Jojo A. Robles

The real ‘palit-ulo’

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Right under everyone’s noses, Digong is pulling off his biggest, most outrageous “palit-ulo” scheme. But it doesn’t involve killing anyone - the exchange is all about shifting emphasis from traditional diplomatic partners and cultivating new ones regularly eyed with suspicion by the old.

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We’re our own backup

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Now that President Noynoy Aquino is leaving, I guess we can finally put to rest the old lies that he so brazenly told us during the six years of his now-ending term. And one of the biggest whoppers told by Aquino is the one about how the United States has got our back in our territorial dispute with China.

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A tale of two Ombudsmen

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I remember former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, who resigned shortly after being impeached by the House of Representatives rather than face trial in the Senate. Gutierrez had been told in no uncertain terms that she would be convicted and removed after a Senate trial because that was the instruction to the senators of then President Noynoy Aquino.

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Leni’s long wait

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Leni Robredo is seeking an audience with President-in-waiting Rodrigo Duterte, whom she intends to ask a Cabinet position from. In particular, Robredo wants to become secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development - a sure sign that she covets a high-profile position that will catapult her to higher office.

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The first 100 days (1)

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(First of two parts) May you live in interesting times, the English say, referencing a supposed Chinese curse. The Chinese don’t really have such a curse, although they do have a saying that it is better to be a dog in times of peace than to be a human in a chaotic period.

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More questions

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Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista tried his best to answer allegations of cheating in the vice presidential race yesterday. But I think all Bautista succeeded in doing was to raise more questions about what happened when elections contractor Smartmatic fiddled around with the computer code of the transparency server used by media and poll watchdog groups to come up with their controversial “quick count.”

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NYT blames Noynoy

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Not all members of the foreign media are clueless “parachutists” who become overnight experts on the Philippines after sitting in posh hotel lobbies. Some of them actually understand what’s going on in this country and write accordingly.

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That close race

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A lot of people were saying that it was going to be a very close race. They didn’t know that it wasn’t the battle for the presidency that was going to be really, contentiously fought.

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Sing, Janet, sing!

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Cherchez la femme, as the French would say. And the woman will not be hard to find, since she’s already in prison.

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The coverup starts

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The fix is in, apparently. And if no lawmakers - except political foes who will refuse to help administration candidates win in the coming elections - are convicted in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scandal pulled off by Janet Lim Napoles, you’ll know exactly what went down.

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