GMA Scraps ZTE Deal
President Arroyo has scrapped the government’s NBN project deal with China’s ZTE Corp. The First Gentleman allegedly tried to intervene by telling her to back off. But she slapped him hard and replied, “Back you!”
GMA Scraps ZTE Deal II
After meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao, President Arroyo decided to junk the broadband project deal with ZTE Corp. President Hu initially protested the cancellation of the deal but immediately changed his mind when President Arroyo threatened to appoint Miriam Defensor-Santiago as Philippine envoy to Beijing.
Luli and Mike Arroyo
President Arroyo’s daughter Luli advised her dad, First Gentleman Mike Arroyo not to attend the Senate hearing on the broadband project controversy. Gone are the days when men call the shots in Malacañang.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer refused to reveal the name(s) of the senator(s) who leaked details of the executive session with former economic planning secretary Romulo Neri last week. The Inquirer maintains that it has every right to protect the identity of its sources – real or imaginary.
Furor Over “Desperate Housewives”
Backgrounder: In the pilot episode of the fourth season of the ABC hit drama Desperate Housewives, Susan Mayer (played by actress Teri Hatcher) asks for the credentials of the gynecologist who examined her and told her that she was approaching menopause. Part of the lines she delivered was:
“Can I just check those diplomas because I just want to make sure that they are not from some med school in the Philippines?”
Watch the video here.
For insulting the capabilities of Filipino doctors, the American producers of Desperate Housewives are being asked to apologize by Malacañang – a move that has baffled Joey De Leon who believes that the palace should have demanded the same from the producers of Wowowee for insulting the Filipino viewers’ intelligence.
Furor Over Desperate Housewives II
Senator Rodolfo Biazon has proposed a ban on the TV show Desperate Housewives. That’s a harsh proposal from someone who watches only Damayan and Ating Alamin.
(On Thursday morning, Manila time, Desperate Housewives’ home network, ABC issued an apology. – TPH)
Nora Is Free Again
A Los Angeles court judge has dismissed the drug charges filed against actress Nora Aunor. It would be recalled that Nora was arrested in 2005 after security screeners at Los Angeles International Airport said they found eight grams of shabu in a film container in her carry-on bag. Following the dismissal of her case, an ecstatic Nora Aunor vowed, “Hinding-hindi na ‘ko… magdadala ng bag. Promise!”