Jojo A. Robles

Lies upon lies

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It’s no big deal, President Noynoy Aquino said yesterday. After all, he said he met not only with Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. during the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, but with “at least three more senators” who were trying Corona’s case in the Senate at the time.

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CSI: Manila returns

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It’s not true that there’s a ban on hammer sales at the mall. But the order to regulate the sale of hammers – which is based on an agreement signed between the police and mall owners earlier this year, after a similar attack by the so-called “Martilyo Gang” – reminds me of a problem that once supposedly stymied NASA, the American space agency.

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The new normal

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You’d think that, post-Yolanda, the Aquino administration and its agencies would jump at the next chance to prove that they have learned something in the field of managing natural calamities. And yet, five days after heavy rains started pounding and flooding Butuan City and other areas in Northern Mindanao, there is not even a mention of what government is doing to ease the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people there.

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Mar’s self-sabotage

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It’s an old joke but it still bears repeating: Warays were the first casualties when Typhoon Yolanda hit. Almost immediately after, Mar Roxas’ presidential ambitions also died.

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Most promising

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A friend has suggested that Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla (the new “best friend forever” of the power companies) should sue Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson for copyright infringement. Singson has declared that he would submit a resignation letter to President Noynoy Aquino if it’s proven that the bunkhouses that his department built for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda are overpriced.

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Pac-Man vs. Taxman

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I knew President Noynoy Aquino would eventually weigh in on the tax case lodged by the Bureau of Internal Revenue against Manny Pacquiao. And yesterday, in Bohol, Aquino finally did – and walked straight into a stiff left from the champ.

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Last two minutes

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The last time the President addressed the country on television, he was declaring how the preparations for Typhoon Yolanda were all in place. And we all know how that turned out.

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Bubble, bubble

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Is Jesse Colombo the Anderson Cooper of the Philippine economic situation? And will the worldwide economic press that the Philippine government has long been using to paint a rosy picture of growth wise up, as well, to the propaganda?

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No compassion

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How sweet it is, the old, ironic Spanish proverb tells us, to do nothing and then to rest afterwards. And it is truly ironic that the President whose biggest supposed failing is a very visible lack of a work ethic is taking a holiday break from work.

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Ineptocracy

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As Dave Barry said, I am not making this up: The ambassador of Thailand, Prasas Prasasvinitchai, was warned that he would be recalled to his home country if he did not course a shipment of relief goods donated to the Philippines through the, uh, proper channels.

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