Now, Noynoy Aquino has to deal with his squabbling allies who are divided into Mar Roxas loyalists and Senator Grace Poe balimbings.
Poe is said to be the President’s “alternative bet,” who offers an “alternative route” (shortcut of daang matuwid or straight path), triggering an exodus of Liberal Party turncoats in support for the popular senator.
What’s worse, they are also wrestling over the administration coalition’s “war chest,” allegedly the hundreds of billions of pesos accumulated from the looted Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), donations from big business like mining companies, local casino and online gambling operators, smugglers, calamity funds, etc.
According to well-placed sources, LP members defecting to the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and other parties are demanding their “fair share” of the administration coalition fund.
These politicians are actually fighting for survival as most of them are running for reelection, thus their necessity for campaign funds.
“Iginigiit ng mga tumitiwalag na karapatan nilang mabigyan ng ‘panghatag’ nila sa kani-kanilang kandidatura sa halalang Mayo 9 [The turncoats were insisting on their right to the war chest for their reelection],” a coalition insider told me.
The row reportedly instigated a “shouting match” between Noynoy and Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, whose relations were strained after the Supreme Court ordered the Ombudsman to investigate and possibly charge them for manipulation and misuse of the constitutionally outlawed DAP, involving at least P150 billion.
Noynoy reportedly blamed Abad for cooking up the DAP but Abad shot back by pointing out that the scheme had the President’s full approval, including its use to bribe Congress to remove then-Chief Justice Renato Corona.
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‘Oplan Exodus part2’
Noynoy’s clear indecision as to whom he will actually vouch for to replace him in Malacañang, perhaps, dramatizes the dearth of ideal, credible and deserving “presidentiable” in the May 9, 2016 elections.
The President’s predicament seems exacerbated by Sen. Grace Poe’s daring declaration of her determination to pursue the top post.
Of course, Noynoy had formally endorsed ruling Liberal Party (LP) stalwart Mar Roxas as the administration standard-bearer.
The indecisive President stalled his anointment after a number of closed-door meetings with Poe and her eventual running mate Sen. Chiz Escudero.
In no occasion did Noynoy mention that he categorically asked Poe to team up with Roxas. The ungrateful stand-in for Roxas in the 2010 presidential elections actually wished Poe to be the administration standard-bearer.
Poe had said she would be duly guided by the President’s wishes and, like Roxas, she touted Noynoy’s daang-matuwid program of governance.
Well, Noy, be careful of what you wish for.
One can’t blame many who strongly suspect that Noynoy might be secretly supporting Poe.
It won’t be the first time Noynoy stabs Roxas in the back after leaving the former Interior and Local Government secretary in the dark in launching the ill-fated “Oplan: Exodus.”
Unfortunately, the balimbingan trend or exodus of turncoats among LP and coalition allies is turning out to be Noynoy’s own making.
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Illegal aliens, online casinos thrive
ILLEGAL ALIENS reportedly continue to work in large numbers, particularly at illegal online gaming centers, despite previous apprehensions by Bureau of Immigration (BI) authorities.
This leads us to believe these online casino operators are protected by powerful government officials who keep them from shutting down.
They are back in business after being raided by BI and other law enforcement agencies like the National Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
My undercover assets reported that among these entities are the Oriental Group (OG) chain of online casinos at Eco Plaza on Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo) and at Burgundy Tower on Buendia Avenue, Makati City, where illegal alien workers still abound.
Another haven for undocumented Chinese in the country is the Happy Wing online gambling hub at the PBCOM Tower on Ayala Avenue in Makati.
A known gambling lord, who is himself an undesirable alien, reportedly owns the establishments. He has evaded arrest and deportation for obvious reasons.
We have informed the Makati City business permits and licensing office about these continued illegal operations but no action has been taken so far.
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