Noynoy’s all alone

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Senate President Franklin Drilon asked the president of a major network to fire a prominent broadcast journalist who has been critical of him. Then, in true two-faced politician fashion, Drilon had the nerve to deny that he did just that to the broadcaster, when they met.

 

What Drilon didn’t know was that the broadcaster’s boss showed him the Senate president’s text message calling for the journalist’s removal soon after it had been sent. The journalist didn’t mention to Drilon that he had actually seen Drilon’s SMS—but he certainly came away from his meeting with the Senate president convinced that the denial by the head of the Senate was a big, fat lie.

Nice move, Mr. Senate President. Now tell us again about how you don’t really know Janet Lim Napoles, you wife’s constant travel companion.

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The Filipino, Ninoy Aquino once said, is worth dying for. As for Ninoy’s only son, well, his own people apparently don’t think he’s worth that much.

It was former budget secretary Benjamin Diokno, one of the most consistent and convincing critics of this administration’s spending policies, who noted that President Noynoy Aquino sounded like he was “the last man standing” when he went on television last week to say that he was no thief and to defend his Disbursement Acceleration Program. “I pity him,” Diokno said. “[All he talked about on TV] was already said by his spokesmen before. Now his spokesmen are gone and he’s the one doing the defending [alone].”

Former Senator Joker Arroyo noted much the same thing last weekend, when he pointed out that during the Cory years, the President’s men were the first to defend her from her critics. “Whenever President Cory was attacked by her detractors, her senior officers took the bullets for [her] and circled their wagons to protect her,” Arroyo said.

These days, when Malacanang Palace is once again under intense scrutiny, none of Aquino’s men are heard from, with the exception of his new-old spokesman, Herminio Coloma. There is no one who even echoes Aquino’s sentiments, unless you count his sisters, like the one who talked to a group of kindergartners recently.

There are no Cabinet officers, heads of the major Armed Forces services, members of the foreign service, career or political, organizations of government personnel from any branch who are standing up for Aquino’s DAP like he is. Even the civil society groups that so loudly proclaimed their allegiance to Aquino have fallen eerily silent.

The silence from both Houses of Congress is particularly deafening, especially when you consider that both Houses are supposedly dominated by Aquino’s colleagues and supporters in the ruling Liberal Party. No senator or congressman seems willing to stick his neck out for Aquino, whether it’s regarding DAP or the regular Priority Development Assistance Fund.

If anyone in Congress is speaking out about pork at all, it’s to defend their own use of it, either by saying that they didn’t steal theirs or that they didn’t know that someone else—like Napoles—was stealing it. Even the supposedly pork-free newly-elected members of the Senate or the House, just warming their seats since getting into Congress last May, have not publicly renounced or defended the practice of larding themselves up with people’s money.

Even the people in that small, tight circle of people of Aquino associates collectively known as “KKK”  (for kabarilan, kaklase, kamag-anak) are struck dumb. And nearly all his former allies in what Kit Tatad calls the “conscript media” have either turned against Aquino or would rather write about something else.

Otherwise, Aquino is all alone. He is leading the pro-DAP charge, but there’s no one who’s got his back.

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A certain Col. Mata, supposedly the commander of Station 6 of the Quezon City police, which has jurisdiction over the Batasang Pambansa area, used sweet words to invite a group of protesters in “Anonymous” Guy Fawkes masks to his headquarters. When the protesters complied, Mata and his men then turned aggressive and demanded that the protesters admit that they were the hackers behind the attacks on some government websites over the weekend.

About 200 people, most of them students, attempted to march on the House in Guy Fawkes masks yesterday, which is the day when the eponymously named English rebel attempted to blow up the English House of Lords. Fawkes and masks of his image have become symbols of the international hacking group Anonymous, whose local members have claimed responsibility for the attacks on state Web sites.

Only the arrival at the station of a group of lawyers identified with the group Tanggulang Demokrasya two hours after the protesters were first “invited” to the station prevented the police from continuing to use their bully tactics. This Mata is a disgrace to his uniform and should be punished for acting like a martial-law jailer and interrogator.

Perhaps Mata should be reassigned to the Presidential Security Group, where his bullying tactics will be truly appreciated. The President needs people like Mata who will act like his guard dogs—and help him alienate a populace that has already begun to distance itself from the occupant of Malacanang.