Le clique cheek

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Where is Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro (no relation) getting the audacity–the sheer cheek — to run for President of the Philippines? And what led the Lakas-CMD-KAMPI executive committee to endorse his nomination?

It’s certainly not from the results of the surveys. Every poll ever taken since a year ago and until the other day puts Teodoro among the least preferred successors to Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo, together with sidewalk vendor terror and footbridge builder Bayani Fernando. Teodoro is in fact running neck and neck at last place with Fernando, Jamby Madrigal, “Don’t know,” and “No preference.” In some surveys his name doesn’t even appear because no respondent mentioned him at all. So scratch the surveys out as a source of Teodoro’s and the Lakas-CMD-KAMPI executive committee’s optimism.

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Fed up

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Among other meanings, “puno” means tree, and Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno won’t let us forget it. The DILG website has a slide show and YouTube videos which all feature Puno as the source, the “puno,” of all good things in that department. There he is, inspecting new police cars with Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. There he is again, this time in a camouflage police uniform, pinning a medal on the chest of some policeman. And there he is with a little girl, extolling the virtues of the Philippine National Police’s Women and Child Protection Desk.

The website also proclaims that “’Pag maganda ang puno, Maganda din ang bunga” (a good tree bears good fruit), which is the exact same message of the Puno “public service” ads that have been running over TV for some weeks. Those ads, said a Puno spokesman, were paid for by the Friends of Ronnie (FoR), which he says is a group supportive of Puno’s advocacy of “empowering local government units” and “developing a new breed of law enforcers.”

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