Revelations in the Monday privileged speech of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. at the Senate has induced “no raining men” but catcalls for certain boys—such as Boy Hatid, Boy Pick-Up and Boy Pirma.
Say, retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz describes President Benigno Aquino 3rd as “Boy Hatid.”
In an interview, Cruz said that if Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas earned the sobriquet “Boy Pick-up” and whistleblower Benhur Luy as “Boy Pirma,” Aquino can be called “Boy Hatid,” noting the incident where he escorted the alleged mastermind of P10-billion pork barrel scam, Janet Lim-Napoles.
Plying feedback on the Revilla speech, he said that the Filipino people are already used to Aquino’s silent way of hiding the truth from the public.
“Pero alam ninyo po na susunduin ng isang sekretaryo ang isang tao para makipag-usap sa Pangulo, hindi naman po nakakabigla iyan, ‘pagkat ang Pangulo ang siyang naghahatid sa Camp Crame, nakakainggit nga iyon eh,” Cruz said.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda confirmed that at 9:37 p.m. on August 28, 2013 Napoles had surrendered to Aquino.
Tongue firmly in cheek after chewing the cud of the Revilla privileged speech on Monday, he called Roxas as “Boy Pick-up” while whistleblower of the pork barrel scam, Luy earned the alias “Boy Pirma.”
The prelate admitted that he appreciated Revilla’s exposes, but clarified that Aquino’s way of lobbying for the impeachment of former Supreme Court (SC) Chief justice Renato Corona does not shock the public, including forging of signatures.
He said that what Revilla had exposed were no longer new to the public.
“Iyon pong mga nasabi ni Sen. Revilla ay alam na natin na hindi naman bago iyon—na ang pera ay kumalat para nga sa impeachment ni CJ Corona,” he said.
He believes that there was a “pressure and bribery” in Corona’s impeachment.
On May 29, 2012, Corona was found guilty of Article II of the Articles of Impeachment filed against him pertaining to his failure to disclose to the public his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.
Sad over revelations
One of the lawyers of Corona during his impeachment trial at the Senate expressed sadness on the revelation made by Revilla.
Lawyer Tranquil Salvador, who also used to be the spokesman of Corona’s defense panel in the impeachment trial, said it is unfortunate that President Aquino meddled in the process.
In his speech, Revilla detailed the alleged meeting with Aquino whom he accused of forcing him to vote for the conviction of Corona.
Revilla said he was invited by Roxas, who was then Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to his house in Cubao, Quezon City early one morning.
They then proceeded to the Bahay Pangarap, where Aquino resides, and were greeted by Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad and followed by the president.
Salvador said while they fully trusted the fairness of the impeachment process, the President apparently worked to ruin its integrity by influencing some senator-judges.
“I am deeply saddened because we participated in the process in the belief that it was fair and compliant with the requirements of justice, due process and fair play,” he told The Manila Times in a text message.
Revilla, a known ally of former President and now Rep. Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga, who appointed Corona in the SC, voted for the conviction of the former chief justice.