CORRECTIONS, AMPLIFICATIONS ON ‘BALLSY, ELDON, PRADO: VICTIMS OF A DEMOLITION JOB’

July 4, 2013 10:16 pm

Computer glitches and editing errors marred the opinion article by Dr. Dante A. Ang, chairman emeritus of The Manila Times, titled “Ballsy, Eldon, Prado: Victims of a demolition job” in yesterday’s Times.

Dr. Ang’s original manuscript referred to the “extortion reports” as a canard.

Engineer Steve Psinakis is the husband of Precy Lopez, sister—not daughter as the printed article incorrectly states—of the late Eugenio “Geny” Lopez.

Dr. Ang’s article cites the failure of the broadcast stations’ news team leadership to verify the accuracy of the allegations and as a result helped in the demolition job against Ballsy, et al. The false allegations were part of a sinister campaign to obfuscate the real issue and draw attention away from the real culprits.

Dr. Ang’s article as written is more economical with words—using “social” not “social event” to mean a party. Thus, it states, to counter the allegation that Ballsy, et al. went to Prague to commit extortion:

“True enough, Ballsy and Eldon Cruz did travel to Prague sometime in 2011 upon the invitation of Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Josef Rychtar. While in Prague the three were treated to a social attended by representatives from the Czech government and business sector. It was purely social and no business matters were discussed. Even assuming they had attempted to extort $30 million from Inekon, as some speculators would put it, there was simply no window of opportunity to privately discuss business deals in the middle of a public gathering.”

The published article omitted some details Dr. Ang pointed out to punctuate the dangerous situation at the DOTC.

“What he [President Aquino] should NOT do is consult with the people Secretary Mar Roxas brought in when he was appointed DOTC chief. Save for one who went with Mar to the Department of Interior and Local Government, I am told that these people have remained in their strategic posts at the DOTC and are running the show at the department long after Mar had left for the DILG job.”

The published version weakened the intensity of the warning. In this original paragraph Dr. Ang wrote:

PNoy should not worry much about his detractors from the ranks of the opposition or the NPA or the MILF or the MNLF or some other groups committed to the overthrow of the government. Rather, he should guard against some of his so-called “friends” and some of the people his “friends” brought into the government many of whom are holding powerful positions, so powerful that they can bring the government literally to a standstill. Some examples: the LTO drivers licenses, the car stickers, the MRT expansion project, the irrigation projects, the upgrading of the NAIA 1, the resolution of the NAIA2 dispute, and a host of other much delayed programs.

6 Responses to CORRECTIONS, AMPLIFICATIONS ON ‘BALLSY, ELDON, PRADO: VICTIMS OF A DEMOLITION JOB’

  1. Jerry Ocampo says:

    Why is there a need to publish this article on corrections, amplifications? May napagalitan na ryan? Did the publisher emeritus got peeved by someone who edited his article? Mr. Ang should know better. If he really want to defend the Aquinos, do it in a professional, journalistic way.

  2. noypisiTED says:

    Beware of power, it can send one into a state of amnesia. One blogger here may have a point in asking “why of all the government bigwigs, which we have a lot of do-nothing, it had to be Eldon and Ballsy representing the Phil. gov’t.?” We know both are private citizens but in Prague they were reportedly met by gov’t functionaries and business leaders, and nothing about business chitchats were discussed, huh?, “tell that to the ostrich”. We understand it’s less than 3 years more before PNoy makes his last aria, the Filipino people hope that the Aquino in-laws were not making up for whatever time is left to prepare for the post PNoy era. Sure, there’s still life to live after PNoy’s presidency but it’s not an excuse for committing any wrongdoing that may sully the name of the Aquinos (well, let’s leave Kris aside). Simply put, just don’t forget the good name bequeathed by Ninoy and Cory.

  3. noypisiTED says:

    Beware of power, it can send one into a state of amnesia. One blogger here may have a point in asking “why of all the government bigwigs, which we have a lot of do-nothing, it had to be Eldon and Ballsy representing the Phil. gov’t.?” We know both are private citizens but in Prague they were reportedly met by gov’t functionaries and business leaders, and nothing about business chitchats were discussed, huh?, “tell that to the ostrich”. We understand it’s less than 3 years more before PNoy makes his last aria, the Filipino people hope that the Aquino Kris aside). Simply put, don’t forget the good name bequeathed by Ninoy and Corin-laws were not making up for whatever time is left to prepare for the post PNoy era. Sure, there’s still life to live after PNoy’s presidency but it’s not an excuse for committing any wrongdoing that may sully the name of the Aquinos (well, let’s leave Kris aside). Simply put, just don’t forget the good name bequeathed by Ninoy and Cory.

  4. Mandy says:

    BECAUSE MOM TAUGHT US WELL….
    The alleged involvement of one of the sisters of Noynoy in an irregular deal comes not as a surprise since the four Aquino siblings has been active in the daily affairs of their brother from his haircut down to the clothes he wears for the day.
    So why not a slice of the action since Noynoy still has three years left in his presidency?
    The alleged involvement of Ballsy Aquino Cruz and Noynoy’s brother-in-law Eldon Cruz and their group, in the contract for the supply of coaches for the metro rail transit (MRT) which is the one that traverses the Epifanio de los Santos Ave (Edsa) that is a key road for the Aquinos since this is where the People Power assembly that had installed former President Cory Aquino, Noynoy’s mother, happened.
    The persons said to have been helping the two in swinging the deal with Inekon, a Czech manufacturer of train equipment, are all family allies, and the name of a Lopez brother in law, Steve Psinakis, is also alleged to be in the inner group of Ballsy and husband.

  5. rose says:

    Quote:

    “Even assuming they had attempted to extort $30 million from Inekon, as some speculators would put it, there was simply no window of opportunity to privately discuss business deals in the middle of a public gathering.”

    The above quote is practically a desperate attempt to control damage. The statement is even erroneous. How can it be private when it is in the middle of a public gathering? Of course, the issue happened before or after such gathering. And, one can only surmise that such social gathering was probably an offshoot of a the private meeting. It foolishly assumes that it is normal to discuss ‘extortion issues” in a social gathering witnessed by the media. And since there was no time to do so, the issue did not really happen. Simply a lot of nonsense. One thing is certain, since the issue allegedly happened in the Chezch Republic, either the source of the information came from PNoy’s inner circle or it came from Inekon itself. Surely, it did not came from any critic whom PNoy alleged to be conducting a demolition job against him.

    By the way, what kind of “social gathering” was it? What’s so special about such “social gathering” to send Balsy and Eldon Cruz as PNoy’s representatives?

  6. rose says:

    Pray tell us, why of all government offcialsm it is Balsy and Eldon Cruz, a civilian couple, who were invited by Ambassador Josef Rychtar, to a social gathering in Prague, Chezch Republic???

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