• Aquino and his spokesman

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    Just two weeks ago, it was Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda who was called a liar. And not just by any Chinese official but by Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chung-yin.

    The official angrily called for a press conference on October 11 after Lacierda reported that in the meeting between President Aquino and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region chief executive during APEC meeting in Bali on October 7, both “had agreed to put the (Luneta hostage) issue behind them.”

    Leung however retorted: “It was not like my meeting with him was to talk about how to put the issue behind us. This is absolutely not the case.”

    And then two days ago, it was the spokesman of China’s foreign ministry Hua Chunying, who called Aquino a liar, an embarrassing allegation posted in their website for the world to read.

    I don’t remember reading such an allegation ever made by any foreign ministry against the head of state of another country. Here’s the foreign ministry spokesman’s words, verbatim, as it appears on their website.

    Chinese foreign ministry website saying Aquino lied.

    Chinese foreign ministry website saying Aquino lied.

    “Q: Philippine President Aquino reportedly said on October 23 that he did not talk about the Hong Kong hostage incident with Premier Li Keqiang during their brief meeting on the sidelines of the meetings of East Asia Leaders. What is China’s comment? (Aquino’s statement was made during the open forum after his speech at the Foreign Correspondents Club of the Philippines, or Focap.)

    A: Relevant remarks by the Philippine side is [sic]totally untrue. I have already briefed the journalists on October 11 about Premier Li Keqiang’s short discussion with President Aquino on the Hong Kong hostage incident in Brunei on the sidelines of the meetings of East Asia Leaders in the VIP room of the venue. Weonce again urge the Philippine side to earnestly respect the feelings of the families of the victims, take this issue seriously and offer a fair and reasonable solution as soon as possible.”

    Aquino lied about domestic affairs in that Focap speech, that the controversy over his “Disbursement Acceleration Program” was a plot hatched by the three senators whom he wants jailed for plunder.

    In that same event, he lied about his meeting with the Chinese premiere. With our President being our face to the world, he’ll be creating an image abroad of Filipinos as congenital liars. Somebody stop him.

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    Aquino’s explanation made in the same Focap event, why he refuses to apologize over the Luneta hostage crisis in August 2010 that led to the killing of eight Chinese nationals is so shocking—and to be blunt about it, bone-headed—that at first I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

    But his words were posted in the government’s website, its Official Gazette, and I copy verbatim:

    “Our position is the act of one individual (who was) probably mentally unstable at that point in time, should not be construed as the act of the entire country, and therefore, we have, again, we reiterated our utmost regret as to what has happened.”

    I need not really point out how preposterous and idiotic Aquino’s explanation is, but just to be sure, the Chinese are not claiming that hostage-taker former police captain Rolando Mendoza represents the act of Filipinos, that they are asking him to apologize for that egomaniacal murderer’s crimes.

    Rather, and this is clear to everyone except Aquino it seems, the relatives’ victims and now both Hong Kong and China’s leaders are asking him to apologize for his government’s bungling and criminal negligence in responding to the hostage-taking situation. Nobody, but nobody is contesting that Aquino’s officials and police botched their handling of the crisis.

    Even the so-called inter-agency “Incident Investigation and Review Committee” Aquino set up, headed by his prime attack dog, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, concluded so.

    It even recommended the filing of criminal and administrative charges against 15 officials, including then Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, the vice mayor then Isko Moreno, and Interior and Local Government Undersecretary for police affairs Rico Puno.

    Aquino however disregarded the report’s main recommendations, and charged only five police officials on the ground during the crisis and, solely on the basis of the hostage-taker’s allegations, deputy Ombudsman Emilio Gonzalez 3rd, one of the most respected officials in that anti-graft agency. That official was charged “for gross neglect and administrative misconduct” for taking too long to act on the plea filed by the hostage-taker at his office to clear him of extortion charges he was found guilty of in 2010, and that criminal’s claim that Gonzalez was extorting P150,000 from him for a favorable action.

    Only the case against one police officer had been resolved so far, that for “negligence” against police general Leocadio Santiago, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office at the time. His penalty? Suspension for 11 days, without salary. Of course he quickly suffered the penalty, went on to become the police’s Special Action Force commander, was cleared in a totally different case (alleged anomalies in a helicopter purchases) filed against him, and then retired with full benefits in March last year.

    On the other hand, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa in April 2011 found Deputy Ombudsman Gonzalez guilty and fired him. However, in what was a slap on Aquino and Ochoa’s faces, the Supreme Court—including Aquino’s “pointlady” there, as it were, Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno—in September 2012 found no basis for the allegations against Gonzalez, and ordered him reinstated, and his back wages be given him.

    No wonder the Chinese think that Aquino has done nothing to make those who botched the handling of the crisis accountable. This is why the Chinese premiere told Aquino “to take this issue seriously.”

    There would seem though to be a reason for Aquino’s seemingly mad refusal to apologize for the killing of the eight Chinese.

    If he does apologize for his officials’ bungling that led to the killings, he in effect would have to charge his civilian officials, as the justice secretary in her report had recommended. These would include former Mayor Alfredo Lim and former undersecretary Puno.

    But Lim is one of the closest officials to his mother Cory when she was president, and the former mayor is said to have been some kind of big brother to Aquino. Puno on the other hand is one of Aquino’s best friends since their school days, said to be privy to the president’s deepest personal secrets.

    Why, after all, would Aquino sacrifice two people closest to him, just to appease China?

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    11 Comments

    1. Pinoy Makabayan on

      I had to apologize to my Hong Kong and Taiwanese friends. Nakakahiya talaga ang presidente natin! Saan ba nag aral yan? Tinuruan ba yan ng kabutihang asal?

      Ako, hindi ako makakapunta sa party ng neighbor ko, kung may mga anak siyang namatay sa bakuran ko. Hindi ako pupunta doon, makikikain at lahat, na ni ha ni ho, wala akong sasabihing “pasensiya na or patawad” nag kamali ako, nag kulang ako, etc.Tapos ang kwento.

      Head of state pa yan, dapat marunong ng diplomacia. Sino ba mga advice niyan, mga bastos din ba? Ddinadala ang mga pagkasanggano sa Malacanang? Nakakahiya at nakaka inis!

    2. It would be better if we, Filipinos, apologize directly to the Hongkong people. Penoy has lost all his credibility since day one. This government is useless.

    3. Pag nag-apologize si Penoy sa Hongkong/China, eh di parang “guilty” na talaga sina Lim and Puno. Ang baba na talaga nang tingin sa mga Pilipino. Sino na naman kaya ang sisisihin ni Penoy.

    4. why dont you send Fred Lim to Hong Kong?
      Hes the one who ordered the assault to kill Mendoza
      as a retaliation for arresting his son on drug charges.

    5. to be honest kasalanan ng no wang wang policy yan kasi yung sulat na dapat na patungo at galing sa sandigan bayan ay nagtagal ng husto kahit emergency na dahil kasusunod sa stupidong policy ng administration ito hayaun sa tagal ng walang resulta ng demand ng hostage taker na buryong na tuloy

    6. This is a case of “KKK” – Kaibigan, Kabarilan, Kakampi. If I remember it correctly, even during the time President Cory Aquino I read about the “Kamag-anak, Inc. Now there are 3 “K”. Pasinsiyahan na lang tayo. We voted a President we thought similar and/or has the qualities of President Cory.

      President Cory Aquino is very religious and not vindictive. She did not take advantage of her position to take vengeance (personal) against President Marcos. I admire President Cory Aquino. At one moment in time during her presidency, she said and I quote, “I am your President and as your president – there is a time to lead and there is time to follow”. She lead the people to restore democracy and she followed the will of the people. It seems his son, President BS Aquino is ending it (Democracy). What a contrast of a mother and son. President Cory is very religious. What about the son? I do not know.

      Senator Joker is right, “a far cry from his mother”.

    7. Maybe the King of Pork, PNoy believes that Undersec.Puno and ex Mayor Alfredo Lim is much bigger than the People Republic of China. Maybe PNoy also believes that having Puno and Lim at his side, the Philippines will be better off, rather than having China and other countries supporting him.

    8. Aquino’s loyalty to his KKK is beyond reproach. He is willing to antagonize a whole nation rather than censure a KKK. If the loyalty had been to the Filipino people, what a good president he might have been.

    9. Huwag sanang masyadong magalit ang Hongkong at China dahil paminsan minsan lang magsinungaling si Noynoy hindi katulad dito sa Pilipinas na araw-araw oras-oras ay nagsisinungaling siya.

    10. He don’t know Napoles also, but when a picture was shown with him and Napoles,he was never located by the press people.