Buzz: Questions 20 on SAF 44to PNoy from Makabayan

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Monday, March 30, 2015


PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT...

... THE 20 QUESTIONS THE MAKABAYAN BLOC IN THE HOUSE WANT PNOY TO ANSWER, which means the president might not have given the last word last March 27 on the Mamasapano controversy.

Many of the questions were already raised in the Senate hearings and some of them were answered by PNoy or Malacañang but apparently the answers were not responsive or didn’t satisfy the group of House members.

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The questions covered included such areas as the participation of resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima, the delegation of tasks to the then suspended police chief, failure to order coordination even just before the attack commenced, the ceasefire efforts during the fighting, and allowing U.S. intervention and its legal basis.

The more tough ones:

-- “Did you give orders to stand down? Did you not give order/s to Catapang and/or Pangilinan not to fire the artillery in consideration of the peace talks with MILF?”

-- “Why did you lie in your first speech on Jan. 28 about the involvement of Purisima during the period of his suspension?”

-- “What can you say about Napeñas’s statement that you left them hanging (‘iniwan kami sa ere’) and that this is the highest form of betrayal?”

The questions pry into text messages and voice calls between PNoy and Purisima and Napeñas.

Would Malacañang answer the questions or would it just ignore them?

... RODOLFO ‘BONG’ PINEDA’S BEING IN THE TOP 100 INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS LIST OF 2013, the 64th highest with P18.6 million, topping tycoons Henry Sy and Lucio Tan.
The last time he was in the list was in 2008, #258 with P3.24 million. People wonder what came to BIR analysts’ mind when they reviewed his income statement.

... TEXT MESSAGES BETWEEN PNOY AND PRESIDENTIAL SISTER KRIS ABOUT HIS ALLEGED COLLAPSE FROM EXHAUSTION AND DEPRESSION. He cracked a long joke that Kris didn’t fully get.

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City Hall finances, according to Margot

TO Cebu City Councilor Margot Osmeña, when asked about City Hall finances, the description is “hand-to-mouth.”

Compared to people living “hand-to-mouth,” City Hall is not quite in that category. The city government, which is reputedly well-off if not opulent, it could be just facing a “cash-flow problem.”

She told dyCM radio’s “Frankahay Ta” that the city’s use of funds intended for the city hospital building to pay cash aid to seniors is an example of what she means by “hand-to-mouth.”

There just isn’t enough cash collected to pay due obligations.

Would she say that the City is not well-managed fiscally? “You said it”: the councilor’s reply to the talk show hosts, lawyers Frank Malilong and Ellie Espinoza.

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Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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