Philippine Daily Inquirer
Gayspeak at the top
THE GAYSPEAK exchange between the spokespersons of President Noynoy and Vice President Jojo Binay shows just to what level national politics has gone.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda and Binay mouthpiece Joey Salgado probably had nothing substantial to say.
Words from the gay vocabulary—for example, “charot” for joke, “tralalu” for truth and “spluk” for spoke—were used in public by Lacierda and Salgado, who are supposedly straight guys.
Lacierda has described as “charot” Binay’s “true state of the nation address” or Tsona.
Salgado shot back: Imbey ang fez ni secretarush dahil trulalu and spluk ni VP. Pero ang Sona ng Pangulo, chaka ever sa madlang pipol dahil trulalu (The secretary is mad because the Vice President spoke the truth. But the President’s Sona has no appeal because the people know it’s not true).
Lacierda and Salgado should live in San Francisco, California, a gay haven, where they can freely use gayspeak.
Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, who was included in the third batch of lawmakers accused of taking kickbacks in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, is protesting his inclusion. He said his signatures were forged. Rodriguez said he had asked the National Bureau of Investigation to go through his signatures in the documents of the Priority Development Assistance Fund to determine its authenticity.
“I wasn’t given due process by the NBI,” said the congressman, an ally of President Noynoy.
To be fair to the NBI, its Questioned Documents Division found that the signatures of Rodriguez and other congressmen, who requested the authentication of their supposed signatures, found that the “signatures did not match the specimen signatures of lawmakers.”
But if the NBI found that these were forged, how come it still filed the malversation cases in the Office of the Ombudsman?
*** If his stint at the Bureau of Immigration is to be any basis at all, it is doubtful if Rodriguez would dip his finger into the pork barrel scam.
Rodriguez left the immigration bureau as commissioner with a clean record.
“Malinis siya, Mon (He was clean),” said an immigration officer during Rodriguez’s watch who is now retired.
According to the immigration old-timer, the P2.99 million Rodriguez supposedly earned as kickback in the pork barrel scam is a drop in the bucket compared to what he would have earned if he was a corrupt immigration chief.
A Chinese Filipino businessman who has not paid back P500 million in loans from friends and business partners has sought protection from the NBI and the Philippine National Police.
He fears for his life after his lenders threatened to harm him. This Chinoy is reportedly one of those involved in several scams in government.
If the NBI and PNP provide him security they’re protecting a scam artist and swindler.
*** Lawyer Fernando Rueda Perito of Manila has volunteered to become a member of the defense counsel of retired SPO1 Cristobal Manrique and his wife, Josie, who have been charged with robbery-extortion in a court in Naval, Biliran province.
Retired Insp. James Bunda, a former finance officer at the Biliran police office, filed the countercharge of robbery-extortion after Manrique and another policeman had accused him of filching from their salaries more than 20 years ago.
Perito’s has offered his services to the Manriques for free.