Wikileaks:Ramos got P5M campaign contribution from Gaddafy

Got illegal foreign election contribution?

Former Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafy contributed P5 million to the campaign of former President Ramos in 1992, according to a US Embassy report exposed by Wikileaks.

Generous contributor

The Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines (Batas Pambansa 881) prohibits accepting contribution from foreigners.

The US Embassy report, written by then Deputy Chief of Mission Raymond Burghardt, quoted extensively a conversation with Joel de los Santos, who served as consultant to the Ramos administration.

“It was a well-kept secret, according to De Los Santos, that Ramos had received five million pesos (about dols 200,000) From the libyans to finance his presidential campaign in 1992,” the US Embassy cable said.

The report said it was former House Speaker Jose de Venecia who brought Ramos to Gaddafy.

Quoting De Los Santos, Burghardt said De Venecia “had been engaged in shady dealings in both Libya and Iraq involving construction contracts for his firm, and had tried to “repay” his Libyan benefactors by acting as their front man and errand boy.”

Burghardt further said, “The Libyans thought they could use De Venecia’s aid in enlisting President Fidel Ramos, with his excellent American contacts, as a wedge in helping end Libya’s diplomatic isolation in the West.”

There was a lot of speculation when Ramos and De Venecia left for a secret trip abroad in middle of the 1992 campaign. Some said he went to London because his son with socialite Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas allegedly was having emotional problems.

Another version said he went to Switzerland to withdraw money from the secret accounts of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, his cousin, that were under his name. The bank allegedly required a biometrics identification of the account owner.

But even then Gaddafy’s financial contribution had already surfaced.

It was only in 1996, when Ramos disclosed his meeting with Gaddafy in a Time Magazine article reported by the late Nelly Sindayen. The article said, however, that Ramos sought the help of Gaddafy to convince Misuari to enter into peace agreement with the government.

Section 95 of the Omnibus Election Code enumerates prohibited sources of political contributions and one of them is “ Foreigners and foreign corporations.”

“It shall be unlawful for any person to solicit or receive any contribution from any of the persons or entities enumerated herein,” the Code said.

Sec. 81 of the Code also states,”It shall be unlawful for any foreigner, whether judicial or natural person, to aid any candidate or political party, directly or indirectly, or take part in or influence in any manner any election, or to contribute or make any expenditure in connection with any election campaign or partisan political activity.”

Following is the cable:

Viewing cable 94MANILA13414, DISCUSSION ON THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT IN THE
Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
94MANILA13414 1994-07-19 07:42 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Manila

R 190742Z JUL 94
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 9103
INFO ISLAMIC CONFERENCE COLLECTIVE
USCINCPAC HONOLULU HI
AMCONSUL CEBU

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MANILA 013414

E.O. 12356: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PINR KISL RP
SUBJECT: DISCUSSION ON THE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT IN THE
- PHILIPPINES

REF: MANILA 2840

¶1. CONFIDENTIAL — ENTIRE TEXT

¶2. SUMMARY: DURING JULY 12 LUNCHEON MEETING WITH POLOFF,
RETIRED DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR JOEL DE LOS
SANTOS DESCRIBED THE FUTURE PROSPECTS OF PEACE WITH THE
MUSLIM COMMUNITY AS LESS THAN ENCOURAGING. HE FELT THAT A
MAIN PROBLEM WAS THE LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF MUSLIM
CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE INDIGENOUS MUSLIM
SOCIETIES ON THE PART OF MAIN-LINE POLITICAL LEADERS, BOTH
MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN. DE LOS SANTOS WAS AWARE OF HOUSE
SPEAKER DE VENECIA’A EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF COL. QADHAFI AND
CLAIMED THAT LIBYA HAD DIRECTED FUNDS TO PRESIDENT RAMOS’
1992 CAMPAIGN. HE SAID HE HAD COMPLETED A STUDY OF THE
PEACE PROCESS COMMISSIONED BY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR
JOSE ALMONTE, AND CONCLUDED THAT NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE
MORO NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT (MNLF) WOULD PROBABLY NOT
PRODUCE A LASTING PEACE WITH THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY. END
SUMMARY

¶3. POLOFF INVITED DE LOS SANTOS TO LUNCH TO CONTINUE AN
ACQUAINTANCE BEGUN THE PREVIOUS WEEK AT THE FIRST
CONFERENCE ON THE MUSLIM FUTURE (SEE REFTEL). DE LOS
SANTOS IS A FORMER PROFESSOR AT DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY
SPECIALIZING IN ISLAMIC AFFAIRS WHO NOW WORKS AS A
CONSULTANT. HE CLAIMED TO BE CLOSE TO ALL FACETS OF THE
MUSLIM COMMUNITY, INCLUDING “BOTH ABOVE GROUND AND
UNDERGROUND” SECTORS.

¶4. DISCUSSING THE CONTINUING PROBLEM WITH AN EXTREMIST
INSURGENCY IN THE SOUTH, DE LOS SANTOS SAID THAT THE
GOVERNMENT HAD LITTLE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WAS REALLY
HAPPENING IN THE MUSLIM REGIONS. THE INSURGENTS HAVE BEEN
LABELED “ABU SAYYAF” BY THE MEDIA, BUT THAT ORGANIZATION
IS JUST THE SURFACE MANIFESTATION OF A MORE PROLONGED
PROCESS OF THE INSEEPAGE OF ISLAMIC THINKING BOTH AMONG
THE MUSLIM POPULATION AND ITS POLITICAL LEADERS. THE
TENDENCY TO BRAND ALL ENEMIES WITH THE SAME BRUSH FAILED
TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE MANY DIFFERENCES WITHIN ISLAM; FOR
EXAMPLE, HE SAID THAT THE LIBYAN BRAND OF “LITTLE GREEN
BOOK ISLAM” IS REGARDED WITH CONTEMPT BY PHILIPPINE
FUNDAMENTALISTS AS WELL AS MANY OF THEIR MUSLIM BRETHREN
IN OTHER COUNTRIES. HE REFERRED TO THE LARGER PHENOMENON
OF INCREASED ISLAMIC CONSCIOUSNESS AND BUILDING OF
FUNDAMENTALIST MUSLIM COMMUNITIES AS AS THE “MOVEMENT” AND
SAID IT WAS CONNECTED TO THE EGYPTIAN-BASED MUSLIM
BROTHERHOOD SINCE 1988. EXPOSURE TO ISLAMIC CULTURE
THROUGH EXPOSURE TO AND EDUCATION IN MUSLIM COUNTRIES HAS
SINCE THE 1960′S AWAKENED THE PREVIOUSLY SLEEPY ISLAMIC
CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE BANGSA MORO (MUSLIM PEOPLE) OF THE
PHILIPPINES.

¶5. THERE WERE ALSO HUNDREDS OF MUSLIM TEACHERS WORKING AS
“TABLEEGH” — IN ESSENCE, ISLAMIC MISSIONARIES — ALL OVER
MINDANAO. SEVERAL HUNDRED SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN HAVE ALSO
BEEN SENT FOR SEVERAL YEARS OF TRAINING IN ARAB
COUNTRIES. THE GENERAL TREND WAS AWAY FROM SECULARIZATION
– PRECISELY THAT TENDENCY REPRESENTED BY THE MORO
NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT (MNLF) WITH WHICH THE GOVERNMENT
WAS CONDUCTING PEACE NEGOTIATIONS. IN HIS ESTIMATION,
ABOUT 60 PERCENT OF TODAY’S MUSLIM COMMUNITY REFLECTS
“FUNDAMENTALIST” VIEWS, ABOUT 20 PERCENT SECULAR ONES, AND
THE REMAINDER IS IN THE MIDDLE. IN COMPARISON, HE
ESTIMATED THE MUSLIM LEADERSHIP AS DIVIDED ABOUT 40
PERCENT EVENLY BETWEEN SECULARISTS AND FUNDAMENTALISTS,
WITH THE REMAINDER IN THE MIDDLE.

¶6. ACCORDING TO DE LOS SANTOS, A NUMBER OF MUSLIMS SENT
TO ASSIST THE “MOVEMENT” WHO HAVE BEEN DETAINED BY POLICE
AND IDENTIFIED AS “JORDANIANS” ARE ACTUALLY PALESTINIANS,
AND THOSE PARTIAL TO HAMAS RATHER THAN THE PLO. HE IS IN
TOUCH WITH SOME OF THEIR COMPATRIOTS IN MANILA WHO ARE
DEGREE CANDIDATES AT LOCAL UNIVERSITIES. THEY ARE PART OF
A GROWING WORLD-WIDE ISLAMIC MOVEMENT THAT SEEKS TO CREATE
MUSLIM COMMUNITIES GOVERNED BY MUSLIM LAW. DE LOS SANTOS
SAID THAT THE ULTIMATE GOAL DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A SEPARATE
MUSLIM STATE. THE MOVEMENT HAS SET UP A NUMBER OF LOCAL
SELF-HELP ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE SERVICES WHERE THE
GOVERNMENT IS WEAK, SUCH AS LOCAL HEALTH CARE. MONEY FOR
THEIR ACTIVITIES WAS “NO PROBLEM.”

¶7. DE LOS SANTOS DISCLOSED THAT JOSE ALMONTE, THE
PRESIDENT’S NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, HAD ASKED HIM LAST
FEBRUARY TO WRITE AN ANALYSIS OF THE PEACE PROCESS AND
WHERE IT WAS HEADING. HE SAID ALMONTE IS A CLOSE FRIEND
WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE SAME UNIVERSITY GRADUATING CLASS.
ALMONTE’S LETTER, THE ORIGINAL OF WHICH DE LOS SANTOS
SHOWED POLOFF, ASKED HIM TO ANALYZE THE BASIC POLITICAL
STRUCTURES IN THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, LIKELIHOOD OF COMING
TO AN AGREEMENT, AND STEPS THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT TAKE. DE
LOS SANTOS TOOK SEVERAL MONTHS TO COMPLETE THE STUDY, BUT
SAID HE PULLED SOME OF HIS PUNCHES IN THE FINAL REPORT.
SUMMARIZING HIS FINDINGS, HE EXPRESSED DOUBTS THAT THE
MORO NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT (MNLF) WOULD BE COMPETENT
ENOUGH TO HOLD POWER IF GRANTED IT THROUGH THE PEACE
PROCESS, AND DOUBTED THAT THE MNLF IN ANY CASE COULD
NEGOTIATE PEACE ON BEHALF OF ALL FILIPINO MUSLIMS, SINCE
THE MNLF IS REALLY “PAST HISTORY” THAT IS BECOMING
INCREASINGLY IRRELEVANT AND LOOKED UPON AS A SURROGATE FOR
THE GOVERNMENT.

¶8. IN DISCUSSING HOUSE SPEAKER JOSE DE VENECIA, DE LOS
SANTOS HAD STRONG WORDS FOR THIS “DEMAGAGOIC POLITICIAN.”
HE SAID DE VENECIA HAD BEEN ENGAGED IN SHADY DEALINGS IN
BOTH LIBYA AND IRAQ INVOLVING CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS FOR
HIS FIRM, AND HAD TRIED TO “REPAY” HIS LIBYAN BENEFACTORS
BY ACTING AS THEIR FRONT MAN AND ERRAND BOY. THE LIBYANS
THOUGHT THEY COULD USE DE VENECIA’S AID IN ENLISTING
PRESIDENT FIDEL RAMOS, WITH HIS EXCELLENT AMERICAN
CONTACTS, AS A WEDGE IN HELPING END LIBYA’S DIPLOMATIC
ISOLATION IN THE WEST. (EMBASSY HAS REPORTED EXTENSIVELY
ON DE VENECIA’S EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF COL. QADHAFI). IT
WAS A WELL-KEPT SECRET, ACCORDING TO DE LOS SANTOS, THAT
RAMOS HAD RECEIVED FIVE MILLION PESOS (ABOUT DOLS 200,000)
FROM THE LIBYANS TO FINANCE HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN IN
¶1992.

¶9. ACCORDING TO DE LOS SANTOS, MOST RESIDENT AMBASSADORS
OF ISLAMIC COUNTRIES ARE MODERATES, INCLUDING LIBYAN RAJAB
ABDULAZIZ AZZAROUQ, WHO HE SAID IS A CANDIDATE FOR THE
PH.D. DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE
PHILIPPINES. HE SAID THAT ABOUT A QUARTER OF LIBYAN
LARGESSE TO THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY COMES THROUGH THE “BACK
DOOR.”

¶10. COMMENT: DE LOS SANTOS’ VIEWS REPRESENT THOSE OF A
MUSLIM INTELLECTUAL WITH CLOSE TIES TO NATIONAL SECURITY
ADVISOR ALMONTE. HIS NEGATIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE CHANCES
FOR SUCCESS IN THE PEACE PROCESS WITH THE MNLF IS NOT
REFLECTED IN THE PROGRESS BEING SHOWN TO DATE, ALTHOUGH
THE QUESTION WHICH HE ADDRESSES — WHETHER A SUCCESSFUL
NEGOTIATION WITH THE MNLF WILL USHER IN A LONG-TERM PERIOD
OF PEACE WITH THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY — IS ONE THAT NEEDS TO
BE ADDRESSED. HIS WARNING ABOUT THE TREND AWAY FROM
SECULARIZATION AND TOWARD TRADITIONALISM BY YOUNG MUSLIMS
IS A POINT WE HAVE HEARD BEFORE. HOWEVER, THE VIEW HELD
BY MANY OF OUR INTERLOCUTORS IS THAT THE TREND IS TOWARD
INCREASING RELIGIOUS CONSCIOUSNESS RATHER THAN VIOLENT
FUNDAMENTALISM. THIS TREND OBVIOUSLY DESERVES CAREFUL
WATCHING, AS DO THE DEVELOPING TIES BETWEEN FILIPINO
MUSLIMS AND THEIR BRETHREN IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

BURGHARDT

September 3, 2011 2:16 am  Tags: ,   Posted in: 1992 elections, Foreign Affairs

53 Responses

  1. J - September 3, 2011 2:37 am

    I’m supposed to blog about this, but you beat me. :) Can’t wait to hear from the Joal-FVR camp. Maybe you can ask them for reaction?

  2. QED - September 3, 2011 2:57 am

    “8. IN DISCUSSING HOUSE SPEAKER JOSE DE VENECIA, DE LOS
    SANTOS HAD STRONG WORDS FOR THIS “DEMAGAGOIC POLITICIAN.”
    HE SAID DE VENECIA HAD BEEN ENGAGED IN SHADY DEALINGS IN
    BOTH LIBYA AND IRAQ INVOLVING CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS FOR
    HIS FIRM, AND HAD TRIED TO “REPAY” HIS LIBYAN BENEFACTORS
    BY ACTING AS THEIR FRONT MAN AND ERRAND BOY.”

  3. Ellen - September 3, 2011 3:28 am

    J, thanks for the link. I first saw it in your wall.

    I’m familiar with this trip because I covered the FVR campaign and his presidency.

    I’ll write more about this in my column in Abante.

    Sleep muna ako.

  4. perl - September 3, 2011 5:51 am

    syempre, ide-deny… galing lang sa wikileaks eh…

    5 million pesos? ang barat naman ni gaddafy. pero di ba frends si marcos at gaddafy? kaya dapat galit si gadday kay Ramos… icheck nyo yung ibang kalaban ni FVR, baka times 10 naman ang ibinigay ni gaddafy pra lang huwag manalo si FVR

  5. martina - September 3, 2011 6:45 am

    I exactly have the same thought Pearl. Pesos ba talaga o dollars. Kasi kung pesos, ang cheapo naman ni Ramos.

  6. Jake Las Pinas - September 3, 2011 10:31 am

    The Libyans paid Ramos P5M to lobby the US to end the embargo? Just because tabako is a west pointer? Thats a shot in the dark! Baka ibinulsa lang ni de venecia yung pera.

  7. MPRivera - September 3, 2011 12:59 pm

    buti nga ‘yan PhP5m lang. eh, ‘yung halagang pinagbentahan ni goyang ng pilipinas?

    kahit magkano man, iisa ang ligang kinabibilangan ng mga ‘yan – gahaman sa salapi at timawa sa kapangyarihan!

  8. Observer - September 3, 2011 4:35 pm

    Under Gaddafy:

    1. Libya is a debt free nation. It’s central bank is owned by the state and not owned by private banks like the federal reserves in US and here in Pinas.

    2. Newly married couples receive $50,000 to buy their own homes. There is no homeless in Libya, ZERO!!

    3. Electricity is free to all people.

    4. Education is free from grade school through college, including vocational schools.

    5. Health care is free, you don’t have to pay health insurance. If health care that you are seeking is not available in Libya, the government will give you money to access the health care you need abroad.

    6. All loans are free, zero interest by law…

    7. If Libyan buys a car, the government pays 50% of the selling price.

    8. Price of gasoline is $0.14 cents per gallon

    9. Farmers are given free use of land, home, equiptment, livestock, and seeds.

    and many more…..

    That’s why about 95% of the people of Libya supports him.

  9. AnnaDeBrux - September 3, 2011 6:28 pm

    Gadafy has always been generous where RP is concerned :-) During the Sipadan hostage crisis which took an immense toll on the Erap presidency, Gadafy paid the ransom money. All of it.

  10. AnnaDeBrux - September 3, 2011 6:29 pm

    Gadafy has also been at the forefront of employment for Filipinos — even former star ranking officers of the AFP found juicy employment in Libya

  11. josephtrans - September 3, 2011 9:53 pm

    To: #8 Observer,

    If that was the situation in Libya, why have the Libyans risen against Gaddafy? And are you implying that only 5% of the Libyan people are against him?

  12. arvin95 - September 3, 2011 10:43 pm

    Kung ganun ay secreto lang ang tagong yaman ng tao na iyan.

  13. dan - September 3, 2011 11:13 pm

    To #8 We need a Gaddafy here to reconcile government from reds. I’m just amazed why the outnumbered 5% of the Libyan people toppled Tripoli.

  14. vic - September 3, 2011 11:47 pm

    At # 13…maybe Gaddafy was giving too much of Libya’s oil wealth away to other countries and political friends like Ramos? or maybe the Silent Majority after 42 years of being “spoiled” with everything wanted Freedom instead? But believe, as Senator McCain said, Gaddafy has American Blood in his hands, he has to Pay…Americans are known to be patients sometimes…it took them close to ten years to get Bin Laden, but once you spill blood of one of theirs, they will find the way…

  15. juggernaut - September 3, 2011 11:50 pm

    That’s why about 95% of the people of Libya supports him.
    ———————-

    Not really. Maybe 80% support him, and just 20% hated his guts, the rest is parreto principle. :)

  16. juggernaut - September 3, 2011 11:56 pm

    It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

  17. saxnviolins - September 4, 2011 2:01 am

    Nagbabasa pala kayo ng wikileaks ha.

    Ito naman, about Artemio Panganiban.

    In late July, the Supreme Court rescinded Judge Eugenio’s executive authority, reassigning him to another court and stating that he would no longer handle IPR cases. Judge Eugenio told econoff the decision was justified as “in the interest of the service.” However, Eugenio said a court administrator told him privately that the Supreme Court felt he had an “overly burdensome workload.” Immediately prior to the decision, the Supreme Court requested a review of all warrants issued by Judge Eugenio. The results showed that more than 95% of those warrants resulted in seizures of pirated optical media or capital equipment used to produce the pirated material. Judge Eugenio said he certainly never complained about the workload and the decision is highly unusual given his success rate. Judge Eugenio has since been replaced by Senior Executive Judge Reynaldo Ros, who is new to IPR cases.

    We have been told several different versions of the
    same story as to the possible underlying reasons for Judge
    Eugenio’s demotion. According to Manzano (Edu), a number of the warrants issued by Judge Eugenio resulted in a series of raids by the OMB at malls owned by an influential
    Filipino-Chinese businessman, Mariano Nocom. Nocom is well
    connected to Supreme Court Justice Artemio Panganiban,
    Manzano said, and Nocom complained to him about the high raid activity and asked that the Supreme Court intervene.

    The regional representative of the Motion Picture
    Association of America (MPAA) described a slightly different version of events, which he said is based on reliable information from a contact who was directly involved in the process. In this version, Nocom plays golf with two members of the Supreme Court and exerted influence through them for Judge Eugenio’s demotion. According to MPAA, all Supreme Court justices voted in favor of the decision except for the Chief Justice, who reportedly abstained.

    Several other sources in the private sector also
    speculate that Judge Eugenio’s dismissal was based on the
    influence of a powerful businessman over the Supreme Court.
    Judge Eugenio himself told econoff (econ officer) he was specifically asked a few months ago by a “bigwig of the Supreme Court” to stop issuing warrants against Chinese mall owners. Eugenio refused and was subsequently ordered to submit his entire caseload for review.

    The cable can be found below

    http://wikileaks.org/cable/2006/09/06MANILA3692.html

  18. juggernaut - September 4, 2011 2:43 am

    Hey, we printed his book a couple of years ago? I still a copy at home, now I’ll have to six it along with the moral force.

    Justice Artemio V. Panganiban’s ‘Leveling the Playing Field’
    February 4, 2005, 8:00am

    JUSTICE Artemio V. Panganiban marks his ninth year in the Supreme Court with another book, Leveling the Playing Field, his eighth since he joined the Court in 1995. The book is mainly a response to criticism against the Court for its decisions that supposedly interfere with business.
    http://www.mb.com.ph/node/111496

  19. saxnviolins - September 4, 2011 3:02 am

    Si Ebdane daw bobo. “Mediocre at best.”

    http://wikileaks.org/cable/2007/03/07MANILA809.html

    He is the only PSG boss to become Chief of Staff. The first was Ver. Maybe he is as dumb and obedient as Ver.

    Old Ninoy joke.

    Marcos: General Ver, I am so exasperated. You are so stupid. Why don’t you go to the Empire State Building and jump?

    Ver: Sir. From what floor?

  20. saxnviolins - September 4, 2011 3:06 am

    Yung pamangkin ng Baboy (Demetrio “Bolo” Tuason) nagbebenta ng sub-standard na baril sa PNP.

    Okay pala yung General Aglipay.

    http://wikileaks.org/cable/2005/04/05MANILA1506.html

  21. rolnico - September 4, 2011 7:22 am

    #20 Sax… Based on this wikileaks cable, it seems that the modus operandi of the Fatso on the PNP purchase of 2nd hand choppers was also employed in the purchase of guns..That is, customizing the specs to suit a favored supplier…

  22. saxnviolins - September 4, 2011 9:18 am

    Ito naman ang Reed Bank. Brit pala ang kalaban ng mga singkit. Baka magkaroon uli ng Opium wars. After all, oil na ngayon ang parang opium ng industriya.

    http://wikileaks.org/cable/2007/06/07MANILA1991.html

  23. Observer - September 4, 2011 9:51 am

    Listen to a powerful and interesting speech of minister Louis Farrakhan. Do not shoot the messeger, listen to the message which is supported by facts.

    It is a four part video. On the first video, Farrakhan speech starts at around 13:00.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb_vbYFYZLo&feature=player_embedded

  24. parasabayan - September 4, 2011 12:18 pm

    I never trusted tabako. Masuwerte siya coz the attention was focused on pandak’s sins. Magaling si tabakong nagtago ng kanyang mga loot. Cases were not filed against him coz he hid behind the super corrupt pandak. Kaya nakalimutan na ng mga tao ang mga kasalanan niya. Or did they?

  25. parasabayan - September 4, 2011 12:20 pm

    The tengang daga is another super corrupt public servant (kuno). He enriched himself a lot! Pare parho ang mga itong mga mandurugas!

  26. parasabayan - September 4, 2011 12:22 pm

    Baka nga naman hindi lang 5 million pesos ang campaign money na ibinigay kay tabako.

  27. parasabayan - September 4, 2011 12:26 pm

    If Gadaffy is indeed loved by 95% of the people, sino yung mga 5% who engineered his ouster? The Libyan elite who controlled most of the money? Ganyan din ang nangyayari sa Pinas di ba? Yung mga elite natin ang namimili ng uupo na pinakamataas na pwesto. Kaya nga si Erap na para sa mga mahirap was booted out. The super rich wanted their interests protected at all times.

  28. Ellen - September 4, 2011 12:47 pm

    Kaya I like Wikileaks. It unmasks the hypocrites.

    SnV, did you find the one on Kenney’s assessment of PNoy? http://www.interaksyon.org/article/12349/in-secret-us-cable-ex-envoy-kenney-calls-aquino-diffident-unassertive.

    I can’t find it in Wikileaks website. If you found it,please share with us the link.

    Thanks.

  29. TonGuE-tWisTeD - September 4, 2011 5:34 pm

    Ellen,
    In 09MANILA1901, Kenney commented:

    “COMMENT
    ——-

    ¶10. (C) Senator Aquino’s confident, energetic announcement
    today was a stark contrast to his diffident performance last
    week, when he appeared unwilling or unable to sustain the
    momentum created by Senator Roxas’ decision to abdicate in
    favor of his colleague…”

  30. TonGuE-tWisTeD - September 4, 2011 5:53 pm

    The numerous cables from US Embassy Manila mostly during GMA’s regime were released by Wikileaks simultaneously last Tuesday Aug. 30. Mostly reports by Ambassador Ricciardone and the almost daily transmissions of CDA Mussomeli, and CDA Jones.

    36 pages referring to US Embassy Manila cables can be found here: http://wikileaks.org/origin/99_0.html

  31. QED - September 4, 2011 6:18 pm

    CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH GENERAL ESPERON
    —————————————

    ¶6. (C) Despite strident criticism of Ebdane by some senior
    military leaders privately (and leaked to the press) before
    his appointment, most top officers now appear willing to
    accept him, and he appears to have a good — in fact, even

    MANILA 00000809 002 OF 002

    close — relationship with General Esperon. Many have
    expressed appreciation that he is speeding up procurement,
    which his predecessor had tried to regulate more carefully.
    He is a Philippine Military Academy classmate of
    Undersecretary Ernesto Carolina, the champion for the Defense Reform effort, whom he recently also named as spokesman for the Department of National Defense. Private views of Department of National Defense staff vary. According to one Undersecretary, Ebdane is a “good guy,” while another considers him “at best mediocre.” We see no indication that Ebdane’s appointment has provoked discontent among junior or mid-grade officers, much less the rank-and-file.

  32. chi - September 4, 2011 8:14 pm

    Kaya ako ayaw ko na sa FB, dito ako nagbababad ngayon kay Wiki. :)

  33. chi - September 4, 2011 8:19 pm

    Imagine ang mga no-bounds na illegal activities ni Mike Arroyo with the imprimatur of his equally greedy spouse! Sapul na sapul ni Wiki!

  34. chi - September 4, 2011 8:21 pm

    Wala bang alibi si Ramos, nung isang araw pa balita ito a! Baka sasabihin nya na ibinulsa ni JdV, hehehe! Pati si tabako magpapa-confine na rin kay St. Loots (pahiram Magno) nabisto, hahaha!

  35. chi - September 4, 2011 8:26 pm

    cocoy! Sabi ni Wiki BOPOL daw ang gobernador at itinakwil na sanpit mo na Ebdane! :)

  36. Mike - September 4, 2011 11:03 pm

    @Ellen, # 28:

    They (all gov’t officials/ foreign & local) are all hypocrites. The way they behave in public is always the opposite in private.

  37. Mike - September 4, 2011 11:04 pm

    Never trusted tabako!

  38. Golberg - September 5, 2011 2:17 pm

    #8, kaya ginulo ang Libya. Malangis kasi. At dahil malangis, madulas, mahirap hawakan sa ilong ang lider. Tsismis lang ang naging katapat ni Gaddafy, ayun bumagsak.
    Kaya nga according to #15, 20 percent hated his guts.

  39. Observer - September 5, 2011 3:27 pm

    OFF TOPIC:
    Building Bigger: World’s Largest Indoor Arena Set for the Philippines

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/08/31/building-bigger-world’s-largest-indoor-arena-set-for-the-philippines/

  40. juggernaut - September 5, 2011 6:34 pm

    Whoever the next president will be, he better not say the same things in this video or else his term will be shortlived.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXXw_cRzhYo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  41. MPRivera - September 5, 2011 8:34 pm

    Magwawala na naman si Sisang Lundag. Lagot nito si Tabako.

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/231508/nation/miriam-wants-wikileaks-expos-vs-fvr-probed

  42. andres - September 5, 2011 11:51 pm

    Si Tabako ang isa sa pinaka corrupt na presidente ng Pilipinas. Takot lang mga civil society sa kanya kaya di naungkat mga anomalya. Nagalit at nanguna sa pagpatalsik kay Erap dahil pinatuluyan ni Erap s Saguisag Commission ang pag imbestiga sa Centennial Expo Scam,

    Wag limutin mga iskandalo ni Ramos, PEA-Amari, Fort Bonifacio, etc…

  43. andres - September 5, 2011 11:52 pm

    Dapat kay Tabako, ihambing kay Tyanak at bitsyin!

  44. andres - September 5, 2011 11:53 pm

    I agree Withyou PSB!

  45. saxnviolins - September 6, 2011 12:31 am

    5 million? Baka naman 50 miilion; binulsa ni JDV yung 45.

  46. Mike - September 6, 2011 1:48 am

    @SNV, # 45:

    Baka down-payment palang ang 5M. Hukayin pa ang wikileaks baka andun nakasulat yung balanse. :-)

  47. dan - September 6, 2011 8:18 pm

    FVR the so called Honorable man with a mysterious graft secrets during his time buried & almost forgotten.

  48. perl - September 7, 2011 2:01 am

    Si FVR parang si GMA yan, parehas magaling magnakaw. kaya lang bago nabulgar ni Erap ang lahat ng anomalya ni FVR, naunahan sya, kaya ayun, talsik! sa admin naman ni Noynoy parang si Erap, sinusubukan kalkalin mga anomalya ni Gloria, tignan lang natin kung mapapatalsik ni Gloria si PNoy. pagkakaiba lang, meron Lacson na masugid na gumagawa ng trabahong yan.

  49. Ellen - September 7, 2011 12:48 pm

    From Miguel Valbuena:

    So what if FVR violated the election laws by accepting a “foreign’ contribution. who cares about the Philippine Laws, for example there is a constitutional provision regarding the separation on of church and state but we see the church especially the catholic church continue to interfere in the governance of the state.

    We also have a constitutional provision on the Dynasty but we see see there is a mother and son or siblings in the senate and senator husband and congressman wife a daughter mayor the father a vice mayor . . , etc.
    we also have a constitutional provision pertinent to Partylist or the under represented
    sector of society, however it is prostituted. i wonder what will prevent the prostitute from asking they too will seek the Party List representative with Gloria . . , as their representative.
    etc.

    Now what law.

  50. Ellen - September 7, 2011 9:44 pm

    Heto, sagutang baliw:

    FVR: Why not invite Gaddafi to Senate probe?

    Former President Fidel V. Ramos said he welcomes Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago’s call for an investigation on the alleged campaign contribution given him by former Libyan leader, Moammar Gaddafi.

    In fact, he also “respectfully” suggested that, “please also invite Colonel Moammar [Gaddafi] and Ambassador Burghardt to the same Senate investigation desired by Sen. Santiago. Per his own statement on worldwide media the other day, [Gaddafi] is still very much alive (not hearsay), and may be available to shed light on this matter.”

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/09/06/11/fvr-why-not-invite-gaddafi-senate-probe

    Miriam dares FVR: Go catch Gaddafi

    Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Wednesday dared former President Fidel Ramos to capture former Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi after Ramos said the Senate should invite the Libyan strongman to its inquiry.

    In a statement, Santiago described Ramos’ challenge as “geriatric ranting and raving.”

    “He is in a state of deep panic, and lashing out at me. I had nothing to do with the US cable nor with WikiLeaks,” she said.

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/09/07/11/miriam-dares-fvr-go-catch-gaddafi

  51. Ellen - September 9, 2011 5:17 am

    SnV, re #17, I picked up this topic for my column.

    Thanks.

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