Buzz: That P36,000 cash in Archival’s pocket

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Thursday, February 20, 2014


SEN. TEOFISTO “TG” GUINGONA III, in explaining about his “three-point-shot, buzzer-beater” comment about Ruby Tuason’s testimony, said he meant the socialite who testified before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee had the “goods on him (Sen. Jinggoy Estrada.”

Having the goods on you means what is incriminating against you is found or disclosed, in this case, the evidence to link the senator to the multimillion-peso pork barrel fraud.


More blunt, though with less hype and currency than TG’s “three-point-shot, buzzer-beater” comment.

What’s apparently tough to explain is why TG had to make that assessment of evidence when he was head of the committee and not all the facts were in yet.

WHAT COULD BE A MORE VIVID DISPLAY of rallying to the beleaguered Jinggoy, or circling of wagons against attackers, than the picture of former president and now Manila Mayor Erap Estrada, Sen. J.V. Ejercito and Sen. Bong Revilla all together in a unity gathering?

All right, it would’ve been a bigger powerhouse with Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and former senators Loi Estrada and Ramon Revilla Sr. who are all linked to the pork barrel fraud.

The photo setup was staged Monday on Jinggoy’s 51st birthday.

THE BODY OF ATTY. NOEL ARCHIVAL yielded P36,000 cash in one of his pockets?

One explanation is that some of his clients in criminal cases don’t issue checks but don’t wait for the bill and pay in cash.

Lawyers, not like journalists, no longer worry that they’d turn up dead with no or little money in their pockets. With the IBP’s schedule of fees, cash keeps flowing as long as the courts stay open. (You see how the shutdown of many Cebu RTCs has reduced lawyer’s cash flow though it has not impoverished them?)

There’s a story, maybe apocryphal, that a thief threw away in disgust the billfold of a news reporter whose pocket he had picked near a mall.

“Patoga’g pitaka-pitaka unya P20 ray sulod.”

Karen ‘regretted’ she married early

An under-reported story about Karen Gimeno, communication head of Ping Lacson, presidential assistant for rehabilitation and recovery or PARR, is that she regretted having married before she served as spokesperson for the Corona defense in the Corona impeachment trial (which ran Jan. 16 to May 29, 2012). She was in Cebu Monday.

She found possible love mates who were Filipinos during the trial. Her husband is an American investment banker. But maybe she was just saying that in jest, speaking in Tagalog, she said, so that her husband couldn’t understand what she said.

As to that over-reported bit about having canceled her honeymoon because of the trial: she said she was able to escape (“nakatakas”) from work. After all, the impeachment court adjourned every afternoon and had no session on weekends.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 21, 2014.

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