Aquino’s buddies, the worst officials

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By buddies I mean those with whom he has had close personal ties, but who have utterly botched their responsibilities.

Consider for instance this most shameful “tanim-bala” racket at our Manila international airport, which would have been kept from public knowledge if not for a middle-aged female OFW victim who refused to pay the extortion money, so that she had been detained for days until the media discovered her plight.

“Tanim bala” – in which certain airport staff and security men plant bullets in people’s baggage and threaten to prosecute them for the “crime” – has been a lucrative extortion racket that has been going on a daily basis since President Aquino took office, according to an enterprise news coverage by the ABS-CBN televisionnetwork. (See: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/nation/v3/10/30/15/sindikato-nasa-likod-ng-tanim-bala).

These extortionists victimized not only our OFWs but also tourists from abroad, who, of course, told the world about it through social media.


It was downright indecent for Presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma to dismiss it with his pseudo-intellectual “put-in-context” claim that there have only been a few such cases out of the thousands that normally pass through our airports. How could he know that? “Ilan-ilan lang naman, ilagay natin sa konteksto,” this clown claimed in his hilarious way of speaking Filipino.

Indeed, the extortion racket is so scandalous – an airport, the nation’s entrance gate, is supposed to be the safest of places to be – that the international magazine Time and the British Broadcasting Corp.’s website reported extensively on it. Popular websites as traveladvisor.com and kickerdaily.com also reported on it, with their articles drawing thousands of views. Time’s report oozed with sarcasm: “The job of airport security is to confiscate dangerous items from suitcases, but travelers have recently found the opposite is true in the Philippines’ Manila Airport, where staff have allegedly been dropping bullets into the bags of unsuspecting passengers.”

Who is in charge of the international airport? Who has command responsibility for such a scandalous crime that has shamed our country?

Retired Air Force General Jose Angel Honrado, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) – that’s who. And who is Honrado?

Cory’s aide-de-camp
He was President Cory Aquino’s aide-de-camp during her entire term, and who, I was told, had been close to our incumbent President and his sisters, being the family’s chief security adviser even after Cory has stepped down from power. This President (Benigno 3rd) had been especially close to Honrado, one of the two “kuya”s (big brother) to him. (A real brother of Jose Angel – Jose Danilo Honrado – is with the Clark Development Corp. who in 2011 lobbied to replace Customs Chief Ruffy Biazon.)

Aquino and his “kuyas”: Honrado, general manager of “tanim-bala” airport and sacked police chief Purisima of Mamasapano notoriety.

Aquino and his “kuyas”: Honrado, general manager of “tanim-bala” airport and sacked police chief Purisima of Mamasapano notoriety.

Jose Angel Honrado’s closeness to Aquino has been well known at the airport and even at the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), to which MIAA is attached.

Even in past episodes when the international airport became an international embarrassment because its facilities were breaking down (as in many cases when its air-conditioning system shut down last summer), nobody in government dared take Honrado to task.

When Honrado suffered a heart attack in July and had to go on medical leave for three weeks, many at the DOTC thought he would be utterly unfit for the high-pressure job so that several officials and two outsiders lobbied to take over his position.

Unexpectedly, Honrado returned in August, although sources claimed that he had been spending half-days only at the office, often offering the excuse to his staff that he was being called to Malacanang for ‘consultations.’ Honrado’s arrogance has, in fact, been such that even a week after the “tanim-bala” controversy had hogged the headlines, he hasn’t bothered to face the press to respond to media questions.

Officials put by Aquino in plum posts because of his personal relationships with them have proven to be his biggest liabilities.

Aquino’s second kuya
Former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima had been Aquino’s second “kuya.” He was his close-in bodyguard during his mother’s presidency, on duty 24/7, reportedly even during his nightlife in his youth. Purisima has been known to be the only person, other than his personal aide, who could go inside Aquino’s bedroom to wake him up.

Other than Aquino himself, as mentioned in a report by his former ally, Senator Grace Poe, Purisima was accountable for the botched operation against two international terrorists that led to the massacre in Mamasapano of 44 Special Action troops by the Muslim insurgents in Mindanao early this year. Quite obviously, Aquino trusted Purisima so much that despite this police chief’s suspension from his post by the Ombudsman, the President put this “kuya” in command of the operations, anyway.

Things – jueteng things in particular – would likely have caught up with Purisima, if he hadn’t been removed. Can you imagine a police chief being sued for extortion by Atong Ang, the infamous jueteng lord during President Estrada’s time?

Another of Aquino’s long-time buddy, Rico Puno, was kicked out early enough. Aquino had put him in the interior and local government department as undersecretary for the PNP, and had bypassed DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, who had suspicions that he was coddling jueteng operators. If Robredo had not died, Puno most likely would have stayed on in his post, and gotten involved in the Mamasapano operation, together with Purisima.

And there’s Jose Emilio Abaya, another Aquino chum, a Liberal Party vice president and secretary of the transport and communication department, who has command responsibility for the current mess at the MRT-3. That rail transport system could break down anytime and kill commuters – a far, far cry when it had been the pride in the last decade of its Japanese builders, Mitsubishi and Sumitomo, as they boasted about it in their global marketing thrust.

Of course, as has been this office’s trademark, the Ombudsman has charged Abaya’s subordinates for alleged extortion attempts involving the supply of train cars – but not the secretary himself.

Philippine Star columnist Jarius Bondoc has written in detail about the anomalous bidding that awarded a consortium, which included a known Liberal Party stalwart, the P4.2 billion contract to rehabilitate and maintain the MRT-3. As arrogant as Honrado has acted in the case of the tanim-bala controversy, Abaya hasn’t even bothered to dispute Bondoc’s allegation.

Among many things, one of Aquino’s biggest character flaws is his poor judgment of character, a terrible weakness for a President, who appoints – believe it or not – at least 3,000 posts in all branches of government.

Would you trust his judgment in choosing another of his close buddies, Manuel A. Roxas 2nd, to be a good president?

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  1. I have been to Manila and not experienced any problem at the airport. I have read of people carrying bullets as lucky charms the question in my mind is are these bullets being planted in every case or are some people using it as an excuse when they get caught? Yes there may be some instances when bullets are planted but there may also be instances people are using this as an excuse for their illegal actions. When do we know which is which?

  2. Rosita B. Bulanadi on

    Simula pa lamang ng umupo si P-Noy, at napatay ang mga turistang Chinese, nakita na natin ang kawalan nya ng kakayahan at maling pasistema sa pagsolve ng mga problema ng bansa natin. Nagpatuloy ito sa mga iba iba pang problema natin, hanggang sa maling pagrespond sa mga biktima ng mga kalamidad, sa pagpabaya sa mga SAF sa Mamasapano, sa pang-araw araw ng problema -Yan ay dahil sa kakulangan ng tamang kaisipan at kakulangan ng karanasan ng ating presidente sa mga pang-araw araw na buhay ng mga Pilipino. Di nya naramdaman ang maging mahirap! Di sya nabigyan ng pagkakakataon habang lumalaki na magresolve ng problemang pang-araw araw.! At di nya talaga naramdaman ang pagiging Filipino sa isip, at sa puso. Hindi nya rin kaya ang mabibigat na problemang kinakaharap ng ating bansa kayat sya ay nakasandal sa mga consultants, kaibigan, kaklase, alalay, mga “kuya” at mga ate. alam na natin ito bago pa sya na-elect, pero inilect pa rin sya ng karamihan sa mga botante, kasama na ang simbahan, sa pagaakalang kabutihan ang kanyang dala. Dinala nya ang Pilipinas sa isang ILUSYON ng TUWID NA DAAN..iba ang kanyang sinasabi sa ginagawa ng kanyang mga galamay! di nya ma-kontrol dahil alam ng kanyang mga galamay na sya ay mahina at hindi interesado sa kanilang ginagawa. Ang sabi ni P-noy, Bahala na kayo dyan sa inyong mga puwesto. patakbuhin nyo ang Pilipinas. Wag nyo akong tatawagin pag may problema ang bansa natin. Isolve nyo! Kayat in part kasalanan ng mga botante itong kapabayaan at ineptness ng ating gobyerno! Sa susunod, wag bomoto dahil sinabi ng simbahan nyo o ng school nyo or ng mga kaibigan nyo. Tingnan ang kakayahan na mamuno, makita ang totoong problema ng mga tao at may genuine interest na gawin ang nararapat para sa ikabubuti ng bansa!

  3. Ang NAIA ay puno nang maligno, multo, aswang, capri, tikbalang, white lady, mga kalbo at panot na mutant. Nasaniban na ang pinaka worst na airport sa mundo nang mga maligno kaya ang kailangan natin ay magtanim ng Silver Bullet pang depensa sa lagim na kumakalat na. Susmaryosep, Dios Panginoon tulungan po kami.

  4. Atakihin sana uli si General manager ng Worst international airport at ng matuluyan na at hindi na makarecover…or macomatose muna.. walanghiya talaga ang mga taong iyan… kasama nya ang abnormal na presidenteng ito…half cracked..
    dumating na sana ang karma sa iyong mga alipores abnoy aquino at higit sa iyo mismo. SALOT KAYO SA MAMAYANG FILIPINO…

  5. i went to travel out of the country for the past two years, and nothing like this tanim bala..never heard of…it seems to be another well funded smear campaign against Pnoy to oust him before election time. just like lumad killings and SAF44..but they never succeed.

  6. My wife is so worried I’ll be coming home this X’mas for my yearly vacation from KSA. So worried that she keep on reminding me to buy luggages without outer pockets. I am fed up that even in my work she calls me. That’s the phsychological downturn of the NAIA events of Tanim Bala aside from the slow down of foreign tourist arrivals. I concocted a solution to this that I will commit and be charged with misdemeanor of being naked at NAIA on my arrival rather than suffer the Tanim Bala predicament. This I advise to all OFWs specially the ladies sans malice…NAIA will be great again.

  7. Isama mo na sila lacierda, Coloma, at mga hyatt10 sila abad, purisima, soil man, patio na din si Henares mga puro dakdak wala naman nagawa talaga.

  8. Overhauling a corrupt system is not an easy task especially that rooted so deeply since the colonial times. Mostly everyone in a government position has the mentality of enriching themselves illegally, even take pride of it as a standard operating procedure. I could honestly say that our current President is trying to address this issue, but he can only do so much within a single term. So he has to pass the torch to someone in line with the Daang Matuwid governance. Of course a political enemy reads it as Daang Patuwad and promises to do better.

    • I could honestly say that our current President is trying to address this issue, but he can only do so much within a single term. So he has to pass the torch to someone in line with the Daang Matuwid governance.
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      Are you serious ?

      Who gave the corrupt senators and house rep’s the billions from the pork barrel fund ?

      Who cancelled all the infrastructure projects and called that savings ?
      How many billions from that 150 billion disappeared ? Who knows since the budget sec won’t turn over the records of where it all went.

      Who lied about his involvement in the SAF 44 massacre on national tv ?

      Yolanda typhoon ? over 100 thousand still living in tents 2 years later.

      Who was president when the MRT fell apart ?

      Impeached Supreme court justice Corona giving 50 million pesos to each senator that voted to impeach him.

      Who appointed all the incompetent and corrupt agency chiefs ? even when they are implicated in scandals no investigated follows ?

      Smuggling has increased since Aquino appointed Lina to run BOC
      2000 shipping containers disappear and not even a investigation by the Ombudsman.

      121 members of congress gave their pork barrel gifts to fake non government organizations and only 3 opposition senators charged.

      Who was president when 76% of PLDT is owned by foreigners
      Globelines 64% foreign owned
      Power companies 100% foreign owned

      60% of the Philippines GDP goes to the top 1% richest.

      I can honestly say the President is a big part of the problem.

  9. There can be no change in our political system. It is not the people but it is the political system that corrupts our politician. Imagine you must be super rich to win the senatorial race and up. One must owe political gratitude to donors to get capital to run.the only solution parliamentary system. This will decrease corruption but not eliminate corruption,

  10. Armand Ardanas on

    In cases like this, Pnoy should make an order to the airport personnel to just confiscate the bullet they find from the passengers instead of detaining them. Masyado nang nakakahiya ang Pilipinas! Pnoy should act now! Otherwise he cannot expect favorable votes from his bosses.

  11. when you have an INCOMPETENT leader… yes you guessed it right…..you will have INCOMPETENT followers…. they all have the same MENTAL STATE OF MIND…pag may isang bugok Na itlog Sa basket ….ano pa eh di puro BUGOK silang lahat Sa basket….

  12. Indeed Amb. Tiglao, that guy Coloma is really stupid and a clown and does not even care about our plight. Siya kaya ang pa-byahehin natin ng 2 araw after a year of absence with our family only to be duped and harassed by these KUPAL and GREEDY people at the airport. Tapos ito pang ungas na amo nyang at isa pang inutil eh ayaw man lang kumibo. Masyadong abala sa pagkampanya para sa manok nyang parang “leghorn” kumpara sa mga kalaban nyang talisahin at texas.

  13. Filipinos deserves Better! In a span of just a few years…. We got so many new titles: WORST AIRPORT IN THE WORLD! WORST METRO TRAFFIC IN THE WORLD! WORST RAIL URBAN TRANSIT SYSTEM! Things went from bad to a lot lot worst!

    • We still have a positive new title:
      Davao – one of the safest city of the world
      So we still have something to be proud of.

  14. …what is frustrating and shameful is that despite any alleged probes and investigations nobody gets fired, the Customs people remain the same and the scams continue. Check out what the Customs people in Clark Field do to Korean passengers

  15. Disiplina at takot sa Diyos ang kailangan sa ating bansa. Siguro dapat magmisa at mangumpisal ang mga Catholic Priests sa airport araw- araw para mabendisyonan at magbago ang mga gumagawa ng tanim bala. In Jesus name. Amen.

  16. Kahit ano pa ang sasabihin natin kay abnoy sampu ang kaniyang student council na pamahalaan, walang epek yan sa kaniya..sabi niya,” kayo ang bossko, kasalanan ko ba kung inilagay niyo ako sa puwesto….!”

    To stop once and for all these crazy govenrment of Abnoy, do not commit a mistake again…huwag iboto ang kaniyang mga alipores ..yan lang.

  17. This anomaly at the airport is shameful, it victimizes the poor Pilipino, yet this government is scalous to it.
    Mr.Tiglao,another issue ,if u can,Please,investigate telco GLOBE, THIS AYALA TELCO UNDER THE PROTECTIVE WINGS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, HAVE MANY ANOMALY AND SCANDALOUS ACITIVITIES,SUCH AS ,DAILY UNREASONABLE DEDUCTION OF PREPAID LOAD,EVEN 1 peso daily,the amount nationwide is huge,this had been going on for 2 years,THIS IS HIGHTECH THIEVERY FIR THE GREEDY GLOBE,THEIR CALL CENTER IS NOT WORKING,ONE HAS TO WAIT FOR
    15 minutes,even when one calls in at 8:00am.there are still numerous anomaly.
    HOPING U INVESTIGATE

  18. let’s say a short prayer: diyos na mahabagin, lahat na yata ng ka-demonyohan nangyayari dito sa bansa namin sa tulong ng aming gobyerno … maawa kayo sa amin!

  19. Mr.Tiglao, you forgot to include Virginia Torres, Pinoy’s kabarilan and once head of the LTO. She figured lately in the scandalous attempt to facilitate the release of smugged sugar from the BOC.

  20. The greatest colossal mistake of any country dictatorial or democratic is to frame a tourist or tourists for wrongdoing. I remember well a couple who extensively travel all over the world when I asked them (husband and wife who always travel together) why they skipped The Philippines and their answer was the place is full of thieves.

    • There are also thieves in the United States specially in the Mexican areas but the number of thieves in the Philippines is tremendously large. I am a very cautious person but a group of snatchers took my watch which my mom gave me on my birthday. What a shame.

    • Pag nangyari yan, hindi totoo yan, baka sya pa mismo mag lagay ng bala sa maleta nya para lang masabing biktima sya. Tapos iiyhak sa tv, tapos magogoyo na naman nya mga makikisimpatya sa kanya. Salot yang pamilyang yan.

  21. Your friends are a reflection of you.
    Aquino’s choice of low-life friends, who are all intellectually challenged, incompetent, devious, arrogant, gun loving scoundrels, simply acts as a mirror for pnoy aquino’s own mediocrity, duplicity, and hypocricy.

  22. THE BEST WORST GOVERNMENT PALAGING PINARUSAHAN ANG MGA MAHIHIRAP PINAKAMATAAS NA TAXES SA BUONG ASIA….BEST IN LIES…. BEST BLAME PA MORE….BEST IN BRIBERY SENATE AND CONGRESS–BILLION USING TAXPAYERS MONEY…BEST IN RAMPANT SMUGGLING IN BOC,,hold Up DAP,,,,hold up PDAF…CORRUPTED SENATE –CONGRESS –JUDICIARY….SMUGGLED SUGAR TORRES 100 MILLION AND GARBAGE CAME FROM CANADA BOC…BEST IN OVER PRICED BILLION OF PESO PNP RIFLE DEAL….BEST IN BILLION OF PESO –COMBAT HELICOPTER DEAL…BEST IN DES–APPERANCE MORE THAN 2,000 CONTAINER 2011…BEST UN–INVESTEGATED LAND TRANSPORTATION OFFICE PROCUREMENT OF LICENSED PLATES DEAL… BEST COUNTRY–GLOBAL MANUFACTURING CENTER OF SHABU IN ASIA UNITED NATION…BEST WORST PRESIDENT…BEST WORST ARMY…BEST WORST TRAFFIC…BEST WORST AIRPORT…BEST WORST IN PLANTING OF BULLETS IN NAIA…BEST WORST CORRUPTION IN THE WORLD….2004 FERTILIZER SCAM P728 MILLION MANY EMPLICATED ARE NOW MEMBERS OF THE LIBERAL PARTY TUWAD NA DAAN….BEST AND THE WORST LATEST ANOMALOUS TRANSACTION 4.25 BILLION DEAL ENTERED INTO BY DOTC CHIEF JOSEPT EMILIO ABAYA ACTING PRESIDENT OF THE LIBERAL PARTY TUWAD NA DAAN WITH OUT BIDDING ( FUND RAISING ) FOR THE LIBERAL PARTY UP COMING POLLS NEXT YEAR…..

  23. KASABIHAN NGA , KUNG SINO DAW ANG KASAMAHAN AT LAGING KASAMA MO,DOON MAKIKITA ANG TUNAY MONG PAGKATAO!

  24. When the PEOPLE elect somebody to the highest office just because his mother died at the right time… They get what they deserve/

  25. do not forget the corrupt Lina- he, with conflict of interests was appointed by pnoy to head the BOC

    • Lina / BOC of Balikbayan Box fame, notoriety! ‘langya naman pati used swiss knife ko na pinadala ko sa balikyan box at bawal nga dalhin sa eroplano ay di pinatawad.

    • First thing Lina did was reassign a employee that was investigating his companies. He said it was just a coincidence.

  26. Dapat taniman ng bala ung mga ulo ng mga yan. Tama lang kasi may kulay yellow ang bala The size of the bullets must be what the lunatic North Korean dictator uses for the firing squad of his ministers when he catch them sleeping during his speeches, that of an anti-aircraft gun. MRT is of no use to run over these arrogant gang because they deliberately made it defective, mga tinamaan ng magaling!

  27. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    Tanim bala or laglag bala as anyone put it is a blackeye to this administration. It’s a shame to any law-abiding individual not only in the Philippines but to the entire world.
    For who in his right mind will ever think of coming to the Philippines either to visit the
    the country of his/birth much more to invest. Only in the Philippines and only durng
    this administration that this kind of crime against person has happen. Is the Philippines
    already transformed to the worst uncivilized country? Common Abnoy be ashame
    of yourself as a leader. This will define what kind of leader you are. It is command
    responsibility. WHATEVER WRONGDOIN THAT A SUBORDINATE COMMIT IS
    THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE LEADER. DOES THIS ABNOY UNDERSTAND
    COMMAND RESPONSIBILITY?

  28. It’s a shame especially the airport is named after PNoy’s father, Ninoy Aquino. My only concern is, items such as these should only be confiscated. In the absence of any gun, that bullet will be useless. Airport security can only confiscate. I think that they cannot detain someone for something not filed as a case in court. Enough is enough!

    • Airport security would just plant something else, have to get rid of the corrupt there is no other way.

    • Start by getting rid of the Jose Angel Honrado, general manager of the Manila International Airport, best way change the system is to make the people in charge responsible, that would be something new to try in the Philippines.

  29. Much is known of the system of political patronage and spoils from which these ‘aides’ and ‘hacks’ come from. It’s a big reason why change is so hard and a long time coming.

    Passage of the family anti-dynasty bill is long overdue due to just these examples used here. Unqualified people placed in positions of governance never fail to disappoint.

  30. Would you trust his judgment in choosing another of his close buddies, Manuel A. Roxas 2nd, to be a good president?
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    Roxas has proved he is totally incompetent numerous times, if he winds up as president then expect nothing cause that’s what the people are going to get.