Tantrum in Rome; Sereno's bodyguards
CEBU CITY, Philippines - Perhaps they thought this reporter would act like a saint, like the saint the reporter was reporting on -- live -- from Vatican City on October 21. But pilgrims from Cebu realized they were probably expecting too much.
In a radio interview aired in this city October 21, Fr Domingo “Dan” Delos Angeles complained about a Filipino reporter who reportedly screamed at Cebu pilgrims who were in Vatican City to witness the canonization of Pedro Calungsod. They saw this reporter on a platform, preparing for a live report. They stopped in awe, eager to see the reporter in action.
"The reporter is very well-known in the Philippines. Several pilgrims recognized [this reporter] and started waving [at the reporter]," Delos Angeles told radio dyRC (Radyo Calungsod).
Distracted and invoking the need to concentrate, the reporter shouted at the pilgrims, the priest said.
"Everyone heard what [the reporter] said. Other [members of the] foreign media were also present and might have heard [it]," the priest said.
Shocked and disappointed, the pilgrims left the area at once. - Rappler.com
Bodyguards in business class?
MANILA, Philippines - Say it isn't so, Madame Chief Justice.
Supreme Court insiders and lawyers told us that in your trip to Dipolog, you brought 4 of your security detail. That's not their beef, though. Their issue is that you booked them in business class.
Apparently advised that this was never done before, you scaled down and, in a more recent trip, decided to just bring one bodyguard with you in business class. But the rest of the 3 security men still travelled with you, economy.
Are you facing serious security threats? How serious are these threats? - Rappler.com
Coup plot not abandoned
MANILA, Philippines - Can Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile relax for now, given that earlier attempts to oust him seem to have fizzled out? Maybe not.
President Benigno Aquino III's allies are still apparently split over the need to remove Enrile as Senate President before the May 2013 elections. The argument for it points to the fact that Enrile is a stalwart of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), which has fielded a senatorial slate that will run against the administration's.
"It does look odd, doesn't it? If you're going through an election and the Senate is headed by a member of the opposition," said a source close to the ruling Liberal Party.
President Aquino, for now, would hear none of it, however. He doesn't see the need to shake the boat before the 2013 elections, according to the same source. But his allies in the Senate believe otherwise. They're egging either LP stalwart Sen Franklin Drilon or Sen Manuel Villar to become the next Senate President.
For Villar, it would be the ultimate revenge. He was, after all, ousted as Senate President by Enrile. - Rappler.com
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