Some people who frequent this blog still don’t get it.
I mean, is there an unknown dictum or law of the universe that OhNoy overlooked, saying we can’t criticize the PRESIDENT of the Philippines? Such irony that when they were in the so-called opposition, these yellows didn’t mince any words for La Gloria.
Now, they’re the self-righteous pit bulls rallying foursquare in front of their Homer Simpson, snapping and biting at people who see errors or flaws in their anointed savior.
What was good for you isn’t good for us?
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The Inquirer (also known as the Aquino Newsletter) reports:
MANILA, Philippines—A week into their jobs, members of President Benigno Aquino III’s official family will undergo a “seminar” to better meet an emerging challenge: how to deal with the media.
This was disclosed Monday by the President himself, following abrasive encounters between the press and two Cabinet members that marked the supposed honeymoon period traditionally enjoyed by a new administration.
Mr. Aquino said the seminar would have topics like “how to handle media, how to improve relations with everybody, how to get the (government’s) message across.”
“The seminar will be had by most of the Cabinet, especially those who are new in government,” he told reporters at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.
“We want to engage the people on the agenda that we have—so the best way is through you—and to communicate what the plans are, the timeframe. Not just the substance, the form is also very important,” he added.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda immediately issued a disclaimer: “It’s not because I’m pikon (quick-tempered).”
“In our first Cabinet meeting, President Aquino told us, ‘All of you will be undergoing media seminar like what I went through when I ran for senator and for President,’” the Palace official said.
Lacierda said the first batch taking the seminar on Wednesday would include himself and two other Cabinet officials.
He said he still had no idea how it would exactly go, but surmised that it would be similar to the seminar he undertook to prepare for Aquino’s presidential campaign.
“(That) one was really (about) how to answer questions, how to phrase your answer, and how to comport yourself, especially when confronted with difficult questions,” he recalled. “It’s the typical ‘how to handle, how to deal with media.’”
The campaign gave him plenty of experience as Aquino’s spokesperson, but Lacierda’s first few days as Malacañang mouthpiece turned out to be anything but smooth.
Some members of the Malacañang Press Corps complained, for example, when he failed to show up for a morning press briefing but granted an interview only with cable channel ANC.
The press conference was arranged supposedly to clarify matters surrounding a presidential memorandum circular on the status of government workers, among them contractual employees.
Also last week, Education Secretary Armin Luistro snapped at a reporter for asking about the controversial sex education program of his predecessor.
“Forgive us because we are new to the job, especially me,” Lacierda said, adding that he had actually begun looking for more spokespersons to join his team.
Mr. Aquino also said he was still in the process of completing the Palace communications group, which would include the Office of the Press Secretary as one of its line agencies.
“It will have more functions than just a press office,” he said.
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Apparently, it’s not just P-Ngoy who is learning on the job.
How many times should we say WE TOLD YOU SO!
Honeymoon, shmoneymoon. If P-Ngoy and his sycophantic cabinet think we owe them a honeymoon period, then they’ve got another thing coming.
When you conduct yourself as they had during the campaign period — full of self-righteousness, bombast, and hatred for the opposition — you lose that privilege.
You will be judged as you judge.
As you can see, the people Noynoy selects for his Cabinet cut from the same cheap cloth. They assume infallibility and expect to be put atop a pedestal and admired like a piece of crystal. Don’t ever make the mistake of criticizing them or you’ll get it!
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File this under: BE CAREFUL OF WHAT YOU WISH FOR.
07/04/2010 | 03:33 PM
Investigate the former president, but include the previous administrations as well.
Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales thus chided President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III for having his Truth Commission focus on the alleged crimes of his predecessor, now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo, saying he should at least be consistent and probe other past administrations.
“We should be consistent. Even former presidents who allegedly committed similar mistakes during their administration should be submitted for investigation,” Rosales said in an article posted on the news site of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
The bishop nevertheless said he favored subjecting Arroyo to an investigation. “It’s just right to bring (before justice) all those who violated the law, not just one person, so that it would (appear) as a lesson to all,” he added.
While Arroyo could be liable for some wrongdoings, she is not the only one who should be charged, according to the Archbishop of Manila.
Aquino formed the Truth Commission, an independent body headed by a former Arroyo ally and retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., to investigate allegations of corruption, human rights violation and other excesses of the previous administration.
Not the man
In a statement Sunday, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada asked Aquino to “reconsider” Davide’s appointment, saying the former chief justice is not the “man for the job”.
Estrada, the son of ousted President Joseph Estrada, accused Davide of “blatant disregard of the rule of law” when he administered the presidential oath to then Vice President Arroyo, following massive street protests calling on the older Estrada’s resignation.
The senator added that Davide was himself the subject of allegations of corruption, which formed the basis of an impeachment complaint filed against the former chief justice but never transmitted to the Senate because of his alleged “high-handed manipulation.”
“Mr. Davide is clearly linked to Mrs. Arroyo’s arrogant disregard of established procedures, illegal and immoral actions and wanton violation of the rule of law,” Estrada said in the statement. “I’m afraid, like many others are, that having Mr. Davide in the Truth Commission will taint the integrity of the body and thus adversely affect the new administration’s thrust toward utmost adherence to law and overall good governance,” his statement read.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda earlier said the commission would not “harass” Arroyo, and that the commission would gather evidence not only against Arroyo but also against other government officials of the previous administration to bring “closure” to unresolved scandals.
An unlikely ally
Davide, however, found an unlikely ally in Arroyo’s eldest son, former Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo, who described Davide as a man of “renowned objectivity”.
“With his impeccable background and given his renowned objectivity in handling issues however controversial they are, I am highly optimistic that the Truth Commission, under CJ Davide’s helm, would come out with the most objective conclusion to the NBN-ZTE saga, clearing all those wrongfully accused by those who used the GMA Administration as their jumping board for their political objectives,” the younger Arroyo said.
Arroyo’s executive secretary, Leandro Mendoza, also gave the Truth Commission under Davide his vote of confidence, saying it would be fair to Arroyo.
“I personally know Chief Justice Davide and I believe in his fairness. He is good and very professional,” Mendoza said.
Davide was appointed chair of the Commission on Elections by Aquino’s mother, the late President Corazon Aquino.
In 1991, Mrs. Aquino appointed him as justice of the Supreme Court. He was subsequently named chief justice by former president Estrada in 1998.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she would coordinate with the commission in prosecuting those that would be found responsible for irregularities in government.
Militant party-list group Bayan Muna was the first to file a criminal complaint against Arroyo over the botched $329-million national broadband network project in 2007.
Mrs. Arroyo appointed Davide as permanent representative to the United Nations, but the latter resigned in 2010 and supported Aquino’s candidacy. —VS, GMANews.TV
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You want the truth? Well, let the truth commission find out the truth about HACIENDA LUISITA! Let’s find out the truth about the massacre, the crap deal that is the SDO, and the continuing resistance of the Cojuangcos and Aquinos to the lawful distribution of the land. Don’t forget the SLEX deal, too! And etc., etc…
Although I’m no admirer of GMA, let us unmask this Truth Commission business for what it is — vengeance and persecution!
You want truth? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH, HOMER!