September 24, 2005 · Posted in: General, In the News

Arroyo’s wrath?

DECLARING that she is tired of "chasing the bully around the schoolyard," Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s tough-talking days are back and could actually signal a role reversal, with Malacañang hereon taking the offensive and the president seemingly acting the bully herself.

First, the "maximum tolerance" policy in dealing with street demonstrations has now been replaced with a "calibrated preemptive response" (echoes of U.S. Pres. George Bush’s preemptive strike policy?) meant to disperse rallies without permits and arrest "illegal" protesters.

Second, known vocal critics and those perceived to be anti-Arroyo are also now beginning to feel the brunt of what is viewed as Malacañang’s "vindictiveness" following Arroyo’s impeachment escape act two weeks ago that was masterfully performed by the pro-Arroyo House of Representatives.

Suspicious are the recently announced termination of the services of Mike Luz as education undersecretary and the anticipated decision next week on the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) findings on the case of Hacienda Luisita owned by the family of former president Corazon "Cory" Aquino. Mrs. Aquino has repeatedly called on Arroyo to step down.

An administrative case has also been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against resigned social work secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman for allegedly rescinding the agreement with an IT company that developed the online lotto betting scheme of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Corporation (PCSO). Included in the charge is erstwhile PCSO director Victoria Garchitorena, who also resigned at the height of the "Gloriagate" scandal.

Recently, the results of the deanship selection of the College of Law of the University of the Philippines is also being seen as a Malacañang handiwork, with the appointment of law professor Salvador Carlota on the strength of a reported endorsement from The Firm — the Villaraza and Angcangco Law Offices — to ease out current dean Raul Pangalangan.

Carlota’s assumption as U.P. Law dean is said to be an apparent effort to depoliticize the College as sanctioned by Malacañang. The College was among the first to call for Arroyo’s resignation on the issue of her taped conversations detailing alleged complicity in the cover-up of electoral fraud in the 2004 elections, for which Arroyo had made a public apology. Voting 32-6 (with six abstentions), the law faculty issued a collective statement last July 4 saying that "resignation was the best apology."

A former vice chancellor for student affairs (1986-89) and college secretary (1973-75), Carlota was in fact a late entrant in the deanship race and was endorsed by Susan Villanueva, a partner at the Villaraza and Angcangco Law Offices, or more known in political circles as The Firm for its close ties with the First Family, which has only bolstered speculations of Malacañang’s influence.

This year’s selection of dean did away with the search committee after a majority (46 out of 57) of the U.P. Law faculty endorsed Dean Pangalangan to a third term. In a meeting with Diliman Chancellor Sergio Cao, some faculty members however questioned the said endorsement, also considering that Pangalangan is barred by a rule that allows deans to serve only for a maximum of two terms, except under highly exceptional cicumstances when there is only one nominee and where he or she has the unanimous support of the faculty. This gave way to an alternative process that opened up the nominations to practically anybody within and outside the college and dispensed with the formal process of evaluating nominees.

Normally, the chancellor would recommend nominees based on the endorsement of the faculty. Of the four nominees who emerged for consideration of the Board of Regents (BOR), however, only Carlota received nominations from a non-fulltime-faculty and some alumni. A fifth recommendee who was nominated by her husband, a U.P. law alumnus, did not make the cut.

Aside from Pangalangan, the other two nominees who got the nod of their colleagues were Prof. Marvic Leonen, who is also the University vice president for legal affairs, and Associate Prof. Danilo Concepcion.

Observed a law professor, "To my knowledge, the deanship race has always been strictly what you may regard as a barangay intramurals, a political contest among cliques within the faculty. The alumni would participate but not to the extent that they are doing now, endorsing someone and, apparently, getting him appointed."

Carlota’s nomination is reported to also have been brokered by the "strange" alliance of three of U.P. Law’s influential fraternities — Sigma Rho, represented by the Palace group identified with Avelino "Nonong" Cruz, the defense secretary; Upsilon Sigma Phi represented by Vice President Noli de Castro’s chief-of-staff Jessie Andres; and the Alpha Phi Beta (APB), of which Carlota is a member.

In the BOR, Carlota is also reported to have the strong backing of pro-Arroyo regents, including the influential Abraham Sarmiento, retired Supreme Court Justice, a fraternity brother. An informant said it was Sarmiento, who once served as legal counsel of the late Pres. Diosdado Macapagal, who called for an investigation of the faculty after the College issued the "Arroyo Resign" statement.

In fairness, Carlota is said to have advised his colleagues about issuing the said statement. But he later acquiesced to the faculty decision and even voted in favor of the resign call.

Several weeks ago, Arroyo also appointed Dr. Romulo Davide, the older brother of SC Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. to the BOR, bringing to four the total number of Arroyo-designated regents-at-large. They now include the following:

  • Nelia Gonzales, who Arroyo recently named to the consultative commission for charter change,
  • Edmundo Varona, husband of Arroyo’s correspondence secretary Lourdes Varona, and
  • Bai Fatima Palileo-Sinsuat, the present Philippine National Red Cross governor for Mindanao and former mayor of Upi appointed by Pres. Ferdinand Marcos in the early martial law years.

Some observers are saying that Carlota was a compromise candidate. Though not identified with any cliques and described as "an academic through and through," he is however deemed to be already too senior and is expected to hold the position for only a few years until such time that Malacañang has consolidated its influence in the College.

58 Responses to Arroyo’s wrath?



September 24th, 2005 at 2:32 pm

It is really true that GMA will do anything and everything to corrupt and destroy all institutions of the Philippines. Pati ba naman ang deanship ng UP college of law pakikialaman. QUESTION…. bakit ito pinapayagan ng taong bayan. Students of UP College of Law please don’t allow GMA to do this to your school.



September 24th, 2005 at 3:05 pm

Hacienda Luisita was supposed to be a model for Cory’s Agrarian Reform program. Yet after more than 15 years di pa rin na-resolba. Mukhang ayaw talaga ibigay sa mga maralitang farmers ang lupain.

Last years violent dispersal of farm workers that killed seven people and injured hundreds is something to look into. I am saddened, Satur Ocampo used to defend these farmers. Now he sided with Cory
( Hacienda Luisita Landowner), all because of his clamor to unsit Pandakekok. Let us not forget, these farmers have all the right to fight these Hacienderos for their injustice more than what are clamoring at the moment. Kaya nga ako galit sa mga Hacienderong ganito. Sadyang mapag-api!

Let the partition of land begin!


concerned citizen

September 24th, 2005 at 4:41 pm





September 24th, 2005 at 5:05 pm

…install the useful, remove the worthless.

this is part of gloria and the gang’s foresight. since the day she decided to run for the presidency, gloria and her minions were successful in their preemptive strikes.

i believe in the law of averages…gloria’s payback is now apparent but ours will come. we won’t let principal gloria bully us in our schoolyard for we are sick and tired of her evil ways.



September 24th, 2005 at 5:10 pm

Its a natural move for any individual who wishes to retain or purge those who are loyal and not loyal to the group.



September 24th, 2005 at 5:32 pm

My take on the “calibrated preemptive striike” is that it is GMA’s response to the complaints of Makati business establishments on the frequency of political rallies being staged in that financial district which have hampered and disrupted their business operations and convenienced their employees. In spite of being Makati’s major tax payers, their pleas to stage the rallies elsewhere in Makati were ignored by Mayor Binay who obviously prefers the financial district to get extra media mileage for his anti-GMA rallies. Binay reigns supreme in his little kingdom of Makati because the PNP rule on No Permit, No Rally does not apply. As mayor, he alone can say when and where to stage a rally.

But Binay should not be too complacent that GMA cannot play a trick on him too. He can wake up one morning with a suspension order from the Ombudsman removing him from office. Who can forget that he and his wife have a pending multi-million peso graft charges hibernating for over a year now at the desk of the Ombudsman.

Binay’s contempt for GMA and his obsession to remove her is understandable. But what makes people wonder, including his anti-Gloria allies, is why he wants a transition council to take over when GMA is removed, instead of following the constitutional take over by the VP. The transition council is a junta by another name whose members are self-appointed and self-empowered that can radically change the government, even the constitution. As a result, Binay has turned off a lot of anti-GMA sympathizers, thus, the Sept. 21 Makati rally was a big flop as he was seen alone in the company of red-flag waving leftist militants, the Erap boys, and their hakots. His erstwhile allies ex-Pres. Cory, Susan Roces, the Hyatt Ten, the B&W movement, the religious, etc., seem to have abandoned them as they were noticeably absent.

The buzz is that the junta can draw the rules of law that will save Binay
from the Ombudsman, but not if this government remains regardless of who the President is.



September 24th, 2005 at 5:38 pm


4th line should read

“…and disrupted their business operations and inconvenienced their employees.”



September 24th, 2005 at 6:02 pm

While GMA and her cohorts’ acts reek with vengeance, I will be the first one to call for her retention if she substantively resolves the age-old tenurial problem of Hacienda Luisita tenants.

As I am not naïve, however, I seriously doubt the capacity of GMA in putting forward a resolution to the Luisita issue—one that necessitates rescinding the escape clause known as stock-option plan. Beyond the Cojuangco clan that controls Luisita, there are other landed elites, diversified as they may be, who may be affected if and when GMA takes on the higher plane and favors to resolve the land distribution question in favor of tenants.



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September 25th, 2005 at 11:55 am

…changes in manner of our perception can perhaps do to describe the academe the best, just how deeply aware we are that there are serious flaws even in manner we take to the classroom, now teachers are also on the move out for greener pastures abroad owing to a greatly politicized school systems, we may be depleted of that one important resource, teachers!

Are there guarantees making the replacements in the make-up of the palace all these we think problems will come to heed satisfy our emotional, or intellectual hang-ups? Still, it is a systems dysfunction and indeed we must be aware there’s too much power given to the president, any president will be as equally beholden and certainly will be possessing identical attributes, whomsoever sits as president.

….change the system people before its too late!



September 25th, 2005 at 12:18 pm

…like the ‘jeepney syndrome’ people of the extremes would howler badly the rights of people behind the wheels of a jeepney, others may count to object to this type of transport that is so obsolete and dangerous, which one are you?

Such backwardness in manner of our intellectuality fighting to advance the cause of the drivers’ rights, I would be remiss if by my sense of simplicity would rather that I fight for the return of the 30’s trambia (cable cars) or horse drawn cars than bikes, remove the jeepney and remove the toxins soiling up our environs so so bad! Ubo ubo at ubo pa…pwee!

When can we really be the intellectuals molded from Dr Jose Rizal and Ninoy Aquino to at least be simple enough to understand? Under a presidential system, we elect people to be King and Queen, kaya’t kung may reklamo kayo, sa uban na lang mo…


mell ditangco

September 25th, 2005 at 1:50 pm

this just goes to show, whether you are part of the opposition or the incumbent, they are corrupt nontheless. Cory is such a hipocrit, well GMA is too. but, to unseat GMA will not help us as the replacement will do as she does.


lokalokang matino

September 26th, 2005 at 1:03 am

What ARROYO’S WRATH? , I say let us drive away this LITTLE SCHEMING
RAT from Malacanang before she could do more harm to the country!!!
What happen to the Influential Thinkers, businessmen, the church, the lawyers, professionals, etc. this RAT is fooling us all, she’s probably laughing behind our back. Will you allow this RAT to continue running the affairs of this country? This RAT is a mad woman with her ABC’s (Arroyo Mike, Bunye, Claudio, Defensor, Ermita, up to Villafuerte). The future is brighter without this cheat, liarRAT. Por Dios Por Santo mga manong, mga manang, lets do it!!! Ikulong yang RAT na yan!!!



September 26th, 2005 at 6:50 am

let’s hope and pray we’ll reach the “tipping point” (subject of my post in ).

please have patience. arroyo’s wrath will get her nowhere.



September 26th, 2005 at 7:34 am

GMA will leave no stone unturned just to find out who she’s up against and to remain in power. Even to the extent of jeopardizing the nation’s economy, and with it the 40% plus of Filipinos living under the age of 32.
Slowly but surely the country is now turning into a police state under the guise of national security.

Baka nga bilang na din ang mga araw ng mga websites tulad nitong PCIJ, not scaring you folks, but this is the new reality. It’s de ja vu all over again.



September 26th, 2005 at 7:38 am

and what does the CBCP had to say about this? They are supposed to be the guardians of the country’s freedom. But the outgoing prexy, Capalla is so pro-GMA that it corrupts the organization way beyond my imagination. Had anyone of you read Conrad de Quiros’ article on the PDI last week relating to how GMA has corrupted the whole society. It is a very good read, I’ll look at the link.



September 26th, 2005 at 9:27 am

speaking of corruption…i would like to share with everybody an article by Sir Conrado de Quiros last Sep.22 on his blog. I can’t agree more when he told that GMA has corrupted us all Filipino by our inaction…

THERE is one big difference between Ferdinand Marcos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Marcos brought out the best and worst in Filipinos, Ms Arroyo has brought out only the worst in us.

Marcos, of course, was the first one to corrupt the country over and beyond the call of venality. There was corruption before martial law, to be sure. But at least the corrupt minded it when they were exposed by the Manila Times — Chino Roces’ of course, not Dante Ang’s; from pedestal to mud, what a fall-and the Free Press. Before martial law, to be called a ‘buwaya’ [crocodile] was to be an endangered species at the polls. After martial law, to call Marcos’ cronies so was to be an endangered species on Earth.

But martial law also brought out the best in Filipinos. It drew out luminous idealism, enough for many youth to sacrifice their lives in the hills and for many opposition figures to spend time in jail rather than capitulate to tyranny. Pepe Diokno and Ninoy Aquino easily come to mind. The
revolutionaries waged open guerrilla warfare, while more priests, nuns, businessmen, workers, and even government clerks did so clandestinely on the wings.

There is nothing of that today. If Ms Arroyo has proven anything, it is the astonishing corruptibility of Filipinos in general. No sector of society has proved invulnerable. The real comparison is not between Ms Arroyo and Marcos, it is between Ms Arroyo and Hitler. The astonishing ease with which Hitler corrupted all sectors of society, including the most seemingly incorruptible ones, from the military to the aristocrats, from the civil servants to the industrialists, from the youth to the aged came from people thinking they could use the obscure soldier, who never rose beyond the rank of corporal, for their own ends. Alas, they never saw the ambition in his heart and the cunning in his brain.

The difference though is that Hitler was a skilled orator and drew people to him with an ardor. If Ms Arroyo has a magnetic personality, only she knows about it. Well, maybe the few other people she has magnetized.

Ms Arroyo has corrupted the Catholic Church by buying off its key people with money from the government casino firm Pagcor. Why should the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ top honchos want Ms Arroyo out? They’re getting gambling money to give to the poor, and they’ve always considered themselves poor.

Ms Arroyo has corrupted the military. But that is not a surprise at all, it is the most corruptible of society’s institutions, the generals being the first to fall to the call of greed.

Ms Arroyo has corrupted the businessmen, though that, too, is not particularly surprising, profit being their driving force in life. It was business that warned shrilly about the threat Fernando Poe Jr. represented.

Ms Arroyo has corrupted Namfrel, the election watchdog group that foiled the machinations of the Commission on Elections in the past, becoming, in Garci’s words, now “sympathetic na sa atin, Ma’am.”

Ms Arroyo has corrupted civil society: Until last July, Dinky Soliman was singing, “If we hold on together.”

Ms Arroyo has corrupted Edsa People Power: Until last July, too, Cory Aquino insisted on draping its mantle around Ms Arroyo’s shoulders.

Ms Arroyo has corrupted the media, two of the biggest networks now censoring criticism of her or poking fun at her in their sitcoms.

Ms Arroyo has corrupted the Left, many former activists now preferring to serve her rather than the people.

Ms Arroyo has corrupted God himself, speaking freely of being put by Him where she is, without anyone, least of all Archbishop Fernando Capalla protesting, never mind the sacrilege, just the aesthetic outrage.

Everyone also thought they could use the timid politician, who was too scared to defy Joseph Estrada, for their own ends. Alas, they never saw the ambition in her heart and the cunning in her brain.

The effects of the corruption are there for all to see. We have not just lowered standards, we have obliterated them completely. I used to think that there was something horrendously insulting about that poster I used to see along España Avenue enjoining Filipinos to become world-class by becoming caregivers. The poster showed a Filipina smiling serenely while wheeling an elderly white woman along. I used to ask: Have we lost our pride completely? But even that is preferable to what is happening today. Today, I have to ask: Have we lost our minds completely?

There are no rules, there are no morals, there are no ethics. Today, you have the national security adviser himself hiring an American firm to lobby the US Congress to directly intervene in Philippine affairs by funding an initiative to change the Constitution. You have congressmen openly being bought to kill an impeachment bid. You have public officials masquerading as journalists and journalists masquerading as public officials. There was a time when “delicadeza” [sense of propriety], if not the law, compelled people in media to stop being people in media when they became public officials, or appointees. Now, no one can even spell the word delicadeza. Or law.

Lying has become an acceptable tool to get ahead. Saying “I am sorry” has become the standard template to excuse murder.

But the biggest sector Ms Arroyo has corrupted is the public itself. The biggest thing Ms Arroyo has corrupted is the minds of the Filipinos themselves. It shows itself in the willingness of an entire people to accept a lie. No, in the willingness of an entire people to live a lie. Everybody agrees that Ms Arroyo did not win the elections. Yes, everybody, including the congressmen who voted to kill the impeachment, including the justice secretary who is determined to foment injustice and the national security adviser who is determined to sabotage this country, and including the cockroaches that infest my neighborhood. But not everybody wants to do anything about it. “Sige na lang,” let’s move on, say the bishops.

Today, there is only one thing left we are not afraid of. We are not afraid to stoop lower and lower.



September 26th, 2005 at 12:29 pm

salamat nga pala sa pcij para sa mas malinaw na reporting ukol kay dean pangalangan. dapat talaga di umaasa sa business chismis reporting ni agustin. sus guinoo! kulang-kulang at may sobrang mali naman itong si cocktales. i guess that’s what he calls reporting, eh?



September 26th, 2005 at 3:44 pm


i agree. it is indeed a natural move. some might not like it, but that’s just the way it is. reversing the view, there are people too who do not like what the opposition did and had been doing. it just so happens that there are quite a number of people here in this blogs who seem to have an innate disliking for Arroyo.



September 26th, 2005 at 4:35 pm

^^^ may mga nagbubulag bulagan pa rin pala dito sa pcij site.


concerned citizen

September 26th, 2005 at 4:53 pm

ha? “quite a number”? aba eh bulag nga hehehe. o natutulog sa kangkungan. hoy! gasing!!!



September 26th, 2005 at 5:04 pm

no wonder ganito ang Pilipinas, may mga taong ganyan. napaka basic, hindi pa rin naiintindihan tsk tsk tsk. pag nakakabasa ako ng ganyang comment dito sa pcij i cant help but borrow benignO’s quote “filipinos get what we deserve”. probably we deserve nga the likes of arroyo, estrada, marcos, ramos, aquino for now, hanggang hindi natin nababago ang ating way of thinking.



September 26th, 2005 at 5:26 pm

a very angy conrado de quiro in todays inq7’s edition. my sentiments exatly…please read on
There’s The Rub : I refuse, Part 2

First posted 02:31am (Mla time) Sept 26, 2005
By Conrado de Quiros
Inquirer News Service


You will notice that I do not say, “Madam President.” That is because I do not consider you my president. As-to go by the surveys and the number of decent Filipinos who are dying or getting sick from seeing you on TV-do most citizens of this country.

I refuse to obey your order for me to desist from gathering with other citizens in Makati and elsewhere. If Jojo Binay were to defy your order and call for a rally in his favorite city to call for your ouster, I will be there.

Notwithstanding that I am hard pressed these days to meet deadlines, given the never-ending meetings that the never-ending divisiveness you have wrought upon this country compels me to attend.

Had your predecessor, Joseph Estrada, ordered this in his time, I would have refused to obey his order too. To his credit, he never did so, notwithstanding that he made noises to that effect. He drew the line at certain things, one of them being the rights of the citizens. To his credit also, he was an elected president-he left Jose de Venecia, who like you knows only how to manipulate things, biting his dust. If he had ordered a crackdown on those who were trying to oust him, he could at least have claimed to do so in the name of the people.

To your discredit, you have more than made noises to that effect, you have done it. To your bigger discredit, you are not even the president.

You say “The commuters, the pedestrians, the students and the business sectors have complained about the inconvenience and the disruption of the businesses resulting in economic losses.” How can the commuters, pedestrians, students, and businessmen complain about these rallies when they are the ones who are swelling their ranks? You tend to confuse yourself, your hangers-on in Malacañang, your Pagcor-enriched friends in the Church, and your toadies in Congress, with them. But then you’ve always been confused about a great many things, including who is the president of this country.

But that is nothing. What is astounding is that you should forget how you got to be in Malacañang to begin with, which allowed you to stay on after last year by helloing Garci. You did so because we defied Estrada and did what we had to do. I’d like to emphasize the “we” because I never saw you there. It is a testament to how saintly Pope John Paul II is that he has not importuned his Creator to send a lightning bolt your way for using his name to justify your paralysis. You got to Malacañang on our blood, sweat, and tears, not on yours. The most you can do is appreciate protest, the least you can do is not stifle it.

If we did not inconvenience the commuters, the pedestrians, the students and the businessmen then-though I never heard any complaints from them, they were busy swelling the ranks of the rallies too-you would never have slipped into the Palace by the River and been free to torment us. If you listen close enough to the complaints emanating from the commuters, pedestrians, students and businessmen, you will hear that they have nothing to do with traffic, they have everything to do with the humongous inconvenience of having you still around to disrupt not just the economy, not just the normal processes of democracy, but the natural flow of life itself.

I am glad that you decided to ban rallies against you in Jojo Binay’s city-though I have yet to hear you ban as well rallies for you in Lito Atienza’s and Sonny Belmonte’s cities-shortly after the anniversary of martial law. It is a very good reminder of it. Though as I said last week, Marcos was still the president when he declared it, having a year more to go. You are imposing a de facto martial law without ever having been voted to power.

You say you’re “tired of chasing the bully around the schoolyard.” I say you are just as confused about your metaphors as you are about your mandate. The normal course is for the bully to chase the smaller kids around the yard, not for the smaller kids to chase the bully around the yard. The normal course, too, is for the other kids to want to stop being bullied and fight back. Guess who’s who in this equation.

You say we are abusing your policy of maximum tolerance. I say you are fraying our nerves and taxing our patience more than anything in the expanded VAT. You are not tolerating us, we are tolerating you. A democracy, in case you have forgotten, is one where power resides in the will of the people, not in the will of the president, and certainly not in the whim of a putative one. A tyranny is one where the ruler rules without the consent of the governed. That consent is gotten through the vote, not through Garci.

You say the people fighting you are not good for the country. That is your opinion. But this is not a matter of who is good or bad for the country, this is a matter of who the people want to rule them. If this were just a question of who is good for the country, I’d pick Nicky Perlas or Ting Roxas over you anytime. Unlike you, they have a sound vision of the future and the integrity to realize it. But like you, they have not been voted into power, and so can’t be president.

I demand to know what moral authority you have to conscript my loyalty as a citizen. As I said a couple of months ago, I refuse to give it. I refuse to be a good citizen to a bad president. “Bad” in the sense of lame or fake-my apologies to the lame and fake. I refuse to serve, I refuse to defend, I refuse to pay my taxes. Feel free to consider me a destabilizer. I was, I am, I will always be. If I weren’t so, you would never have tasted the power you now use so wantonly.

Feel free to arrest me as well. I can always admit that anxious as I was to protect my country, I called up people who sounded like Jojo Binay. For this:

I… am…not…sorry.


Bernie La Plante

September 26th, 2005 at 5:55 pm

Poor Conrad. He’s so frustrated…

I hope he dies of a heart attack!




September 26th, 2005 at 6:29 pm

matutuwa ka pa ba kung katulad ni Mr de Quiros, marami pang ibang mamamatay sa atake sa puso sa sobrang inis sa mga nangyayari sa bansa natin ngayon sa rehimen ni pandak?


concerned citizen

September 26th, 2005 at 6:40 pm

i pity conrad de quiros. many of us have the same sentiments. we will support you all the way! we’d rather die of heart attack than tolerating her misbehavior. very frustrating talaga. GLORIA MUST GO!!!


concerned citizen

September 26th, 2005 at 6:51 pm

by the way sino ba ngayon ang may balitang ooperahin sa puso? di ba kapanalig ni arroyo? that is what we call KARMA. kaya hinay hinay lang baka ikaw na susunod hehehe.



September 26th, 2005 at 8:15 pm

papaopera na lang si gonzales kesa makulong. great escape a. :) namild stroke pa raw. paanong di aatakehin, sa hirap ng ginawa niya doon sa senate hearing talagang sasama ang pakiramdam niya. mahirap ata magsinungaling, kakalabanin mo konsensiya mo… unless na sanay na kagaya ni bunye. :)



September 26th, 2005 at 11:01 pm


i wonder–nakakatulog ka pa ba, gloria? wag na nating sabihing mahimbing–nakakatulog ka pa kaya? i don’t think so…lahat ng ginawa mong kasamaan sa taong bayan at sa ating bayan, mag-bu-boomerang sa yo. God works in mysterious ways. kapag ang Diyos ang kumilos, you will never know what hit you.



September 27th, 2005 at 7:35 am

I really hope that UP law students will do something about it. Fight for your dean…… do not let anyone much more somebody pretending to be president take control of your department. Calling all patriotic/nationalist students of UP.



September 27th, 2005 at 11:16 am

CRAP! CRAP! CRAP! I have no president, no government and no religion right now.



September 27th, 2005 at 5:20 pm

Your report on the UP Deanship issue missed out the most important point – Dean Salvador Carlota is the best qualified among all the candidates for the position. Prof. Carlota is the most senior among all candidates, both in tenure and academic achievements. The fact that there is no protest from the UP College of Law faculty and students over his appointment is testament enough to the trust and confidence he enjoys from his peers and students.

The endorsement of Dean Raul Pangalangan’s candidacy by a majority of the faculty should not be read to mean that the faculty favored him over Dean Carlota for the simple reason that the straw polls was conducted long before Dean Carlota expressed his intention to run for dean; hence, Dean Carlota’s name was not included among the nominees for whom the faculty voted during the straw polls.

Nor should Dean Carlota’s supposed advanced age be taken against him, as in fact, unless a candidate is past retirement age, age is never a factor in choosing the dean of the UP College of Law. US Supreme Court Chief Justice Rehnquist was himself over 80 years old when he died in office.

In any event, Raul Pangalangan was not eligible for a third term because (a) he was not the only nominee; and (b) he did not get the unanimous endorsement of the UP Law Faculty. Thus, there was actually no need for Malacanang to lift its finger in order to “oust” Dean Pangalangan, as he was not even eligible for a third term as UP Law Dean.

Your report that the three law fraternities in UP entered into an alliance to back Dean Carlota’s candidacy, and the ensuing conclusion that Malacanang had a hand in such alliance, are utterly erroneous. In the first place, one of the candidates, Prof. Danilo Concepcion, is an Upsilonian. Thus, Upsilon Sigma Phi could not have junked their own fraternity brother in favor of Dean Carlota who is a member of the Alpha Phi Beta. As for the Sigma Rho, it stayed on the sidelines as its erstwhile candidate, Prof. Avila, backed out even before he could be officially nominated.

In any event, assuming your report of the “alliance” to be true, don’t you think it should be viewed as evidence of Dean Carlota’s qualification to be UP Law dean? You yourself pointed out that the three fraternities are perennial rivals. To say that all it took for the alliance to be born is the order of Mrs. Arroyo is giving too much credit to Mrs. Arroyo.

Also, you failed to include in the equation that Sen. Drilon, a staunch Sigma Rhoan, called for the resignation of Mrs. Arroyo. Hence, it is highly improbable that Sen. Drilon would have allowed his fraternity to back Dean Carlota’s candidacy at the behest of his nemesis, Mrs. Arroyo.

Lastly, it should be pointed out that Dean Pangalangan’s first appointment as UP Law Dean back in 1998 was far more controversial than the present appointment of Dean Carlota. In Dean Pangalangan’s case, his appointment was opposed by the entire UP Law Faculty, even leading to the resignation of some UP Law professors. UP Law students were likewise opposed to Dean Pangalangan’s appointment and staged several mass actions. However, Dean Pangalangan’s appointment was reportedly made possible by the endorsement of then Faculty Regent and his fraternity brother in Alpha Sigma, Randy David, who was in turn very close to President Estrada at that time.

It is thus ironic that certain personalities are now sour graping over the supposed “ousting” of Dean Pangalangan. To stress, Dean Pangalangan was not even a qualified candidate, so where’s the injustice there? The question therefore becomes, who is best qualified to be UP Law Dean, Dean Carlota or the other candidates namely, Prof. Marvic Leonen and Prof. Danny Concepcion?

Certainly, Prof. Carlota is better qualified over the two junior faculty of the UP College of Law. I dare anybody to say otherwise.

Nor should his age be taken



September 28th, 2005 at 4:59 am

Damn it! Pati College of Law ng UP e isa na sa mga b*tches ni Gloria. Kakahiya!



September 28th, 2005 at 10:29 am

If I remember right, the Makati Business Club called for GMA’s resignation. Who in Makati then is complaining? During the last yeads of the Marcos regime, Makati witnessed massive rellies and nobody ever complained. Baka naman pigment of the imagination na naman ng Malacanang yan. I have yet to see a published ad of the MBC condemning these rallies, The rallies also start late in the afternoon when offices are ready to close. If only the other mayors would allow other rallies in their cities then Makati wouldn’t suffer. Problem is, Binay is the only one who gives permit to these rallies. Wala din ako nakikitang gulo or violence during these rallies in Makati.



September 28th, 2005 at 11:13 am

Schumey, its the Yuchengcos, they own RCBC and a very well known gloria ally.



September 28th, 2005 at 1:39 pm

… at si Donald Dee ng PCCI.



September 28th, 2005 at 2:37 pm

abusado lang talaga etong mga metro mayors na puro kakampi ni gloria. kahit alam nilang illegal yung ginagawa nilang hindi pagbibigay ng mga rally permits (BATAS PAMBANSA BLG. 880). o hindi nila alam eto? kalokohan yung pinagsasabi nila na manggugulo yung mga reallyist. napoprovoke lang naman ang mga eto kapag dinedisperse na ng mga pulis.
sa davao kahit magrally ka ng magrally pababayaan ka lang ni duterte. respetuhan ang gobyerno tsaka rallyist (usually BAYAN muna) doon. kapag meron kang sentimyento sa gobyerno okay lang kay duterte na ilabas mo. ibig sabihin ba mas magaling pa siya kesa sa mga mayors ng metro manila? the executioner pa nga tawag dito pero hindi niya kinocurtail ang freedom of expression ng mga tao. at wala namang nagrereklamo laban sa rally kahit yung mga nasa business community. it is also on record that davao is always one of the first cities to stage a rally whenever there is a nationwide protest. sana etong mga metro manila mayors matuto ring magpatupad ng tamang batas hindi lang sunod ng sunod kay gloria.



September 28th, 2005 at 4:39 pm

hindi po ba’t maraming malalawak na lugar naman sa davao? hindi tulad dito sa metro manila, masyado ng masikip. masyadong matraffic. kung dadagdag pa ang rallyista at haharang sa kalsada, siguradong may magrereklamo. naranasan ko na maipit sa traffic dahil sa isang rally. hindi nga ako nakatake ng mid term exams ko noon dahil nastock na kami sa traffic.

kung kami ngang mga estudyante nagrereklamo, pano pa kaya mga investors natin?



September 28th, 2005 at 5:02 pm

balita ko nga rin po makikipag-usap si Donald Dee kay Binay tungkol sa concern ng PCCI sa mga rally sa makati. parang may survey ata doon na ang ibang investor ay naaakit sa mas mababang buwis sa Taguig kumpara sa Makati. bukod dito, marami din daw na negosyante ang di pabor sa pagrarally sa Makati.



September 28th, 2005 at 6:40 pm

i’m a UP Law student and i agree with karmax. the story on the deanship is very one-sided and poorly researched (to say the least). dean pangalangan was not ousted because he was never in the running for a third term. the exceptional case of the BA Economics dean being appointed for a third term is not applicable in dean pangalangan’s case.

the only eligible candidates were profs. leonen, concepcion and carlota. personally, i hoped for a carlota victory but i would have been perfectly happy if either leonen or concepcion won too.

karmax hit it right on the nail when he pointed to the fact that there was no uproar from the UP Law population over sir carlota’s appointment. this is because we know his capabilities and we know where his heart lies.

rest assured that GMA’s grubby little hands had nothing to do with it.


INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » U.P. legal and technical experts to attend Senate hearing on NorthRail project despite Arroyo order

September 28th, 2005 at 7:32 pm

[…] Meanwhile, Carlota is set to appoint a new Law Center director in the person of lawyer Susan Villanueva, a lecturer at the College of Law. A partner at the Villarasa and Angcangco Law Offices (The Firm), Villanueva was the one who endorsed Carlota to the deanship race that pitted him against Pangalangan (who was bidding for an unprecedented third term), Concepcion and Prof. Marvic Leonen, the University’s vice president for legal affairs. […]



September 29th, 2005 at 11:34 am

The reports on the deanship of the UP College of Law have been very one-sided so far. This, coming from the PCIJ and the Philippine Daily Inquirer, is disappointing. But then, it’s early days yet. Perhaps there will be more on this issue?


FAR FROM NEUTRAL - the Blog»Blog Archive » Executive Order 464

September 29th, 2005 at 12:16 pm

[…] Then it hit me. She’s dead serious about being the bully now, and it’s scaring the badoodles out of me. Now, I pride myself in my testicular fortitude, and despite my previous misgivings about GMA, I never really thought she’d go this far. By saying that “all heads of departments of the Executive branch of teh government shall secure the consent of the government prior to appearing before House or Congress8,” she’s basically saying that the Senate or Congress can’t question anything that she does anymore. By putting restraints on the right for peacable assembly, neither can we. […]



September 29th, 2005 at 5:38 pm

Its the law of motion you guys.. which states that for every action there’s abn equal and opposite reaction… If she decides to be the bully i guess our only recourse is to bully her back.. not unless we want to be trampled upon by an arrogant na pandak pa na president..



September 29th, 2005 at 9:58 pm

The Inquirer report was so inaccurate its surprising to its essence repeated here. I thought that reporters ascertained their facts before they publish thier stories. There was no straw vote taken by the faculty or any conspiracy in the selection of the new dean.

Pangalangan was not qualified to run for a third term under UP’s rules except for exceptional reasons. There were none. Why he insisted in seeking a third term is a mystery to many of us.



September 30th, 2005 at 3:03 pm

CPR, in medical lingo, stands for CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION — an activity being done to revive victims suffering from emergencies like near drowning, suffocation, etc.

kaya siguro ito rin ang name ng bagong pakulo ng presidente niyo — CPR for clibrated pre-emptive response — coz her administration is already naghihingalo.



September 30th, 2005 at 11:25 pm

whatever happened to responsible journalism? or responsible journalists?

is this how you define investigative journalism nowadays?

makes me wonder how journalists get their stories. or are they concocted stories?

had PCIJ interviewed any one from the UP law community to confirm the controversy on the recent deanship appointment?

get your facts straight people



October 4th, 2005 at 3:04 pm

it’s easy to give color to something that would otherwise be an uninteresting story. it’s easy to connect everything with GMA because after all, there is only 6-degrees of separation among all of us.

i agree with darth, please get the facts straight first. and then tell it the way real journalists do: balanced and fair.


Alecks Pabico

October 4th, 2005 at 3:35 pm

We did talk to at least three members of the U.P. law faculty.

In light of the issue, read also Dean Raul Pangalangan’s recent column. While there was no straw vote, Pangalangan’s nomination came by way of an endorsement by 46 out of 57 U.P. law professors, a fact also confirmed by our sources.

Pangalangan is not totally prohibited from seeking a third term. The rules allow it in exceptional cases. The conflict may have arisen from how the term “exceptional” was interpreted, and which resulted in dropping him from the deanship race.

According to a source, initially, Pangalangan and Prof. Marvic Leonen were the only nominees. Prof. Salvador Carlota came in only as a fourth nominee, after Prof. Danilo Concepcion, upon the endorsement of Susan Villanueva, who has acknowledged her action in an emailed open letter.



October 4th, 2005 at 3:57 pm

hmm real journalists… hmm. facts hmm…versions are always colored. even 1st hand accounts. and remember they are mere versions.

madaling i konek talga kay gma not because of the kevin bacon phenomenon but because ugali talaga ng lola mong decended kay lakandula at sa mga pumatay sa magkapatid na bonifacio na gumanti. she has no kindness in her, she doesnt care for the poor, while we’re at it. she’s a vindictively sour woman who care for no one but her survival.



October 5th, 2005 at 8:24 am

The problem with the blog report is that there was really nothing in the writer’s notes to infer that a conspiracy was at hand. Nevertheless, the notes were spun into a fairy tale of conspiracy that is not worthy of any journalist, much less one associated with the PCIJ.

Neither Prof. Concepcion nor Prof. Carlota’s nominations were late- or smuggled into the final list of nominees. When the faculty met with the Chancelor Cao, it was agreed that the nominations of Prof. Pangalangan and Prof. Leonen were deemed submitted, but other nominations could still be made. There was, therefore, nothing irregular about the additional nominations as the report suggested.

The Board of Regents thought that there were no exceptional circumstances that warranted a third term for Raul Pangalangan. Why should we infer that there was a conspiracy from that?

Arroyo has enough sins we can talk about. We do not need to add to her list of offenses for our amusement.



October 11th, 2005 at 1:24 am

majority ng Filipino ayaw kung sino man ang papalit kay GMA, so GMA na lang tayo….hintay na lang tayo hanggang 2010 (kung di matutuloy ang cha-cha), at doon tayo humanap ng kapalit…boto natin si Eddie Gil or si Eddie Villanueva, or si Franklin ‘Traidor’ Drilon…hehehe..

Or si Conrado de Quiros kaya, patakbuhin nyo, baka alam niya ang tamang pagpapatakbo ng gobyerno para sarili na lang niya ang babanatan niya sa column niya…hehehe



October 11th, 2005 at 4:26 am

Say that again?

Majority ng Pinoy ayaw sa papalit kay Gloria?

Gaguhin mo ang sarili mo.

Ang sabihin mo, karamihan sa mga Pilipino, ayaw na diyan sa amo mong mukhang burat!



October 19th, 2005 at 3:19 am

no offense to any of you guys but it’s kinda ignorant of the People to blame the death nor vote for Fernando Poe Jr on Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. It’s like the Tyranny of the Majority. Most of them are bandwagoners who will vote for those who they see who are idol eventhough they are very much less qualified. Fernando Poe Jr. has good intention, which i’m quite sure due to his good work over the years but it doesn’t make him qualified for such a big job.

You guys are smart people and don’t let your emotion get the best of you. Use your brain and see that what she is doing has a long term effects that will change the country for the better. Let me count the ways.

1. Enforcing the rules: Filipinos are so used to doing things on their own in the philippines and they are forgetting the rules and if they are caught breaking the rules, do I hear riot?

2. Squatters has no place in an area of business and if they are being kicked out of the area then it’s their fault. They should just stay in the province or go back wherever they came from. They neither pay any bills and they are just corrupt. And also, it lessens tourisms which equals lesser money for the country and lesser money equals bad economy.

3. I don’t like the religious leaders in the country because instead of supporting for the betterment of the country they base their decisions on their emotion and illogical rules. They are not seeing the bigger picture. Contraceptives and condoms should be handed to people due to the over increasing of the country. If not, then more kids are born, more kids suffer, and those kids will turn more into convicts or become poor themselves. Better planning better lives, better country

I’m kind of ashamed on how we went on such a south direction when we were on the top in asia a few decades ago. we should take a lesson from the japanese. They had this word, Kaizen, meaning self-improvement. If people follow this rule then the country would be in a better place. Instead of pointing fingers in your life. Point that finger at yourself and blame yourself. Only you can change, only you can make things better for youself.



October 27th, 2005 at 12:02 am

Kamax is obviously a supporter of Dean Carlota (maybe even his fraternity brother) who stubbornly refuses to see how GMA, through The Firm, can manipulate people for their purposes and that they can use their “fratertal” connections for their own advantage but they will not hesistate to go beyond “fraternal” connections to achieve their purpose.

Neither Drilon, being a Sigma Rhoan, nor Danicon, being an Upsilonian, has anything to do with what The Firm intends to do. Drilon does not control the Sigma Rho, Danicon does not control the Upsilon. But what is clear is that THE FIRM can do magic with its connections with the Sigma Rho and the Upsilon for ITS OWN PURPOSES.

I don’t think GMA is the evil one. Its the FIRM who concocts all the ingenous “legal” moves that should be blamed for the mess we are in.


Atty. Erwin Fabriga

October 29th, 2005 at 1:16 am

I could have opted to sit back and relax and let go of this angst. I mean, why do I have to waste my time on this woman who does not want to let go? What difference could an ordinary Filipino like me do to convince our countrymen that there is no glory under Gloria? Besides, does my opinion really matter in a society that has grown tolerant to her indiscretions? It is frustrating at times to know that there are those who simply don’t give a damn to what is happening. I do not blame the public though for their indifference. Evicting the squatter in Malacañang may only result in the creation of another monster. The perception is that both the status quo and the alternative are just mirror images of each other – the latter merely duplicating what the former has been doing. This unfortunately is what keeps GMA’s sinking ship afloat, capitalizing on the people’s apathy to project the delusion that everything is under control.

Be that as it may, I cannot help but express my continuing disgust for this government’s hegemonic tendencies, the latest of which is the implementation of the so-called rule of calibrated preemptive response in dealing with protest actions. Our cherished constitutional right to assemble has been reduced to a mere “no permit –no rally” scenario. The despicable fact is that no rally of the opposition will ever be legal because pro-GMA mayors will never grant them the permit to do so. Justice Secretary Gonzalez, however, asserts that this policy is in accordance with the rule of law. His absurd interpretation even went as far as threatening Mayor Binay with suspension if he continues to issue permits to demonstrators. My God, what rule of law is he talking about? The “traffic jam” argument he conveniently uses cannot justify curtailment of this well-enshrined constitutional right. I firmly believe that the rule in the granting of permits should be one of regulation, not outright prohibition. Why is Mrs. Arroyo so afraid of the truth that she now wants to silence legitimate dissent? Why is she afraid of her own shadow?

Gloria’s allies must have deliberately forgotten that it was through the collective action of the people that catapulted their boss to Malacañang. That it was through massive street protests that convinced the AFP then to withdraw its support for an incompetent leader. And that it was through our desire for better governance that created the scenario of a distraught Erap crossing the Pasig River to avoid the onslaught of an angry mob. Ironically, when this same right is being used against her to expose the illegitimacy and corruption in her administration, she now views it as a violation of the rule of law and brands her critics as nothing but putschists and obstructionists.

Interestingly, Mrs. Arroyo credits her survival to Divine Intervention. She has often said that it was “God” who shielded her from all the accusations levelled against her by the “evil” opposition. I will not be surprised at all if this is the same “God” invoked by some Catholic bishops who see nothing immoral in receiving donations from PAGCOR while turning a blind eye to the turpitude of its benefactor. Moreover, Mrs. Arroyo likens herself to the adulterous woman about to be stoned to death by the Jews. Those without sin should cast the first stone, the Bible says. But the problem with that analogy is that it was not the adulterous woman but Jesus Himself who interposed the challenge. Jesus therefore had the moral authority. GMA, on the other hand, does not. The only implication that can be derived at is that it is alright for her to lie, cheat or steal because everybody is doing it anyway.

Mrs. Arroyo says she has St. Michael the Archangel on her side. Not only that, there are also two namesakes arduously protecting her — self-exiled husband Mike Arroyo and apologist Mike Defensor.


INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » Apologies and clarifications: The byzantine politics of the U.P. College of Law

November 15th, 2005 at 7:54 pm

[…] We would also like to clarify another report by Alecks Pabico posted on Sept. 24, also related to the U.P. College of Law. That report, which said that Malacañang may have had a hand in the selection of a new dean for the College of Law, created a stir both in and outside the university. That report was based on interviews with three professors at the College of Law. As these professors corroborated each other’s account, we felt that we could report what they said. […]

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