You all know that DU 30 called Cesar Gaviria, former president of Colombia, “Idiot.”  The editorial of today’s Inquirer ends with the paragraph: As is President Duterte’s wont, he reacted to the mirror of criticism dismissively, and reflexively used the language of insult he favors in public forums. “That idiot.”

With the clever choice of a punctuation mark – a period instead of a comma – the Inquirer has called somebody powerful an idiot without drawing adverse consequence, unless the idiot’s men are sharp enough to have caught the trick shot.  


KFC has delivery problem

At 11:35a.m. of Dec. 15, we placed an order with KFC. We were told delivery time is 45  minutes to one hour – at the gate of our subdivision.  As our order had not been delivered by 1:00 p.m. or one hour and 25 minutes after we placed the order, we followed up our order.  We were told by the call center that they will remind the store of our order and to keep our line open as we can expect a call from the store.


When no delivery had been made by 1:33 p.m., we called again.  We were told  that the store has been reminded.  We asked for the phone number of the store so we could call the store ourselves.  We called several times, but no one answered. At that point, we decided to call another chain.


The food was finally delivered at 1:50 p.m., two hours and 15 minutes after the order was placed. The explanation was that KFC has problems with the Internet.  Well, we called the land line of the store from which the order was supposed to come but no one answered our calls.


So, it’s not the Internet that is KFC’s problem. It must be it’s system.  Oh, we rejected the delivery because by then our order from the other chain was on its way.

Ms. Robredo’s inappropriate reaction to DU 30’s inappropriate remarks

I immediately sensed at the very start of Pres. Duterte’s account of how he and Finance Sec. Dominguez maneuvered to get a better view of Vice Pres. Robredo’s knees that the President was going out of the bounds of proper conduct. The story the President was weaving was beginning to sound like banter in men’s rest room.  I found that very unbecoming of the President to do during an official function, specially an occasion commemorating the anniversary of a tragic event.

I was eagerly waiting for the camera to pan to the Vice President so I would see what her reaction was.  I was surprised to see her smiling from ear to ear as if she was extremely flattered by the President’s expression of admiration of her knees. The President glanced at her from time to time as he was telling his story.  Seeing her smiling, the President seemed encouraged to weave a more elaborate story.  I expected the Vice President to look away or put on a grim countenance if not a sour face.   I have seen young women the age of her older daughters react more appropriately when the banter around the table takes on a greenish hue.

Vic Lima and Karen Davila rant out of ignorance

Vic Lima opened Thursday DZMM’s Teleradyo Sais Trenta with an announcement that old money bills will be replaced and can no longer be used in 2017. Karen Davila expressed loud protest saying it is unfair to those who live in rural areas where there are no banks where they could exchange their old bills for new ones.  The two, as they often do frequently, rant out of gross ignorance.   The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has been announcing the demonetizing of old bills for the last 22 months and advising the public through mass media to use their old bills or have them replaced with new ones by banks. 

While BSP Deputy Governor was distinguishing between old bills meaning well-used, crumpled, physically damaged or physically dirty and old bills meaning with series numbers that date back to many years ago, Karen was reading text messages from program listeners or talking to Vic Lima.  At one point Karen gives a hypothetical situation of a carpenter receiving his pay in December and spending it prudently as to have some money left by 1917.  She says that it is unfair to the carpenter as he is forced to spend his hard earned money before 1917 or lose its value.

The fault of Gunigundo is not explaining what bills will be demonetized.  It is only towards the end of the interview that he said Karen’s hypothetical situation cannot happen as the employer cannot possibly  be paying the carpenter old bills.  It is only at that point that he said old bills are those with series numbers that are 30 years old.  He could have made it clearer by saying that old bills are those with the picture and signature of Ferdinand Marcos.  Maybe he considered it irreverent to say Marcos-issued bills will be demonetized.

PBA Commissioner went on a fining binge

The PBA Commissioner went on a fining binge the other day.  He slapped Tim Cone a P10,000 fine for statements detrimental to the league, Jeff Hodge P10,000 for a flagrant foul penalty one on Scottie Thompson in Game 3, Kelly Nabong P5,000 for a flagrant one on Justin Brownlee in Game 2, and Reynel Hugnatan P5,000 for flopping in Game 2.

While the Commissioner did not say what the detrimental statements uttered by Tim were, it is believed that they were his comments that there is no way to stop Allen Durham if the referees slap Sol Mercado with six fouls in 12 minutes.

Strange there were no fines slapped on the three referees of Game 5 for missing two miscues that should have turned the ball over to Meralco.   The first was when Hugnatan and LA Tenorio scrambled for the rebound. LA tapped the ball out of the hands of Reynel. Game Annotator Alex Compton said so. The referees gave the ball to Ginebra, Reynel going ballistic. The other was when Sol double dribbled and slid in one sequence, in full view of the 22,000 spectators and the TV cameras.  The entire Meralco coaching staff and Durham signalled “travelling” with their hands, but no whistle was blown by any of the three referees.  Sol passed the ball to Scottie Thompson who made good his shot from beyond the arc, giving Ginebra a comfortable lead at a crucial point of the game.

Maybe the referees were making up for their calling too many fouls on Sol in previous games.  Or maybe they were afraid of bringing down on themselves the ire of the huge Barangay Ginebra if they called Sol as having travelled. The replay showed clearly that Sol had broken his dribble but was not able to get a good grip of the ball.  So, he dribbled it again (a violation worse than palming the ball), and while holding the ball, both his feet slid.

If any player from any of the other nine teams had committed the same miscue, all three referees would have blown their whistles with all the power of their lungs.  Previous commissioners not only fined erring referees stiffly, they suspended them for the rest of the conference or dropped them from the roster of referees.

T N’T Head Coach Jong Uichico once said in a post-game interview, “It’s given when you’re playing against the San Miguel group. I have been there.”  Jong knows there is a common factor that gives SMC teams the edge over non-SMC teams – the referees.  He had coached two of those teams, San Miguel Beer and Ginebra San Miguel.

But if two San Miguel teams are pitted against each other, and one of the teams is Ginebra San Miguel, the referees would still not be fair to both teams. Ginebra would have the edge because of the referees.   Tim Cone must have known that when he was coach of Alaska. So did Ryan Gregorio, Chot Reyes, Norman Black, and Yeng Guiao.  

Many years ago, Swift/Pop Cola was leading Ginebra by seven points with less than a minute to go. Swift had the ball and Pido Jarencio was milking the clock.  Then three Ginebra players swarmed all over him to pluck the ball from him. When he held on to the ball, he was wrestled to the floor. The referees blew their whistles, not to call a foul but a violation by Pido – hogging the ball. When Pido sulked about the call, Swift Coach Yeng Guiao walked  over to him and said loudly as to be caught by the microphones of the TV crew covering the game: “Hindi tatawag ng foul yan, Pido.” It was clear to those who heard Yeng’s statement what he meant.  

Referees don’t dare call a foul on a Ginebra player, especially then when Ginebra was coached by the Living Legend Sonny Jaworski. He would rain down expletives and the rabid fans paper cups, wrappers, and coins on the referees if they made calls unfavorable to Ginebra.

Top candidates for MVP honors not in Finals

The top two candidates for Most Valuable Player honors, Junmar Fajardo of San Miguel and Jason Castro of TNT, for the 2015-2016 PBA season won’t be in the Finals of the Third Conference.  But the top two candidates for Rookie of the Year trophy, Scottie Thompson of Ginebra San Miguel and Chris Newsome of Meralco, will be.  Both play the 2 position, although they play point guard when LA Tenorio and Jimmy Alapag need rest.

Meralco will be in the Finals for the first time. Only Reynel Hugnatan, when he was with Alaska, Jimmy Alapag and Jared Dillinger, when both were with TNT, have championship experience.  On the part of Ginebra San Miguel, Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand are veterans of championship games.   So are LA Tenorio, when he was with Alaska, and Joe de Vance, when he was with Alaska and Purefoods.  Japeth Aguilar saw action the last time Ginebra was in the Finals.      

Ginebra coach Tim Cone had coached Hugnatan when they were with Alaska, while Meralco coach Norman Black had coached LA Tenorio , Japeth Aguilar, and Nico Salva in Ateneo.

LA Tenorio had taken the role of Helterbrand a few years back and it looks like Thompson has eased out Mark Caguioa from the core of the team.   Caguioa was fielded in when Ginebra was leading by more than 20 points and with less than three minutes left. It looks like the end of the era of the Fast and Furious, or the Bandana Kids, as they were known when they were new in the league.  Actually, both wore headbands, not bandanas.

Bullet comments on Lower House hearing on drug trade inside Bilibid

  • Sen. De Lima (in interviews and in her privilege speech on Monday): Witnesses who will testify against me are maximum-security convicts forced, psychologically-tortured, and promised rewards to testify.
  • Justice Committee Chair Rey Umali (opening statement):   This is not about de Lima.
  • Umali’s statement in English were preceded with “ahh, ahh” and ended with “ahh.” It was grating.  When he spoke in Tagalog, he was very fluid, no “ahhs.”
  • Committee Vice Chair Oaminal: Visayan pronunciation of English words very disturbing.   Rolling for ruling, testemone, preson, yistirdy, ples red da litir. and many more.  Aguirre got infected by the Visayan and Ilocano pronunciation of many Congressmen and witnesses (“wetnesses” as Cong. Cagas said) that he said at one time “Dilema” instead of de Lima.
  • Committee Vice Chair Veloso (responding to Aguirre’s compliment): We are all brilliant here.   Not really, based on the interpellations of Cong: Lacson, Pacquiao, and Cagas.  Pacquiao asked Aguirre a question that had been answered previously; so Aguirre said, “I have answered that.”    Just like his brother in Senate hearings.            
  • DOJ Aguirre:  These witnesses on their own volunteered to testify. (But winesses’ testimonies all led to de Lima’s taking millions in payola.)  
  • Each of Aguirre’s witnesses: I am afraid of JayBee Sebastian, the most powerful and fearsome gang leader in Bilibid and de Lima’s  bagman.     
  • They all feared a prisoner but not Pres. Duterte who de Lima accuses of the man behind her present   persecution.  
  • Aguirre:  the proliferation of drugs in Bilibid  started in 2012 when de Lima made known her plan to run for the Senate in 2013 and her need to raise campaign funds.
  • PNP Officer Magalong:  PNP Intelligence info says it started in 2001.
  • Umali allowed some Congressmen to stray from the purpose of the hearing but on the whole he had good control of the proceedings.