Category: gossip

Gossip as history

By Luis H. Francia

NEW YORK CITY — Imelda Romualdez Marcos leads a charmed life. So far able to dodge the bullet of criminal liability and seemingly inured to the regular impugning of her past and her character, she’s living proof that lives can have third acts.

Ooh’d and ahh’d over in public, the congresswoman now has her own “Evita,” the musical based on Evita Peron’s life with whom she was often compared, a comparison she didn’t like one bit. But she has never raised objections, at least publicly, to the rock musician, he-of-Talking-Heads-fame, David Byrne’s poperetta “Here Lies Love,” reviewed last year in this column.

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people are tweeting for jinkee

these last two days i’ve been so aliw with twitter, biglang may tag na #teamjinkee, na nanganak na ng #teamkrista, and #teamdionisia.   found out from ederic, one of only 12 tweeps i follow because i’m too lazy.   the tweets are funny kasi yung mga nagjo-join ay tawang-tawa rin sa kanilang bagong advocacy: cheering on jinkee and not her (allegedly) philandering champ of a husband manny pacquiao, LOL

ederic : may #teamjinkee na raw sa Twitter. Hehe

gasolinedude : Kung merong #teamjinkee sa Twitter, meron din bang #teamkrista?

ederic : Wala pa yatang #teamkrista … Sasali kami sa #teamdionisia. LOL

jcmadrinico: gus2 ko ng team jinkee na tshirt! hehehe

petiburges : Nakikiisa! Go Team Jinkee!

pinay_chismosa : hehehe #teamjinkee so I am ANTI-KRISTa na!!! hehe

annaria : I hope she gets half of all his money. #TEAMJINKEE!

beahidalgo : Why are all tweets about Jinkee Pacquiao? But seriously, go #TeamJinkee. The girl is just

ederic : Mga ANTI-KRISTa ba ang mga kasapi ng Team Jinkee?

Jackemon : ANTI-KRISTa hahahaha kalurkey,

theasweetcheeks : ako sa legal wife; team Jinkeeee!! hehehe :p

pinay_chismosa to #teamjinkee don’t get mad, don’t get even, get everything -first wives club. waaaaaa.ANTI-KRISTa.

mcmanaloto : kay Jinkee din ako, she really stood by her man through thick or thin and all

noelledeg : Whether it’s love or not, it’s still wrong to cheat on your wife,

jecoplacio : Natawa naman ako sa mga #teamjinkee at #bangonjinkee tags. #teamkrista ako. Lol.

arnoldgamboa : Kakatawa naman kayo mga Tweeps. May #teamkrista at #teamjinkee na kayong hash tags? Go, #teamdionisia! Hahaha!

nei_tapan : I hope Jinkee Pacquiao has a twitter acct so she can see how almost everybody is supportive of her :'(

jonasdelosreyes: just a matter of time b4 #teamjinkee starts trending :)

lizzzuy : I feel for Jinkee Pacquiao ;(

Abbie12 For richer or poorer! #TeamJinkee!!!

pinay_chismosa : hay naku still I am ANTI-KRISTa. at hanggang ngayon di nagsasalita kahit si Matt Ranillo. Hay naku nangangamoy dugo…

camzs420 : #TEAMJINKEE! No to homewreckers.. ^.^ woot!

arlenetamayo: Sisters and I are making Team Jinkee shirts. HAHA. you want?

joey_alarilla : yes, where can we buy the shirts?

roxanvergonia . A Woman  deserves more. Stop making excuses for a man and his behavior. #TEAMJINKEE on the rise!

jrcarrabe : hey i want my #teamjinkee shirt! haha!

camzs420 : no to homewreckers ^.^ woot!

arlenetamayo : #teamjinkee shirts are underdevelopment. My sister’s designing it as I tweet. :D my heart really goes out to her. :)

camzs420 : Nko #pacman, lalo kang di mananalo sa Saranggani.. Puro #teamjinkee dun! hahaha!

ilovemaru : Yey, madami palang kakampi. Team Jinkee!!! Haha

charuzee : Topic of the day at work! :)

Abbie12: For richer or poorer! #TeamJinkee!!!

ederic : And still others are torn between #teamjinkee and #teamkrista. :p

joey_alarilla : LOL #teamjinkee rules! pero baka mas marami ang #teamdionisia haha :)

maimislang : OMG laugh trip yung #teamjinkee! Guys guys, anong round na ba? =)

mindanaoan : Me! I’m on #teamjinkee (woot) LOL how how the carabao kaya isi-spin to ni krista?

maimislang : Hindi ka nag-iisa!!! #teamjinkee taob na taob #teamkrista

ronniedare : Ntabunan na ng #teamjinkee and ni #Kristaranillo ang buzz regarding Pacman’s victory. Hanef! hehe

edsregine : Count me in for #teamjinkee! Dun ako sa legal wife! Go Mrs. Pacquiao! Woohoo!

paolozamora : natumbok mo! minahal at pinakasalan nung di pa sikat.

wwwgmanewstv: Pacquiao victory eclipsed by Krista Ranillo ‘affair’

maimislang : Kasi naman Pacman, behave! :

edsregine : We’re on your side Mrs. Pacquiao!

spaulding2k : mukang wala sa ring ang downfall ni pacquiao! :Þ

edsregine The whole body of Philippine laws and jurisprudence is with Jinkee. More importantly, the Divine Law is on her side. #teamjinkee

joey_alarilla : Manny Pacquiao wife gets support from Filipino Twitter users

inday58 : i dont think all of manny’s success in the ring can make up for his disgusting morals. better change before he loses everything.

orasid : bigla kong nakita yung Knorr ad nina Manny at Jinkee :'(

arlenetamayo : … currently looking for printers for the #teamjinkee shirts. So we can finalize the size and prices :)

camzs420: RT@scoopbox: Jinkee Pacquiao will not arrive with husband Manny tomorrow.She took a different flight,will arrive on Sat instead.

DirekJoey : There must be more to life than arguing, fussing, speculating, moralizing and worrying about Krista Ranillo.

ederic Fr @heckler8: NCR will deploy 2000 cops on Friday to secure Manny Pacquiao; 3000 more will be deployed to secure Krista Ranillo.

welcome home, manny ;)

midnight sale

hmm.   just heard from my kapitbahay whose son has a friend working sa national mental hospital that indeed the property was for sale but not any longer because nabenta na daw, gayon din daw ang post office, at least that’s the buzz sa mental.

kung totoo ito, then maaaring totoo na ibinebenta rin, at baka nabenta na rin, ang muntinglupa penitentiary, ang welfareville, at ang home for the aged.

kung totoo, paano na ang mga bilibid at mga juvenile delinquent?   paano na ang mga hibang at ang matatanda na alaga ng gobyerno?   nadagdagan pa ang relocation problems natin?   ano ba yan.

of course the government is sort of denying it.   confirming it?

Deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo explained the administration has been implementing the privatization program of the government.

Fajardo made the explanation in reaction to the statements of Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr. that the administration is engaging in a “midnight sale” of government assets.

Pimentel said the rush in the sale of government assets is designed more to fatten the pockets of corrupt officials in the remaining months of President Arroyo’s term of office.

… “Privatization has long been a program of our administration and I think if there are allegations such as the one that Senator Pimentel has been saying, I think if they can be proven, charges can be filed against the government officials, who may be tagged by evidence,” Fajardo said.

ah, privatization.   pagkakakitaan ang mga lupain.   well, sana ang ibinebenta lang ay yung excess land na hindi ginagamit.   at sana ipaalam naman sa taong-bayan kung bakit kailangan nang ibenta ngayon.   at kung  sino-sino ba yang mga namimili ng pagkalaki-laking mga lupain na yan.   kung pilipino o banyaga.   at para saan.   o para kanino.

political chitchat

for the latest political tsismis i always make silip the tribune column of former senator ernie maceda a.k.a. mr. expose(y) who is also the spokesman of former president erap.   no thanks to ping lacson’s disclosures, erap’s reelection bid might be in trouble, and manong ernie must be wishing for the good old days before cory died when the erap camp was supremely confident of a win in 2010.   just the same i t don’t see him advising his boss to give it up.   manong ernie loves the political intramurals much too much.   he loves being in the thick of things.   besides it’s early days.

anyway here’s what manong ernie says about alfonso yuchengco’s statement in the inquirer re ping lacson’s allegation that yuchengco was forced to sell his shares in pldt to manny pangilinan when erap was president.

Yuchengco sick. Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco, 86, is in New York for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. He could not himself have issued the statement confirming Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s exposé that President Estrada coerced him to sell his 3 percent stake in PLDT to First Pacific headed by Manny Pangilinan.

It is alleged that Ambassador Albert del Rosario accompanied by 10 soldiers forced him to sign the Deed of Sale in August 1998. But the record shows that deal was actually consummated in November 1998 after several months of negotiations over the price. So, it is clear that when the sale was consummated in November 1998, there was no coercion consideringthat there were continuing negotiations and the original contract that Yuchengco alleged he was forced to sign was even amended to reflect a much higher price. If there was coercion, then Helen Yuchengco Dee would have had nothing to do with Manny Pangilinan or PLDT. But she accepted to be member of PLDT’s Board of Directors and PLDT continued to keep RCBC, the Yuchengco owned bank, as its major banker.

The question remains: Did Ambassador Del Rosario who allegedly forced the Yuchengco’s to sell, act upon President Erap’s order or was he acting for someone else? Del Rosario is a Manny Pangilinan man, not close at all to President Erap.

Stock market brokers call attention to the fact that one of Yuchengco’s daughters is very, very close to First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.

Here comes former Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez saying that Erap could be charged with coercion. Secretary Gonzalez is again showing his partisan ignorance. The alleged coercion happened more than 10 years ago. Therefore, the crime has prescribed.

hmmm.    just because there were price negotiations and just because a yuchengco daughter is on the board of directors of pldt, hindi ibig sabihin na hindi napilitan ang mga yuchengco na magbenta.  it only tells methat the yuchengcos managed to negotiate some terms, sort of.

but what about the alzheimer thing?   perhaps it was the yuchengo kids who issued the statement in the name of their father?   and yet and yet and yet i just heard in the evening news that erap is charging al yuchengco and the inquirer with libel and asking 10-20 million php in damages.   no mention of the alzheimer thing, which, if true, would put into question the validity of the allegedly libelous statement di ba?

tungkol naman kina mar at korina and their future plans:

Mar and Korina say yes. At the birthday party of RC Constantino at the Architect’s Center, Sen. Serge Osmeña told us that Sen. Mar Roxas finally decided to accept Noynoy’s offer of the VP slot after fiancée Korina Sanchez withdrew her objections to Mar’s accepting the offer.

Sen. Serge Osmeña, who admitted he was running Chiz Escudero’s campaign for the last 12 months said he has decided to run for the Senate and implied he has left the Chiz Escudero campaign. He revealed he did commission the latest SWS survey conducted on Sept. 5 and 6. He conceded that after the euphoria has gone down, Noynoy’s ratings should go down. While he did not say so, it is clear that he will be running on the Liberal Party ticket. Serge ran for VP to Mayor Lim as LP official candidate in 1992. At the moment, he is a member of PDP-Laban. Serge admitted that with a 30-percent discount from ABS-CBN head Gabby Lopez, he will budget P100 million for his TV-radio ads

tungkol kay noli de castro and his future plans:

Noli de Castro’s ranking dropped to 7 percent in the latest SWS rating. Reports say ABS-CBN chairman Gabby Lopez has informed Noli he is supporting Noynoy and advised him to give up his plans to run for president or vice president and just return full-time to his TV hosting job.

at tungkol sa kung ano-ano at kung sino-sino:

Tidbits. At the Umagang Kay Ganda, ABS-CBN’s early morning talk show, the audience roundly applauded President Erap after his interview by Pinky Webb and ABS-CBN employees requested picture with Erap. The picture taking lasted for 30 minutes… Kim Atienza told us that he had not witnessed this happening to other guests… For the month of August, the top spenders on TV commercials are DILG Secretary Ronnie Puno — P87 million; Sen. Manny Villar — P84 million and Sen. Mar Roxas P64 million… Former Batanes Rep. Butch Abad is the de facto campaign manager of Noynoy. Active behind the scenes is uncle Peping Cojuangco. Will Sen. Tessie Aquino Oreta and Paul Aquino leave the GMA camp for Noynoy?… Lawyer Pancho Villaraza of the FIRM and his Sigma Ma Ro associates are supporting Manny Villar. Partner Nonong Cruz is with the Noynoy-Roxas camp.

masaya.  samantala umiinit na naman ang usaping reproductive health.   the bill is up for final debate and vote sa house of representatives, that is, as soon as the church stops objecting, so the speaker can muster a quorum, haha, what a house of wimps.