CONG. TED HARESCO DEFENDS SEC. MAR
AKLAN’s Cong. Ted Haresco led his colleagues in defending Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas who has been an object of massive media criticisms after he allegedly badmouthed Wack Wack Golf Club personnel over a tee-off fee.
“Mar remains the most humble, down-to-earth person in the PNoy Cabinet. It is implausible for him to do that unless he was typically provoked by the usual Wack Wack Golf Club inconsistent policies,” Cong. Haresco said.
He added that normally, the payment for guest is automatically charged by the club to the member upon his/her registration, not during the tee-off when everyone is preparing to hit the ball.
The Aklan solon is logical and reasonable.
FAMILY FEUD IN ILOILO’S 5TH DISTRICT SETTLED
THE much ballyhooed family feud of the Tupases had long been settled and those trying to resurrect it perhaps have malicious and political agenda.
The truth of the matter is that the patriarch of the family, former Iloilo governor Niel Tupas Sr., had already decided that the next congressional candidate in the 5th District is Atty. Yvonne Angeli Lee-Tupas, wife of incumbent Cong. Jun-jun Tupas Jr.
“Gov. Nong Niel is already committed to his eldest son, Cong. Jun-jun. Vice Gov. Boboy is highly competent for the position and is interested, but he respects his father’s decision,” a confidential source who asked for anonymity told Lapsus yesterday.
Even Inday Tweety, the family’s unica hija who had been rooting for Boboy as the next congressman of the 5th District, respects their father’s decision.
By the way, how is Gov. Nong Niel? Is he okay?
We have not seen him for quite a long time.
WHY DRILON’S APPROVAL RATING IS RISING
THE latest survey of Pulse Asia showed Senate President Franklin Drilon’s approval rating in each socio-economic grouping at 59 percent – up from the previous 53 percent.
And in almost all geographical areas of the country, his approval rating jumped to 64 percent – up from 56 percent in the previous survey.
What does this mean?
During this difficult time of crisis, Drilon’s performance as Senate president has been satisfactory.
Being head of the Senate, the second branch of the government, he has rendered sufficient service and accomplishments and the public is very much aware of them.
Most of all, Drilon’s credibility remains untarnished.
The Ilonggos are very fortunate because as the wheels of fortune continue to grind, the Senate president might be the next president of the country.
As we wrote this, we remember former Central Philippine University president, Dr. Juanito “Juaning” Acanto always telling us of his earnest wish for Drilon to be the next president of the Philippines.
SOL SUCALDITO STILL ALLERGIC TO MEDIA
MS. SOL Sucaldito, chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Iloilo and known for her built-in antagonism against media practitioners, still refuses to give public information about the goings-on in her office. Is she afraid that anomalies might be unearthed in her office?
With her outlandish display of artificial arrogance, the lady does not believe in the crucial role of media in our society.
In cahoots with Ms. Sucaldito is her factotum, a certain Danny Diamante who challenged a news photographer of this paper to a boxing tiff right in their office.
The obstinate character of Ms. Sucaldito does not speak well of her office that is supposed to be open and transparent to public scrutiny. She should be reminded that public office is a public trust.
We therefore urge Provincial Administrator Raul Banias to lecture her about the basics of good manners and right conduct for government personnel.
Don’t you agree, Board member Manny Gallar?
PDEA’S PAUL LEDESMA
WE have been following up the activities of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Region 6, especially now under Director Paul Ledesma.
We are impressed by its good performance.
The intelligence gathering of the anti-drug agency appears very effective.
We credit the agency’s sterling performance to its highly-trained and competent men and women – and, of course, to Director Ledesma -- whose dedicated service to the public is beyond reproach.
With the way PDEA carries out its campaign against illegal drug syndicates in the region, particularly in Iloilo, we may soon experience a life free from shabu, and our young ones will likewise be free from drug addiction.
FOR the past few days, we have seen national papers’ headlines and commentaries against Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
We also heard news from radio and television about his alleged outburst at Wack Wack Golf Club.
On the other hand, simultaneous reports on Vice President Jejomar Binay’s high survey trust rating occupied prime pages and time slots.
These media reports are designed to condition the people’s minds that Binay is a formidable presidential candidate, a sure winner this coming presidential election in 2016. Whereas, Secretary Mar Roxas, now a favorite whipping boy, has a slim chance of winning — and therefore PNoy’s endorsement of him is a kiss of death, so to speak.
It appears that Mar’s media group, if there is any, is not doing anything to counter this anti-Roxas propaganda. Or perhaps they do not see the implications or undertones behind these innuendos.
Frankly, Secretary Mar is losing the media war even before the presidential cauldron for 2016 starts to boil.