GAMBLE


Jueteng Payola
Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, an anti-illegal numbers game crusader revealed that two trusted officials of President Noynoy Aquino have been receiving at least 2 million pesos in monthly payola from jueteng operators. Cruz did not confirm rumors that one official belongs to the Balay Group while the other, to the Samar Group.

Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno admits receiving feelers from gambling operators asking how to operate jueteng under the Aquino administration. The negotiations failed though because Puno was “not trained to handle such situation.”

President Aquino has reportedly ordered Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo to come up with a comprehensive plan to wipe out jueteng in the country. The plan is expected to be in place before Robredo is wiped out from the Cabinet.

Reports say jueteng emissaries have tried to approach Rico Puno. See?!? Even gambling operators know who the “real” DILG secretary is.

Puno’s Suggestions
Interviewed on ANC, Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno suggested three names for DILG: retired PNP Chief Jesus Versoza, defeated Manila mayoral candidate Avelino Razon, and Davao City’s Rodrigo Duterte. Puno is so close to the President, he’s not just a DILG undersecretary, he has also become the head of the palace search committee.

Hostage Fiasco and Tourism
The government says the August 23 hostage fiasco in Manila affected only 3 percent of local tourism… and 97 percent of President Aquino’s relationship with Sec. Jesse Robredo.

No Conspiracy
The IIRC panel that investigated the August 23 hostage crisis has ruled out the possibility that bus driver Alberto Lubang has conspired with hostage taker Rolando Mendoza. But the panel is not ruling out yet the alleged conspiracy between Lubang’s nail file and Mendoza’s handcuffs.

NPC vs. Ang See
The National Press Club criticized IIRC panel member Teresita Ang See for blaming RMN’s Michael Rogas and Erwin Tulfo during the clarificatory hearings on the recent hostage fiasco. The NPC was reportedly surprised when they heard Ang See’s outburst… although Ang See was more surprised when she heard that there’s still such a thing as NPC.


Truth Commission
Members of the Truth Commission have taken their oath before President Aquino. The commission is expected to finish its job in two years. Malacañang did not reveal each member’s salary rate but the President was heard telling them, “Remember: no truth, no commission.”

Government Wins vs. Marcoses
The government has won a 10 million-peso lawsuit against Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. It was the government’s first win in 10 million cases against the Marcoses.
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“I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That’s how I lost my mind.”
~Steve Allen


Personal
To the mother of this baby who was found in a trash bin of a Gulf Air flight that landed in Manila on Sunday, I don’t wanna judge you this early but still… shame on you!


More Personal: I was there!
Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 UAAP-Samsung Cheerdance Competition. The top three teams were clearly in a different league this year. The final ranking:
Champion: UP Pep Squad – 440.9 points (Wohoo!)
1st Runner Up: FEU Cheering Squad – 421.4 points (My personal fave)
2nd Runner Up: UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe – 407.5 points (Thanks to the UP-friendly crowd)
Fourth: Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion (Not this time! Ha-ha)
Fifth: DLSU Animo Squad (The tumblin’ girl was awesome!)
Sixth: UE Pep Squad (It’s hard to perform 1st)
Seventh: NU Pep Squad (Henry Sy’s investment in motion)
Eight: Adamson Pep Squad (What happened guys?)

Special Award: Samsung Stunner, a member of the DLSU Animo Squad

Trivia: The UP Pep Squad has now won the cheerdance contest in both years (2007, 2010) the UP Fighting Maroons ended the UAAP basketball season without a single win.

Survey Says
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Team Balay 8.42%
Team Samar 4.08%
Wala! 87.5%

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Elsewhere
Philippine Daily Inquirer (Daxim Lucas): The “missing” Communications Group head, and the Castilaloy businessman [Sobrang giveaway na blind items!]

Australian Brian Gorrell says controversial “Gucci Gang” member Delfin Justiniano Ocampo Montano II has been arrested in the US.

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57 thoughts on “GAMBLE”

  1. You may also want to note that since the UAAP Cheerdance Competition started in 1994, the only year that UP didn’t make it in the Top 3 was…well, in 1994 🙂 (It was UST, dLSU and FEU, in that order). And 1997 too, since the contest was suspended that year. Since 1995, UP was either the champion or the runner-up, it wasn’t unseated from the Top 3. So, for me, them being in the Top 3 this year wasn’t a surprise, it was more of a question of what place will they have. Super bonus talaga kung sila yung magcha-champion this year (which they did, to the delight of everyone including the UP Maroons basketball team 😉

    Personally, I’d consider it a grave scandal if UP was ousted from the Top 3 😛 (hehehehehe)

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      1. How about if she’s a DH here in Saudi and a victim of rape by her employer which got her pregnant, possible di ba? All I’m saying is we cannot condemn the person without really knowing the circumstances which forced her to commit the act however horrible it was. She might even be not in her right frame of mind when she did it.

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  2. linteh!

    mga ipokritong mga pari. kunwari kontra sila sa sugal. and totoo, kaliwa’t kanan ang tanggap nila ng pera mula sa mga gambling lord at drug lord.

    perang ginagamit sa pagpapaayos ng simbahan
    perang pambili ng magagarang sasakyan
    perang pangtsiks ng mga barakong pari
    perang pangboy ng mga bading na pari
    perang pambusal sa mga minolestyang mga bata

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  3. Re Archbishop Cruz’ latest expose (if you can still call it an expose). I don’t know exactly what legal repercussions his exposes could have, but they don’t amount to anything kung puro blind item lang lagi. The Archbishop is just feeding the people’s penchant for chismis by doing this. Kung meron talagang gustong sabihin, sana daanin naman sa tamang paraan. kung sa korte, sa korte. hindi puro trial by publicity. it’s easy to accuse anybody, much less, government officials of anything because it’s also easier for people to believe that government officials are corrupt.

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      1. For trivia hunters: UP was the cheerdance champions in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008 and this year (6 in all). Lamang ang USTe sa kanila ng 2 championships.

        Here’s how UP fared through the years (and who won, in case they weren’t 1st place):
        1994 (the 1st cheerdance competition) – no place (UST)
        1995 – 3rd (UST)
        1996 – 2nd (UST)
        1997 – contest suspended
        1998 – 3rd (FEU)
        1999 – 1st
        2000 – 1st
        2001 – 1st
        2002 – 3rd (UST)
        2003 – 2nd (UST)
        2004 – 2nd (UST)
        2005 – 2nd (UST)
        2006 – 3rd (UST)
        2007 – 1st
        2008 -1st
        2009 – 3rd (FEU)
        2010 – 1st

        There you go 🙂

        Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UAAP_Cheerdance_Competition

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  4. Reason for (or a rationalization, if you may) the 0-14 Win-Loss slate of the UP 2010 basketball team: UP has never been a basketball university, it has always been a football university.

    Instead of varsity basketball, UP has strong tradition of…
    – radical student activism
    – fraternity rumbles
    – sunken garden and beta way escapades
    – long line of DQs.

    At UP, you are not encouraged/prodded/supported to learn just like they do in Catholic or private schools. At UP, everyone tries to make you fail so that, if you don’t…then, you are good. But if you do, you can apply to be a basketball player. Wonder why it’s 0-14?

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    1. meron pa bang rambol sa up ngayon?
      parang wala na yata.
      balita ko, di na basagan ng mukha kundi papormahan nalang ang labanan ng mga frat ngayon.
      since year 2000 kasi, 99.5% ng male upcat passers ay bading o di kaya metro sexual.

      hay… sarap ng buhay pag may rambol.
      habulan, suntukan, paluan ng bat.
      sunugan ng tambayan.

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    2. In fairness to UP…I was a graduate of both a Catholic school (grade school and high school) and a private university (college), but I don’t think I was encouraged/prodded/supported to learn either. So I think it’s more of a systemic problem in the country rather than being endemic only in UP.

      But then again, about that 0-14 score…big deal. Hindi lang naman basketball ang laro sa UAAP ah. UAAP reportage is unfairly skewed towards basketball: what about the other sports? And more importantly, which UAAP member school won as the overall champion? Pustahan, in any given year, people will remember who won the UAAP basketball competition more than who won the UAAP overall championship.

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      1. Follow-up to my comment: this translates to one thing…

        When it comes to sports, we Pinoys are too biased in favor of basketball. It’s a given that we’re deluding ourselves of getting a gold medal in the Olympics or even getting a slot in the FIBA championships and we’ve spent (wasted) too much taxpayer money hoping that our national basketball team would someday become the #1 team in the world…but given the already-unfair advantage the game has in favor of American and European teams (as well as some Asian teams as well), why do we still bother? Meanwhile, our athletes in other sports don’t receive the same support from the government even though we have better chances in those sports, and just when they need the money to get the best equipment and training, saka pa sila kakaltasan ng financial support. They don’t get support just because they didn’t win any medals abroad (given that they weren’t able to train well because of such lack of support), and yet basketball—which did NOT give us any international awards (SEA games and Asian games not included)—still gets the big bucks? C’mon, who are we kidding here?

        It’s time we stop being a basketball country. Maraming sports na mas may pag-asa tayong makakuha ng panalo sa ibang bansa (and not just boxing and billiards), dapat doon mag-focus ang sports program ng bansa.

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      2. Just to clarify…I never meant it to be a problem (or a weakness) when I referred to UP’s approach to education/learning as “everyone tries to make you fail”. It’s a different approach compared to private and catholic schools. I know the difference. I’ve been in both.

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  5. Another Puno in government, unrelated? maybe but am starting to wonder. Kudos to Archbishop Cruz, big job but still taking a stab at it.

    Hope Noy does not let down those who believed in him. If he turns out to be another one of those greedy bunch surrounded by equally greedy minions, then woe to us all Pinoys.

    Usual compliments to Mr. PH for being the astute heckler that he is.

    Gibo but not Teodoro

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  6. We have heard stories of misfortunes happening to a few disconcerted passengers inside the rest rooms, nay, CR, of airplanes while in flight… fact is one columnist had sometime in the past reported even rapes happening in there. shocking talaga what the columnist once tackled in detail how such crimes would happen.. as they often did. and now, the “trashbin” baby. believe me, we’ve never been so touched by such poignant video of the baby. kakaiyak! at nabuhay sya… (may be to tell his story someday)! if such mishaps, nay, crimes could happen in the limited confines of the “cr” of the plane, could’nt the airline do something to, as a preventive policy or standards, stop it? may be they can put up an “eagle eye” on the use of the plane’s CR to discourage perpetration of crimes such as those happening? woe naman to the unsuspecting victims, inside the “safety” of an airplane!!!

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    1. Naku Lola Nila, ako na lang mag-a-adopt sa bata! Kawawa naman.

      When i first arrived here in the Kingdom, na-shock talaga ako sa mga ganyang set-ups, parehong may asawa sa Pinas pero dito, sila ang mag-asawa.

      Andami palang ganyan dito and the sad thing about it is that parang nagiging normal na yan dito. When i hang out with my friends outside and we see a Pinoy couple, andun palagi ang pagdududa kung totoo ba talaga silang mag-asawa or dito lang sila mag-asawa.

      Sabi nga mga indiano….. what to do?

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      1. etchos,

        Hayaan mo na sila sa kaligayahan nila. Sa lungkot ba naman ng buhay dito, I’m sure ikaw rin either nakatikim na or may tinitikman dito. Di tulad ko na tigang dahil I liked my meat native kaya lang almost lahat ng Pinoy dito malalaki ang tyan, which is a no no for me. 😦

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  7. curious lang PH,

    Naniniwala ka bang me pag-asa pa ang UP sa UAAP men’s basketball…..
    na maka 0 – 14 uli?

    para sa taong ito, hindi ako masyadong impress sa UP, mas gusto ko yung 2007 or 2008 ata, yung me ikot jeep ang tema nila. they were very good altho uste ata nanalo that time…

    Pero hats off ako sa cheering squad ng UP, kahit alam na nilang talo ang kanilang team, sila pa rin ang isa sa pinakamaingay, ke basketball, volleyball at kahit sa PULITIKA….

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    1. O ayan pinangalanan na, versoza, puno,the usual A-listers like pineda, etc.
      The next question is: What can the senate and ultimately Noynoy do about it?
      Oh I forgot nga pala, he was quoted as saying “The eradication of jueting is not a priority of this administration.” Now, there’s your answer.

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  8. P-NOY WITHHOLDING FROM HIS “BOSS”
    What Happened to Transparency First Policy?

    There was nothing surprising about Pres. Noynoy Aquino flip-flopping on his stand on Filipino first and transparency. This kind of political stunt is nonetheless inevitable and quite frankly expected from a prematurely vindicated president who goes around devoting much of his time on media gimmicks. Like a true TRAPO, the revered P-Noy went back to his old ways – his political wellbeing first above all else. But can you really blame him? He already did the “bossy” president type as he ignored the calls of Hong Kong Official Donald Tsang during the Quirino bloodbath debacle shrugging it off as beyond calls of protocol, but what did it brought him? Needless to say, he got himself in the middle of one disappointing scenario to another. This became a public spectacle that dragged his entire administration into humiliation and finally even to the extent of “stupidity disclosed upfront”. Thus, P-Noy softening on his former stand and bending to Hong Kong officials using the leverage of giving them the exclusivity to the investigation result proves a “damage control” mechanism.

    But just like what P-Noy does in consistency, his timing and effort is again uncalled for or rather unthought-of. This grand plan of appeasing the ire Hong Kong government, which we all know was practically his own doing and brought about by his negligence; include the part where Filipinos have to swallow political ambiguity. The public, which he formerly calls as his “boss”, had to be kept in the dark for a bit longer on the result of the Quirino hostage taking inquest. P-Noy’s media minions call it a display of deference to the HK government, given the administration’s former insults and laxity. In the first place, this was a caboodle P-Noy confidently brought upon his administration. Why on earth would he make amends at the people’s expense?

    Why a matter of public interest such as this should be withheld for the benefit of a president who irresponsibly acted as high and mighty during a situation he admitted to have let pass for reasons that he was merely too pre-occupied on something else. During the 11-hour hostage drama that unfolded on television live streams where police negotiations should have been made under discriminate secrecy as a matter of SOP, P-Noy claimed he was simply making a point towards what he vowed to be as “transparent” ruling. Ironically, this administration has gotten away with it by charging people’s contest towards the Philippine press’ insensitivity. Back then, the press was the one pushed to the stake of ridicule alongside officials of the Manila Police District (MPD). Until now, this administration apparently enjoys such scapegoats.

    P-Noy is taking us all for a ride. His well-budgeted PR is pushing us to accept this obvious practice of “unreasonable jettisoning” and corruption of Filipino’s basic rights as politically proper. Are we as gullible as the P-Noy administration thinks? Should we turn a deaf ear on this communal insult? If we allow ourselves to be tossed around in ways that would be comfortable for this president then this is far from the likes of democracy. Better yet, P-Noy should drop his act of being the servant president. This portrayal of putting public welfare and rights a top priority above his political will is by far an irritating façade and a poorly-written script of P-Noy’s administration. If this administration is willing to take us for granted to put an icing on his name then I cannot help but imagine at how far he will go on blatantly abusing his vested authority.

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  9. There was nothing surprising about Pres. Noynoy Aquino flip-flopping on his stand on Filipino first and transparency. This kind of political stunt is nonetheless inevitable and quite frankly expected from a prematurely vindicated president who goes around devoting much of his time on media gimmicks. Like a true TRAPO, the revered P-Noy went back to his old ways – his political wellbeing first above all else. But can you really blame him? He already did the “bossy” president type as he ignored the calls of Hong Kong Official Donald Tsang during the Quirino bloodbath debacle shrugging it off as beyond calls of protocol, but what did it brought him? Needless to say, he got himself in the middle of one disappointing scenario to another. This became a public spectacle that dragged his entire administration into humiliation and finally even to the extent of “stupidity disclosed upfront”. Thus, P-Noy softening on his former stand and bending to Hong Kong officials using the leverage of giving them the exclusivity to the investigation result proves a “damage control” mechanism.

    But just like what P-Noy does in consistency, his timing and effort is again uncalled for or rather unthought-of. This grand plan of appeasing the ire Hong Kong government, which we all know was practically his own doing and brought about by his negligence; include the part where Filipinos have to swallow political ambiguity. The public, which he formerly calls as his “boss”, had to be kept in the dark for a bit longer on the result of the Quirino hostage taking inquest. P-Noy’s media minions call it a display of deference to the HK government, given the administration’s former insults and laxity. In the first place, this was a caboodle P-Noy confidently brought upon his administration. Why on earth would he make amends at the people’s expense?

    Why a matter of public interest such as this should be withheld for the benefit of a president who irresponsibly acted as high and mighty during a situation he admitted to have let pass for reasons that he was merely too pre-occupied on something else. During the 11-hour hostage drama that unfolded on television live streams where police negotiations should have been made under discriminate secrecy as a matter of SOP, P-Noy claimed he was simply making a point towards what he vowed to be as “transparent” ruling. Ironically, this administration has gotten away with it by charging people’s contest towards the Philippine press’ insensitivity. Back then, the press was the one pushed to the stake of ridicule alongside officials of the Manila Police District (MPD). Until now, this administration apparently enjoys such scapegoats.

    P-Noy is taking us all for a ride. His well-budgeted PR is pushing us to accept this obvious practice of “unreasonable jettisoning” and corruption of Filipino’s basic rights as politically proper. Are we as gullible as the P-Noy administration thinks? Should we turn a deaf ear on this communal insult? If we allow ourselves to be tossed around in ways that would be comfortable for this president then this is far from the likes of democracy. Better yet, P-Noy should drop his act of being the servant president. This portrayal of putting public welfare and rights a top priority above his political will is by far an irritating façade and a poorly-written script of P-Noy’s administration. If this administration is willing to take us for granted to put an icing on his name then I cannot help but imagine at how far he will go on blatantly abusing his vested authority.

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