I have to give it to DOTC Asec. Lorenzo Formoso III. When everybody else is distancing themselves and denying to high heavens their involvement in the graft-ridden ZTE-NBN deal, here’s Formoso publicly saying that he and 15 others like him are the ones ‘in the loop,’ involved in the negotiations and not Lozada.

Boy I do hope this guy knows what he’s doing, or at the very least, he’s included ‘in the loop’ of government officials who are paid huge sums just to ‘stick it out’ and defend the President and the first family in this crisis no matter what.

I think this Formoso is just an over-eager puppy that is trying too damn hard to please his boss. Somebody should remind this fellow that not even Sec. Romulo Neri has issued any statement that Lozada was never involved in the negotiations. He even corroborated some, though not all, of Lozada’s testimonies. Remember his unforgettable instruction to Lozada to ‘moderate their greed’?

Even Abalos admitted that he has met with Lozada in some of those meetings.

Maybe you are the one who’s ‘not in the loop’ Formoso. At least in the ‘dysfunctional’ set-up in government where people like your boss Larry Mendoza, Ben Abalos, Romulo Neri and FG Mike Arroyo, pocket billions of pesos worth of kickbacks in negotiations that you and your 15 colleagues will never invited to attend.

GIs out!

The two week US-RP “Balikatan” military exercises formally opened yesterday amid a backdrop of an outraged Japanese nation over the recent rape of a 14 year old girl by a US Marine in Okinawa. At the same time, the “exercises” again happens even as justice has yet to be served to “Nicole”, our kababayan who were gang-raped by US soldiers in Subic, Olongapo more than two years ago.

With more than 6,000 US soldiers currently inside the country for the so called “exercises”, one can only pray that these GI-Joes keep their pants zipped and that they treat our women with respect especially in their scheduled RNRs.

PGMA should learn from a Fil-Am Mayor in California

On the eve of Valentine’s Day at a Town Council Meeting in Colma, California; Claro “Larry” Formalejo, the city’s first Filipino mayor, shocked the dozens of citizens in attendance when he publicly announced his resignation from his mayoralty post.

In his opening address during the meeting, Formalejo said he is resigning from office because of conflicts in his “ethical obligations”. He said, back when he was still a City Councilman in 2006, he requested Colma police authorities to extend special assistance to his 21 year old son, Dustin, who was arrested for drunk driving.

“I took some actions that may have been perceived as in conflict with my ethical obligations” Formalejo told the San Francisco Examiner.

His resignation drew mixed reactions from the Colma community. But most of them are united in saying that Folmalejo’s resignation is an honorable act. City Attorney Roger Peters even told the Examiner that Formalejo did the right thing, if only “to avoid any perception of improper behavior.”

Indeed, what Formalejo did was an honorable act that Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo should learn from and emulate. She should follow Formalejo’s lead and resign from office out of delicadeza.

Arroyo did things way beyond what Formalejo perceives as conflicting to a public official’s “ethical obligations.” His act when he asked for special favors from the Colma Police for his arrested 21 year old son, pales in comparison to the long list of “ethical” violations of Arroyo, her family and her minions in government.

But still, and amid all the political scandals that grip our nation today, its refreshing to know that there still are Filipino public officials (though overseas as in the case of Formalejo) who holds dear the age old Filipino trait of delicadeza.