DIPLOMACY

23 05 2010


Noy and the US Envoy
US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. paid a visit to president-apparent Noynoy Aquino on Times Street, Quezon City last Friday. After the visit, both the Liberal Party and the US Embassy denied rumors that Thomas made a pitch for Jejomar Binay.

The meeting between US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. and president-apparent Noynoy Aquino last Friday reportedly lasted one and a half hours. A broad range of issues was discussed during the visit. Thomas talked about current state relations and terrorism for the first half hour, while Noynoy talked about video games for the next hour.


US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. paid a courtesy call on president apparent-Noynoy Aquino last Friday on Times Street. Thomas promised three things during his visit: one, that the US would respect the outcome of the elections; two, that America would work closely with Aquino on priority issues, and three, that he, as US envoy would never appear on Wowowee as often as his predecessor did.

Sen. Mar Roxas was also present during US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr’s visit to Times Street. Roxas took advantage of the opportunity to meet Thomas before he takes a one-year break from government and politics.

GMA’s “Tuko”
Heard about President Arroyo’s speech at the Lions Club convention last Friday? In her talk, the president revealed, “In my son’s home, and in my home in Lubao, Pampanga, we don’t use chemical pest control for mosquitoes and cockroaches. We use a gecko.” Now that explains why Malacañang has been free from cockroaches and mosquitoes for nine years now.

With the likes of Dato, Mikey, Iggy, and Mike Arroyo around her, it’s no longer surprising why President Arroyo knows so much about pest management.

DOH and Smoking
The Department of Health will issue an administrative order requiring cigarette manufacturers to place graphic warnings in their products to discourage the public from smoking. Reacting to the order, cigar manufacturers have started reproducing cigar packages showing a photo of Noynoy Aquino.

Kris and TIME
Noynoy and the Aquino family are on the pages of TIME Asia again. His sister Kris was described as “The Filipina Oprah.” Sure. A black host and a black sheep.

Kris Files LOA
Kris Aquino has announced her decision to leave ABS-CBN’s two showbiz-oriented talk shows: ‘The Buzz’ and ‘SNN’ while her brother is in office. To sustain the two shows’ good ratings while she’s gone, Kris will be replaced by Robin Padilla.

A Passport, Finally!
Dethroned Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2010 Maria Venus Raj finally gets a passport – a condition set by the Bb. Pilipinas Charities before she is completely reinstated. It took more than a month for Venus to get a passport because she was too busy with her TV guestings and appearances.


Overseas
On Saturday, May 22, 13-year-old Jordan Romero of California, USA became the youngest climber to reach the peak of Mount Everest. The lovable kid has become so popular on Twitter, fans of Justin Bieber have started sending him hate mails.
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“A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbor’s throat without having his neighbor notice it.”
~Former UN Secretary-General Trygve Lie

Briefly Noted
For two consecutive days now, my favorite broadsheet has bannered ‘positive’ stories about its favorite president-elect.
Saturday: “Aquino receives US envoy”
Sunday: “China, Spain hail Aquino’s poll victory”
Is PDI the new Manila Bulletin?

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PSYCHIATRIC

9 04 2010

The Professional Heckler categorically denies the authenticity of a document alleging that he suffered from mania. The purported psychiatric evaluation form that first surfaced in Friendster was a desperate and despicable attempt of displeased politicians to discredit him. The document is nothing but black propaganda. The priest who purportedly conducted the psychiatric evaluation and the succeeding treatment of exorcism is expected to issue a separate statement.

Depressed?
An alleged ‘psychiatric evaluation form’ of Sen. Benigno Aquino III purportedly conducted by the Ateneo De Manila University’s Department of Psychology in 1996 surfaced on the Internet Thursday. The Ateneo management has categorically denied the document’s authenticity. A thorough investigation revealed it was plagiarized from the psychiatric evaluation report of former US President George W. Bush.

Immediately after the news broke out, Ateneo’s psychology department issued a statement saying, “The document is false; no faculty member or other professional affiliated with the Psychology Department has ever conducted a psychiatric assessment of Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr.” – which was probably true since “Benigno Aquino Jr.” was already in a skeletal state in 1996.

Here’s the screen cap of a portion of that statement:

Error Corrected
Moments after posting the official statement on its website, Ateneo edited the wrong entry and changed “Benigno Aquino Jr.” to “Benigno Aquino III.” The person who drafted the original statement has offered to resign his post for committing the mistake but AdMU president Fr. Bienvenido Nebres said, “Let’s talk first.”

Sen. Noynoy Aquino insisted the information contained in the alleged psychiatric evaluation form were a work of fiction… except for that part that said he consumed two packs of cigarettes each day.

The blogger who first posted the Noynoy Aquino document has deleted his blog (politicalamateur.wordpress.com). A check on his previous posts revealed though that he was a rabid Manny Villar supporter. No wonder, he refuses to come out to answer questions from his critics.

Sen. Noynoy Aquino dismissed the psychiatric evaluation report as fake. But Villar supporters say the copy that reached Noynoy was altered, and that an unedited version is being kept by former press secretary Ignacio Bunye.

Noynoy Aquino supporters refused to believe that he underwent psychiatric evaluation in 1996. They wanted the source of the report to prove that the name “Benigno Simeon” actually appeared on the document. Baka naman daw kasi “Kristine Bernadette” ang nakasulat.

In Other News…
For openly supporting the vice presidential bid of Jejomar Binay, reports say Team Chiz Escudero has been eased out of the Noynoy Aquino campaign by Team Mar Roxas. The bickering officially marks the start of the 2016 presidential derby!

Party-List Polls
According to Pulse Asia’s latest survey, 6 out of 10 Filipinos are unaware of the party-list system. That was really surprising considering that 10 out of 10 Filipinos wanted to become party-list nominees.

Sa iba pang balita…
Korte Suprema, bumigay!
‘Ang Ladlad’ pinayagang tumakbo sa party-list elections

Rejecting two Comelec resolutions that denied accreditation to a group of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders, the Supreme Court ruled that ‘Ang Ladlad’ could participate in the party-list polls. Comelec Second Division Commissioners Elias Yusoph, Nicodemo Ferrer, and Lucenito Tagle declined to comment on the SC ruling but colleagues described the three as “sobrang naimbyerna.”

Venus Fights Back
Maria Venus Raj, the Bb. Pilipinas-Universe winner who was dethroned for submitting birth records with inconsistent entries vowed to fight for her lost crown. Venus is seeking the help of the Supreme Court after getting information that her dethronement was decided by the Comelec’s Second Division.
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“All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.”
~Adolf Hitler

Elsewhere…
Prepare for the polls. Find your precinct here. Thank you Comelec!

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Enjoy your long weekend! Stay safe.








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