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Masks of a Leader

Updated on November 23, 2011

Did you pleased everyone?

Did you served the people right?

You have many coverups,

I cannot fathom which is right.

People clamor with your rhetoric,

the media cannot dig on your past

I was personally barred from questioning

when I was still an active member of the press.

A series of events turned against you,

but you still paste a winsome smile on your face.

Amid the people's cry for you to step down,

as if you don't want to vacate that coveted seat.

After nine years of usurping people's money,

you still plead innocence on the cases thrown at you.

And yet, the new leader wants to nail you down,

people seek for transparency, no matter what.

It is just a repetition of the past?

as leaders of this country may either be impeached

or charged with plunder, or thick volumes of

graft and corruption cases?

The PUBLIC Knowing Eyes (Art and Photo by Travel Man, Nov. 21, 2011)
The PUBLIC Knowing Eyes (Art and Photo by Travel Man, Nov. 21, 2011)

You are all over the news,

with all that annoying neck brace you are sporting,

just to show that you are sick from neck to foot,

or just from neck to your head.

Electoral fraud, that's the major case you are in,

people are still waiting for the plunder case you should reap.

Your family are still proud of what you've achieved,

a fallen leader of shame and prejudices.

The effects of your case vary from among the rich and the poor.

The poor continue to dig food at the garbage dump sites,

they have little attention regarding this scandal.

Who cares, anyway? Will it help them feel better?

The rich continue to lord and rule the country,

Businessmen continue to amass money from their workers.

What else is new? If you are to be jailed,

will it make us better people?

Pity seems out of context in your part.

Where are your cohorts now?

Are they hiding their tales to evade punishment?

Or just to shy to admit defeat?


The braced face of  Ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo due to neck operation (As seen on TV-Photo by Travel Man)
The braced face of Ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo due to neck operation (As seen on TV-Photo by Travel Man)
Courtesy of Umagang Kay Ganda (Beautiful Morning) of ABS-CBN Channel 2 (As seen on TV-Photo by Travel Man)
Courtesy of Umagang Kay Ganda (Beautiful Morning) of ABS-CBN Channel 2 (As seen on TV-Photo by Travel Man)

Nailing down an Ex-President

The hottest news to date (November 22, 2011) is the warrant of arrest presented to Ex-President-now-turned Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of Pampanga.

Electoral Fraud is no petty thing or laughing matter. Way back 2004, she was accused of cheating during the presidential elections against the demised actor Fernando Poe, Jr. and the "Hello Garci" scandal.

In 2007, another similar incident happened during the national elections as the Ampatuans of Maguindanao also manipulated the said event.

Now, that she was out of the Malakanyang palace, the cabinet officials of President Benigno "NoyNoy" Aquino collated an ample details of facts and classified files that were turned over to the justice department where the main collaborator of those scandalous acts pointed out Mrs. Arroyo as the most persona non grata of the Philippines today.

Call it a repetition of Philippines history-politics sector, Filipinos reactions show no remorse or just a little pity of what happened during her nine-year reign as leader of this archipelago.

Marcos regime was ousted by EDSA People Power 1, Estrada administration suffered the same fate which catapulted the then-Vice President Arroyo to the highest position in the land.

She's well respected at the start due to her father's legacy, also a president of this country. But when her husband, Attorney Mike Arroyo, along with their offspring, manipulated government transactions that were turned into scandals and affected so many innocent lives, Filipinos became disgusted of her leadership.

As member of the press before, I have many up close interviews with the then-senator Arroyo. She always barred mediamen from questioning about her activities. Even when she's having a TV show at the government television network, she always hate to be questioned or she always walked away with her own presscon if irritating question is fired by members of the press.

A noted Senator Panfilo Lacson freshly quipped to wit: "It's a PITY that nobody pity her."

Or this is just a result of her karma and this time, she can never get away with it.

As of now, it's been a dispute whether she should be put to jail or just have a hospital arrest.

Expect more of the possible cases that will be handed down by the present administration to the members of her family and former cabinet officials.

Life must go on outside her jailhouse.

The rest of 80 million Filipinos are just waiting for the news to come.

Anomalies done by Arroyo Administration

Thanks to a certain Facebook user who compiled these evidences. Mrs. Arroyo and her family should face the following.

1. NBN ZTE Scandal
2. Millions of bribe money to Congressmen and Governors (October 2007)
3. Cheating in 2004 Elections (Hello Garci)
4. Joc Joc Bolante Case (Fertilizer Scam, P728 Million)
5. Jose Pidal Bank Account (Unexplained Wealth, P200 Million)
6. Nani Perez Power Plant Deal ($2 Million)
7. Use of Road User's Tax for Campaigning
8. Billion Peso Macapagal Boulevard (Overprice of P532 Million)
9. Juetengate? (Illegal Numbers game kickbacks)
10. Extra Judicial Killings
11. Arroyo Moneys in Germany (Exposed by Senator Cayetano)
12. General Garcia and Other Military Men
13. Billion Peso Poll Automation contract to(Mega Pacific) (P1.3 Billion)
14. Northrail Project($503 Million)
15. Maguindanao Results of 2007 Elections (Zubiri, Bedol)
16. NAIA-3
17. Venable Contract (Norberto Gonzales)
18. Swine Scam (Exposed by? Atty. Harry Roque
19. GLORIA Arroyo son hidden assets in united states
22.the C-5 road controversy — Senator Manuel Villar
23.P550-million worth of funds from the Overseas Workers’ Welfare
Administration (OWWA).
24 P780-million LWUA funds-Prospero Pichay
25 Bishop's SUV-Gloria Birthday gift
26 Arroyo linked in P325M lotto intelligence fund
27 Arroyo got P200M in kickbacks from govt projects-Zaldy Ampatuan
28.P200.41 billion or $4.6 billion in Malampaya royalties from 2002 to
May this year.
30. 600, 000 metric tons of Rotten rice imported from India.Kishore
Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to Arroyo, reportedly bagged
the P9.5 billion contract for the rice importation.
31.Dato Arroyo wife bought the condo unit for $570, 000,
70-square-meter one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit (Unit No. 533) at the
luxury high-rise, full-service Gramercy Towers located at 1177
California St. in upscale downtown San Francisco.
31.- P50-million bribe to FG for the president's veto of two franchise bills
32.The additional funding led to a 41-percent spike in advertising
expenses, from P76.129 million in 2008 to P107.420 million in 2009,
which went mostly to ads for Arroyo's achievements.
33.The report said the PIA received from the Department of Budget and
Management a notice of cash allocations amounting to P344.789 million,
even though only P222.488 million was appropriated for it under the
national budget.
34.- Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang's political enemies
35.- Praises for Jovito Palparan, alleged mastermind of extra judicial
killings of militants
36.- Removal of govt bodyguards for former pres and Arroyo critic, Cory Aquino
37.- Appointment of manicurist as a member of the board of Pag-Ibig
38.- Appointment of gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park Administration.
39.- Midnight appointment of an Arroyo, RENATO CORONA, as SC Chief Justice
- 200+ other illegal midnight appointments


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @grand old lady: And madam GMA, although she's been in house arrest (she's not in jail), she can still enjoy the privileges of a free man, Whoah!It's only here in the Philippines that special treatment is being given to guilty officials, like her.

      And she's still elected as a congresswoman in her district in Pampanga.

      Public trust is often ignored by many Filipino electorates.

    • grand old lady profile image

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Whenever politicians face jail they end up sick with all sorts of paraphernalia so that they can get hospital arrest instead of going to jail. My uncle had an illness similar to hers, only much worse. He stayed with our family, not in a hospital. There should be one law of justice applicable to rich and poor equally. That's not happening, and that's why politicians enrich themselves at the expense of the poor -- because they know that money can minimize if not eradicate retribution.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @ arusho: She's already in jail @ Veterans Memorial Medical Center. The present administration of President P-noy (Benign 'Noynoy' Aquino) did already filed the case on electoral sabotage and a lot of other anomalies that besieged the Arroyo administration.

    • arusho profile image


      6 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      Get her outta there. I hope the Filipinos can get somebody better in charge.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Arian Rey: Most Filipinos said so.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @thesailor: She's in hospital arrest right now. Witnesses kept on coming pointing the faults of presidential elections of 2004 and senatorial elections in 2007 at Madam GMA.

      What a pity for the ex-president of this country.

    • Arian Rey profile image

      Arian Rey 

      6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      Good riddance. It's karma for the Arroyos. Filipinos should know better.

    • thesailor profile image


      6 years ago from Seven Seas

      This is huge info regarding an accused leader, like Mrs. Arroyo.


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