Archive for October, 2005

Pinoy Big Brother

There is no escaping Pinoy Big Brother these days. While I was having a medical check-up some weeks ago, the cell phone of my internist’s assistant rang. My internist immediately recognized the ring tone. Amused, he remarked, “That’s Pinoy Big Brother.” The assistant replied, “I got this from you.” Past 9 p.m. at home, I […]

October 31, 2005   Posted in: Malaya  1,924 Comments

FVR, Enriquez, Abat

Last Friday, former AFP Chief of Staff Fortunato Abat and former Budget Secretary Salvador Enriquez held a press conference at the Café Roma in Manila Hotel. The two are the primemovers of the Christian Nationalist Union which calls for the ouster of Gloria Arroyo and the setting up of a new government to be run […]

October 30, 2005   Posted in: Coverage, Malaya  1,623 Comments


(Holidays are a good time for reflection. I’m sharing this article I wrote for the Dec. 2004-January 2005 issue of Mirror Magazine) There are things that we reserve for special occasions. Like, I use my lovely handkerchiefs when I go to important meetings. I use my nice sleepwear when I travel. Upon discovery of my […]

October 30, 2005   Posted in: Health, Mirror, Web Links  506 Comments


By Ellen Tordesillas PJR Reports Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility September-October 2005 There’s nothing profound about why I went into journalism. Writing is my only marketable skill.I can’t dance. I can’t sing. I’m not gifted with marketing savvy to make it as a saleswoman. I’m too disorganized to be a secretary. But I have […]

October 30, 2005   Posted in: General, Web Links  522 Comments

Malacañang confirms Tiglao ambassadorial assignment

——————————————————————————– MALACAÑANG yesterday confirmed that President Arroyo has appointed Presidential Management Staff chief Rigoberto Tiglao as ambassador to Greece. Tiglao, in a text message to Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye, said: “It will be a great honor for me to represent the Philippine republic in the fountainhead of Western philosophy and civilization. New horizons, new challenges […]

October 30, 2005   Posted in: Malaya, Web Links  33 Comments

Tambakan ng mga rejects

Ang laking insulto sa Department of Foreign Affairs ang kumento ni Serge Remonde, secretary for government media, na tama lang na i-appoint si Bobi Tiglao na ambassador sa Greece. “Sabi ni Remonde, “He has undergone a serious heart operation and he deserves to take it easier.” (Na-operahan siya sa puso at dapat lang na relax […]

October 30, 2005   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Web Links  4 Comments

People’s Court

Palagi nating sinasabi ang katotohanan ay parang tubig na dumadaloy. Hindi ‘yan ma-aaring pigilan. Dadaloy at dadaloy yan. Ganyan ang nangayari sa katotohanan tungkol sa pandaraya ni Arroyo noong 2004 elections. Pinipilit niyang takpan at ilibing. Lumalabas pa rin. Kahapon, inilunsad ng Citizens’ Congress for Truth and Accountability ang “People’s Court” na siyang magdinig ng […]

October 28, 2005   Posted in: Web Links  6 Comments

Ambassador Bobi Tiglao

Rigoberto Tiglao, head of the Presidential Management Staff and one of Gloria Arroyo’s trusted advisers, will be appointed ambassador to Greece. Tiglao’s nomination was supposed to have been signed yesterday, a highly reliable source said. It will be submitted for confirmation to the Commission on Appointments, which is expected to be convened when Congress resumes […]

October 28, 2005   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya, Web Links  241 Comments

Nocturnal President

First published in PCIJ’s “I” Magazine in 1999 by Ellen Tordesillas Pres. Estrada’s late-night buddies influence decision-making in the Palace. THE MEETINGS take place at night and last until dawn. There, views are traded, strategies prepared, and deals struck. By the time the men at the table stand up and stagger out the door, much […]

October 16, 2005   Posted in: Governance, Graft and corruption  No Comments