Quotes of the Week: Blaming, bickering + others (like arguing)
The city's most interesting soundbites this week
(SPOT.ph) This week, the country continued to suffer through all forms of fighting-on social media or in more devastating ways. Friendships ended, shirts were worn, and all the living presidents are getting a headache...except for Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Shocking.
1. "He is to provide for a better future, not to kill people." - Former President Fidel V. Ramos, on President Aquino III.
More of the Presidential Blame Game: FVR also thinks Erap’s all-out war on the ARMM was a bad idea. When is shooting people ever a good idea?
2. "Since he only has over a year left in his term [we] might as well let him finish. I just hope that P-Noy will shape up, be more sensitive and have empathy towards the end of his term." - Senator JV Ejercito, on the calls for President Benigno Aquino III to resign.
This is what happens when people don’t have to run for re-election.
3. "Siguro sa akin lang, sana [P-Noy] could have been more gracious with everything that happened in the past and now. I think, mas maiintindihan siya ng mga tao if he was there." - Ogie Alcasid’s stance on the President’s non-appearance at Villamor.
The comments section reveals that some people actually still understand P-Noy.
4. "Ako naman ay umaasa at naniniwala na ang Presidente ay nakikinig din sa sentimiyento ng ating mga kababayan at ng mga kapulisan." - Senator Grace Poe, who obviously didn’t read this: Palace claims criticisms vs Aquino "'microscopic."
5. "I was not blaming the military but I was blaming those who called the shots." - Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte, correcting earlier reports and pointing his finger straight at Malacañang.
And who was calling the shots? That’s the $5 million question.
6. "May mga shortcomings, mga character flaws, may mga lapses, pero his heart is in the right place I believe so and hindi siya magnanakaw. So bakit ko nga siya ulit tatanggalin? That's the question d’un sa mga gustong sumama sa ganyang pagkilos." - Senator Sonny Trillanes IV, on why asking P-Noy to resign isn’t a good idea.
Is this at all related to the fact that Vice President Binay is heir to the throne?
7. "We have to move forward and not let our immediate past drag us in going towards the future. We assure everybody that we are all okay in the PNP." - PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, giving the public an assurance that they’re still going to serve and protect.
Salutes all around!
8. "You are not at war with each other, so shut up and stop fighting in public!" - Senator Chiz Escudero, on AFP and PNP participating in more finger-pointing.
We’re going to quote this, for people who are a bit TMI.
9. "Hindi nangyari ang sinasabing nang-istorbo daw ako habang nag meeting si Pangulong Aquino at DOF Secretary Purisima sa Palasyo para i-demand ang pag-resign ni [Executive Secretary] Ochoa at [PNP Chief] Purisima. Pawang kasinungalingan yan at nagpapakita ng kawalan ng propesyunalismo. I appeal to the Manila Standard to get your facts straight and not rely on imagination of your sources or spin doctors." - DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, on reports that he intruded in a meeting, made a reasonable demand, and walked out (and slammed the door!)
We knew it was too good to be true!
10. "Pinutol natin ang kultura ng political patronage, pakikisama, at utang na loob for self-aggrandizement." - Grace Pulido-Tan’s farewell speech at the end of her term as COA Chair.
Damn it. There goes another good one.
Art by Warren Espejo, with photos from PEP.ph and screenshots from Facebook fan pages, various TV show videos, news clips, and images used by fans in YouTube slideshows.