JDV reveals secret of Arroyo-ZTE meeting

When Jose de Venecia was ousted as House Speaker, I feel that soon I see dramatic revealation of dark secrets. After all, only the thieves themselves know the secrets of thieves.

Former Speaker Jose de Venecia and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo: tell us what are your secrets!

Today’s headline of Philippine Daily Inquirer, JDV details secret Arroyo-ZTE meeting, obviously very dramatic. It’s the same old story but now sugar-coated and made colorful. JDV will reportedly reveal the secret meeting of no less than the President of the Philippine and ZTE officials on Nov. 2, 2006, at the headquarters of ZTE Corp. in Shenzhen, China.

Jose de Venecia knows it because  he was there! In fact, the old de Venecia can recall that they ate rice porridge and shrimp dumplings that time.

Reading the story is like listening to dramatic narrative. Or could it be a dramatic pursuits of a crook hero?

Listen to dull and ignorant, they too have their own stories to tell, Desiderata reminds me. But former Speaker Jose de Venecia, is not another whistle-blower. He was an insider; he took something; he get the share of whatever the administration “got”. No doubt on that. If the first family got millions, no doubts, de Venenia got his, too!

The ousted speaker will reportedly reveal “the secrets” on his biography, Global Filipino: The Authorized Biography of Jose de Venecia Jr., the Visionary Five-Time Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines. [link]

The book, according to reports, will be launced this week Washington, D.C. JDV’s biography, written by veteran American journalist Brett M. Decker, an editor of the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, accordingly, devotes several chapters on the scandals in the Arroyo administration.

Great! I look forward to read the book. (If I really can.)

Many are hoping that with the revelations of de Venecia will help the majority. But with circumstances, I think JDV is more interested on his political vendetta than that of sincere intention to help cleanse Philippine political stinks.

Goodluck Congressman Jose de Venecia

Jun Lozada’s Moment of Fame

First, we know that the National Broadband Network (NBN) and the ZTE corporation deal was questionable. That was something we need to talk about.

Then someone rose to speak up! He was Jun Lozada who claimed that he knew! He came along with nuns as if he was god-send. Jun Lozada became an instant hero in a a society that desperately seeks heroes.

Jun then claimed that he was kidnapped when he arrived from Hong Kong.

Many emphatized him when he cried on national television. Poor Jun. But alas, he became an instant celebrity! He had become a real Pinoy idol!

I was not convinced that Lozada was kidnapped. He did not resist the law enforcers who escorted him from the airport. Besides, he was allowed to use his mobile phone and allowed to send messages to people. But many believed he was really kidnapped because they tolerated their feelings to rule and not the reasons of mind.

Now, the Court of Appeals said that the petition for the writ of amparo filed by Lozada was baseless, thus his case of kidnapping and abduction was also baseless.

It both amused and saddened me when I remember Lozada’s moment of fame.

I was amused out of despair while observing the exaggerated situation. In fact, news reports highlighed the trivial stuff than tackling on the issues. Major television networks raced to spot the face of Lozada – Lozada smiling, Lozada crying, lozada waving, Lozada walking, Lozada speaking, Lozada shouting, Lozada murmuring, Lozada praying, and lot more.

He spoke about truth. “Katotohanan” was the buzz word. But truth then was so relative. Those who had faith in Loazada’s claims would fearlessly declared they what they believed in was the only truth. But even those who did not put all trust to Lozada also had their version of truth? What was truth then?

I was among those who tried weigh things. I did not conclude based on Lozada’s claim alone. But of course I took extra care on listening to propaganda-type press releases of the government.

I remember how I was criticized when I spoke that Lozada was not supposed to be raised as hero. We should listen to him first and let history put the crown on his head.

But people could not wait. Lozada was declared “hero” and a “star”. Lozada shone like a star. Politicians followed him. What really amused me was Lozada’s tourto provinces, speaking to students all about truths. It was an act gradually eaten up his credibility specially when he became more and more tactless. After all, he was more interested in being the star of the crowed than being the true witness.

Lozada’s moment of fame was temporary as the moment of fame of senators who acted like children playing on street. The only difference was they were playing drty politics.

Responsible Press

For a journalist, it is always risky to write news out of unverified information. Except for sensational reporter, a responsible journalist adheres the basic principles of journalism – truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness, and public accountability.

Half-baked stories are sure hit – increase readership, ratings; more revenue. But there are risks.

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Thursday’s Snippet

In programming, an ABEND (also abnormal end or abend) is an abnormal termination of software, a crash. With some indicators, is GMA’s administration close to an abnormal end? Wait and see.


Some say CBCP’s position on the national crisis is just right but many are discontented. Do they expect the clerics to say: Go to EDSA and revolt? Multiply politicking

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