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Luistro at DepEd an inspired choice

Posted by akosistella on June 28, 2010


By Dan Mariano

The banner headline of a Manila daily last week notwithstanding, the incoming education secretary is not, repeat, not a priest.

Armin Luistro is president of De La Salle University (DLSU), one of the country’s leading schools, and is a member of congregation that calls itself the De La Salle Christian Brothers in the Philippines. On their own website, the De La Salle Christian Brothers describe themselves as the largest group of religious men in the Catholic Church who are devoted exclusively to the ministry of education.

They are called Brothers—not “priests” who are authorized to dispense the sacraments. Nonetheless, “they dedicate their lives to God, to the Gospel, to the ministry of education in the Catholic Church, and especially to the young men and women whom they encounter each day inside and outside of the classroom.”

Click Dan Mariano.


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The Arroyobamaquino conspiracy theorist

Posted by akosistella on June 16, 2010


Dispatches from the Enchanted Kingdom

Safely ensconced in his adopted country, thousands of miles away from the reach of any libel suits, self-exiled communist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison boldly accused a sister of President-elect Benigno S.C. Aquino III of conspiring with Gloria Arroyo and the CIA to cheat in the 2010 elections. I decided to interview the man hiding in the Netherlands.

“Let me read to you what you said in your interview with Pinoy Weekly.”


“There are indications that the automated electoral system of Smartmatic, which is controlled by the US and its agents, was pre-programmed to make Aquino and Binay win. It’s obvious that a large number of votes were stolen from Manny Villar and Loren Legarda. Their precipitous decline was overkill and unbelievable. There are reports that high officials of the CIA, the Aquino family and the Arroyo regime decided on the pre-programming six weeks before the election. The meeting between Pinky Aquino-Abelleda and Mrs. Arroyo paved the way for the arrangement.”

Click Manuel Buencamino.


For the love of Noynoy Aquino
Method To Madness

MANILA, Philippines—It is Independence Day in the land of the yellow morning, where the moon is a greasy pearl, freedom is a Twitter hashtag and the brave bawl in their cradles unless the cradles were pawned for the rose-red heart of a bottle of cheap gin. Philippine Airlines offers a “Proud and Free” Promo for the patriotic Filipino—$135 for Hong Kong, $690 for Honolulu, $790 Las Vegas not including government taxes and ticketing service fees. In New York’s 20,000-strong Filipino community celebration, Christian Bautista sings “Beautiful Girl” and “Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile,” Carlo Orosa soars with the “Impossible Dream,” Sarah Geronimo is “well-applauded” for “You Changed My Life,” and fortunately remembers to sing “Magkaisa.”

Out on the Quirino Grandstand, on a stage with “a select group of 180 people,” the woman rumored to have a heart harder than the rampaging lead hooves of Leon Guerrero’s horse demonstrates that in the end, all you need is love. If only you could show her love, bring her flowers, buy her a two-piece Jollibee chicken meal in the fast-food court of the nearest SM shopping mall, play her your Jason Mraz ringing tone while holding her hand as you wait in line for tickets to John Lloyd Cruz’s “A Very Special Love.” But this is a woman whose natural milieu is the table beneath a Le Cirque chandelier, and so if love will not appear prostrated before her dragging Gilbert Teodoro, love can be bought, at the price of a P10-million praise parade bought with taxpayers’ money to “showcase the outstanding achievements of the 10-Point Agenda of the Arroyo administration.”

Click Patricia Evangelista.

ANYONE who pays their taxes religiously can very well comment on whatever President Noynoy plans to do for his administration, especially if it involves appointing Cabinet Secretaries.

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Noynoy also eyes govt posts for Dingdong, Ogie Alcasid

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


Bukod sa TV host at talent manager na si Boy Abunda, nasa isipan din ni president-elect Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III na bigyan ng puwesto sa gobyerno ang mga Kapuso stars na si Dingdong Dantes at Ogie Alcasid.

“Si Dingdong, si Ogie…siguro dun sa mga advocacy nila gaya sa youth,” sagot ni Aquino nang tanungin kung sino pa ang entertainment personalities na ikinukonsidera niyang bigyan ng posisyon sa gobyerno.

Pero nilinaw ni Aquino na hindi pa niya nakakausap sina Dingdong at Ogie na maging bahagi ng kanyang magiging administrasyon.

via GMANews.TV.

And you thought Girl Abunda as DOT chief was bad enough, huh? Now I’m starting to believe that there may be some truth to those so-called “fake” psychiatric records on Sen. Aquino! It’s either that or the Aquino Cabinet search committee is just sitting on its ass. Que horror!

Seriously, why does Sen. Aquino seem hellbent on paying back all his endorsers and financiers w/ gov’t posts? I thought he was on the highroad to ‘new politics’? Wasn’t he the one who was quoted telling these very same people that they shouldn’t expect anything in return in case he wins? Well, it’s the same ‘utang na loob’ (debt of gratitude) syndrome all over again. Hay.

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Boy Abunda open to joining Cabinet after ABS-CBN contract ends

Posted by akosistella on June 2, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – After saying that he was “not inclined” to accept a Cabinet position in president-apparent Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s government, television host and talent manager Boy Abunda is now singing a different tune.

Abunda clarified that he is not closing his doors to the possibility of serving the Aquino administration, at least, not “while I am under contract with ABS-CBN.”

“Kasi baka sabihin nila kakainin ko ang mga salita ko ngayon. I am not closing my doors. But am I going to accept any offer, halimbawa, today? I am not. No, I am not going to take the position,” he told ABS-CBN News.

Abunda said his contract with ABS-CBN will end in 2011.

Aquino, older brother of Kris Aquino, is eyeing Abunda to become tourism secretary. He took note of “The Buzz” host’s ability to clearly communicate ideas and understand the audience.

When sought for reaction, Abunda initially said that although he is grateful to be considered, he is not “inclined to accept it.”

“I can help ‘Noy in another capacity. I have a personal relationship with Noy. I think it will be more effective if I continue what I am doing now… giving him advice — devoid of agenda and bias, devoid of politics,” Abunda said. (Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News)

Ayan, binawi na.

Lemme see.. among our past tourism secretaries were: Joe Aspiras, Tony Gonzales, Raffy Alunan, Narz Lim, Mina Gabor, Dick Gordon, and lastly Ace Durano. And Sen. Noynoy Aquino can only come up w/ Girl Abunda?!?!?

Cripes! I don’t think even Erap nor Manny Villar wouldn’t have been this idiotic to come up w/ an idea like this. What a big effing joke on everyone who voted for Noynoy Aquino. Nay, on the entire Philippines!

Time to pack our bags folks.

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Imagine this as our tourism secretary (w/ update)

Posted by akosistella on June 1, 2010

Need I say more?

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(UDATE 7:15 PM): As per ABS-CBN News, Sen. Noynoy Aquino is going on a week-long hiatus. Thank God! The baby needs to clear his head. I hear his next Cabinet appointment could be Pokwang as Finance Secretary.

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2 Aquino sisters in Cabinet search committee

Posted by akosistella on May 21, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Incoming President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has already formed a search committee to select members of his Cabinet.

The members of the committee, according to ABS-CBN sources, include Aquino’s sisters, Ballsy Aquino Cruz and Pinky Aquino Abellada, former Civil Service Commission chair Karina David, Makati Business Club executive director Alberto Lim, and Aquino’s chief of staff, Julia Abad.

Julia is also the daughter of Liberal Party campaign manager, Florencio Abad, who’s reportedly being eyed to become Aquino’s education secretary.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


US ambassador greets Noynoy at Times St.

MANILA, Philippines – High-ranking officials of the United States embassy in the Philippines visited incoming President Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Friday.

US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. met with Aquino in his home in Times St., Quezon City, accompanied by other embassy officials, Leslie Bassett, deputy chief of mission; Brian Doherty, economic counselor; David Eiseenberg, deputy political counselor; Richard Nelson, public affairs counselor.

Thomas said the visit should not be seen as an indication that the US is already recognizing Aquino as the next president of the Philippines.


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Posted by akosistella on May 21, 2010


Power behind Noynoy’s throne?
BIG DEAL By Dan Mariano

I certainly hope Noynoy Aquino changes his mind about Chief Justice Renato Corona—or, at the very least, the office that the latter embodies.The new CJ was appointed by President Arroyo, who ignored Aquino’s request to let the new, incoming Chief Executive—i.e. Noynoy himself—do the proverbial honors. Still, there is no denying that a big majority in the Supreme Court has ruled that GMA was authorized to name a replacement for retired CJ Reynato Puno.

In fact, a number of constitutional experts—including the legal maverick Allan Paguia, who is certainly no fan of the current administration—have said that Mrs. Arroyo was actually obligated to appoint a new CJ as soon as Puno stepped down.

via Dan Mariano.

For public good or personal gain
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Time was when only the press, rather a wee sector of it, reported the jockeying for positions in new administrations. Today, judging from wildly spreading texts, just about everybody knows, or thinks so, what’s going on. Latest SMS are about what Cabinet posts are being bagged by which faction in the incoming Noynoy Aquino government. Most circulations are purely speculative; some, planted intrigues. Filipinos pass on even unverified info in a frenzy to be somehow part of sensational political events.

One recent transmission is against the infamous Kamag-anak Inc. Supposedly two Noynoy aunts, Tessie Oreta on his father’s side and Tingting Cojuangco on his mother’s, will be the secretaries of education and of interior. It’s unbelievable. Surely Noynoy has many sharp lawyers around him to caution about a constitutional bar. No presidential kin up to the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity may, during his term, be appointed to the Cabinet or constitutional commissions, or as heads of bureaus and state corporations.

Via Jarius Bondoc

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Arroyo Cabinet members told: Spill beans on ex-boss before joining Noynoy

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


Arroyo Cabinet members planning to join the official family of President-apparent Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III should spill the beans on their former boss’ abuses, a militant group said Wednesday.

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) stressed the need to have Mrs. Arroyo investigated and charged for various misdeeds during her nine-year reign.

“It is not surprising that former Arroyo officials will be seeking new appointments under the Aquino administration, especially after their involvement in the Aquino campaign. Some of them appear to be determined to get back their previous posts. These former Arroyo officials however should first make a full accounting of their role in the previous regime. They should at least be willing to testify against the outgoing president,” said Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr., in an article on the Bayan website (www.bayan.ph).

Via GMANews.TV

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Dinky Soliman: Amoy lupa? Not me


Manny Pacquiao vows support for Noynoy Aquino

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Sarangani province Congressman-elect and 7-division world champion Manny Pacquiao met with incoming President Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of the Liberal Party on Tuesday night. 

The Filipino boxing icon and Aquino had a 30 to 45-minute meeting at the Aquino family residence along Times Street in West Triangle, Quezon City.

This was confirmed by his Atty. Edwin Lacierda, Aquino’s campaign spokesperson. He said the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion was accompanied by his wife, Jinkee.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

ASIDE FROM his quick fancy footwork, Manny Pacquiao also excels in speedily changing political loyalties.

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Estrada defends Aquino on Cabinet choice

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—The only Philippine president to be ousted and criminally convicted for corruption has plenty of advice for the country’s likely new president, front-runner Sen. Benigno Aquino III.

Deposed President Joseph Estrada, who is still contesting the unofficial results of the presidential race, said there was nothing wrong with Aquino retaining the services of officials serving in President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Cabinet.

“Those are the people he trusts. It’s a matter of trusting the people around you. In my case, when I get my Cabinet members, I see to it that first, their integrity is unquestionable. Competence is No. 2,” said Estrada, who was convicted for plunder but was immediately pardoned by Ms Arroyo.

via INQUIRER.net.


Ex-Ombudsman Marcelo: I won’t accept post in Aquino admin

Former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo on Wednesday said he would not to accept any government post that Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the likely winner in the 2010 presidential elections, may offer him.

Marcelo made the statement after former solicitor-general Frank Chavez alleged that Marcelo is jockeying for a government position in the incoming Aquino administration.

“Hindi siguro kasi yung career ko di ba…I almost worked myself to death (Probably not, because during my career…I almost worked myself to death),” Marcelo said when asked on GMA News’ Unang Hirit whether he would accept a government post if Aquino offers him one.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: Aquino campaigners should not accept Cabinet posts—Escudero

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Who will be the people around President Noynoy?

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010



Some of the names being floated are quite unknown to most Filipinos. For instance Bong Naguiat who was mentioned many times is an old friend and classmate of Noynoy at the Ateneo. He is reportedly being eyed to replace PAGCOR chair Efraim Genuino, while the buzz is strong that another close friend, Pete Prado, will be the next Transportation Secretary. Jojo Ochoa, Noynoy’s legal counsel, is being considered for the position of Executive Secretary while former GMA Defense chief Nonong Cruz will probably head the Department of Justice.

Obviously, those expected to occupy various government posts are members of the so-called Hyatt 10, among them Dinky Soliman who has already been offered her old position at the Social Welfare Department. But because of the uncertainty of the situation of Mar Roxas, others are not sure whether they will in fact be appointed to Noynoy’s official family. However, Cesar Purisima is reportedly slated for Trade and Industry, the old position of Johnny Santos who in turn will reportedly have the Energy portfolio. Butch Abad who played a major role in the Liberal Party campaign of Noynoy will probably return to the Department of Education, aside from the fact that his sister Julia – who is Noynoy’s chief of staff at the Senate, is expected to play a major role in the next administration.

Click Babe Romualdez.


David heads Aquino talent search

PLANS are underway for the creation of a search committee for the cabinet positions in the incoming administration of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Reports said the committee will be headed by former Civil Service Commission (CSC) chairperson Karina David.

Florencio Abad, LP campaign manager, could not confirm David’s appointment.

“Hindi ko pa nadidinig kay Sen. Aquino pero magiging asset siya (David) sa search committee,” he said. “Dahil sa seven years na karanasan niya (sa Civil Service Commission) malaki maitutulong niya diyan.”

Via Malaya

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Jockeying for Cabinet posts starts

Posted by akosistella on May 17, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The jockeying for Cabinet posts in the next administration has started.

Florencio “Butch” Abad, the Liberal Party’s (LP) campaign manager, told ABS-CBN News on Sunday that he has received over a hundred text messages and emails from people asking they be considered for Cabinet positions in the Aquino administration.

Though LP standard-bearer Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino has not yet been proclaimed as the next president, he is ahead of his rival, former president Joseph Estrada, in the partial vote count.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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No political honeymoon period with Aquino—Left

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Philippines—Leftist groups would not observe the traditional honeymoon period with apparent president-elect Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III. Instead, they vowed that the incoming administration will be met with a stream of demands and protests.

This was the statement of the militant fisher folk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) issued Sunday.

“There’s no honeymoon. The total political exposition of and opposition to Aquino and the newly installed ruling Mafia in Malacanang is the top order of the day,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said.

Via Inquirer.net

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Biz to Aquino: Appoint competent Cabinet

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


BUSINESS groups have already acknowledged the victory of Sen. Benigno Aquino III in the presidential polls, and they heaved a sigh of relief that their fears over the possibility of a widespread election rigging due to glitches in the automation did not happen.

And now business groups will be keenly watching the appointments to Cabinet posts, as they said this will indicate the direction of the new administration, and if they will get the key reforms that they are seeking to really spice up the appetite of the business sector to continue investing.

“The results are acceptable and credible. There is no doubt that Senator Aquino won. The results also jibe with the surveys,” [Makati Business Club Alberto] Lim said.

He recognized that the vigilance of the business groups and other sectors prevented any grand scheme to sabotage the conduct of the elections.

via BusinessMirror.


Tetangco: Polls may lead to RP credit-rating upgrade

THE Philippines is poised for a smooth transition of government, which could eventually lead to a higher sovereign credit rating, central bank Governor Amando Tetangco said.

“The significant strides and reforms we have put in place should support a possible upgrade,” Tetangco said in an e-mail reply to Bloomberg questions on Tuesday. Still, “the credit rating agencies will listen closely to the new administration’s pronouncements on economic programs before making any move.”

Indications that Benigno Aquino is poised for a landslide presidential election victory spurred a rally in stocks and helped the peso advance the most of any Asian currency. Aquino would inherit President Arroyo’s record budget deficit and must concentrate on containing the nation’s debt burden and improving voters’ living standards, according to analyst Prakriti Sofat.

Via BusinessMirror

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