Posted by commiedyan on December 16, 2007
Malacañang ‘open house’ on Christmas Day
December 24 to January 2 next year are official special holidays, Malacañang loudmouth Ignacio Bunye, who recently cheated death in Kuwait, announced yesterday. Assuaging concerns on lost productivity however, the national government has also decided to make at least five regular holidays next year, probably including Lenten holy days, regular work days.
“We are not kowtowing to the Catholic Church, this is simply part of the president’s policy on holiday economics,” Bunye said. Holiday economics is premised on the belief that the tourism benefits of lumping weekends and holidays into contiguous periods, far outweigh the costs of adjustment in the production sectors. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in breaking news, economics, Malacañang, politics | Tagged: agrarian reform, christmas, Eduardo Ermita, Enrique Razon, ignacio bunye, Malacañang, official Philippine holidays, Philippine power sector, prospero pichay, sumilao farmers | 1 Comment »
Posted by commiedyan on December 14, 2007
On direct orders of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who has been unjustly accused of being the most corrupt president in Philippine history, the National Statistics Office has issued guidelines on the conduct of opinion surveys so these would no longer be based on ungrounded perceptions but on verifiable facts.
Our source at the NSO refused to provide us a copy of the draft but she explained the thrust of the document to us. In effect, survey organizations like Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations would have to design the questionnaires to aid respondents in forming facts-based opinions. For example, in the matter of presidential corruption, the following yes or no questions could be suggested:
- Has the president ever given you a loot bag containing P500,000? P200,000? P50,000?
- Has an official close to the president offered you US $10M to withdraw from a government project? Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in breaking news, Malacañang, politics | Tagged: corruption, Garci, gloria m. arroyo, impeachment, Malacañang, opinion surveys, philippine politics, pulse asia, Serge Osmeña, SWS | 4 Comments »
Posted by commiedyan on December 11, 2007
Now that the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, can no longer change his mind about saving Marilou Ranario from the noose, we can tell you the inside story of the crisis in Gloria Arroyo’s own mind. Something the emir whispered to her tested the woman’s determination to leave her legacy as a ‘tough’ leader and to have her place in the dustbin of history.
“I wan’t something in return. Our justice system requires that we hang someone else Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in foreign affairs, Malacañang | Tagged: garci tapes, gloria m. arroyo, ignacio bunye, kuwait, Malacañang, marilou ranario, miguel arroyo, ofws | 1 Comment »
Posted by commiedyan on November 30, 2007
MTRCB censors gave an ‘X’ rating to “A Day in the Life of Gloria,” an animation film which shows President Arroyo’s nose growing after she says “I am sorry.” Artists cried ‘conspiracy’ Friday after the board also Xed another film, Mendiola. The two films were excluded from a short film festival called ‘Kontra-Agos’ because of the ratings.
ABS-CBN reported that MTRCB reviewer Mark Castrodes “dismissed the artists’ accusations as baseless conspiracy theories…the films were given an X-rating because they put government in a bad light. They should at least have covered her nose with a handkerchief, otherwise she would be seen as lying.”
Read the full report here:Repression or paranoia? Filmmakers cry foul over short films’ ‘X’ rating.
Posted in briefly noted, entertainment, Malacañang, politics | Tagged: censorship, gloria arroyo, Malacañang, philippine politics, pinocchio | 1 Comment »
Posted by commiedyan on November 30, 2007
by Old Spice
Faulty analysis and poor planning doomed the rebellion led by Senator Antonio Trillanes and Gen. Danilo Lim from the very beginning. Our conclusion is based on copies of documents recovered from the Manila Peninsula last night and accounts from our sources in Malacañang.
The first sign that something was awry was the absence of crowds when the two former military officers arrived at the hotel shortly before noon yesterday. Because of the drizzle, supporters of the duo stayed at home or in their offices, opting to give only ‘moral’ support. This in turn accounted for why the various commands which ‘were in on the plan’ stayed in barracks, as the support was conditional on the presence of massive civilan support.
But what really put the nail in the coffin of ‘Oplan Peninsula’ was something else. According to Cerge Remonde, who requested anonymity, there was a palpable sense of restlessness when the cabinet convened shortly after 1:30 p.m. Even with the government’s unquestioned superiority of force, Remonde said, some cabinet officials were simply tired of the never-ending calls for resignation and were prepared to ask the president to let go for the sake of the economy. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in analysis, Malacañang, politics, security | Tagged: antonio trillanes, coups, dodong nemenzo, gloria arroyo, Malacañang, military rebels, philippine politics | 4 Comments »