If there’s a jeje cap, there’s also a jeje tent. I’m just saying.
Both reports have been shown to be fake, but what’s more troubling, really, aside from the depths that politicians stoop to for a win, is how stupid everyone is being over depression itself.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has apparently appointed her manicurist to the board of the Pag-IBIG fund, a government corporation that gets a portion of our salaries each month in the hopes of getting a housing loan someday. The President’s gardener has also reportedly been appointed to a debatably plum position as deputy of the Luneta Park Administration. But deputy presidential spokesman (and all-around patsy) Gary Olivar asks in all seriousness, “why not?”
We do not want people saying gardeners and manicurists do not deserve to get government posts. Ordinary citizens need representation too.
And, really, technically speaking, Olivar is right. The President’s manicurist is a regular government employee (hired to do the President’s nails), and has as much right as any other government employee to sit on the Pag-IBIG board.
And, I suppose, Luneta has gardens and plants that the Presidential gardener is eminently qualified to tend to.
So it’s all perfectly legal, I guess. In the same way that every scandal that the President has figured in has been ‘perfectly legal’.
What Olivar hasn’t addressed, aside from his disconnect with reality, though, is that those appointments would never have gone to these ‘ordinary citizens’ had they been just that, ordinary.
It’s nepotism at its most pathetic. It’s sort of sad,really,thatÂ the President has run out of friends to give government appointments to.
Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo, party-list nominee of security guard group Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP), hit back today at attempts to have him disqualified for not actually being part of a marginalized sector. Instead of defending AGP as a legitimate sectoral group, or arguing that even douche bag politicians can be marginalized, he plans to nip the issue at the bud by questioning whether the Commission on Elections can disqualify him at all.
Unfortunately, we were not able to get a direct quote of how Rep. Arroyo figures that the constitutional body that governs elections in the country does not have the power to revoke his candidacy. Still and all, today marks the day that we topped our 2010 quota on our gross national what-the-fuckery.
To the Alumni Association:
It was with a heavy sense of disappointment that I read about the decision of the Ateneo’s Board of Trustees to unanimously reject Mr. Manuel Pangilinan’s resignation from the board over the plagiarized commencement speech delivered to this year’s graduating class.
Senator Richard Gordon, presidential candidate of the Bagumbayan party, struck another blow against traditional Philippine politics (I guess) this weekend when he urged the Commission on Elections to ban the distribution and use of sample ballots with pre-shaded candidates’ entries.
Senator Richard Gordon, presidential candidate of the Bagumbayan party, does not mince words. So when he says incumbent Senator Manuel Lapid deserves to be president more than Liberal Senator Benigno Aquino III, he means it.
Why he would say such a thing is another matter entirely. I mean, come on. Really?
I get that in politics, you sometimes have to get as many blows in as you can. Anything to get ahead and all that. But Lapid? Really?
I always check the comments section on news sites that have them. They help give me an arbitrary and unbalanced peek at how your average Filipino thinks.
One of the big stories over the long weekend was the plagiarized commencement speech delivered at the Ateneo by Philippine Long Distance and Telephone Co. chairman Manuel Pangilinan, and the reactions are more of a story than the actual story.