“I think that I shall never see
A friend lucky as this Tree.
A Tree who’s twice put to the test
Yet boss won’t let him go and rest.
Blogs are made by fools like me,
But only Noy can save a Tree.”
~“Puno” by Joyce Killjoy
MALACAÑANG has spoken and it’s official. Interior Undersecretary Rico Escalona Puno is untouchable.
Malacañang said there was not enough basis to file administrative or criminal charges against Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno in connection with the August 23 hostage fiasco. Eight Hong Kong nationals were killed that day. Maybe 10 or 12 would have nailed him, right?
Rejecting the recommendation of the Incident and Investigation Review Committee (IIRC), Malacañang absolved both Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno and former PNP Chief Jesus Versoza of any administrative or criminal liabilities in connection with the August 23 hostage fiasco. That makes Puno and Versoza the “ultimate recipients” of Malacañang’s kindness.
Malacañang’s legal review panel has recommended the filing of administrative charges against only eight officials in connection with the Aug. 23 hostage crisis. The eight officials represent the eight Hong Kong nationals killed.
Robredo and Puno
It’s confirmed! President Aquino met with Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno Sunday night, October 10. The meeting started calmly with the President telling Puno and Robredo, “No hitting below the belt, no head-butting, no kicking.”
Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno met with President Aquino Sunday night. According to Robredo, it was a “very cordial meeting.” In fact, when Puno and the President started talking about guns, Robredo acted as if he was interested.
According to Secretary Jesse Robredo, he met with President Aquino and Interior Undersecretary Puno last Sunday in Bahay Pangarap… totally dispelling rumors they were sighted that same night at the Elorde Gym.
Secretary Jesse Robredo said his meeting with President Aquino and Undersecretary Puno last Sunday night “went well for all parties.” In fact, when the meeting was over, Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa said, “Let’s drink to that!”
President Aquino revealed that he has ordered Local Government Secretary Robredo and Interior Undersecretary Puno to start “acting as one.” The two officials admitted it was hard to act but they’ll try.
Top 5 Things Overheard at the Meeting of President Aquino, Sec. Jesse Robredo and Usec. Rico Puno
No. 5: “Group hug nga, group hug. One… two… three. Bromance!”
No. 4: “’Sensya na Mr. Executive Secretary. Hindi pa ba tapos ang yosi break nina Usec Puno at Presidente? Thirty minutes na sila sa labas ah.”
No. 3: “Ssssh, atin-atin lang ‘to Jesse huh. ‘Di naman sa pagyayabang, pero kahit magsama-sama pa kayong lahat, ‘di ako matitinag. The President and I share secrets! O, ayan na pala siya eh. ‘Tol, musta pare dude!? Okay ka lang ba bro?”
No. 2: “My pareng Rico is not receiving any jueteng payola. Kung gusto mong magkasundo tayo. ‘yan ang laging tandaan mo. Maliwanag?”
And the No. 1 thing overheard at the meeting of President Aquino, Secretary Robredo and Undersecretary Enrico Puno…
“Ito, air pistol. Ito namang isa, air rifle. Sige, hawakan mo Secretary nang matuto ka.”
Malacañang says there’s no legal basis to file any case against Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno. Instead, they commended him for acting president during the hostage crisis.
Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno has been cleared by the palace’ legal review panel. Do you remember when Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim said, “Ang pakiusap ko lang ho, alisin n’yo na lang si Vice Mayor Isko Moreno sa idedemanda. Ako na lang ho ang idemanda n’yo?” Well, request granted!
No criminal charges will be filed against Manila Mayor Alfred Lim. However, he was admonished for his “ham acting” in front of the media. (“Pulis lang! Pulis lang ang magpapakamatay! Remember that! (suntok sa mesa) Pulis lang!”)
Tulfo and Rogas, Too
Malacañang did not recommend the filing of charges against RMN’s Michael Rogas and Erwin Tulfo. However, Tulfo was reprimanded for his fake American accent during the IIRC hearing.
In Other News…
Reports say President Aquino dated a certain Barbie Palagos last Saturday. Sources described the President’s date as low-key and non-showbiz who’s got a high tolerance for secondary smoke.
Maria Ressa Resigns
The reform-minded Maria Ressa has resigned from the Kapamilya network. The former CNN Jakarta Bureau chief is leaving the snake pit that is ABS-CBN. Ressa will be replaced (effective Oct. 18) by ANC’s North American bureau chief Ging Reyes, one of the bridesmaids of Korina Sanchez.
A source revealed Ressa could be “bully” sometimes but her independence, and high standards were instrumental in weeding out the corrupt and the inept in the ABS-CBN News organization. As the Inquirer said, “this earned her not a few enemies in and out of the newsroom.”
One thing’s for sure though: India Aruba, Austria Zambia, and Ghana Switzerland are now rejoicing. Early Christmas for them. Happy days are here again.
With the changing of the guards, some news executives and reporters close to Ressa could also be on their (forced) way out. Australia Armenia, will you be next? But Gambia Zaire knows for sure, “my days are numbered.”
“If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time”
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