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Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

I almost fell off my chair laughing when I read about Lakas-Kampi Secretary General Raymundo Roquero’s reaction to Joey Salceda’s defection to the Aquino camp. “I don’t understand,” he said. “Salceda organized the Caucus for Governors. The very basis for their existence is palabra de honor (word of honor). It’s very hard to comprehend.”

Of course Salceda’s move exceeds the norm in comprehensibility. He was the one who called for the caucus in light of major defections. Among them, Gov. Loreto Leo Ocampos who bolted the League of Provinces to join the Liberal Party and Gov. LRay Villafuerte who much earlier left Lakas-Kampi to join the Nacionalista Party. Then faster than you could say “lucky bitch,” the man who proposed to do the loyalty check became the first to fail it. Outside looking in, it was a comedy of epic proportions.

Click Conrado de Quiros.

A campaign of attrition
THE LONG VIEW By Manuel L. Quezon III

WHEN the great awakening and the great remembering last August led the country to dare to dream once more, it rendered the pragmatic calculations of those seeking the presidency obsolete overnight. Manuel Villar Jr. had achieved front-runner status—the 25-percent survey ratings that conventional wisdom said could create a bandwagon effect—precisely at a point when his percentage suddenly paled in comparison to the numbers achieved by Benigno Aquino III. When Manuel Roxas II declared his support for Aquino’s candidacy, it served as an aftershock, further rocking the political landscape. Tremor after tremor followed, from the collapse of Francis Escudero’s presidential bid to former President Estrada throwing his hat into the ring.

Click Manolo Quezon


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