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.


Vic Lima talks incoherently once again

Commenting on the testimony of Edgar Manobato in the Senate hearing on EJK, Vic Lima said Sen. Panfilo Lacson lost interest in continuing to interrogate Manobato because the witness talked of the past. He elaborated minutes later saying that Manobato talked of incidents in 2002 when Lacson had become a senator.

Why would Lacson lose interest just because the witness talked of the past? Aren’t all testimonies about past incidents? Why would he lose interest in incidents that happened in 2002 just because he had become a senator?   

The real story is that Matobato said that in 2002 PAOCTF Davao chief “Bato” de la Rosa ordered the kidnapping and killing of suspected international terrorist Salik Makdum.  Sen. Lacson did not find the testimony believable because de la Rosa could not have been PAOCTF Davao chief in 2002 because the PAOCTF (Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force) which PNP Dir. Gen. Lacson organized and headed had been dissolved when Lacson ran for senator in 2002.

Vic Lima bombs out once again During the Sept. 8 Pasada Sais Trenta program

Karen Davila:  All right, that is the way he speaks but when Pres. Duterte is dealing with heads of state, he should be more circumspect with his language.

Vic Lima:  That’s right.
Karen:  Besides, he had not said anything about Pres. Duterte’s war on drugs. It was the US press that speculated that Obama would question Duterte about human rights violations.
Vic:  That’s right.   
Karen Davila:  The poor Obama, this last foreign trip of his has been very unpleasant.  Firs, there was  his arrival in China for the G 20 meeting.  He was not given a red carpet reception, unlike the Russian and UK heads of state. Not even a staircase by which he was to go down from the plane was provided.  He had to get off Air Force One through the emergency exit. Then a lowly official shouted at his entourage  “Don’t cross the blue line.”       
Vic (who was fiddling in his seat while Karen was talking):  They did that to Duterte?
(Written all over Karen’s face was “Where have you been?” Well, very often Karen asks a resource person a question, and while the answer is being given, Karen reads a text message on her cell phone. When done reading, she asks the resource person the same question. Some high-ranking oficials have told her curtly, “I have answered that.”  Cong. Erice did that to her {with a tinge of irritation} during the inauguration of Leni Robredo as vice president.)
Karen:  We women should not allow the use of the curse pi (putang ina).  Why is the woman always the evil one?
Vic: The pa (putang ama) is also used sometimes.
 (Huh?  There are fathers who are whores or whores who are fathers?)  

Sept. 6 DZMM’s Pasada Sais Trenta

Karen Davila: Pres. Duterte lambasting and cursing Pres. Obama for the latter’s comment on the former’s war on drugs caused the cancellation of the bilateral talks between the two presidents. That was unfortunate as it could have been a great opportunity for Pres. Duterte to discuss with Pres. Obama US’ aid in modernizing our armed forces and US support of our stand against China regarding the Philippine seas.

Vic Lima: That’s right.

UP Political Science professor Clarita Carlos: What Pres. Duterte said about the US human rights violations is true. His words may not be politically correct, but that is how Duterte is. He should not pretend to be different when in the company of other heads of state. Let us not ask him to change. Let us accept him as he is. It’s time our president stood up to the US.

Vic: Lima: That’s right.

Permanent ambassador to the UN Lauro Baja: Pres. Duterte should be more prudent with his language when dealing with other heads of state. He can have an independent foreign policy but he should adjust his rhetoric according to the protocol of diplomacy.

Vic Lima: That’s right.

Karen Davila: On that note, thank you Ambassador.
Vic Lima: Mr. Baja became permanent ambassador because to him white is white and black is black.

Karen Davila: (silence)

Maybe the Manila Rotary Club, which had named Vic Lima in the past as Broadcaster of the Year, can name him Political Analyst of the Year for 2016.

Vic Lima

Vic Lima was in his elements in Friday’s Pasada Sais Trenta. Earlier in the day the new PNP director-General Ronald “Bato” del Rosario announced the reshuffle of the senior officers of the national police force. Vic showed his familiarity with the PNP top brass as he had comments on the performance of most of the officers reshuffled. I have blogged several times that Vic is very knowledgeable and therefore very competent to comment on street crime and traffic but not outside those subjects.

Anthony Taberna was solo in last Thursday’s Dos Por Dos because his co-host Gerry Baja was receiving the Manila Rotary Club’s Male Broadcaster of the Year award at the time. Anthony asked Karen Davila, who seemed to have lingered in the studio after her Pasada Sais Trenta program, to join him. After some repartee between the two, a listener texted Karen saying that she and Anthony have intellectual chemistry. I take it the texter was implying that Karen and Vic do not have it.

I have blogged several times more or less the same thing. There is a wide intellectual gap between the two. After all, she is a UP Graduate and TOWNS awardee, as she never fails to mention every time the circumstances give her the chance to say it. Vic’s jokes are too crude for Karen to appreciate – or even get.

Karen Davila was so excited about sharing her thoughts and showing off her knowledge on Sen. Trillanes’ claim that Duterte has P211 million in Bank of PI, J. Vargas branch, she fumbled terribly, showing instead her ignorance and shallowness.

Like a teacher lecturing to Grade III, right hand index finger flailing in the air, she made statements that only showed her ignorance. Examples are:

  1. She said only cash in hand has to be declared in the SALN. Wrong, cash in bank has to be declared also.
  2. She implied BPI released the information, even dragging the Zobel de Ayala brothers into the imbroglio when she made mention of them as supporting a different presidential candidate. Any staff member of a bank branch has access to the account of any depositor. A staff member who does not want Duterte to be president could have released the information. This is in sharp contrast to her commentary on the laundering case involving RCBC. On several days she zeroed in on the RCBC branch manager as the main culprit, never implicating RCBC top management or RCBC president Lorenzo Tan.
  3. She said BPI has been mum on the whole hullabaloo. That is because the bank secrecy law prohibits it from commenting on the matter. Didn’t she watch her own TV station’s coverage of the Senate investigation of the heist of Bangladesh’s $81 million? RCBC’s head of Legal kept on invoking the bank secrecy law when asked to about the bank accounts of fake depositors.
  4. She was confused as to who is incumbent mayor of Davao City – Sara or Rodrigo.
  5. She was not sure if Renato Corona was impeached or he resigned but subsequently said he was impeached as if impeachment was the other option to resignation. Corona was impeached (meaning accused) and removed from office because he was found guilty of the accusation.

She wondered if the illegally obtained information can be used to force Duterte to make public his bank account. How the information was obtained is beside the point in this case. Trillanes has not filed a formal complaint in the Office of the Secretary of Justice or of the Ombudsman. He is presenting the information to the court of public opinion or more appropriately to the electorate so it can judge presidential candidate Duterte.

She also displayed her shallowness when

  1. She let pass the statement of Mayor Duterte’s lawyer that there is nothing wrong with Duterte having a bank account. Karen should have said what Trillanes considers wrong is Duterte not declaring in his SALN the money in his bank account.
  2. She repeatedly asked rhetorically what if on May 2 Duterte’s account in the BPI branch showed only a few thousand pesos, and not P211 million as Trillanes claims. What the balance is in Duterte’s bank account on May 2 is not the point. What Trillanes said was Duterte had P211 million in the bank at the end of 2014 and Duterte did not declare that in his SALN.
  3. She also allowed to pass the statement of Duterte’s lawyer that the money in his bank account could include contributions to his campaign funds and therefore not Duterte’s money. Karen could have asked why contributions are deposited in his personal account and not in a separate account opened for the purpose.
  4. She asked Duterte’s lawyer why Trillanes knows so much about Duterte’s bank accounts. The lawyer answered she didn’t know. Of course she did not know. Karen should have not have asked her at all. (At that point, the Booming Voice Vic Lima made another statement of his wisdom. He surmised that maybe when Trillanes revealed the bank account number of Duterte, supporters of Duterte deposited their contributions in that account. So, is he implying Duterte’s supporters would not have contributed to Duterte’s campaign fund if Trillanes had not revealed the bank account number?)
  5. She compared the Duterte case to the Renato Corona case. She said in the case of Corona there was a legal case filed against him, and therefore there was legal basis to force Corona to open up his bank account. In the case of Duterte, no case has been filed against him. Why is he being made to reveal his bank balance? Because he is a candidate for president and he has been claiming that he is a man of integrity. Given his mayor’s monthly salary of less than P80, 000 how then did he amass so much money, Trillanes asks. Karen should have echoed the question.

Anthony Taberna and Jerry Baja got things right when they discussed the same subject in their program.

Classic Vic Lima flat jokes

April 14 DZMM Teleradyo Sais Trenta broadcast:

Comparing the ease with which Janet Lim-Napoles and Masbate Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete were able to post bail with the Kidapawan farmers’ continued detention because they could not post bail, Vic Lima said: The blindfold of Lady Justice is so fine she can see through.”

Karen Davila: “You are funny.”

That is why Vic gushes flat and oftentimes senseless jokes every day because Karen encourages him.

Several minutes later, after interviewing Pagasa (Weather bureau) forecaster Cinco about the day’s heat index, Vic asked:

“Could we be related? I am Lima, you are Cinco.”