THE camp of Vice President Jojo Binay seemingly got rattled by Sen. Grace Poe’s decision to sign the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee report on the investigation of alleged multi-billion anomalies in Makati City.

Binay first unleashed his attack dogs Rep. Toby Tiangco and lawyer JV Bautista. They raised Poe’s residency status and her being a foundling.

The senator is allegedly four months short of the required 10-year residency for vice presidential and presidential candidates. They also questioned the identity of Poe’s parents, insisting she could possibly be the daughter of a foreigner, thus not a natural Filipino citizen.

This question on Poe’s parentage is a new twist to two versions circulating around. One version says Poe is the love child of the younger sister of Susan Roces, the ‘60s matinee idol Rosemarie Sonora, and the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The other version is about a baby girl found in Jaro church and later adopted by the late Fernando Poe Jr. and Roces.

Though a political neophyte, the lady senator deftly parried the rather insensitive personal attacks from the camp of somebody accused of plunder.

Aside from further driving a wedge between Binay and Poe, the tirades gave Poe a reason to revisit her past and make public her search for her roots as a foundling.

The Binay camp gave Poe a soap-like narrative that ordinary Filipinos love so much on prime time television.

But will this be enough to convince Senator Poe to seek the presidency?


DILG Secretary Mar Roxas urged Poe to “be strong.” The Liberal Party’s (LP) presumptive presidential bet has invited Poe to be his vice presidential candidate for a united “tuwid na daan 2016” campaign.

I agree with professor, artist, and columnist Raymund Fernandez when he said, there is a nice ring to the possible tandem “Mar and Grace.”

Of course, there will always be issues raised against them. However, the two could always claim they have not been charged with plunder like Binay.

The 2016 version of “tuwid na daan” already has a built-in kontrabida in Binay. But I heard Sen. Bongbong Marcos would push through with his family’s bid to return to Malacañang. He will likewise contest the role of kontrabida of “tuwid na daan.”


Mayor Mike Rama chose to talk about something else rather than answer questions about the Special Education Fund, or what’s left of it, during a recent radio dyAB interview. I find the issue relevant during the start of classes and the mayor’s answers disappointing.

Still, a loyalist said, “Rama gihapon ko. Bahala’g long and winding road.”


Why do some areas in Metro Cebu still get their supply of MCWD water, while others experience days when they have to go to neighboring sitios with their gallons and pails? MCWD is talking about low water supply, but qualifies that the situation is not alarming yet.

For those with faucets that won’t spit out water for days now, the situation is more than alarming.


Will Rep. Luigi Quisumbing really let the LP decide the position he will be seeking in 2016? This is what he told a reporter recently. Or is he just keeping his cards close to his wide chest until he files his certificate of candidacy?

I find this position amusing because it hurts more his ally Mayor Jonas Cortes than his opponent in the 2016 mayoral race, Councilor Lollipop Ouano

While Quisumbing is busy meeting barangay leaders in Mandaue City, Cortes is not sure

whether Luigi will push through with the plan to run for mayor. The congressman could always opt for re-election. Di makapormag sayo si Jonas para congressman.


Some personnel at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) recalled a radio personality throwing his weight around months back. The personality, they said, looked and sounded like that guy who figured in a controversial incident with a Citom enforcer last week. Next time, guys, record the incident and post it on Facebook, aron makita ang katag.


I am glad to hear former GMA 7 reporter Jun Veliganio reporting again, this time for radio dyRC. He also co-hosts the afternoon Barangayan radio program with Councilor Grace Baquero.

Sir Jun and Day Grace, patabang nya mi niining river cleanup project sa Maghisgot Kitag Politika, Bay diha sa Guadalupe River on June 21. We’re now coordinating with the Movement for a Livable Cebu and several other groups.


Lebron and Curry fans will again be holed up in front of television sets or their cell phones this morning for the thrilling second game of the #NBAFinals.

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