Arroyo to her allies.

    The Kampi congressmen said to be plotting the downfall of De Venecia, allegedly agreed with the President that the new Speaker will have to come from Lakas, not from Kampi.

    “It was then that the name of Nograles as Malacañang’s candidate for Speaker came up, and she quickly agreed, as Nograles, even if he is identified with Lakas, is loyal to President GMA and the First Gentleman,” the source pointed out.- NCO with Gerry Baldo and PNA

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    mav, open a topic of you choice and let’s discuss some political blogging as you claim. make sure you know something about it. don’t pick topics just because they sound good.

    just make sure it has sense or else i’ll nail you using steel rivets.

    • MAV on October 16, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    QWERT:I wonder what will happen to her other very faithful ally ,FVR(who together with Joe De Venecia) saved her at the critical hour during the Garci scandal?

    At the moment,he is already “marginalized”

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    qwert, some factions say it’s nograles. some factions say it’s datumanong who will replace jdv. until then, it’s a the speculation game not unless there would be concrete identifiable moves in batasan.

    don’t count out the fact that pabling garcia from cebu still has a faction in kampi who wants to catapult him to be the speaker. everything is still very fluid at the moment.

    we might not know, this are all ploys by jdv and malacanang.

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    At the moment,he is already “marginalized” mav

    how so, another speculation? fvr is known to come out when he needs to come out and quiet when he needs to be quiet to assess the situation.

    • qwert on October 16, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    …that is why any news about the speakership of JDV, I take it with a grain of salt…

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    “…that is why any news about the speakership of JDV, I take it with a grain of salt…” qwert

    the political dynamics in the philippines is very unpredictable.

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    mav, still googling for some stuff to copy and paste in here just like what you did yesterday with the luli internet bridage?

    • qwert on October 16, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    MAV, Mavfag,
    I’ll take a short break, will blog later, till then…

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    mav, i’ll wait for you replies until later or even tomorrow. you seem to be missing in action.

    😀 !

    mavfag :
    mav, open a topic of you choice and let’s discuss some political blogging as you claim. make sure you know something about it. don’t pick topics just because they sound good.

    just make sure it has sense or else i’ll nail you using steel rivets.

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    mav, let’s see who will look like a troll.

    😀 !

  5. Finally, Good vs Evil

    And what has Panlilio done over the weekend? He has told the truth. In one simple, quiet, unobtrusive gesture, he has brought a battering ram pounding on the ramparts of falsehood. He has brought light to shine blindingly on pitch dark. He has brought air bursting through to people trapped under the rubble. That biblical injunction may yet prove awesomely prophetic in these dark times, in this dark place:

    What truth?

    Are you following up his statements to the press?

    1. Panlilio said it was Mendoza who handed the bundle of P1,000 bills in a paper bag to his chief of staff, who then turned it over to him.

    2. The Pampanga governor said that initially he had erroneously told the Inquirer that the money was handed to him by a Malacañang functionary because everything happened so fast.

    Sue me but how can he forget that it was Mendoza who handed the money to his chief of staff and the chief of staff turned it over to him? Is he suffering from alzheimers that he mistook his chief of staff to a Santa Claus dressed in barong.

    The conversations that I was expecting were:

    Panlilio: (Upon receiving the bag of money) Where did this come from?
    Chief of Staff: From a man dressed in barong.
    Panlilio: Para saan daw?
    Chief of Staff: I don’t know.
    Panlilio: Can you identify who gave you this money? Is he here in the room?
    Chief of Staff: There he is points to Mendoza.

    Priest or no priest will not accept any money that’s handed freely by a person of an unknown identity.

    Will you?

    • Equalizer on October 16, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Pulse Asia: 2007 Senatorial Elections a Referendum on GMA
    ‘It is about people wanting changes in government’

    “After analyzing pre-election survey results, Pulse Asia found that “for a sizeable percentage of voters, the 2007 senatorial elections was a referendum on the [Arroyo] administration.” About a third of the voters deemed it that way at least three weeks before the elections, said a study by Pulse Asia executive director Ana Tabunda and junior statistics assistant Shiela Billones presented in the recent 10th National Convention on Statistics.

    According to the study, the 2007 senatorial elections showed that “it is not simply about the power of the media and media packaging. It is also about people wanting changes in government, and how some are possibly entertaining violent means to attain it.NEWSBRESK”

    People are desperately clamoring for change!The problem
    is that there is moral bankruptcy right in the highest corridors of power.

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    Pulse Asia: 2007 Senatorial Elections a Referendum on GMA
    ‘It is about people wanting changes in government’

    “After analyzing pre-election survey results, Pulse Asia found that “for a sizeable percentage of voters, the 2007 senatorial elections was a referendum on the [Arroyo] administration.” About a third of the voters deemed it that way at least three weeks before the elections, said a study by Pulse Asia executive director Ana Tabunda and junior statistics assistant Shiela Billones presented in the recent 10th National Convention on Statistics.

    According to the study, the 2007 senatorial elections showed that “it is not simply about the power of the media and media packaging. It is also about people wanting changes in government, and how some are possibly entertaining violent means to attain it.NEWSBRESK”

    People are desperately clamoring for change!The problem
    is that there is moral bankruptcy right in the highest corridors of power. equalizer

    in the surveys that you know, what are the modes that the people want to institute these changes? although the target population of surveys are even less than 0.01 % with reference to the population, i wanna know what questions do these surveys field.

    • Equalizer on October 16, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    Myanmar junta vows to ‘march on’ despite pressure!

    “Myanmar’s military junta Tuesday shrugged off international action to punish the regime for its crackdown on dissent, vowing to “march on” even as Japan cut aid and European nations widened sanctions.

    State media also insisted there were no political prisoners in the country and criticized a UN Security Council statement deploring the violence used to quell the biggest anti-government protests in nearly two decades.ABS-CBN News”

    The Philippine spin doctors call it “let’s Move on”;the Burmese military dictatorship calls it “March on!”

    Different slogans;same spin.

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    equalizer, anything on my question to you? before we move on to the myanmar issue

    • Doctor Norton on October 16, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    tililing karah,

    De-bugging tililing/karah:

    Tililing is FUN and wants to have FUN. She’s not a schizoid, splitzoid or whatever-crazy-zoid. Her alias is a clever camouflage because Tililing is perfectly sane.

    Tililing is MENTALly hyper-active – perky — and hyper-reactive – feisty, karah-cteristically cyber-flirtatious.

    Tililing is very clever at hiding a LIE behind legalism, syllogism and whatever-isms. Behind her seemingly logical, reasonable and plausible propositions is fundamental lie.

    A fundamental liar’s fundamental theme is ‘show me the evidence’ when she knows that the evidence is kept securely hidden.

    Now, says she, “what are the modes that the people want to institute these changes? although the target population of surveys are even less than 0.01 % with reference to the population, i wanna know what questions do these surveys field.”

    A fundamental liar’s fundamental theme is “show me the evidence” even if you stick the evidence right at her very nose.

    • mavfag on October 16, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    doctor norton, i am a male you dumdum. next time you make your own detective make sure it’s not defective work. it’s funny to note that what i said is very simple and you said a mouthful of your bullshit.

    ask mlq3 my ip where i’m at and ask whether i have the same ip as karah as you are alleging about. i think is this a pretty simple thing to check, mr. virus.

    if you wanna play games with me, make sure you can because you might just end up nowhere to be found with your newly baked sn.

    • Equalizer on October 16, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Let’s take a break! I just received this text message:

    “The words are supposed to be from Diosdado Macapagal to his child: “Tandaan mo anak, ang batang sinungaling ay ’di na tatangkad, uusli ang ipin, liliit ang binti at tutubuan ng nunal sa mukha. [Remember, child, that a child who is a liar will not grow tall anymore, her teeth will protrude, her legs will become small, and a mole will grow on her face].”

    • Equalizer on October 16, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    And this one is widely circulated recently. “Si Erap kilala sa wristband; si Abalos nag-resign dahil sa broadband, at si GMA, babagsak dahil sa husband. [Erap is known for his wristband; Abalos resigned because of the broadband, and GMA will fall because of her husband].”

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