Read & Heard Remarks - VI

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Read & Heard Remarks - VI


THE past few days saw various print media having a field day printing remarkable remarks quoted from news stories. The sources, coming from virtually every man in the game of chess - king, queen, bishops, pawns - were authoritative and emphatic, albeit, controversial, and debatable.

As in the previous columns devoted to these published quotations, a one-liner from this writer caps each remark.

The compilation:

Aware that numbers will not be with them again, a group of impeachment complainants led by former Undersecretary Josefina Lichauco intoned:

"We will pursue this impeachment even if the numbers are against us. You don't know, miracles can happen."

Her friends say that when she was in government, she was not known to implore divine intervention.

Incoming Education Secretary Jesli Lapus is batting for the restoration of the English language as the medium of instruction in schools.

"We have to put English back in the front line".

Exactly the language written on the placards of protesting DepEd employees and militant students, with lapses in grammar.

CBCP vice president Msgr. Antonio Ledesma and Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte, Bishop Jose Manguiran:

"I was offered an envelope apparently containing a reimbursement of my expenses for coming to Manila."

"They were trying to bribe the bishops."

No, your excellencies, they were only trying to buy you lunch.

DILG Secretary Ronnie Puno on the faceless personalities who allegedly bankrolled Magdalo soldiers:

"They are not only criminals, they are also cowards because they do not want to surface."

He knows bravery is much nobler. But when his office was strafed with Armalite bullets in 2001 and later his residence in Greenmeadows, then his van bombed last year, he was conveniently somewhere else.

Newly appointed AFP Chief Lt. Gen. Hermogenes Esperon on renegade soldiers and their officers:

"I will batter them."

The general will soon get to know which side of the new breed of soldiers are battered.

Some opposition senators, Sen. Sergio Osmena III among them, will boycott the SONA of the President on Monday.

"What for? It's a waste of time. She is a fake president."

A reminder to the Cebuano lawmaker: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya are not known to receive bogus presidents as guests in state visits.

Apprehensive that detained former DoA Undersecretary Jocelyn Bolante now in an L.A. correctional compound may apply for a political asylum there, lawyer Frank Chavez hollered:

"We are being taken for a ride here. This is all a tactical plan of Malacanang."

Give Joc-Joc once more the chance to attend the weekly meetings of the Rotary Club of San Pedro Detention Center in California. …

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