THE adage “political loyalty is like the shifting sand in the desert” has become more pronounced with the actuations of politicians jockeying for elective positions in the 2013 elections.
Take the case of former Governor Niel Tupas Sr. Insiders in the United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay say that Tupas is a cinch closer to joining UNA because the ruling Liberal Party is about to embrace nemesis Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.
Tupas can easily jump ship if Senator Franklin Drilon fails to stop DOTC secretary Mar Roxas and his political operators from getting Defensor into their fold. The grapevine says that Mar is mad at Niel and his family for “betraying” him in the 2010 elections. “Instead of campaigning hard for Mar, the family went for NoyBi,” one LP source said.
But to believe the yarn that the LP can just forget about the Tupases is crazy. Those who think PNoy will turn his back on the Tupases must have forgotten the bumbling Congressman Niel Tupas Jr., the lead “tirador” in the impeachment train from the House of Representatives.
Given the resources and options at the disposal of the ruling party, PNoy, Mar and big man Frank can always find a win-win solution for Iloilo’s politics. For example, they can invite Governor Defensor to join them and offer agurang Niel a juicy position in the national government.
A TEXT message from a joker spread like wildfire yesterday after The Daily Guardian bannered the story on the rising HIV/AIDS cases in Western Visayas with a subhead on a mediaman and a lawyer as among the victims. According to the joker, veteran journalist Teddy Sumaray has come forward to admit that he has AIDS, albeit a different kind.
Acute Income Deficiency Syndrome.
Well, veteran columnist Herbert Vego was among the first to popularize this kind of AIDS but methinks Mr. Sumaray is overqualified to win the title. There are other mediamen out there who are deserving of the title.
A MAYOR in the 5th District of Iloilo is being “persecuted” by an LP stalwart. This mayor may be suspended by the Ombudsman or the Sandiganbayan if he doesn’t pay obeisance to the LP stalwart whose family is known for their corrupt ways. If not for a congressman-friend from another district, the mayor could have problems in his hands more than he can handle.