The mysterious Mr Jones does it again.
Mr Jones’ latest entry seems in part to have been triggered by a recent column by columnist Conrado de Quiros, referring to the Carandang-Coloma schism and the P200 million budgeted by DBM Sec. Abad to Carandang’s office. He quotes de Quiros:
That is how cronyism starts, with the people in power favoring a few friends, saying they are better than others, they are more capable than others, they are smarter than others. That is how corruption starts, with the people in power proposing that what is good for them is good for the nation, what makes them richer makes the nation richer.
He then calls de Quiros a “moralizing hypocrite” and proceeds to list the US delegation and the staff sent by Carandang (1) and Coloma (27). See Mr Jones’s complete accounting here. It’s not only the number that is worth noting, but the tasks delegated:
The Assistant Secretary for Media Relations, Renato Marfil, took along Susan Esguerra, his secretary, to assist him. …
And then there’s the Presidential News Desk. Francisco Lopez Banos the PNS Editor in Chief took along his editor, Rodrigo Del Agua. … And so the Presidential News Desk had two editors but no reporter. …No wonder that Ishko had no stories to file except a false leak that Mar Roxas used fake credentials to attend the President’s UNGA speech.
The Executive Director took along two Team Leaders/Project Officers. One for New York and one for California. But you got to hand it to them. After all, what will the Executive Director direct if he does not have two underlings and their two underlings.
The group also included two pool cameramen. Pool? One for NY and one for California? If that’s the case, then the question will be what pictures would the California cameraman take when the President is in NY and vice versa? But whoa, there is already one Official cameraman so why take two unofficial cameramen, so they can pool?
As for MARO, Jo Paulo couldn’t do it all so he took along one supervising MARO for New York and one for San Francisco/San Jose. And both officers couldn’t do it all either, so they took along one co-project officer each.
There were, in addition, two editors and one writer. If at all, shouldn’t it be the other way around, two reporters and one editor?
Now look at the technical staff: Teleprompter operator, teleprompter technician, VTR technician, and teleprompter/VTR technician. Paano yan, one plugs the machine while the other one turns it on? And just in case one of them gets sick or dies, they brought a back-up who knows how to plug and turn on both machines?
…Carandang sent one, singular assistant secretary – Ma. Carmen Mislang from the speechwriting team. Everyone else remained in Manila and kept in touch with Mislang via phone and internet.
What do you think, excess or necessary?