Mayor Alfred Romualdez’ recent crying episode at the Senate is nothing more than a sideshow of an entitled spoiled brat to deflect attention to his ineptitude. By his own admission, the entire organizational structure of the government in Tacloban was virtually wiped-out immediately after Typhoon Yolanda, so, for good business order (a concept the masses are not likely to appreciate, which Romualdez is keen to exploit to cover his self-absorbed ass), the appropriate local government ordinances needed to be issued for the national government to legally take-over the urgent task of relief operations. That’s all there is to it.Instead of admitting the simple truth that he and his local government team could barely function after Typhoon Yolanda, the mayor is consumed by amor propio and sensationalizes a truly petty scenario to pin the blame on the national government for the delays in relief operations. That’s a new level below TRAPO and EPAL. You were clearly NOT part of the solution then (i.e., you were part of the problem), requiring the national government to take-over even in the absence of legalities (due to your lack of cooperation). Worse, your whining in media and your glaring absence among your constituents in Tacloban immediately after Typhoon Yolanda exemplify your spineless leadership, made possible only by the rotten brand of patronage politics perpetuated by your Imeldific aunt. I mean, who the hell cares about how you and your wife and kids survived the storm surge, when millions are in far more dire straits that you are. Why don’t you instead pick the pockets of Imelda and her siblings (and their respective children, including yourself), who made out like grand bandits during the Marcos Kleptocracy, and shower your constituents with desperately needed aid? Neeha-neeho.
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I hope the constituents of Tacloban and the entire Province of Leyte will finally wake-up and rid themselves of the Romualdez politicians, who are all muchachos-in-waiting to rig elections when Bong Bong Marcos runs for the presidency; otherwise, a thousand more Yolanda’s might as well scrape-off all of Leyte and its inhabitants from the face of the earth.
* * *Watch Out for Binay! The family that aspires to lead the Philippines is already pushing its weight around just for the heck of it. Imagine the kind of abuses they will inflict on Juan dela Cruz if the head of the family becomes the president of the county. It’s a throwback to the abuses of Jackie Ponce Enrile, when everyone was afraid of Johnny during the Marcos dictatorship.
The incident itself is really quite unimportant (Junjun Binay incident at Dasma Gate) but it highlights the power-tripping hoodlums that are the Binays, already drunk with their meteoric rise in politics. It was close to midnight on November 30, 2013 at the Dasmarinas Village gate of Banyan and McKinley Road, when the four-car convoy (another point I take issue with) of Mayor Junjun Binay was refused passage through the said gate in accordance with the rules of the Dasmarinas Village Association or DVA (i.e., no entry or exit through said gate after 10 p.m.). Any normal individual would simply turnaround and exit through the main gate along Palm Avenue, which is just a couple of hundred meters away. Apparently, this was not good enough for Prince Junjun of the Fiefdom of Makati. He had to show who was boss around town. “Don’t you know me?” the Prince exclaims, his goons pull out their guns and, dig this, the Makati police (like his private police force) arrive with armalites (high-powered guns) to subdue and detain the guards of the security agency. It’s all captured in a CCTV video for all the world to see. Yet, Binay’s spokesman, Joey Salgado, insults the Filipino (much like Kit Tatad’s propaganda and lies during the Marcos dictatorship . . . even until now) by trying desperately to revise the truth through the press.
Reinforcing the unacceptable behavior of Prince Junjun is the kiss-ass Ram Antonio, President of Right Eight (security) Agency, who apologized profusely to Binay–for what? He claims DVA has an exception for the President, the Vice President and . . . the Mayor of Makati . . . for security reasons. Since when was this Ram Antonio hired to be the apologist and spin doctor of Junjun Binay? He and, indeed the Mayor of Makati, should be tightening the security of DVA and the City of Makati, respectively, so that everyone is safe and secure, and exceptions are unnecessary.
Another spineless pushover Jay Pantangco, President of DVA, confirmed the incident and said it had been settled. Again, what’s there to settle? The guards of the security agency were only following a well-established security procedure of DVA. Have we lost all sense of right from wrong? Do we teach our children to condone and suck-up the abuses of the powerful? If there was any apology or settlement, it should have come from Prince Junjun, who should have at least been spanked and told to stand facing the corner. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to work this way (It’s–public officials are–more abusive in the Philippines!) and it’s only going to get worse if his old man becomes the king of the land. Hail King Jejomar!
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