Longest day 5

It was at about 5:48 pm on Monday when the controversial Iggy Arroyo — the First Gentleman’s brother who claimed he was the real Jose Pidal — walked into the session hall. I did not see him greet anyone, or anyone greet him; he went straight to the back of the hall, to take a seat in the last row of desks (on the left side of the session hall). He sat alone for the longest time. Much later, as the evening wore on, I saw him in what looked like desultory conversation with other administration congressmen: Rep. Miranda, whose suit looked a little tight; Rep. Antonino, who if I remember correctly wore a dark suit, a dark shirt, and a dark tie.

Arroyo was only a few meters (but two gallery partitions) away from his accuser, the dramatic Sandra Cam, who was dressed in mourning clothes.

He entered the hall in the middle of Rep. Clavel Martinez’s somewhat bizarre confession, which as far as I could tell was an attempt to extricate herself from the connections she had enjoyed in her successful campaign last year: from the good graces of Sec. Joey Rufino, from the support of her clan ("I hope Tito Miling will forgive me for this" — referring to Rep. Emilio Espinosa, her uncle, who was presiding over the session), from the comfort of a capacious conscience ("I’m sorry I am saying this … the sin of omission is terrible to countenance").

During her turn at the lectern, I was struck by a thought. I wrote in my notes: "The emotional opposition: Plaza, Paras, Martinez." It seemed to me then that, barely an hour into the session, three pro-impeachment congressmen were already having a hard time keeping their emotions in check: Plaza booming his point of order against Rep. Marcoleta, as though personally aggrieved by the attacks against Dinky Soliman; Paras shouting "Mr. Speaker!" into the microphone, as though challenging the presiding officer to a fight; Martinez almost choking on post-election angst.

But it was at this point that I saw Rep. Ding Roman, the administration congressman from Bataan in favor of the amended impeachment complaint, lean over the partition separating the floor from the first gallery and say to a group of friends: "It’s reachable. It may be a miracle, but it’s reachable."



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2 responses to “Longest day 5

  1. sleeping with who

    All cut from other sites… Think who is sleeping with who, and why are they doing it. Is it the truth they are looking for, or what..

    MBC – Runs the Anti corruption web site..
    Which gets investigations writen up by PCIJ..
    AIM – Research shows MB men are involved in corruption.
    MBC – is headed by a PIATCO Lawyer.

    almost a year after Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, widow of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ archrival and slain senator, Benigno Aquino Jr., was catapulted to the presidency after a people’s uprising that toppled the dictator in February 1986. The new President had promised to include the hacienda under land reform. President Aquino is from the powerful Cojuangco clan who owns Hacienda Luisita, Inc. (HLI), the sugar plantation with 5,250 farm workers and the Central Azucarrera de Tarlac (CAT) sugar mill with 700 laborers. Today, the 4,915.75-ha sugar plantation harvests some 290,000 tons of sugarcane every year while the CAT mills more than one million tons of cane. CAT Labor Union (CATLU) union president Ricardo Ramos said that of the total tons of cane milled at CAT, 750,000 tons come from other plantations in Luzon. CAT’s milled by-products, Ramos added, are carbon dioxide which is primarily sold to Coca-Cola and Pop Cola owned by Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco of the same clan, and alcohol for Ginebra San Miguel, another Danding company. ..Jose Sr.’s daughter, Corazon (Cory), married Benigno Aquino, a former Tarlac governor and senator and archrival of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Corazon’s brother, Jose Jr. (Peping), one the HLI’s Board of Directors, was a former representative of Tarlac. Peping’s wife, Margarita, was a recent Tarlac governor. Today, Mrs. Aquino’s son, Benigno Jr. (Noynoy), is representative of the second district of the same province.

    City Engr. Joseph Emboltorio of La Carlota City relates that before Cojuangco bought existing haciendas from their previous owners, the people never went hungry and were given employment opportunities. With the change in ownership of these haciendas was the displacement of workers; some 2,000 workers in the area of La Carlota alone were displaced, resulting to an increase in the number of squatters.

    President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino’s

    deals deals deals.. Who started this?

    Estrada took the highly controversial step of suggesting Marcos be reinterred in a hero’s grave. After becoming president, he wasted no time negotiating a settlement with Imelda Marcos and the rest of the family over the considerable Marcos wealth that the government has spent 12 years chasing. Marcos daughter Imee, a congresswoman, Cojuangco and Tan all attended the invitation-only presidential inauguration.

    Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, the current chairman of the Philippines’ third-largest company as ranked by sales, San Miguel Corp. Cojuangco’s power dates back to late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the Philippines until he was overthrown in 1986. Cojuangco amassed great wealth under Marcos’s crony beneficence, and he fled with Marcos to Hawaii after the People Power revolution. He is now back in the Philippines and has returned to the good graces of the Philippines’ current president. Cojuangco was elected by the San Miguel board of directors to head the company one week into Estrada’s term

    Conspiracy theory?

    Where are all the links… Connect the dots…. Who gets what after another people power………. IT sure will not be the people…………

    UP against PGMA. Who did they Honor for donations

    Also to be honored are Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay; Marikina Mayor Ma. Lourdes C. Fernando; Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II; Marubeni Corp. President and CEO Mr. Ryuikichi Kawaguchi and Machinery Department I General Manager Moroo Shino; PLDT President Manuel V. Pangilinan;

    Ateneo against PGMA

    PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan and First Pacific Co. Ltd. donated , Conjuangco’s again P100 million to the Ateneo de Manila University

    black and white movement

    Smart was accused as the company who taped the phone lines now its partner infocom runs the black and white movement web site and PLDT owns it. Is this not a Cojuangco group and is not dinky soliman related to the Cojuangco’s and the same with Cory.. Smells fishy here…..

  2. utang na loob

    cory failed the filipino people during her tenure in malacanang. she could have run after the marcoses then but she didn’t. she herself defeated the purpose of CARP (which is supposed to be her major achievement) in managing it so that they get to keep their family estate. now she’s even marching with her husband’s political enemies.

    yes, sleeping with who, dinky is related to the cojuangco’s and must have poisoned cory’s mind against PGMA while she also worked for the latter. cory has no business portraying herself as pro-masa…all she wants is a new admin that will be beholden to her and let her keep hacienda luisita.

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