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Friday, August 15, 2014

NFA chief quits due to 15M extort try--the true story

Arthur Juan is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy at the same class as that of Defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin. Juan served for about eleven years in the Philippine Air force before he transferred to Monterrey, a subsidiary under San Miguel Foods. There, Juan carved a name in the agriculture and food business as an astute player. Meaning, Juan knows what happens in the food production and manufacturing industry. Sources say, Juan is one of the players.

When he was tapped to replace another NFA chief who was himself caught in a corruption scandal, Juan immediately went into action and made his presence felt in the industry. This has always been the case whenever a new "boss" ascends the administrator post or whenever any person becomes the boss of an agency of government or department. Many calls this "shakedowns" when the new "Boss" tries to show his power over his subordinates.

Juan is not new in the rice industry. He is, in fact, a veteran of many "wars".

Sources told me that Juan gave his cell phone number (a Globe Line) to numerous reporters covering the NFA beat. That number was the one which a certain Jojo Soliman claims to be the number used by Juan in his alleged extortion activities.

Soliman's allegations are deathly serious because aside from numerous text messages he received from Juan, the Bulacan-based businessman has an audio recording of Juan telling him or instructing him how to deposit 15 million pesos in several bank accounts.

Juan reportedly told Soliman to deposit fifteen million pesos to several accounts. The NFA chief allegedly volunteered to give presidential adviser on agriculture Kiko Pangilinan and DILG secretary Mar Roxas five million each, and the remaining 5 million for his "troubles".

When Juan was interviewed by Anthony Taberna and Gerry Baja in their afternoon show over at DZMM, Juan categorically denied every single allegation hurled against him.

Juan even said, matter-o-factly, that he does not know the Chinoy-sounding names rattled off by Soliman in his affidavit. In truth, several sources say, those Chinoys were Juan's long-time associates, involved in the trade of rice and other foodstuffs.

This is a very serious matter which the palace should definitely not ignore.

News reports say Juan reportedly tendered his resignation but which was rejected by Secretary Pangilinan. Why?

Meanwhile, the National Bureau of Investigation is now busy gathering more evidence against the embattled head of the country's food administration.

Issue is not just about Pork--it's now Abuse of Power!

ScrapthePork network wants the people to go to Luneta on August 25 to protest against pork. Much as I want to go there, but the issue now is beyond the misuse of pork.

People must now militate against the unconstitutional use of Power.

Besides, why are they getting signatures for charter change? This is a dangerous thing. I am extremely doubtful about their real intentions--they want to use the people's initiative as a way to change the charter. That jibes with the palace intention of tickering with the Charter.

I think this group will just use these signatures to justify what the palace has been shouting about--the people's alleged demand for a second term for the president.

What well-meaning groups should protest about is the plan of the palace to get more power to perpetuate themselves in power. That is the issue right now.

Whatever some people say--that the President's pronouncement that he is open to another term is just a ruse--I still say that it is the duty of everyone to stand up and count himself in opposition of this very infantile thought.

Someone tried to assuage my feelings by saying that every President does that: announce that he is running again or is salivating for another dig at Power at the very end of his term to avoid the perception that he is now just a lameduck president.

How serious is the president in claiming for another term? His public announcement mocked the very words of his spokesmen and even his siblings, Kris Aquino and Balsy who even said that when the President did the SONA, he was practically saying goodbye or was on the verge of preparing for a valedictory address.

If President Aquino pursues this ridiculous and highly dangerous thought, this idea of a second term thru a cha-cha, there is actually no more time to do just that. For one, Congress will be busy discussing the five impeachment complaints lodged against Aquino. While mulling on whether those complaints are sufficient in form and substance, Congress will likewise do its primary job of reviewing the proposed nearly 3 trillion national budget.

Some believes that the President is just playing a game or put forth what many say is a red herring. The palace has successfully convinced the media to shift their attention from the anomalous DAP to other issues. Malacanang is trying to distract the public so that their attention is focused on other things rather than the anomalous disbursement acceleration program.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

RP headed for serious political confrontation--Pnoy thinking of becoming god

What President Aquino shared with TV5 will change forever the political fate of this country. For one, what the President announced is a veritable declaration of war against every principle he once believed in and what his mother, former president Corazon "Cory" Aquino and even his father, Benigno Aquino Jr. stood for and died for--that of preserving the pillars of democracy.

see this link:

Aquino is now veering away from using his Constitutional powers and is mulling the possibility of further increasing his own powers by diluting the powers of the other branches of government. He did so when he and his friend, Butch Abad, invented the DAP. That is like assuming the power of the Purse which the Constitution only gave to Congress to exercise. He continues to mock the decision of the Supreme Court over the DAP and even uses the BIR, an agency of the Executive, to undertake a witch hunt against members of the Judiciary.

Whoever is advising the president--let me send this message very clearly--you are doing a great disservice to the Peoples of this Nation by giving this president an advice that puts this country in such terrible risks.

By putting this idea in the infantile mind of this president that he is god and deserves a second chance is like creating the very atomic bomb that is sure to obliterate every shred of democracy off this wonderful land.

How can we now say that it's more fun in the Philippines when the very ones who lead this government is thinking of having more fun for another six years?

Are the people ready for another six years of thievery, of goofs, of disservices, of poor public services, of higher prices of goods, of an aristocracy living in luxury while the rest live in utter destitution and poverty?

I remember one professor of mine in law who said that it is better to bet your bottom dollar on democracy rather than earn millions out of anarchy and despotism.

Pnoy and his classmates and friends are treading a path least taken by other mortals for fear of failure.  When these people were young, they envisioned a society free from dictatorship.

Now that they are in power, they are becoming the very same people they once tried to fight against.

As they say, how besotted the young mind becomes when exposed to the trappings of power! How man tries to ascend to the heavens as a god rather than a mortal?

And as what God described Lucifer when he revolted against the powers of Heaven:

“How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer,[a] son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit.
16 “Those who see you will gaze at you,
And consider you, saying:
‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,
17 Who made the world as a wilderness
And destroyed its cities,
Who did not open the house of his prisoners?’ (Isaiah 14: 12-17, NKJV)

Mr. President, please re-read your history books. Those who made themselves gods are themselves made low by the very people whom God granted the right to be His sons.

Those who thought of themselves as gods eventually got what the Prophet Isaiah described Lucifer's reward--a place in Sheol.

Pnoy counting not on end of term but of disaster

Aside from the MRT train which rammed its barrier and derailed itself which led to about 70 people injured, another shocking news happened yesterday.

President Benigno S. Aquino III, in an interview last night with my former Family and Relations professor Atty. Mel Sta Maria over TV5 dropped something which several people, including this writer, actually expected him to announce---the possibility of him getting another term.

Aquino shared with Atty. Sta Maria what has been occupying his mind since the Supreme Court disagreed with him over the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP---his desire to further clip the powers of the Supreme Court and his ambitions for another term.

see this link:

And how will Aquino do this, considering that what he has shared is against the very vow he took when he assumed the presidency---respect for the Rule of Law and of the Constitution.

A second term for the president is expressly prohibited before the present Charter. Our founding fathers explicitly inserted that provision to deter any crazed man from assuming himself as god.

Is the president so afraid that the possibility of him getting the same fate as his former professor Arroyo and former political ally Estrada looms bigger now than before?

Is the President now siding with a faction of his cabinet whose desire is to ram the possibility of a Roxas presidency down our throats?

Is this the reason why coup rumors were floated about by a political ally of the president so that palace sickos are to mobilize their own forces for a self-coup?

Or the president really is convinced of his invincibility, of his power, or what people now presume--allies of the president probably coaxed Pnoy to near perfection that he is besotted with power?

Everyone knows that the possibility of the House initiating a cha-cha right now is as far as the moon. Though the Liberals have an upper hand in terms of numerical superiority, everyone knows that this superiority does not necessarily result to what the House desires--open the Charter.

This cha-cha has been attempted before by almost every administration which nears its term. And always, cha-cha attempts fail and always suffer the same fate--that of being thrown in the trashcan of the people's consciousness.

Opening the charter just to satisfy the paranoia of the One sitting at the Palace so that he protects himself from prosecution post-term is to me, as sick as one having a throat cancer or someone who already is sick before but is trying to put a brave face?

The President is now leading this country towards greater ruin and disaster.

Incidents like the one that happened at the LRT-MRT is not exactly an accident---this is a sign of a breakdown of the system.

And this breakdown is a result of the absence of leadership. No one is manning the fort. Who is now in charge?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Liberal Party fears Losing Power

When Pnoy won the presidential elections, many thought that the Liberal Party would be the party to beat come 2016. Mar Roxas, whose presidential and even vice presidential ambitions crumbled when mayor Jejomar Binay won the people's vote, had an epiphany--he thought he had six years to work for his ambition.

Four years later, and inspite of what his team is doing, Roxas remains at the bottom rung of practically all surveys. What is most evident is that when the people decide on something or when the people reject someone, that decision stays practically the same for years.

What is going against Roxas is that his performance as Dilg secretary is far from ideal, his pre election campaign team is totally inefficient and worse, he is perceived now as part of a Losing Proposition.frankly, Roxas has no where to go but out.

Credit that to a long standing perception that Roxas remains and continues to be a losing bet. Worse, several people have floated ideas of other possible heirs to the a Palace throne, most of them political allies of the President. Seems like he continues to be the odd man out, and this perception if not corrected, will remain stuck in the public consciousness possibly even until 2016. As several LP members say, time to jump out while the ship remains afloat.

It would definitely take a miracle to get Roxas out of this lingering perception. And the LP knows it.

That's why several members of the. Aquino cabinet want an extension, an additional few years to further convince and ram into our throats the possibility of a Roxas presidency.

What these people do not know is this---Roxas would soon reveal a shocking thing to them very soon. This revelation will definitely shock the very foundations of the LP whose members are concerned about losing power come 2016.

Group out to frustrate Possible LP-Binay tandem

A Motley crew of former government officials, former generals, former Communists, active Socialists, and catholic priests have reportedly bonded together for one mission-- to frustrate a possible win of Vice President Jejomar Binay in 2016. These individuals have one thing in common--they hate the present administration. And they hate those who align themselves with it.

Vice President Binay is not formally aligned with the administration---not yet. There are several signs that some LP stalwarts are considering him to be their presidential bet come 2016, since Mar Roxas continues to lag behind in surveys after surveys.The Aquino sisters are out in the open already, expressing their unwavering support behind the former Mayor of Makati.

There are of course, die-hard LP members who predict the destruction of their party once Binay enters into the picture. That explains why there are plans to establish a political party for Binay whose members come from various political aggrupations. This is a logical answer to the problem of many LP members--honorable way out of their present rut without incurring the ire of cabinet members still supportive of Roxas.

What is now puzzling is the entry of this new group which puts the question who funds them and why did they appear only now? There are even talks that some cabinet members support this group simply out of fear that a Binay presidency might put their own social and political statuses in jeopardy.

What is most certain is this--a third force is rising and is building their own mechanism. Nothing wrong except that with the existence of such a group, expect the political pot to brew as wildly, as violently and as unwieldy unheard of since the foundation of the Republic.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Family urges candidate to abandon his lofty dreams

It was a heart wrenching scene--an influential mother giving her son the real score and sealing his political fate (or end) with strong finality.

The mother declares that her family will not anymore finance the political enterprise of the son for two reasons: one, he continues to lag behind other bets for the post and two, pressing on means committing financial harakiri. Yes, the family has benefitted from entering into deals with government and private firms and yes, property prices are rising. However, putting two billion pesos on the block is not as easy as before because the family already did that four years ago, and lost considerably. How many more properties do they have to sell? Their present landholdings are not as big as before. Fact is, it has considerably whittled down to a pitiful size that it now dwarfs other landholdings of other traditional families. Betting money now for something entirely uncertain is like committing suicide.

Witnesses say, the son accepted his mother's decision with calmness, yet his partner cried, probably out of pity and probably because that decision puts in jeopardy her own dreams of becoming a First Lady.

Worse, that meeting was attended by other members of the family which several witnesses say, was somewhat a "cruel" spectacle, as if it rubs the wound with more salt.

How about sourcing outside the family? Well, those deals entered into by the son with several business allies have fallen flat. Those "funds" did not even reach in the hundreds of millions. The only chance that the son will win is thru a miracle.

Exodus of Liberal party members on! Major party splitting

Several members of the Liberal party, and that includes a group of veteran politicians from Luzon and the Visayas are planning to bolt from their party. Reason---they disagree with the things happening within their party which they say, threaten their own political survival.

Consider the very words of their presidential candidate Mar Roxas--their bet wants nothing more than extend the very term of President Aquino. Mar Roxas' wish is both cryptic and borders on the illegal. Cryptic because it seems that Roxas himself is throwing in the towel and is admitting before the public that he is not the guy worthy enough to replace Pnoy. And second, everyone knows that the term extension of the president is something illegal and constitutional.

Seems that the Liberal party ranks are desperate already. The chance of their bet snapping up a win in 2016 is as remote as the North pole. Mar Roxas' rating is a disappointment. For one, it is not moving even a notch despite what his handlers are doing. It is neither dropping or rising, meaning, it has reached its maximum and therefore, has plateau-ed. This is the most dangerous thing to happen for a political candidate--when your numbers have reached a dead end.

Surely, in a span of a year, and your numbers have not moved an inch, that is an obvious sign already that the candidate does not have a Chinaman's chance of winning the elections.

And if you have a losing candidate with you, it affects your political standing in your territory. Instead of benefitting from the blessing of the so-called top honcho, the act is even detrimental to your own campaign. Who will invite a losing bet to endorse a local candidate? That rubs off.

That explains why several LP members are floating another configuration--either a Kiko-Poe or a Binay-Mar. There are even suggestions of a Drilon candidacy, which, again, is an unwinnable possibility.

Are we seeing a major split in a major political organisation sometime soon? Yep, you guessed right.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Beautiful daughter of Senator eloped with son of close FG associate

Who is this beautiful lady, daughter of a Senator, who reportedly eloped with her lover, a son of a close associate of First Gentleman Mike Arroyo?

This lady, who reportedly made a 180 degree turn and gave up her inheritance just for love, is allegedly already married with her boyfriend. The marriage contracted abroad is reportedly solemnized by a petty embassy official of the country where they are in.

The boyfriend once ran and lost in an election. When he gave up his budding political career, he turned his sights on the beautiful lady who was reportedly his crush in college. They met years before they decided to elope.

Why elopement? Well, several high society pals of mine shared how the Senator expressed disgust over the affair. The legislator even described the affair as "horrendous" because the family of the guy is reportedly a family of "thieves." The guy's father has a case before the Office of the Ombudsman.

When the family disagreed with the affair, the lady became defiant and even told her parents that she will never give up her relationship with the guy. She even told her mother that she is ready to give up her security detail and pay for her own, which she eventually did.

Actually, there is nothing wrong with the affair. The lady and her boyfriend are of age.

When she suddenly disappeared from the limelight, her publicist spread the news that she left for studies abroad. Actually, she did went abroad, in a lovely European country for lovers, not to study but to be with her lover who is now her husband.

The couple is said to be always on their toes since the Senator is against the relationship and even went to the extent of telling several people to monitor the daughter's movements and if possible, convince her to return home.

Well, the daughter is awash with cash, after liquidating her inheritance and of course, getting talent fees from being a former celebrity. With millions (even billions, some say) under her name, she can even live permanently in that country for as long as she and her husband want.

The only question now is---she is reportedly with child. Will the Senator's heart melt when the daughter presents her lovely baby several months from now? We shall see.

President Benigno S Aquino III with throat cancer? Palace should release medical records of President

Pnoy sick with throat cancer?
Last Friday, news spread about President Benigno S Aquino III is sick with throat cancer. When I first heard it, I checked whether this is already in the news (meaning, confirmed) or any other person knows about it. It seems that several people heard it.

Since I cannot confirm if this is true because even if the president is indeed sick with throat cancer, surely, because of national security, the palace will think twice of pronouncing or announcing it thru the media. However, I came across this provision in the 1987 Constitution which states:

Section 12. In case of serious illness of the President, the public shall be informed of the state of his health. The members of the Cabinet in charge of national security and foreign relations and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, shall not be denied access to the Presdident during such illness" (Section 12, Article 7, 1987 Constitution)

Is throat cancer a serious illness? Yes. The Mayo clinic describes throat cancer as referring to the  cancerous tumors that develop in your throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx) or tonsils. Symptoms include:

  • A cough
  • Changes in your voice, such as hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • A lump or sore that doesn't heal
  • A sore throat
  • Weight loss

Everyone noticed that the President is coughing more often now. He likewise speaks in a hoarse voice in several occasions and look how frail the President was, when he addressed the Nation last July 28. His barong tagalog is somewhat slightly bigger than his built. Of course, we will never know if Pnoy has a sore throat or a lump that does not heal.

Is this what Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda referred to as "death threat" against the President? Or Lacierda is referring to another person? If yes, then, who is this person who threatened the president with death? Surely, that person thinks that he is equally as powerful and as influential as the president? And why was the death threat given? Was it because of a business deal gone sour? or the death threat emanated from groups out to oust him?

Surely, the palace is describing not a coup, since a coup is not a "death threat", far from it.

Malacanang has the duty of releasing Pnoy's medical records to allay these fears and put down rumors that the President is sick.

For one, the Aquinos has a history of their blood relatives dying of cancer, with the president's mother, Cory, for one. Cory died of colon cancer. Her sickness was announced just a few months before her death.

Is throat cancer curable? Yes, if treated at an early stage, throat cancers can either be cured through surgery or radiation treatment. Recurrence of this illness is a certainty.

I appeal to Malacanan to release the latest medical records of the President to assuage fears that he is sick or dying due to a serious illness. They owe it to their "bosses."

Friday, August 1, 2014

Breaking news: High government official sick with throat cancer?

I want to identify this government official but since I am still verifying this report, I deemed it wise to unname him.

Based on reports, this government official is reportedly sick with throat cancer. Doctors who privately confided with this official gave him just less than six months to live.

This news is spreading like wildfire among government employees and officials as well. Many say this news emanated from the staff who overheard these government officials talking about it inside a certain "Balai"

who is this official who reportedly realized how mortal he is when he heard the bad news? Clue, he exercises tremendous power. Another clue---no one will inherit his estate if he dies.

According to reports, the cancer is reportedly terminal.

Another clue---the medical records and bulletin of this government official were never published, a break in the tradition of the post he occupies.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

President Aquino's administration in a state of paranoia

Is this administration in a state of panic because it knows that it has compromised the very principles which it promised to be guided with? It seems like it.

For one, this administration has lost its moral conscience, and even its respect for the Rule of Law. Many know that this administration has prostituted itself with Big Business interests and forgot its job of defending the people's welfare.

Consider this--this Administration has carved the landscape according to the interests of Big Business, especially in the power and transport sectors. It has allowed its political allies posted in critical departments such as the DOTC, DOF and DILG to do several deals just for fund raising purposes for 2016.

IN doing so, it has incurred many enemies in the business sector. And in its quest for perpetuation of power, this administration likewise lost its conscience.

In its desire to reward its political allies, it invented programs such as the DAP to speed up the release of funds to satisfy the political requirements of certain groups, even to a point of giving billions of pesos to certain armed groups just to "maintain the peace."

What this DAP did to this administration is it directed it to a path of self-destruction, which it now finds hard to entangle themselves from.

This administration is now in a state of paranoia because it knows that at some point in time, post-2016, this dispensation has to face the consequences of its acts.