Category: ping lacson

the more lists, the merrier

to my mind, all legislators, past and present, who have availed of pork barrel funds for whatever project through whatever agency, governmental or non-governmental, fake or real, in all the years since cory institutionalized it — whether these legislators appear on any of the napoles-related lists or not — are suspect, i.e., under suspicion of pocketing kickbacks / commissions unless proven otherwise.

the conventional wisdom has always been that in congress, everyone does it.  even ping lacson, before he made that privilege speech in 2003 calling for the scrapping of the pork barrel, was said to have used up 147 M of his 150 M allocation for 2002.  i wonder if he never accepted kickbacks ever.

the same goes for the senators and congressmen, past and present, on the napoles lists, genuine or otherwise, who are quick to deny any dealings with napoles.  so okay, maybe your PDAF went to legit projects, but i’m still waiting to hear anyone deny that he or she has ever received accepted pocketed kickbacks or commissions.  surely there are a few good men and women who deserve to be on a short list of eminently qualified candidates come 2016?

other than lacson, of course, even if he is innocent of kickbacks, until he comes clean and tells us who ordered the dacer-corbito murders.  surely he knows.

^ lacson’s pork barrel 2003

ping’s box-office flop

interesting that 10,000 hours, touted as a ping lacson biopic, is a box-office flop.  it won most of the awards, including best picture, in the recent filmfest pero, aray, kulelat ito sa takilya, bakit kaya?  maybe it should have been promoted as a robin padilla action pic instead?  but wait, that would have placed robin in awkward competition with nephew daniel padilla na namayagpag sa pagpag horror, talbog si uncle, ouch.  maybe the demographics of the movie viewing public has changed?  mostly young, who prefer comedy and horror to action-con-politics?  but what about their elders?  nanghinayang sa 220 pesos, mahirap ang buhay?

o baka naman the way ping promoted the film pre-festival didn’t help any.  after all, he came right out and said it was only partly inspired by his own story, hindi pala totoong biopic.  my guess is, if it had been truly a biopic, non-fiction, true-to-life, about the dacer-corbito murder cases, and necessarily the erap impeachment and ouster, and about the gma administration that ordered his arrest, and finally the aquino admin that withdrew the murder cases against him, it would have been a box-office hit.

but ping says we’ll have to wait for that juicy story, he’s writing a book, na matatagalan pa dahil biglang na-busy siya with rehab work (read The calamitous appointment…).  hmm.  he could be telling the truth, that he’s innocent of the 2000 dacer-corbito murders, but even if so, i expect that he’s not exactly raring to tell to tell us the whole truth, such as, who ordered the killings.  because, you know, as long as he says nothing, status quo, the guilty ones are indebted to him, or something like that, and that can’t hurt when you want to be president, is my theory.

another of my pet theories is that ping’s anti-pork barrel advocacy while he was in the senate, 2001 to 2013 (minus 10,000 hours), was a deliberate longterm strategy to win himself some pogi points, panabla sa notoriety attaching to him mula pa noong kuratong baleleng case in the mid-90s (rub-out ba or shoot-out) na napatungan pa ng dacer-corbito.  the strategy has finally paid off, ang bango bango niya in this anti-pork barrel season, but not bango enough, obviously, to sell a movie of a fictional senator fighting for truth and justice.

How the Miriam Santiago vs Ping Lacson circus mirrors the Philippines’ bakla culture

by benignO

Funny that just as soon as Senator Miriam Santiago threatened to reveal the “truth” about Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson’s sexual orientation, the latter senator in a way kind of validated what many people have been speculating by going on a rampaging counter-attack himself. 

For one thing, this all supposedly started after Lacson was accused by Santiago of being one of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s attack dogs. Then, for another, Lacson would follow suit and go on an equally public attack on the lady senator. In both cases he seems to be exhibiting the very behaviours symptomatic of the conditions Santiago says afflicts him — being an attack dog and being, well, a bit on the Pinky side. After all, what real gentleman would see no issue with making big public stink about his ill feelings towards a woman.

To be fair to Lacson, Santiago’s attacks are quite crude. The best of threats are best kept veiled in favour of real actions. What was that old Nike slogan again? Just do it. Trouble is Lacson does the same — stoops down to the level of his adversary. Both now are making good use of the Media to further their tirades against one another. Guess who comes out of this laughing all the way to the bank?

Since when has Philippine Media become the sumbungan of choice of powerful Philippine senators?

Veteran journalist Ramon Tulfo, as a matter of fact, is known for his hit show Isumbong mo kay Tulfo where he facilitates getting the issues that affect ordinary powerless citizens to the fore before a mass audience. But that is a concept that suits ordinary people who do not enjoy the clout of Philippine senators.

You really gotta wonder then about the sort of men who obssessively tattletale to any bozo who cares to listen about the women they’ve had confrontations with. Filipinos of all people should understand. There is no English translation for the old observation when beholding such characters: Kalalaking tao pinatulan ang babae. Where I come from, the most admired men are stolid and stoic even in the face of a woman’s wrath — one, I am constantly told, that hell itself hath no fury to match. Indeed, a man resorting to rude behaviour on a one-on-one confrontation with a woman is bad enough, but to be constantly tattling about said confrontation loudly in a public forum of mutual back-patters is another.

Where I grew up such guys are easily told off: Bakla ka pala e.

Philippine senators, any powerful public official for that matter, whether male or female are expected to man up — specifically, settle disputes amongst themselves like men. After all, they serve as models to a citizenry who lack a tradition of doing the same. The sight and sound of senators clawing each other’s eyes out in catfights in living colour and surround sound simply highlights the sort of politics that reflect the character of the Filipino vote.

Why do Filipinos vote for such politicians?

Well, spectacle is king in Philippine elections. No surprise there. Indeed, our most esteemed “activists” for “social change” routinely denounce politicians for acting like clowns while on the campaign trail but are themselves blind to the banal clownery with which folk in their own ranks deliver their “activist” messages.

We can’t continue to reserve our most vitriolic criticism for Filipino politicians and ignore the character of the people who routinely vote for the same bozos year in and year out.

As Raquel Welch was said to have said:

Insanity is expecting different results while doing the same thing again and again.

Ms Welch is quite the woman indeed.

the dacer whodunit 2

kadarating pa lang ni michael ray aquino, pinawalang-sala na niya sina erap at ping in the dacer-corbito murders.  at wala daw siyang alam tungkol sa kaso.  of course no one believes him, least of all the dacer sisters.

read too:
Dacer-Corbito case will not be closed without Tan Testimony
and for timeless links and a host of unanswered questions:
the dacer whodunit and why ping