Purisimese 101: Basic English à la Alan Purisima

Unlike Senator Franklin Drilon, we have not given up. On the truth, especially.

(SPOT.ph) First of all, offering judgment and handing out advice is nowhere near giving an order-even if you’re a suspended PNP Chief talking to the ground commander of a group of people about to perform an extremely dangerous mission. However, when said suspended PNP Chief tells you not to inform the acting PNP Chief and the DILG Secretary...well, maybe you should follow him. Especially since said suspended PNP Chief is reporting to the Commander-in-Chief. Also known as the President.

 

We know it’s confusing, so here’s a handy cheat sheet to Purisimese based on the Senate hearing held today, February 10:

 

 

"Suspend[ed]"

Merriam-Webster definitionto force (someone) to leave a job, position, or place for a usually short period of time as a form of punishment.

Purisimese addendum: to force (someone) to leave a job, position, or place for a usually short period of time as a form of punishment...but that someone will still be performing the functions of said job or position (sort of).

 

"Advice"

Merriam-Webster definitionan opinion or suggestion about what someone should do.

Purisimese addendum: ...but definitely not an order. You don’t have to follow a four-star general’s advice, even if he is a primary source of intelligence information about your target and mission. It’s just a judgment and is in no way vital to making a decision.

 

"Participating"

Merriam-Webster definitionto be involved with others in doing something; to take part in an activity or event with others.

Purisimese addendum: ...in Purisimese, being present in a meeting does not necessarily make you a participant. You’re not participating if you’re not talking and if you’re just listening. So basically you’re like a (suspended) fly on the wall hanging out during a (presumably) classified meeting regarding a delicate military and police operation.

 

"Coordination"

Merriam-Webster definition: the process of organizing people or groups so that they work together properly and well.

Purisimese addendum: ...or that thing everyone forgot about before going into a mission to apprehend/arrest an international terrorist, who is inexplicably being "cuddled ([sic]...unless they mean like a teddy bear?)" by a group of armed rebels that we’re trying to make "peace" with.

 

"Information"

Merriam-Webster definitionknowledge that you get about someone or something; facts or details about a subject.

Purisimese addendum: ...something Mar Roxas et. al. didn’t need, right?

 

"Chain of command"

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Merriam-Webster definitiona series of executive positions in order of authority (e.g. a military chain of command)

Purisimese addendum: ...or the first thing that goes out the window during top-secret missions.

 

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