MANILA, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 (INQUIRER) ON TARGET By Ramon Tulfo- President Noy’s televised address to the nation Wednesday night in defense of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was a superb way of reaching the people.

Whoever thought of it was a genius.

The President’s speech reached a large number of the population as it was made on prime time, when almost everyone watches television.

The speech was well written and suited P-Noy’s populist style.

It was quite convincing, much like the fireside chat with the American people by Franklin Delano Roosevelt from the White House during the dark days of the Great Depression.

Methinks the President was able to convey the message that his release of the DAP was aboveboard and made to boost the nation’s economy.

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Man with a mission: Peping Cojuangco, politician, sportsman, agriculturist, family man. “People told me early on there was no way I could avoid politics.” Photos by JOEY MENDOZA

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has filed charges of malversation against Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., the first time President Noy’s uncle was charged with a crime.

During the time of the President’s mother, Cory Cojuangco-Aquino, when Peping held sway, such a thing was unthinkable.

Nobody in government would have dared file a case against Peping Cojuangco.

Cojuangco is out of the loop in the Second Aquino Administration.

Rumors have it the President didn’t like what Peping and his wife, Tingting, did during his mother’s watch.

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LORNA KAPUNAN the lead defense counsel of Janet Lim-Napoles in the serious illegal detention case before the Makati Regional Trial Court branch 150 has withdrawn from the case. In a phone interview, lawyer Lorna Kapunan said she had a difference in opinion with co-defense counsel Alfredo Villamor which could jeopardize the defense of Napoles.

Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged pork barrel scam artist, lost her star lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, because she didn’t follow the latter’s advice.

When Napoles appeared before the Inquirer editors who grilled her and extracted so much information from her, it was against the advice of Kapunan.

Kapunan, a brilliant trial lawyer, could have pulled her hair (figuratively, of course) as she read the series of articles on the Inquirer’s front page on the results of her client’s interview with this newspaper.

That was apparently followed by other pieces of advice from Kapunan which Napoles ignored in favor of the advice coming from her other lawyers.

Too many lawyers will eventually spoil Napoles’ chances of being acquitted.

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I heard rumors Napoles went to the Inquirer editorial office to try to persuade editor in chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc to stop further publication of the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

She thought she could have a woman-to-woman talk with Magsanoc—if you know what I mean—and didn’t expect that other editors, reporters and columnists were waiting for her.

Napoles got herself into a trap and couldn’t get out.

The interview with the editors, columnists and reporters turned into an investigation that extracted information damaging to Napoles.

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During the siege in Zamboanga City by the Moro National Liberation Front, government soldiers entered the American Career Training Institute on Veterans Avenue to set up a command center in the school.

The school, which trains students for accreditation with the government’s Tesda (Technical, Education and Skills Development Authority), is on the third floor of the Safaya Building.

After the siege, the school administration found the school ransacked and vandalized.

The school’s owners, Kenneth Michael and Norida Patrick, want the Armed Forces to pay for the damage and loss of equipment.

ON TARGET The Filipino’s political immaturity By Ramon Tulfo Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:41 am | Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The recently concluded barangay elections were no different from the elections for national and local positions.
People killed others over positions in a village.

Candidates bribed voters in order to get elected.

As in national and local elections, by and large, those who couldn’t afford to buy votes were not elected.
That’s democracy in the grassroots for you.

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Why would one kill one’s own blood relatives over a minor position of barangay captain?

In Barangay Manapao, Pontevedra town, Capiz province, the outgoing barangay chief, Manuel Arcenas, shot and killed his brother Ramon, and sisters Jennifer and Evelyn, after Ramon won as village chief.

Manuel, whose term as barangay captain expired after three terms, ran for village councilor but lost.

Manuel’s daughter, Isabel, 19, whom he fielded to run for barangay chief in his place, lost to brother Ramon.
Apparently, sisters Jennifer and Evelyn supported Ramon.

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In Barangay Banawang, Bagac town, Bataan province, incumbent barangay captain Carlito Bautista fired five shots at six persons who were supporters of his opponent.

Luckily, Bautista was a poor shot, and missed his targets.

Bautista lost his cool when the election tally showed his opponent was leading.

When the counting was finished, Bautista won by a small margin over his opponent.

But why wasn’t he arrested by the police for attempted homicide and violation of the gun ban?

Sources in the village said he is very influential with the town mayor.

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Barangay elections are a microcosm of the elections for national and local positions.

The Filipino’s bad side—violent, greedy for power and seller of his vote—rears its ugly head in all elections.

We’re still far from being political mature.

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Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) Chair Rene Villa has been linked to alleged pork barrel queen Janet Lim-Napoles, making him the highest official in the executive branch to be linked to the P10-billion scam.

But Villa said he was only a lawyer of Napoles and was not involved in stealing from the government in the four years he served under her.

“I am a lawyer and she was my client. I had to earn a living because I was out of government then. I gave her advice on purely private, financial matters, nothing on government or political matters. Mine was a limited engagement which, if I recall correctly, started in 2006. I quit when I rejoined government, which is also what I did with my other clients,” Villa said.

The key words are “I gave her advice on purely private, financial matters, nothing on government or political matters.”
One wonders what those “private and financial matters” were all about.

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Lt. Gen. Catalino G. dela Cruz, Air Force chief, studied for the priesthood before he entered the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

No wonder his heart bleeds for the downtrodden.

Dela Cruz wants all the available resources of the Air Force, however limited, used in helping the victims of the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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