1 08 2013

THE LATEST Forbes list of the 50 richest Filipinos is out. As expected, Henry Sy, Lucio Tan, Andrew Tan, Enrique Razon, John Gokongwei Jr, and Jaime Zobel De Ayala topped the elite roster. Also on the list: Villar, MVP, the Lopezes, the Aboitizes, the Yuchengcos and the Cojuangcos. ["I know what you're thinking! 'T*ng-i*a n'yo!" - Pork Barrel Queen]

All is not lost though. It’s only the 16th Congress. Maybe she’ll make the list after the 20th Congress.

Scrap PDAF
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago called on Congress to abolish the pork barrel system by 2016. To which Janet Napoles said, “Harsh!”

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed a resolution that seeks the abolition of the pork barrel. In other news, an SWS survey conducted in both Houses of Congress this morning showed Santiago was the most hated lawmaker.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is seeking a gradual abolition of the pork barrel. Lawmakers are advised to read more about withdrawal syndrome.

Remember Janet Lim-Napoles’ daughter Jeane who flaunted photos of her Porsche, LVs, YSLs, Chanels, Louboutins and Celines in social media? Lawyer Lorna Kapunan says everyone should be proud of people like Jeane. I don’t think everyone will be proud of lawyers like Kapunan.

Tax Evaders
The Bureau of Internal Revenue says 90 percent of Filipino professionals are not paying the correct taxes. But that’s because 90 percent of BIR people are in cahoots with them!

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares says 90 percent of Filipino professionals are tax evaders. The remaining 10 percent declined the ‘help’ of BIR fixers.

August 1 marks the fourth death anniversary of former President Corazon Aquino… and former senator Mar Roxas’ presidential hopes.

According to research firm MillWard Brown, the top 10 global luxury brands of 2013 are Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Rolex, Chanel, Cartier, Burberry, Fendi and Coach. Or as Jeane Napoles would say, “My entire closet.”

Full Moon
A recent study revealed people find it really hard to sleep when there’s a full moon – And even much harder when his or her name is being linked to the pork barrel scam.

Anala Beevers, a four-year-old toddler from New Orleans is the newest member of Mensa, an international organization of intellectually-gifted people. She was only four months old when she learned the alphabet. Today, she would often correct her parents’ grammar. Anala’s dad says, “She needs a reality show.” Anala’s a genius but her father’s an idiot!

lagretaLa Greta
Reports say actress Gretchen Barretto is not shocked by the reported rift between her sister Claudine and Raymart Santiago. And even if she’s shocked, it will be very hard to tell.
“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.”
~ Robert A. Heinlein on luxury

Sound Bites
“We are legislators not public works contractors.”
~Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago to fellow lawmakers on the issue of pork barrel spending

“I was not shocked. With many things happening, I am only concerned with my self-preservation.”
~Gretchen Barretto on the rift between Claudine and Raymart

Have a peaceful, productive and happy month of August!

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photos: People Magazine, Forbes, PhilStar, and ABS-CBNNews.Com]


25 07 2013

THE ROYAL BABY’s name has been made public. Can we now go back to discussing the pork barrel scam? Please.

It seems like senators have distanced themselves from the alleged mastermind of the reported P10 billion-peso pork barrel scam – Janet Lim-Napoles. Congressmen and government officials refuse to talk about her. Talk about Royal babying!

Despite the reported P10-B pork barrel scam, the government’s proposed national budget for next year still includes some 27 billion pesos in pork barrel funds! Yes, that’s 27 billion pesos! Or as Janet Lim-Napoles would say, “Fabulous!”

On the reported 10 billion-peso pork barrel scam, lawyer Lorna Kapunan insists that the whistleblower was the mastermind, and that her client, Janet Lim-Napoles is the real victim. And that unicorns are real; Elvis Presley is alive, and Jose Rizal is the father of Adolf Hitler.

Rappler Exclusive
Rappler.Com published a photo showing Janet Lim-Napoles in a party with lawmakers like Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada. Sought for reaction, Gus Abelgas said, “Hindi nagsisinungaling ang ebidensya.”

CIDG vs De Lima
Officials of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) are furious at DOJ Sec. Leila De Lima. This, after the DOJ chief presented two witnesses who testified that the CIDG stole P20M and 80 kilos of shabu from recaptured Chinese drug traffickers. According to the CIDG, the witnesses destroyed the cops’ “reputation.” To which De Lima retorted, “What’s there to destroy?”

Sen. Francisco Escudero has filed a bill seeking the abolition of the community tax certificate or cedula. Breaking: Local government officials have drafted a resolution declaring Escudero ‘persona non grata.’

untitledNoynoy and Dionne
Last Tuesday, President Aquino watched the concert of Dionne Warwick at the Big Dome. There was this awkward moment when Warwick announced that she’s dedicating her last song – ‘That’s What’s Friends Are For’ to President Aquino and Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.

Bureau of Corruption
Customs Deputy Commissioner Juan Lorenzo Tañada says it will take at least 12 long years to eradicate corruption in the agency. And he was being optimistic at that.

Deputy Commissioner Juan Lorenzo Tañada says it will take at least 12 years to eradicate corruption in the BOC. In other news, eradicating corruption in Congress will take at least 12 generations.

MMFF 2013
Bong Revilla has pulled out his entry from this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival. I’m stunned. That decision was just remarkable! Thank you Senator!

With Bong Revilla now out of the 2013 MMFF, Laguna Governor ER Ejercito is hoping that the MMDA will choose his film as a replacement. Dear Bong, please reconsider. Thanks.

untitledRoyal Baby
The name of the Royal baby has been announced! It’s George Alexander Louis. Fortune-tellers see a bright future for Prince George. One of them predicted that he’s going to slay a Lannister.

William and Kate have announced the name of their baby boy. It’s George Alexander Louis. Prince George is third in line to the throne. Like Kris Aquino. [Or Bimby maybe.]
“Don’t let a thief into your house three times. The first time was enough. The second time was a chance. The third time means you’re stupid.”
~C. JoyBell C.

Rappler: Administration solons linked to pork barrel scam

Sound Bites
“Hindi po natin magagamot sa loob ng tatlong taon. Honestly po kailangan po ng minimum dalawang termino ng administrasyon. Dalawang pangulo na parehas ang mindset kasi po ang totoo po n’yan matapos ang termino ni PNoy kung hindi katulad ng kay PNoy ay back-to-square one po ang mangyayari.”
~Customs Deputy Commissioner Juan Lorendo Tañada on getting rid of corruption in the BOC

Have a great weekend!

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photo: Philippine Daily Inquirer, People Magazine, Rappler]


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