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Military brass silent over Palace fuddling

GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc The Philippine Star, April 29, 2009

What’s startling is not that Malacañang is fuddling the military, but that the brass is allowing it at all. Since 2001 Gloria Arroyo has obliged the wish of all her top generals to get to sit as AFP head. Her revolving door policy has swung ten chiefs in and out so far, letting them try the seat a few months before compulsory retirement. Hardly anyone sat long enough to lay down reforms, improve fighting capability, or crush separatists and insurgents. At best they’ve only managed to repaint the Camp Aguinaldo GHQ chapel fence green, white or blue if they came from the army, navy or air force. Now comes a more disturbing twist: the chief being shoved out the revolving door way ahead of retirement, for patently partisan aims.

Two weeks ago the defense office disclosed that Arroyo had picked a successor to AFP chief Gen. Alexander Yano. Eyebrows rose, since it came unusually too early, two months before he is to retire on June 13. Rumors flew thick that Arroyo wanted Yano out quick for various reasons. The public may never know for sure if it had to do with a “panic” that forced the President’s spouse to fly back to Manila on pretense of a medical emergency, or alleged softness with Abu Sayyaf terrorists. One thing certain, though: the premature notice had the effect of making Yano a lame duck. All of a sudden the general staff began withholding papers that required Yano’s decisions, until after army chief Gen. Victor Ibrado took over. It was as Malacañang had wanted, to soften Yano for Part 2 of the game plan.

Last weekend the Palace leaked to the press that Yano’s turnover to Ibrado would take place May 1, a good 44 days in advance of schedule. It was a trial balloon to gauge public reaction to the break in tradition of turning over command on the outgoing chief’s 56th birthday. Confirming the news two days later, Malacañang didn’t bother to come up with a good excuse for it. The usual presidential propagandists could have proclaimed that Yano wished to accommodate his 1976 military academy batch mate Librado, or some such. But no, the pronouncement was made to sound so mercenary: Yano was leaving early to become ambassador to Brunei, as if take it or leave it. Vice chief Lt. Gen. Cardozo Luna, due to retire five long months from now, is also bowing out on May 1, to become envoy to The Netherlands.

All this time, the name of Arroyo’s new favorite, Maj. Gen. Delfin Bangit, was being unfavorably mentioned. Along with the announcement of Ibrado’s ascent, Bangit was to become army head. It was in preparation for his final climb to AFP chief in time for the May 2010 election. Allegedly Arroyo wants Bangit to be her military chief during the balloting to choose her successor. Given that her election in 2004 was marred by vote rigging by her generals as exposed in the “Hello Garci” tapes, the implication is that Arroyo will employ trickery again.

There was a hitch, though. Ibrado is to retire in March 2010, in the middle of the election campaign, when the President is prohibited from making appointments. So the convenient solution is to make Yano retire early, to set a precedent for Ibrado to follow. Ibrado would be made to retire in January 2010 and be given a diplomatic post, before the campaign begins. That way, Bangit can comfortably slide in, in time for the elections.

Malacañang has not deigned to deny such scenario. Nobody wants to say hard bitter words that he’d be forced to eat when the time comes. Still, everyone’s playing along, more so the recipients of ambassadorial postings in exchange for getting out of Arroyo’s way.

That is the AFP today. Ruined by politics, it has been overtaken by the military of younger neighbors. Malaysia has been deploying nuclear-powered frigates for more than a decade and is acquiring three submarines. Vietnam’s armada is rebuilding. China’s navy, marking its 60th year this week, paraded a flotilla of five-dozen vessels, including battleships, destroyers, and subs. The big news in Manila, aside from the AFP chief rigodon, is that nine in ten Filipino cops can’t shoot straight.

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Manila Airport authorities charge P200 terminal fee per domestic passenger and P750 per international. The least they can do in return is to install drinking fountains, instead of forcing the passengers to buy bottled water from favored concessionaires.

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April 29, 2009 at 12:31 am Leave a comment

Bagong raket ba ito sa AFP?

SAPOL Ni Jarius Bondoc , Pilipino Star Ngayon, April 28, 2009

NAPANSIN ito ng mga retiradong sundalo simula Sept. 2008: Marami sa kanila ay hindi na nakakatanggap ng buwanang pensiyon. Ang inirarason ay lumilitaw umano sa computer files na “patay” na sila. Kapag personal na nag-follow up sa Camp Aguinaldo ang isang “patay,” kung ano-anong pruweba ang hinihingi sa kanya para patuna­yang buhay pa, kabilang ang pagpaparetrato na hawak ang huling isyu ng peryodiko. Nang imungkahi ng ilan sa kanila na tanggapin na lang ang sertipikasyon mula sa mataas na opisyal na buhay sila at tama ang ipinipresentang IDs, sininghalan sila ng mga opisyal. Pinahihirapan at iniirapan sila dahil sa problemang kagagawan naman ng mga opisyales.

Heto pa ang malala. Kapag napatunayan ng retirado na buhay pala siya, pinagdedeposito siya ng P25,000 sa isang bagong bank account. Lumalabas tuloy na dito mismo nanggagaling ang buwanang pension na ibinabayad sa kanya. Kung tutuusin nga, kapag naubos na ang deposito ay inuutusan ang retirado na maghulog muli ng P25,000. Kapag hindi ito magawa agad ng retirado, binabalaan siya ng mga opisyales na puputulin na ang pensiyon niya. Samantala, pinagkikitaan nila ang interes sa deposito.

May kakambal pang raket. Inuutusan ng mga opisyal na sirain ng retirado ang kasalukuyang ATM card, miski balido pa, at pinatutungo sa camp notary public para guma­wa ng affidavit of loss. Sinisingil ang retirado ng P300. Ang tanong: Ano kayang impormasyon ang ibinabaon o ninanakaw mula sa microchip na nakabaon sa bagong ATM card? Tapos, pinakukuha ang retirado ng medical certificate sa loob ng kampo. Dagdag na P600 ito.

Mahigpit ding binabalaan ang retirado na huwag nang magpa-follow up sa Camp Aguinaldo, at sa halip ay mag­hintay na lang sa bahay o tumawag sa telepono. Para ba ito maiwasang dumagsa sila sa kampo at mapansin ng media? Anila hanggang Disyembre 2008 lang ang pro­blema. Aba’y Abril 2009 na, pero hindi pa rin nakaka- kubra ang mga retirado.
View previous articles of this column.

April 28, 2009 at 12:29 am Leave a comment

Problem is pork, not more solons

GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc The Philippine Star, April 27, 2009

Several lawmakers have long wished to raise the number of seats in the House of Reps. So when the Supreme Court ruled last week to include 33 more party-list reps to the present 22, they took it as a cue. A bill came up in the Senate proposing a hundred additional seats to the present 238, while a House counterpart would make it an even 300.

The Constitution requires 20 percent of House seats allocated to the party list. So Speaker Prospero Nograles says 300 suits the Tribunal’s new seating of 55 party-list reps, as 20 percent of 300 is 60. Actually the Charter also sets the number of House seats at 250, subject to increase by Congress. But with 250 total, party-list seats would be limited to 50, five short of the Court’s new ruling. Nograles’s 300 is just about right.

At once critics howled. Allegedly it would only be wasting taxpayer money to add 33 new party-list reps, or make the total seats 300. At least P35,000 a month will be spent for each one’s salary, plus P300,000 for field office rent, utilities, representation, travel, staffing, etc. Better to lessen the number of reps or abolish the House altogether, they hooted.

The outcry is understandable. Citizens increasingly are spending on a Congress that is churning out less and less laws. And the laws of late have been of poor quality. Pending in both Senate and House, for one, is a right-of-reply bill that illegally would curb press freedom. Despite worsening poverty, legislators would be unable to point out even just one law passed recently to uplift Filipinos.

But the critics are barking up the wrong tree. It’s not bad to raise the number of reps. In theory the more reps putting their heads together, the better their output. The US has 435 reps for its 303-million population. India has 544 members of parliament for its billion people. Britain, where modern parliament evolved, has 646 MPs for 61 million people.

It’s also time to reapportion the elective congressional districts, by breaking up giant ones. The Constitution promotes one district for every 250,000 population. Too, new districts may be formed within three years of the last census. But Congress has never re-districted since the 1987 Charter ratification; new districts have been created only because of births of new cities and provinces. One district long begging to be broken up into six is Quezon City’s 2nd, consisting of 1.6 million residents and 600,000 voters. That would mean less moneyed candidates able to run against zillionaires. (This is not to push the splitting of Camarines Sur’s 2nd district. It is being done only to accommodate a presidential son and a returning ally, but the resulting districts would have less than the required 250,000 residents.)

What should be removed is the pork barrel: P70 million a year per congressman, P200 million a year per senator. Pork is the root of corruption in Congress. It is the reason why candidates overspend by the hundreds of millions of pesos, cheat and kill during election campaigns. From the pork crooked legislators pocket 20-25 percent. One greedier senator demands 55-percent cut from his pork projects: 50 percent for himself, 5 percent for his chief of staff. And yet the pork has no constitutional basis.

Just imagine if congressional pork were eliminated. Only candidates who sincerely want to serve the people would be left.

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When it rains, it pours on SEC ex-commissioner Jesus Martinez. Four days before retirement in March, he was linked to the Legacy Group fiasco, and so promptly suspended and pension withheld by Malacañang. He is being sued for “gifts” of a house and lot and an SUV from Legacy scam mastermind Celso de los Angeles. Victims’ blogs are vilifying him as the epitome of dishonesty.

Now comes a Supreme Court ruling on the fight for Meralco control, rebuking Martinez for his acts for GSIS and against the Lopezes. It affirms a Court of Appeals finding that he had overstepped his authority twice over.

In the intra-corporate battle of May 2008, Martinez — by his lonesome and sans hearing — ordered the Lopezes, on GSIS’s plea, to cease and desist from using proxies. Now, the Tribunal states that SEC’s power over proxies is limited to violations of its rules. But jurisdiction over questioned proxies rests with trial courts. Besides, “the SEC acts through a five-person body, and the five members of the commission each has one vote to cast in every deliberation (that is) subject to the jurisdiction of the SEC,” the High Court says. “Simply put, Commissioner Martinez is not the SEC. He alone does not speak for and in behalf of the SEC.”

The Court avoided apportioning blame: “It is our resolute inclination that this case, which raises interesting questions of law, be decided solely on merits, without regard to personalities involved or the well-reported drama preceding the petition.” Still, nothing can stop the aggrieved in Meralco or Legacy from using the verdict to file cases of graft and abuse of authority against Martinez. It can also be used to exact justice beyond 2010, since Martinez at the height of the controversy was reported to be acting in behalf of a “fat man” and a “fat woman” influential in Malacañang.

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April 27, 2009 at 12:58 am Leave a comment

Problema’y pork barrel, di dagdag mambabata

SAPOL Ni Jarius Bondoc, Plipino Star Ngayon, April 27, 2009

PINASYA ng Korte Suprema na pasok din dapat sa Kamara de Representantes ang 33 pang puwesto sa party list voting nu’ng 2007. Kaya dumami ang party-list representatives mula 22 hanggang 55. At dahil takda sa Saligang Batas na 20% ng Kamara ay para sa party-list reps, nagpanukala agad si Speaker Prospero Nograles ng batas na magpaparami ng puwesto sa Kamara mula sa kasalukuyang 238 hanggang 300. Takda rin sa Kons­titusyon na 250 ang puwesto sa Kamara, pero maari dag­dagan. Kung isagad ngayon sa 250 ang puwesto, ang 20% na mailalaang seats para sa party-list ay 50 lang — kulang para ipatupad ang bagong pasya ng Korte na 55. Pero tama lang kung 300 ang kabuoan; maari magkaroon ng hanggang 60 party list seats.

Umangal agad ang mga kritiko. Anila sayang lang ang pera ng bayan para sa 33 bagong party-list reps o sa 50 dagdag-puwesto sa Kamara. Tig-P45,000 kada buwan ang suweldo ng bawat kongresista, maliban pa sa allowances na hanggang P300,000 para sa office at field staff, at pang bayad-upa, kuryente, tubig, komunikasyon, trans­ portasyon atbp. Kesyo dapat daw ay pakontiin pa nga dapat o alisin na lang ang Kamara.

Naiintindihan ko kung bakit umaangal ang mga kritiko. Masyadong malaki ang ginagasta ng bayan para sa mga kongresista, pero wala naman halos inaakdang mahuhusay na batas para sa kaunlaran at katiwasayan.

Ang dapat alisin ay ang pork barrel na P70 milyon bawat taon kada kongresista (at P200 milyon kada senador). Sa pork nagmumula ang katiwalian sa Kongreso. Pork din ang dahilan kung bakit nag-o-overspend nang daan-daang milyong piso sa kampanya, nandaraya at pumapatay ang mga kandidato. Mula kasi sa pork barrel, kumukumisyon ang mga tiwaling mamba­batas nang tig-20-25% kada proyekto. (May sena­dor pa nga na 55% ang “tong-pats” na hini­hingi: 50% para sa kanya at 5% para sa chief of staff niya.) Mantakin niyo, kung burahin na ang pork barrel, hindi na mag-iinteres ang mga kawa­tan na mahalal, matitira ang mati­tino.

Ni wala namang ba­tayan sa Konstitusyon ang pork allocations.

April 27, 2009 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Tong-pats embolden Chinese poachers

GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc , The Philippine Star, Updated April 24, 2009

Foreign marine poachers are getting bolder. On April 7 seven Chinese were caught hauling in and butchering endangered sea turtles just off the coast of El Nido, Palawan. As authorities approached, the thieves tried to escape on their speedboat powered by three 60-hp outboard motors. But assisting fishermen cut them off. Found onboard were 13 dead green sea turtles. A 14th was struggling to break free from a five-kilometer-long net. The locals had alerted the town environment office and Joint Task Force Malampaya upon spotting the unmarked vessel at 9:30 p.m. Municipal waters cover up to 15 km from shore, but the intruders were much closer, according to reports. They seemed unperturbed facing multimillion-peso fines and six-year jail terms. They know they’ll get off the hook in a jiffy.

Chinese and Vietnamese marine thieves treat El Nido as “poachers’ paradise.” They also encroach on Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, well into Philippine territory, and waters off Palawan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. That’s because national officials let them. Local executives, aided by Coast Guard and Navy patrols, diligently enforce fisheries laws and jail the aliens. But on intercession of embassies, Malacañang invariably orders their release in the name of diplomatic ties. This naturally emboldens the rustlers and their Hong Kong financiers. Sometimes, local bay watches encounters returning poachers, in the same vessels that Manila authorities had freed.

Malacañang does nothing about locals nabbed for illegal blast, poison or seine fishing. But through Cabinet factotums it pressures local apprehenders and prosecutors to be lenient with aliens. Foreign envoys think it their right to impose on Filipino officials. Chinese state firms that bid for national government projects routinely bribe Palace and Cabinet officials, as in the Northrail and Southrail projects. In the aborted NBN deal, state-controlled ZTE Corp. signed up to supply RP with P130 million worth of telecoms equipment, but at an overprice of P330 million. No less than the First Couple was implicated in the scam. In demanding release of their poaching nationals, envoys are only collecting on their “goodwill”.

Last Aug. 29 authorities recovered 101 dead hawksbill turtles from Vietnamese vessel 91234-TS, five nautical miles east of El Nido’s Cabaluan Isle. On July 6, 2008, four Vietnamese aboard 95986 were arrested poaching off Guntao Isle, El Nido. Four other boats, believed to be Vietnamese, escaped. Apr. 13, 2008, 23 Vietnamese aboard the Quang Mei were nabbed in Balabac, southern Palawan. Retrieved from the craft were assorted fish and a sea turtle.

Since 2001 local authorities have arrested nearly a hundred Chinese poaching from a dozen vessels. All have been freed; some got their confiscated boats back.

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To queries about VIP security experts, which I wrote about Wednesday, the website of Progressive F.O.R.C.E. Concepts is:

Tony Newman, PFC Safeguards Asia Pacific director, can be reached at +632 8930883 (Makati) or +6345 4361554 (Clark Field Training Centre); +63917 8236803 or +63908 8823568 (mobiles), e-mail:

Training programs are too numerous to list here. But among them are: defensive tactical firearms drills, including emergency situations; high threat protection, including rules of engagement, trauma care and evacuation, route reconnaissance, walking and vehicle formations, and escape and evasion; base protection, including legal use of force, protocol and etiquette, equipment and attire, threat detection and attack recognition, and protective surveillance, arrivals and departures, protective driving and route surveys.

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My friends at the Philippine branch of a multinational coffee-dairy maker must fix the stink about their sales manager and a distributor. The story is going around town. The food giant’s female sales boss not only is having an affair with their distributor’s married general manager, but also has caused the latter to abscond with company funds. The distributor’s owners are scandalized that the multinational has chosen to treat the affair as one of consenting adults, instead of a conflict of interest. That’s bad, since the multinational’s vaunted primary corporate policies are honesty, integrity and fairness.

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It’s been two years since the Supreme Court ordered payment to 230 farmers displaced by the government’s expansion of the Port of Batangas. But where’s the money, they’re asking the Philippine Ports Authority.

The Tribunal affirmed in Sept. 2007 a lower court ruling that P5,500 per square meter was just compensation for the farmers. The PPA had taken over their 130 hectares of beachfront industrial lots as far back as Sept. 2001. The Tribunal also imposed an annual interest of 12 percent on the PPA, and directed the lower court to enforce the final judgment.

No one has been able to collect so far, however.

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April 24, 2009 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

Tatlong mahalagang leksiyon sa buhay

SAPOL Ni Jarius Bondoc , Pilipino Star Ngayon,  April 24, 2009

NU’NG final exam ko sa philosophy sa college, kakaiba ang huling tanong: “Ano ang pangalan ng janitress natin.” Nang i-submit namin ang papeles, tinanong ng isang kaklase kung counted ‘yung huling tanong. “Siyempre may points,” anang propesor. Nabatid na halos lahat kami’y walang sagot. “Marami kayong makikilalang tao sa buhay niyo,” patuloy ng propesor, “bawat isa sa kanila ay may sariling halaga sa inyo. Kapalit nu’n, bigyan ninyo sila ng atensiyon, miski isang ngiti o kumusta man lang.” Hindi ko nalimutan ang pangaral. At ang pangalan ng aming janitress ay Mariana.

Isang gabing bumabagyo sa America nu’ng dekada-60, may isang Negra sa tabi ng highway. Nasiraan ng kotse at basang-basa ang damit, kumakaway siya ng tulong sa mga dumaraan. Hinintuan siya ng isang bina­tang puti, na tila walang pakialam sa racial tension ng pana­hong ‘yon. Inihatid siya sa bayan, tumawag ng mekaniko, at isinakay siya sa taxi. Nagmamadali ang babae, pero hindi niya kinalimutang kunin ang address ng sumaklolo. Makalipas ang isang linggo, may kumatok sa apartment ng binata. Delivery ng isang giant color TV. Kalakip ang liham: “Maraming salamat sa pagtulong mo sa akin nu’ng gabing ‘yon. Halos malusaw na ng ulan ang pag-asa ko, nang dumating ka. Dahil sa iyo, inabot ko pang buhay ang naghihingalo kong asawa. Pagpalain ka ng Diyos. Sincerely yours, Mrs. King Cole.”

Noong mura pa ang ice cream, may pumasok na bata sa parlor at nagtanong sa waitress kung magkano ang special sundae. “Singkuwenta sentimos.” Tiningnan ng bata ang mga barya sa bulsa at marahang binilang. “E kung regular ice cream lang, magkano po?” tanong niya. Naiinip ‘yung waitress at humahaba na ang pila ng customers, kaya medyo pa­singhal ang sagot ni­yang, “Trenta’y singko sen­timos, bilisan mo nang pumili.” Umorder ang bata ng regular at kumain. Nang baya­ran niya ang bill, ini­wan niya ang buong sing­kuwenta sentimos. Napa­luha ang waitress nang mabatid: Kaya pala regular na lang imbis na sundae ang inor­der ay para ma­bigyan siya ng tip na kinse sentimos.

April 24, 2009 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Ted’s case assigned to NBI manipulator

GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc , The Philippine Star, April 22, 2009

If intrusive politicos don’t have their way, the PNP can pull out all cops serving as their personal bodyguards. Then like decent businessmen they’d have to hire private VIP security. Actually it’d be better for them. Personal security men — real ones, not private army types — invariably are better trained and truly loyal. So unlike bodyguard-cops who are assigned to a politico only because of blood ties or no superior can stand them.

Progressive F.O.R.C.E. Concepts has been training and supplying private bodyguards for over a decade. “We don’t train our men so much as to kill an attacker than to protect a subject,” chief instructor Brian Hartman stresses. The philosophy behind the firm, with a branch at Clark Field, is to continually develop ways to better secure clients. “None of our training is final,” Hartman says. “For every old threat situation we think of new ways to secure, and then we predict new situations and find solutions too, in a never ending process.”

Tony Newman, director for Pacific operations, is reluctant to admit it. But PFC is reputed to have among its clients Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer; Turner Broadcasting’s Phil Kent and David Levy; and the Las Vegas gaming billionaire couple Steve and Elaine Wynn. “You will notice a good bodyguard only because he wants you to, as a deterrent,” says Newman, “otherwise he must be unobtrusive for the client’s comfort.” Newman, like Hartman, has had stints in Special Forces. Together they have custom-trained US and European lawmen in combat tactics, as well as airline pilots for anti-terrorist actions.

Real estate developer and pistol champion Jose Luis “Sel” Yulo, PFC’s local partner, is also reluctant to disclose Filipino clients. But among them are a mall owner, a telecoms bigwig, and a shipping magnate. Since starting Philippine operations last July, they’ve also trained Australian and California SWAT units. Yulo provided PFC with a seven-hectare training complex at Clark, near the Mabalacat gate. It has 15 firing ranges for different firefight situations, fitness and endurance courses, and barracks.

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Uh-oh, they’ve assigned the probe of Ted Failon’s wife’s suicide to NBI special agent Arnel Dalumpines. That means they’re up to no good, and don’t mean what they say. Interior Sec. Ronaldo Puno tried to assure the public that they’d undo the bumbling of Quezon City cops. That’s why, he said, they moved the case to “an agency that has never been involved in similar controversy.” Yet they gave it to a sub who specializes in manipulating big cases. Ted must be warned: Dalumpines is a gofer of Justice Sec. Raul Gonzalez, who has prejudged that Trina’s death was no suicide. They’re out to harass Ted for being so critical of admin graft and bungling. Gonzalez already did so twice last week; he will do worse now that the case is in a minion’s hands. They have many ways to make life hard for Ted, perhaps as a lesson to all critics. At the very least they can protract the probe while leaking nasty tidbits to the press, thru Gonzalez’s PR man whom ABS-CBN had fired for abuses.

Dalumpines was the same agent who “investigated” the concocted theft of the ZTE contract. They had contrived the “theft” two months after the April 2007 signing to evade disclosing the shady contents. Dalumpines went through the motions of flying to China and grilling a Filipino attaché who had handled the papers. For good measure, he announced that “that columnist” must have been in on the supposed theft “because he knows too much” about the deal. That was during an interview on my radio show, in which he kept stumbling on such basic questions as how many copies were there and if the four other contracts signed simultaneously in Hainan were also stolen. In the end he closed the case with no clear conclusions.

Dalumpines was also assigned recently to “probe” the bribery to weaken the Alabang Boys drug case. By then, however, Gonzalez already had cleared the five implicated prosecutors and one undersecretary. Dalumpines couldn’t contradict the prejudgment. More so, Gonzalez’s denial of two case fixers in his office named in congressional hearings. So Dalumpines expectedly saw, heard, spoke no evil. But true to form, he threatened with charges of obstructing justice the very narc major who had blown the whistle on the bribery but who doubted his probity. It had to take an independent three-man commission to undo Dalumpines’s lies. The six officials were suspended; one’s bank deposits were frozen for money laundering.

Dalumpines’s first move in the Failon suicide was to summon Ted’s businessman-friend Delfin Lee. This is proof that he’s acting on Gonzalez’s spiteful bidding. It was Gonzalez who first maliciously stated that Lee had helped Ted move the bloodied Trina from the bed to the bathroom. The justice secretary had called a press con last week to announce that he had received an anonymous SMS to that effect, and so had dispatched NBI agents to Ted’s house. A day before, Gonzalez also issued a hold-departure on Ted, supposedly on request of an unnamed in-law.

Former justice secretary Franklin Drilon said Gonzalez should refrain from making biased statements since he’d be reviewing the obstruction of justice raps that cops were filing against Ted and housemates. Too, a man of Gonzalez’s position (the justice secretary is a member of the Cabinet cluster on national security) must be circumspect about blindly believing just any SMS he gets. But then, Gonzalez has a not-so-hidden agenda to malign Ted.

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April 22, 2009 at 12:00 am 1 comment

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