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Why Aquino is worried

MY sources tell me that the handlers of Mar Roxas, the administration’s candidate for President, told him never to be seen in public with Korina Sanchez, his wife.

They said that many people do not like Korina, a known ABS-CBN broadcaster. She reportedly says the wrong things at the wrong time.

I am beginning to believe this. Korina has not been seen with Mar in public for a while.

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President Aquino’s utmost concern at the moment is not how to assure victory in 2016 for his anointed, Mar Roxas.

Instead, Palace sources say that the President is actually worried about the many criminal and civil cases he is bound to face the moment he steps down from office on June 30, 2016.

BS Aquino III is aware that a group of lawyers, former judges and even justices have been meeting regularly somewhere in Global City to fine-tune cases to be filed against him once he loses his immunity from suit.

Among these cases being prepared against the President is bribery. He allegedly bribed lawmakers to have former Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona impeached, convicted and ousted. Santa Banana, I am told that some congressmen and senators have volunteered to become whistle-blowers!

Another case, my sources told me, is a suit against President Aquino and his cohort Budget Secretary Butch Abad for plunder in concocting that mongrel called Disbursement Acceleration Program ostensibly aimed at enhancing economic growth. This was misused and abused to further the Aquino administration’s political agenda.

Both the PDAF and the DAP have been ruled by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

My gulay, the case that could be the last nail in the coffin of President Aquino was his “ultimate accountability and responsibility” for that slaughter of 44 police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.  He had his friend, then-suspended and now-dismissed Police Chief Alan Purisima take charge of “Oplan Exodus.”

Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and then-acting Police Chief Leonardo Espina were kept out of the loop.

To me, that was a clear example of what a president should not be. Mr. Aquino never apologized for it!

Obviously, in an attempt to escape accountability and ultimate responsibility being the PNP Commander-in-Chief, President Aquino is now talking of an “alternate version” of mamasapano. For this, I think he can be impeached.

As I have always said, there’s such a thing as “karma”—whatever goes around comes around.

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I’m writing this column before Senator Grace Poe makes her long-awaited announcement to run for the presidency in 2016.

I knew this was coming, with the way Grace swaggers among the crowds that surround her wherever she goes, and the way she walks, raising her hands, as if to accept the adulation.

I really don’t know what she stands for. She makes a big thing out of the fact that she is an adopted daughter of the late movie icon Fernando Poe Jr.. Perhaps she thinks this is a sure ticket to the presidency.

Sure, she is honest so far (I say this since honesty include integrity, probity, and dedication to one’s profession). There’s also a thing called mental dishonesty.

She is also popular, being a fresh face in politics, but, is that all there’s to it to become President? She has reportedly been promised funding by the usual and well-known political contributors who donate to every candidate just to get an assurance that their investment will not come to naught. Grace, my gulay, seems unaware that election funders also wait for payback time. These people don’t just part with their money just  because they like someone’s face!

Grace is really a political neophyte, unaware that popularity is not all there’s to it in winning the presidency. Does Grace have grassroots following and a political machinery to ensure that her votes will be counted on Election Day? She should be aware that FPJ, popular as he was, lost in 2004 because his funding during the last two weeks dried up.

Despite the ranting of Susan Roces that FPJ was cheated, the fact is that the Iglesia did not vote for FPJ but for Gloria since Iglesia surveys found that Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was winning.

Aside from this, Grace Poe’s presidential bid is a boost for oppositionist Vice President Binay. Why? Because logic tells us that there will be those in the Liberal Party  coalition who will swing in favor of Grace.

But, Santa Banana, more importantly, Grace should not forget her disqualification case at the Senate Electoral Tribunal hanging over her pretty head. The case could continue to hound her until the end of the year. Consider all the documents and proof that she is not natural born. My gulay, people may believe that a vote for Grace is a vote for an American. Can we afford to have an alien as president?

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Dante Arevalo Ang, whom I first met and knew when the late Roberto S. Benedicto had full control of television channels 2, GTV 4, the government station, Channels 9 and 13 under the management of Kanlaon Broadcasting System, as a sales director, is my kind of entrepreneur and achiever.

Not so many people know that Dante, who is chairman emeritus of the Manila Times Publishing Group, has put up  The Manila Times College both in Manila and in Subic, with the Manila Campus offering Humanities and Social Sciences and the Subic Campus offering Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Accounting, Business, Management.

Aside from the two campuses, Dante’s Subic campus, also offers journalism classes for mass communications students to fine-tune their career. Would you believe that there are also foreign students taking courses in both campuses?

Dante also has another school, the Dewey School, with its own campus. Aside from all these, he operates a wellness and spa studio in Subic, and soon will build a village for retirement, also in Subic, together with a foreign partner.

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With both Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo turning down the Liberal Party’s offer as the vice presidential running mate of Mar, the Liberal Party may just settle for Nacionalista Party Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.

If NP Senator Bongbong Marcos runs for the presidency, who knows, he may get Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as his running mate?

In the world of politics, anything is possible.

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