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Change is coming

account_balanceMetro Opinion account_circleLeigh Bellosillo chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

Sounds familiar?

Yes, it is. Way back close to seven years ago today, this was the campaign slogan of the incoming President Duterte, described to be the oldest to be elected @71 but has worked in “all three branches of government.” Change is also the anchor word of the 2008 presidential campaign slogan of Barack Obama.

In today's setting, it is highly likely that there’ll be changes in Junior’s official family as the one-year election prohibition against defeated politicians draws near.

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Topping the list of those who run and lost in the 2022 national election is senatorial-loser Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan. @75, Gringo tagged as a “cashiered” military officer, who led a number of unsuccessful coup d’etat against President Corazon “Cory” C. Aquino.

While Gringo played a key role in overthrowing the 20-year repressive rule of Junior’s father 37 years back, now it is rumoured that the former senator will be returning to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

It’s relatively unclear if the incumbent DICT Secretary Ivan John E. Uy, an IT expert who conceptualized the country’s digital strategy, is, altogether, related to presidential legal counsel, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE).

Why? Let me fill you in on this: spelled out, the E. in Uy’s is Enrile. As the old folks would usually say, there are only a few Enriles in the country and pretty sure, they’re “kamag-anak” incorporated.

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But, history tells us that Gringo was the close lieutenant of JPE during the 1986 EDSA People Power’s Revolt 1986 that overthrew the Senior. Such a twist and turn!

There’s another change forthcoming, this time in the Department of Interior and Local Government.  Reaching my view deck is the speculation that entertainer-turned-politician Vicente “Tito” C. Sotto, who ran for the vice president position but lost to Sara Duterte, is being offered to head DILG vice current Secretary Benjamin “Benjur” C. Abalos, Jr.

It’s unclear, however, what’s wrong with the management style of both Uy and Abalos. One Palace insider believed that Uy, in particular, is doing a great job. Though, some have this aghast feeling that scam and phishing continue to be on the upswing. Just the other day, this social engineering tactic has victimized Gcash users.

Borrowing the words of Junior: “well, we’ll see,” how the situation at the Palace develops.


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