Turning turncoats

WE’RE in a democratic country, that’s why anyone or group can do what they want obviously to serve their own interests.

And that’s exactly what some top allies of ex-president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo just did.

Now branding themselves as former Lakas-Kampi partymates as they formed a pro-PNoy political party called the National Unity Party, these Arroyo men, to name a few, Congressmen Pablo Garcia of Cebu, Rodolfo Antonino-Nueva Ecija and Elpidio Barsaga Jr. Cavite, who composed NUP’s central committee, had to resort to such move other-wise they’d be left behind and they get nothing as far as pork barrel o priority development assistance fund for the lawmakers and internal revenue allotment for elective local officials are concerned.

Using a lame and stupid alibi that election is only for one day and they have to recognize a new President who’s said to be elected by majority, these ex-Arroyo asso-ciates are turning turncoats leaving behind a former president who has to dismayingly accept the fact that she’s no longer at the helm and that she already loses that glitter and clout.

Had they not chosen to get close with the principal Malacañang boarder, they could have been more effective in their positions, playing key roles in upholding the check and balance in the government. Too bad.


It really pays. Like what happens in Navotas City wherein its intensified campaign and the active participation of residents have placed it second among the 17 local government units in Metro Manila with the lowest number of confirmed dengue cases.

City Mayor John Rey Tiangco says the report comes from the Center for Health Development – National Capital Region which assessed the effects of the deadly disease all over the metropolis.

Record shows that from 840 confirmed dengue cases in the city last year, the total number of cases that was recorded from January to August this year has dropped to 247.

“This remarkable decrease in number may be attributed to the intensified and consistent campaigns and measures against dengue which are being undertaken by the city government,” Tiangco says.

He adds: “This would further encourage us to be more doubly active in implementing measures to ensure that every case is monitored so as to prevent further harm and worse, death to the residents.”


Let me extend my congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Camanava Press, the oldest and most established media orga-nization in northern metropolis.

Thanks too to NPC directors Nats Taboy and Tina Maralit, Caloocan Bgy. 80 Chairwoman Onet Henson and NPD’s Supt. Ferdie Del Rosario who acted as poll officers during August 27, 2011 elections held at the Caloocan City police firing range.

Yours truly gets another fresh mandate as its president.


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