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.