Who’s trying to steal the cheese?


I was surprised when columnists of a pro-Arroyo paper, The Standard, feasted on the story about perks for Pagcor officials. How could they be so sure that their patrons would not become collateral damage when former Pagcor Chairman Genuino was also a beneficiary of those perks?

I thought the Pagcor issue would die a natural death because neither the Arroyo nor the Aquino camp would benefit from it. There are, after all, some areas where opposing sides can still share common ground.

So why are jukebox columnists, not only in the Standard but in other rags as well, making hay with the Pagcor story?

Well, who is the deputy of current Pagcor chairman Naguiat and what does he have to do with all this?

Sorry wrong question. I will reframe, Yerenner.

Who stands to gain most if the current Pagcor chairman is pressured to leave and his deputy takes over?

And the answer is…

More questions!

Who is the senator with big ambitions and a small campaign kitty?

Naguiat’s deputy is that senator’s man. If he replaces Naguiat, then the senator-patron will “own” Pagcor. Campaign funding won’t be a problem anymore.

He can finance his own campaign. He won’t have to ass-lick his way to the number two spot of any candidate who is naive enough to take him. And who knows he might even raise enough Pagcor funds to take another stab at becoming number one.

Now you answer the question.

Okay, one more clue.

What rhymes with cheese?

Manuel Buencamino

Buencamino was a weekly columnist for Today and Business Mirror. He has also written articles in other publications like Malaya, Newsbreak, "Yellow Pad" in Business World, and "Talk of the Town" in the Inquirer. He is currently with Interaksyon, the news site of TV5. MB blogged for Filipino Voices, blogs for ProPinoy and maintains a blog, Uniffors.com. Game-changers for him, as far as music goes, are Monk, Miles, Jimi, and Santana.

  • Anonymous

    Is PersiNoyny about to throw his former friend under the bus???  Persidente Noynoy called him “… just like Corona…”…. wow!!!

    “Just like Torres…” will be good but “..Just like Corona…”   is bad bad news when mouthed by PersiNoynoy. Especially with the boladas of when PersiNoynoy said “…Like impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) chair Cristino Naguiat Jr. is presumed innocent…”   Wow!!!! The dude is in trouble!!!!