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*‘Rigodon de Bobo’* <http://globalbalita.com/2010/12/26/rigodon-de-bobo/>

*By Perry Diaz *

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*Illustration by Dave San Pedro*

After six months in office, President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III is being
criticized for surrounding himself with bumbling and inexperienced people in
high positions in his administration.  And the latest buzz is that there is
infighting in his official family among the “Balay,” “Samar,” and “Times
Street” factions.  Throw in P-Noy’s legal team into the fracas and you end
up with a *“Rigodon de bobo.”* Yup, that is, a bunch of *bobos *dancing *

The other day, Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang was quoted – of
course he’d deny it — as saying that Executive Secretary or “Little
President” Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa Jr. will lose his post at the end of the
one-year ban on the appointment of losing candidates.  Ricky said either
former Sen. Mar Roxas or Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras would take
over as “Little President.” But “Mojo” Jojo is untouchable, Ricky!

And guess where Jojo would be appointed?  Secretary of Justice, *kuno.* Hmm…
After drafting executives orders full of holes, he’s now going to head the
Department of Justice?  I can just see Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and
Midnight Chief Justice Renato Corona laughing and giggling.

And where would Justice Secretary Leila de Lima go?  Chairman of the
Commission on Elections (Comelec), *kuno.* No wonder Comelec Chairman
Carmelo Melo is retiring two years earlier.  I wouldn’t be surprised if
“Mellow” Melo would soon be appointed to a plum ambassadorial position.

Now, the question is: Why is De Lima being shoved out of the Justice
Department when she’s doing a wonderful job, which includes the Incident
Investigation Review Committee (IIRC) report on the August 23 bloody
hostage-taking fiasco?  Hmm…  I wonder if De Lima’s recommendation to
prosecute P-Noy’s “shooting buddy,” Dept. of the Interior and Local
Government (DILG) Undersecretary Rico E. Puno, had anything to do with De
Lima being booted out?  Didn’t she know that Rico the “Shooter” is

*It’s chop-chop time…* It’s in the news – Malacañang said, “Any one among
President Aquino’s Cabinet secretaries may either be sacked or moved to
another post come January.”  The buzz is that several executives’ heads are
on the chopping block (ugh!)  [...]
Read the full story >> *‘Rigodon de

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