VICE PRESIDENT Binay left for Johannesburg Monday to attend the memorial service for Nobel laureate and former South African president Nelson Mandela in Qunu village. Yes, the Vice President is now in Africa. Don’t expect me to make a racist joke about Binay. I don’t wanna be accused of black propaganda.
Romualdez vs. Roxas
Watching DILG Sec. Mar Roxas and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez trade barbs on TV is like watching a boxing match. I don’t have the latest score yet but I think Binay is ahead on points.
An emotional Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez breaks down in tears during a congressional hearing. Imeldific.
The Bureau of Customs has a new OIC. Finance Undersecretary John Philip Sevilla says his appointment to the BOC proves that God has “a sense of humor.” Sevilla will serve for only two months but one of his goals is to “stop smuggling” in the country. He, too, has a sense of humor.
The latest SWS survey showed 1 in 4 Filipinos remains poor. The other three are still in denial.
According to the latest SWS survey, President Aquino’s net satisfaction rating has dropped to +56 percentage points in September. If it’s any consolation, that figure was way much higher than the combined satisfaction ratings given by his ex-girlfriends.
Yahoo! News reported that the World Boxing Council has named Manny Pacquiao the No. 1 contender to Floyd Mayweather Jr’s welterweight title. Pacquiao’s potential mega-buck bout excites Freddie Roach, Bob Arum, and Kim Henares.
The very outspoken Edwin Lacierda is very silent these days. I hope he’s okay.
A daughter of paroled homicide convict Jose Antonio Leviste respects President Aquino’s order to probe the granting of parole to her dad. Toni Leviste explains, “We leave everything to God.” To which God replied, “’k.”
Sotto and Drugs
After the controversial bar slapping incident involving TV host Anne Curtis, Tito Sotto proposes a random drug test on celebrities. If he wants to rid the industry of drug users, the death of local showbiz looms.
Reports say a Dutch company is pushing through with its plan of sending four humans to planet Mars in 2018. To date, some 200,000 people have applied for it. Those people are called nuts.
A 2018 Mars mission is sending four people to the Red Planet. The catch: it’s a one-way trip. I hope they’d add more slots. We’d like to volunteer our lawmakers!
Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber is in the country to raise funds for Yolanda victims. Bieber performed in a mini-concert, and played hoops with kids in Tacloban City. I’m still verifying rumors though that the mayor of Tacloban was prevented by burly bodyguards from shaking hands with Justin saying, “You have to understand that you are a Romualdez and our boss is a Bieber.”
“Politics is the art of saying well that which may or may not be true.”
~ Orrin Woodward
“People were feeling frustrated seeing all these military planes and trucks, and there were dead people, and they were hearing the voices of survivors. And yet there was never and ever any rescue up to today.”
~Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez
“You have to understand you are a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino. He has to be very careful. The national government, we have to be very careful just taking over because the President does not want to be misconstrued na nang-aagaw ng kapangyarihan.”
~DILG Sec. Mar Roxas recalling his conversation with Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez
I’ll be fair to everyone this Christmas. Nobody gets a gift.
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