• A half-truth will not set Grace Poe free

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    When I heard Grace Poe’s statement about her husband – during the final presidential debate held last Sunday (April 24) in Pangasinan – I thought, aha, Sen. Poe has finally decided to advance a step beyond her “succession of falsities” (Justice Arturo Brion’s term in his SC dissenting opinion) and her “web of lies” (the term used in the Open Source Investigations report on her husband Neil Llamanzares).

    Poe declared before the nation on live TV that Neil Llamanzares had already renounced his American citizenship.

    In fact, it turns out, her husband did not renounce his US citizenship before a consular official of the US embassy as required by US law. Instead he renounced it before a Filipino barangay official in Greenhills, an event that has zero significance to US authorities.

    Poe carefully avoided saying that her husband is no longer a US citizen, or that he has surrendered his American passport, or that the US government has validated the renunciation.

    Finally, Ms. Poe also did not say that Mr. Llamanzares is now a Filipino citizen. She only stated that her husband is a natural-born Filipino, having been born to Filipino parents in the US. But his Filipino citizenship is still inchoate; he has to officially go through the process of acquiring or perfecting it by law. This he has not done.

    Still a US citizen
    For all intents and purposes, Mr. Neil Llamanzares remains a US citizen, and he will still be an American on June 30, if, by an act of extreme blindness and foolishness, the Filipino people choose Grace Poe as their next President on May 9.

    Is a half-truth better than a lie? Is it enough to earn Christ’s promise of freedom to the truth-teller? (“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” Chapter 8, verse 32, The Gospel according to Saint John, New Testament).

    In the gospel, Jesus spoke only about the truth. He said nothing about “the whole truth” or fractions of the truth, like a half-truth.

    The expression, “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” is not Biblical in origin. It is part of English law. It entered the language in the 13th century, and became a standard feature of English trials as “the honesty oath.”

    Will the half-truth cure the persistent dishonesty in Grace Poe’s public persona? Will it spare her from further questioning about her husband’s citizenship?

    No chance. Before she left Pangasinan, Poe was pestered by journalists for proof and details about her husband’s renunciation of US citizenship, to the point that she got annoyed.

    Damage control by facts disclosure
    Grace and Neil Llamanzares are dealing with two problematic stories that need to be sufficiently explained for the public to understand. These are:

    First, the real story of Neil’s American citizenship; and its implications for his potentially becoming First Gentleman of the Philippines; and

    Second, the real story of Neil’s employment as a contractor of the US National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Ageny (CIA); and its implications for Philippine state secrets and national security.

    Grace Poe will not break free from all the questioning until the couple comes clean on these issues through the scrupulous disclosure of facts. Instead of surmounting issues, she exacerbates them by telling lies.

    A classic example is her handling of the expose by Daily Tribune editor in chief Ninez Cacho-Olivares, that while living in the US Grace Poe stole the identity of a dead man by using his social security number, SSN. Instead of answering the well-documented story, she compounded the felony by issuing an outright lie – that the SSN was her ID number while she was studying at Boston College. The denial has been debunked. The stolen SSN surfaced in the purchase by the Llamanzares couple of a property in Virginia, which is in close proximity to the home base of the CIA in Langley, Virginia.

    Poe and her team do not know damage control in dealing with an unfavorable story – that the key is to get ahead of the story by disclosing the facts about it.

    One Washington insider who should know how to handle a bad story – because he worked in the White House at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal – is former Clinton counsel Larry Davis.

    In his book Truth to Tell, he wrote that the worst response to a bad story is an information blackout strategy – starving the story of information and comment, and refusing to cooperate with anyone pursuing the story. It does not work; it leads the media to dig harder for the real story.

    A better strategy, says Davis, is a policy of prudent disclosure of facts. One important tool is the creation of what he calls “the predicate story” or the baseline story on the issue. He wrote:

    “Help the reporter writing the first story, make sure it’s complete, with everything in it – and in all likelihood the story will be over. It will become the starting point for all reporting. If you let the story dribble out in pieces, there will be 10 bad stories, each half right and incomplete, rather than one bad story.”

    This is sound advice. Bill Clinton survived the Lewinsky scandal, weathered impeachment by Congress, and then obtained a higher approval rating.

    A strategy of lying
    Grace Poe is not interested in these subtleties of reputation management and damage control.

    She has become smug in her belief that a strategy of lying works just fine, because even the Supreme Court has sustained her in her deceptions. She thinks that her lily-white costuming in the campaign has everyone fooled, and her fatuous policy pretenses can stand serious dissection and questioning.

    Given this, Neil Llamanzares will not clean up his act or come clean with the facts.

    If a half-truth will not work to set Grace Poe free, maybe a lie is a more reliable ride to Malacañang.

    yenmakabenta@yahoo.com

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    41 Comments

    1. WHERE WILL YOU DEPORT SOMEONE…if he renounces his US citizenship. Answer…since he is a natural born Filipino citizen, he did not loose that birthright.
      Common sense lang, my Grde Three son knows it.

    2. This writer is a big joke. He and Tatad are close friend and known as a Marcos crony, and even President Marcos GOT RID OF HIM BECAUSE OF HIS PERSONALITY.

    3. Joseph Encarnacion on

      Who cares about Grace Poe’s husband. Its not him who’s running for president. Come on people…let’s think of the Philippines’ and the 100 million Filipinos future….GO GO GO..we are here for you…Grace Poe

      • Who cares? We care and you should also care.her husband being an American citizen is an issue for so many levels plus let us not forget her own citizenship too is suspicious. On top of that the lying and deciet that she is doing right now to us (US INCLUDING YOU) is IN FACT already an indication of what kind of person she is.I get it. She seems so genuine,so true,so pure. But really?? Is she really all that? Pls look beyond what she is trying to project on camera. Remember she is the daughter of one of the great actors in Philippines. Pls for the sake of all of us, supporters of Poe like youself should not brush of this kind of dishonesty.

      • Chemical brothers on

        You idiot! you are the one who don’t care if Grace Poe will be elected as President for the future of our country. You don’t know the consequences if she became the President as her husband is an American citizen and working in the CIA which will compromise the security of our country. You have to make some research about the CIA how they manipulate the world.

      • I don’t know how old are you but if you are under 50 yrs you wouldn’t know firsthand what really happened before martial rule. The country was very progressive ahead of South Korea and Malaysia. Marcos and his cronies want to stay in power for the money which made people and opposition angry of course. Cojuangco families were divided. Ever wondered why Mar Roxas mom Judy walking with a limp because she was injured by a grenade at Plaza Miranda. Fast forward today Philippines has 6% growth. You are the envy ofmany countries many with 0 growth. Many are intetested to put a stake more than ever. Poe’s SC lawyers are SMC lawyers, husband works at SMC, planes she is using are SMC’s. When Trillianes was setup with a fake cheque of SMC the accusation was Poe orderedTrillianes to do Duterte’s banks expose. Why Poe not in favor to return coco levy? Who is leading VP? The writing on the wall is a Poe- Marcos in Malacanang with Marcoses, Cojuangco as cronies and Estrada and Revillas as senate facilitators.And Duterte? The talk is a Chinese billionaire and Ayala behund him. Napakayaman ng Pilipinas hindi niyo lang nararamdaman kasi nasa buksa lahat ng politicos and their associates. VOTE WISELY FOR YOUR CHILDREN.

    4. Another lie by Grace Poe. What true statements dis she make so far? All she says are promises and what people want to hear. Save the country. Anybody but Poe.

    5. Sinungaling POe talaga siya gaya ng sinabi ng Nanay niyang si Susan Roces; not once, not twice, but many times…

    6. Federico Lojo on

      Grace Pwe’s lying as the whole nation watches bares his lowly regard for the intelligence of the Filipino voters. What a shameful act. That Mr. Llamanzares will voluntarily renounce his US citizenship is a deception intendedo promote one’s unsatiable greed. A very cheap gimmick, insulting to the highest level.

    7. Even if Lying Grace’s husband was automatically a US and a Philippine citizen at birth (assuming his father or parents were still Filipino citizens at the relevant time), he would have lost his Philippine citizenship when he served in the US armed forces (see Commonwealth Act No. 63). He has to go through the naturalization process to become a Filipino citizen again.

      It is also doubtful whether his parents reported his birth to a Philippine Embassy by filing a “Report of Birth”. Such a document is required to ensure that his rights to Philippine citizenship and benefits thereof are protected.

      As for Lying Grace’ identity theft, one can only conclude that her husband had been fully aware of her use of the fake SSN. In fact, because of his job for the US military, he may have been the source of this fake SSN. To prove her claim that the dead person’s SSN is her student ID number at Boston College, Lying Grace presented or showed to the public a student card which has been determined to be bogus, fake, and a “manufactured” one (see The Daily Tribune for more details about this item). Boston College should be informed of this unethical and illegal action by one of its former graduates.

    8. Leodegardo Pruna on

      Disgraced GRACE continues to disgrace herself by telling lies and misrepresenting herself. Will that end to her favor? If the Filipino people will allow deception to continue then the Filipino people deserve what they get like P-Noy. Let us not repeat history of having the worst administration ever in P-Noy. We were fooled by fools and these fools may escape what they did to the nation. But there is always an end to evil. GOD SAVE THE PHILIPPINES.

    9. Sinungaling si Poe,she is not true or sincere to herself. Noong huling debate sa pagkapangulo, sinabi niya na tutol siyang ipalibing si Former Pres Marcos sa libingan ng mga bayani. Noong pumunta siya sa Ilocos para mangampanya, panay ang puri niya sa mga na-aacomplish ni Apo Lakay.. tsk tsk tsk ts. How can you trust that person?

    10. Move on ka na Mr. Yen, there is a greater problem here, and it is duterte. He is espousing a revolutionary government. Read the signs sir, the founder of CPP-NPA is going back here when duterte gets elected. Isnt it that is what the communists are espousing to have revolutionary government where communist way of life is established and followed. He is the biggest threat to our democracy. Duterte is already laying the ground work for thd establishment of a strongman rule. Wake up people, we are being lulled by the promise of allegedly eradicating criminality while the devious scheme of creeping communism is setting upon us. We all know what happened to cambodia, vietnam under communist rule, very oppressive regime where millions died.

      • Who let the commies out? – Cory Aquino….Who let commies and leftist work in the government ? ( not sure kung cabinet level ) – Pnoy

      • we need a strongman to discipline this country from corruption criminality, economic stability, and to imposed national discipline. this country has been on leaders who have don the image of goodness by not being strong and strict in their image and leadership which the church always support; and the very poor people, like me, always taking them as true like the actors and actresses images they always see in the movie or soap opera which conditioned them to take somebody of good image instead of going to the one who is a very strong leader. This country will never be a communist but always be a democratic country with changes on how it will be governed. When marcos disciplined this country people complained of oppression that this country is no more democratic when anyone can go anywhere inside or outside the country. The student can even rally without being shot to death like what happened at mendiola during corazon aquino’s time.this country needs a duterte. he might even stop the CPP/NPA rebellion for he can talk to them; and even the muslim secessionist for they respect him.

      • And do you think Grace Poe if elected could govern like an iron lady? There’s no way a pathological liar can govern peacefully! Move on? Dudirty can’t be a presidential material,he’s a piece of junk, however the best bet will be Miriam Defensor-Santiago no to Popoe

      • Robert Robert on

        How can one move on when in the near future we will have an American citizen as the first gentleman and a first family who are all American citizens?

    11. Wala na talagang magawang maganda ang mga kalaban. kung kaya’t sila ay puro pang babatikos na lamang sa citizenship ng mag asawa ang binabato. Tigilan nyo na ang paninira dahil alam nyo na malakas talaga si sen.grace poe sa sang bayanang pilipino.

      • Sinungaling si Poe,she is not true or sincere to herself. Noong huling debate sa pagkapangulo, sinabi niya na tutol siyang ipalibing si Former Pres Marcos sa libingan ng mga bayani. Noong pumunta siya sa Ilocos para mangampanya, panay ang puri niya sa mga na-aacomplish ni Apo Lakay.. tsk tsk tsk ts. How can you trust that person?

      • Utak nga naman nating Filipino wala na talagang makabansa, at wala ring alam how to vet presidential candidate. Ang mga nagmamalasakit sa bansa ay bihira na lang, kagaya mo,ano nga ba ang accomplishments hi Grace Poe-Llamanzares na deserving para iboto siyang Commander in Chief ng Pilipinas eh parte siya sa balibalikong daan. She’s a part of the problem dahil animoy isa sa mga nasuhulan ng B.S. Abnoynoy Aquino para tanggalin si.C.J. Corona (unless you’re that ignorant di ko alam yan). No to traitorous illegal citizens for president! Miriam Defensor-Santiago lang ang makabansa at makataombayan!

      • michelle flores on

        sinungaling si mrs llamanzares dahil sabi nya sa 3rd presidential debate nag renounce na daw ng american citizenship ang asawa nya pero pagkalipas ng ilang araw saka pa lang nag renounce at sa harap pa ng isang barangay kapitan na pawn ni erap dahil ito ay sa greenhills…kung hindi kayo tanga iwan kung anong tawag sa mga taong tulad nyo na harap harapan ng niloloko nagtitiwala pa rin…May God enlighten the minds of the bobotantes.Peace :)

    12. Wilfredo Ticzon on

      The author’s statement: “For all intents and purposes, Mr Neil … remains a US citizen, and he will still be an American on June 30, if, by an act of extreme blindness and foolishness, the Filipino people choose Grace Poe as their next president on May 9.” does not make sense. What’s the point or argument?
      The husband remains a US citizen whether Grace gets elected or not!

      • Carol Magbanua on

        Mahina ang tuktok mo kuya. Matatanggap mo ba na ang pangulo ng iyong bansa ay isang amerkano AT SAKA kagawad pa ng CIA ?

      • Robert Robert on

        Unless it would be okay with you to have an American citizen for a first gentleman and a first family who are American citizens and neither of them can vote for Grace Llamanzares.

    13. Many people think that Sen. tatad and Mr. makabenta are just maligning Sen. poe and very few are trying to check it out and read the constitution.Not a good sign…

      • Nag consulta ako sa Constitution. Sabi ng Constitution ikaw at si Grace ang nagbabaluktot sa mga nakapaloob sa mga saligang batas na iyan….

    14. Tigilan na ang paninira sa pamilya ni Grace Poe, hindi nila deserve ang masiraan ng sobra dahil nagiging totoo naman sila sa mga sinasabi at mga ginagawa nila.

      • Sinungaling si Poe,she is not true or sincere to herself. Noong huling debate sa pagkapangulo, sinabi niya na tutol siyang ipalibing si Former Pres Marcos sa libingan ng mga bayani. Noong pumunta siya sa Ilocos para mangampanya, panay ang puri niya sa mga na-aacomplish ni Apo Lakay.. tsk tsk tsk ts. How can you trust that person?

      • ano ang totoo na ginawa nila? Mas mabuti pa si Binay na kahit may alleged na corruption niya pero marami siyang nagawa na nakatulong sa mga tao ng makati: libreng hospital sa mga taga makati, libreng eskuela, mga infrastructure na hanggang ngayon ay nakakatulong sa mga tao ng makati. Hindi na bale na nagkurakot siya basta marami namang nagawa na hanggang ngayon ay nakakatulong sa mga tao. Kaysa naman good image wala naman siyang liderato kahit minsan maging Bgy. Chairman man lang. ng pumunta dito sa pinas nag senator kaagad na nanalo naman dahil nga ang mga mahihirap ay conditioned ang utak dahil sa kapapanood ng sine at soap opera ay ibinoto si Poe na sweet image nga. pero may legacy ba siya na hanggang ngayon ay nakakatulong sa tao? Wala! Tapos ang kapal na magsabi na kurakot si Binay na maraming nagawa. Siya wala. Kaya Duterte tayo. isipin ninyo kung totoo yong commento kay Poe o hindi. hindi yong personal ninyong pag gusto sa isang tao ang mananaig. Bansa ang nakataya sa halalan.

      • Binay has to give the cakes and the schools etc because that is where he gets his cuts. Pera yan ninyo. Bakit sa abroad libre padoctor and hospital, university fees nauutang, infrastructure walang problema. Wala o konti kasi corruption.Philippines has 6% growth. I live overseas and many countries are envious of your economy. Who are interested with this bullish economy? Who can you trust? Look past your candidate Check their financiers.Check their alliances. POE- D Cojuangco and Marcoses with Revillas and Estradas as Senate facilitators. DUTERTE- gossip is Ayala and Chinese billionaires. The greatest strategy is Poe’s. They know people are not ready yet for Bongbong as President. Poe will assume now with Bongbong as VP. Your vote is the future of your children. I didn’t like to leave Philippines but as 70s child I saw corruption and crimes. Lahat ng kilos dapat may padulas. When I saw difference here the feeling is liberating. The mayor goes up to me to introduce himself. There they are surrounded by bodyguards with billions in the banks. Vote also for Senators who are brave and exposes their colleagues.

      • michelle flores on

        sinungaling si mrs llamanzares dahil sabi nya sa 3rd presidential debate nag renounce na daw ng american citizenship ang asawa nya pero pagkalipas ng ilang araw saka pa lang nag renounce at sa harap pa ng isang barangay kapitan na pawn ni erap dahil ito ay sa greenhills…kung hindi kayo tanga iwan kung anong tawag sa mga taong tulad nyo na harap harapan ng niloloko nagtitiwala pa rin…May God enlighten the minds of the bobotantes.Peace :)

      • hindi naman nila sinisiraan a. they are only telling the truth. yan magasawang yan ang sinungaling. ikaw ba ok na lang ba sa iyo na linoloko ka nila. bahala ka kung gusto mo. kami ayaw namin ang manloloko. pag nakaupo ang mga iyan magiging malaking problema. ang sinungaling kapatid ng magnanakaw. galing sa nanay niya yan.

    15. Jose A. Oliveros on

      If the parents of Neil Llamanzares had become naturalized citizens when he was born in the USA, then that makes him a US citizen both under the citizenship principle of jus sanguinis (citizenship by blood relation) and jus soli (citizenship by place of birth).

      • Jose A. Oliveros–Correct. It will take two or more years before Neil Llamanzares receive his certificate of loss of citizenship from the US government. So, from here on and until he gets that Neil is an American citizen and so is their son Brian Llamanzares. Why do Grace has to lie so much about this issue? Anybody can research this issue on the internet.

    16. How come nobody debunked the story about Grace Poe’s husband that the renunciation of citizenship is phony. Not just in your column but in headline. These fooling of people should stop.

      • hwag magtaka wilfredo. the major dailies are beholden to benito boy sisi and now most of the people know that poequino-poejuangco is the manchurian candidate of benito boy sisi. IN FAIRNESS TO THE OTHER NEWSPAPERS, some of their opinion makers have taken up this issue. check out pascual’s column yesterday. as headline, wish for the moon.

    17. As Mr. Tiglao said, Grace Llamanzares-Poe is an INVETERATE liar. From her fake birth certificates to her COC’s she lied through teeth. She thinks she can always fool the people in saying her husbanb has already start the process of renouncing his US citizenship. Yon pala ay wala pang isi-nubmit na renunciation papers si Mr. Llamanzres sa US consulate! Boelera talaga itong si Grace Poe na nakaka-insultoe na Ang tingin sa mga Pinoys boeboe!