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New Word Order

First Posted 04:54:00 12/31/2006

Filed Under: People

Published on page Q3 of the December 31, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.


- Maria Theresa Pangilinan, shouting during her graduation at the Cavite State University, where GMA was commencement guest

?I?ve forgiven them. I am a Christian. I read the Bible three times a week.?
- Estrada, on having forgiven those who had a part to play in his ouster

?Chat kept her illness a secret to avoid a media circus. Also, she didn?t want the public to see her in such a state.?
- Fashion designer Renee Salud, on the death of his friend, beauty queen Chat Silayan, of cancer at only 46

?The so-called calibrated preemptive response (CPR) policy has no place in our legal firmament and must be struck down as a darkness that shrouds freedom.?
- The Supreme Court, voting 13-0 in declaring unconstitutional the government policy to disperse antigovernment rallies without permits

?My feeling is that not even in my wildest dreams did I expect to be placed in this stand?from President to prisoner.?
- Estrada, almost coming to tears while bitterly speaking out against ex-Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis ?Chavit? Singson during Estrada?s Sandiganbayan trial

?It will be the same draft, it will have the same basis, and the President will have the same powers.?
- Presidential Chief of Staff Michael Defensor, warning that GMA may impose Proclamation No. 1017 again if the militant groups mobilizing for Labor Day rallies threaten the government.

?He left us with good memories. I think we are very fortunate to have him.?
- Jody Stewart, son of television pioneer Robert ?Uncle Bob? Stewart. Stewart died in Arizona but was cremated, his ashes interred at Loyola Memorial Park. Stewart founded GMA Network Inc., in 1950.


?We?re calling you as representatives of our people ? And if you don?t want it, the hell with you!?
- Sen. Juan Ponce-Enrile, after Finance Secretary Margarito Teves, Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Favila, and Internal Revenue Commissioner Jose Bunag snubbed a senate hearing

?Happy birthday, Ma, si Joseph ito.?
- Former President Joseph Estrada, during his emotional homecoming for his mother?s? 101st birthday

?This court rules that the assailed PP1017 is unconstitutional insofar as it grants President Arroyo the authority to promulgate ?decrees.? ?
- The Supreme Court, ruling on PP1017

?I think Manila has broken the world Guinness record for simultaneous breastfeeding.?
- Dr. Nicholas Alipui of Unicef, after 3,738 mothers held a mass breastfeeding at the San Andres Sports and Civic Center in Malate

?This one is for the Philippines.?
- Lead singer Rico Blanco, after the band Rivermaya won an MTV Asia Award as favorite artist

?People like me can take positions of leadership ? we have never lost our rights because of our condition.?
- Hilarion Guia, former leper and mayor of Culion, who led the bid to turn the former leper colony into a town

?Now we can breathe the free air.?
- Rep. Liza Maza, after the Batasan 5 was finally able to go home after 70 days

?If they will denounce the NPA and the armed struggle, everything will be easier.?
- Chief of Staff Mike Defensor on the Batasan 5

?I have no comment, I already have too many enemies.?
- Chavit Singson, when asked to comment on Rep. Mikey Arroyo?s jueteng links

?Abortion is just wrong. Babies don?t deserve to die.?
- Salvacion Ruiz, who adopted abandoned baby Sandin Lee despite the fact that she only makes P50 a day and lives in Tondo

?Even if they say I need a psychiatrist, what?s important is I know my law.?
- Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, assuring the media that his kidney illness would not affect his government service

?The Philippine eagle has landed.?
- Leo Oracion, the first Filipino to climb Mt. Everest, upon reaching the summit

?The film made erroneous and unsubstantiated claims against the fundamental doctrines of Christianity.?
- Manila Councilor Benjamin Asilo, after the city banned the showing of the film ?The Da Vinci Code"

?I don?t believe in retiring.?
- Fr. James Reuter, Jesuit priest and honorary Filipino, on his 90th birthday

?I just wanted to have fun with friends. It was a party, not politics.?
- PCGG Commissioner Ricardo Abcede, explaining why one of the guests at his birthday party was former First Lady Imelda Marcos

?I?m living the American Dream!?
- Taylor Hicks, after being chosen the 2006 American Idol

?You couldn?t really avoid bullets because bullets couldn?t distinguish foreigners.?
- Adelyn Pascual, returning OFW, after escaping the violence in East Timor

?Her last words were ?Daddy, daddy.? ?
- Poniran, a survivor of the killer earthquake in Bantul, Java, Indonesia, whose five-year-old daughter died in his arms as he waited for treatment in a hospital

?Yes it is something to worry about, not with a sense of panic but concern, so that we can prepare for a big earthquake in advance.?
- Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) head Renato Solidum Jr., saying that the big earthquake in Central Java could also happen in the Philippines

?Everest is not a prize ? You can climb a mountain only if the mountain lets you.?
- Art Valdez, head of the First Philippine Mt. Everest Expedition (FPMEE), after Leo Oracion and Erwin Emata, the first and second Filipinos to summit the mountain, returned home to claims that another Pinoy, Dale Abenojar, got there first

?Is the government out to kill us??
- Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, after the killing of ex-communist leader Sotero Llamas, another in a series of violent murders of leftist leaders


?I am still president, for I have not resigned. I am very much alive.?
- Former President Joseph Estrada, in his seventh appearance before the Supreme Court in June

?Don?t smoke, that?s a beauty secret.?
- Dr. Encarnita Limpin of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, promoting an antismoking campaign

?If growth must directly impact the poor, we have to do more.?
- GMA after the economy reportedly grew by 5.5 percent

?It is better to light a candle for responsible mining than just to curse darkness for past environmental sins.?
- Banner at a prayer meeting in the Albay Astrodome organized by the Lafayette Group in support of mining activities in Rapu-Rapu Reef, Albay. The mining had already resulted in spills, causing significant environmental damage

?Government has no policy to harm or kill its citizens.?
- Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno, assuring the Batasan 5 that the government is not behind the killings of leftist leaders

?This is a shame and a sham.?
- Archbishop Oscar Cruz on the government?s inability to do anything about the killings

?It?s not our fault. We only received the caskets.?
- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) deputy administrator Angelo Jimenez, after the bodies of two OFWs killed in Saudi Arabia were interchanged and sent to the wrong families

?When a woman is raped, her character would have nothing to do with it. Even one who?s into prostitution has a right not to be raped.?
- Private prosecutor Evalyn Ursua, after witnesses confirmed that Nicole was drunk when she was allegedly loaded into a van and raped by American servicemen in Subic

?The decision is whimsical and capricious.?
- Rep. Crispin Beltran, after he was indicted on charges of rebellion

?We just never complain. Whatever resources we have, we maximize, stretch them to the limit.?
- Marikina Mayor Marides Fernando, after Marikina was ranked no. 1 among local LGUs by the Asian Institute of Management and the Ford Foundation

?I cried a lot of times ? I knew there was a chance that Leo and I would not make it back alive.?
- Second Filipino Everest conqueror Pastor Emata, revealing how he and fellow climber Leo Oracion had signed documents stating that their bodies should be left on the mountain if they died during their attempt

?She?s wholesome and very pleasant. She smiles a lot.?
- ?Pinoy Big Brother? director Lauren Dyogi on Kim Chiu, winner of the show?s Teen Edition

?We as a country cannot allow this to continue if we are to build a foundation for development, growth and equity.?
- Former Education Secretary Juan Miguel Luz, after studies revealed that Filipino students? learning test scores were way below average

?As far as we?re concerned, it?s a dead issue.?
- Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye, irked by continuous questioning by reporters on the ?Hello, Garci? issue

?Zoos claim to educate people and preserve species, but they fall short on both counts ? they only present us with a distorted view of wildlife.?
- Jamie Alarcon, spokesperson of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA), after the group staged a protest in front of the Manila Zoo

?They are afraid to hear the voices of the victims ? Why weaken the law? If you weaken the law you strengthen the criminals.?
- Dante Jimenez of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), after the abolition of the death penalty

?I cannot in all conscience go through the motions of the awarding ceremonies, just for public display.?
- Susan Roces, in a letter to Cultural Center of the Philippines president Nes Jardin, on why she was not attending the awarding rites for national artist. Her husband, the late screen icon and GMA?s opponent in the presidential race, Fernando Poe Jr., was posthumously named National Artist for Cinema

?You know Mrs. Arroyo, she will do anything to have a photo with Susan to show the world that all is well between them.?
- Marichu Vera-Perez, supporting the decision of FPJ?s widow

?They may be considered to be a victim of wrongful violence.?
- Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, on the fact that the family of the late Leo Echegaray could be entitled to compensation for the ?judicial error? of a death sentence

?Why? Will it change anything? Will they be able to bring him back??
- Echegaray?s sister Leonor Echegaray

?Was there massive cheating? Why, yes! There was cheating, and definitely the beneficiary was the cheater.?
- Sen. Rodolfo Biazon, after a Senate Committee?s initial findings revealed that there were indeed anomalies during the 2004 elections

?If Senator Biazon has nothing sensible to say, he should just shut up.?
- Surigao Rep. (and rabid GMA supporter) Prospero Pichay

?Being illiterate, Madulin did not know the importance of said letters and failed to inform respondents of their existence.?
- Motion filed by Eddie and Annabelle Gutierrez and their daughter Ruffa Gutierrez-Bektas, claiming that their maid did not tell them about the letters sent by the BIR regarding their tax liabilities

?This is good. We?re going all-out now.?
- Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, announcing the expansion of anti-insurgent military operations in Central Luzon after GMA announced she was pouring P1 billion more into the effort.

?You can?t avoid collateral damage ? Sometimes there are bombings, and civilians might get hurt.?
- Sec. Raul Gonzalez on the war against insurgency

?The value of this industry and its impact on the Philippine economy cannot be understated.?
- Rainerio Borja, head of the Contact Center Association of the Philippines, revealing that annual earning of local call centers will hit $7.3 billion by 2010

?The congressmen just wanted to see the Pope.?
- Secretary Eduardo Ermita, explaining why GMA was accompanied by a huge delegation on her European trip last June. The trip including an audience with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome

?We are awed by our friend Warren Buffett?s decision to use his fortune to address the world?s most challenging iniquities.?
- Bill and Melinda Gates, after Buffett announced that he was donating $37 billion to charity, most of it channeled through the Gates Foundation

?Simon says, touch your genitals.?
- A game that teaches sex education in the pilot Enhanced Population Education Module of the DepEd that had critics fuming


?I?m a victim of circumstances.?
- Comelec Commissioner Resurreccion Borra on charges against him for an anomalous P1.3 billion computerization contract

?You can?t do anything wrong if you?re fighting evil.?
- Former Ambassador Roy Seeres, admitting he encouraged Gen. Danilo Lim to withdraw support from the GMA administration

?We really wanted to win and in the end, we made it.?
- Italian defender Fabio Grosso, who kicked in the deciding penalty shot that led Italy to a World Cup victory

?Don?t tell too many people, please.?
- Marke Lowen of Vanuatu Online, after the island was declared the happiest place on earth

?Bishops are not that cheap.?
- Bishop Ramon Villena of Bayombong, on reports that bishops were handed envelopes of money during a Malcaang ?victory? dinner after the prelates did not support impeachment efforts against GMA

?Gaming is the greatest danger to young people that has ever come along.?
- Keith Bakker, addiction expert, who runs Europe?s first clinic for online game addiction in Amsterdam

?What they have to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this sh-t and it?s over.?
- US President George Bush caught using the expletive with the mike on, speaking to British Prime Minister Tony Blair during the G-8 summit

?I don?t think our resources are scarce. I think it?s more a matter of how the government uses these resources.?
- Fr. Agustin Advincula, the only Filipino priest in Lebanon, in reaction the government?s claim that it lacked the resources to evacuate all the OFWs in the embattled country

?I can?t imagine a president speaking to the people and being guarded by the police from her own people.?
- Sen. Aquilino Pimentel, on the tight security during GMA?s July 25 State of the Nation Address (SONA)

?I don?t want it said in the end that I defeated my enemies.?
- GMA in her SONA

?I?m lucky that they didn?t get tired of me.?
- Actress Gina Pareo, on her career renaissance after the independent film she headlined, ?Kubrador,? was widely acclaimed in the international film festival circuit


?My first reaction was disbelief. My second reaction was hope.?
- Cuban American Armando Tellez, celebrating news that an ailing Fidel Castro had ceded power

?We were really treated like paupers.?
- OFW Darren Legaspi, on the harsh treatment some Filipinos experienced under their Lebanese employers

?I will remain a resident of this city. I was born here and my family lives here.?
- Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, talking about his home city, General Santos, when asked whether he was planning to relocate to Manila to run for public office

?I hope her illness is not that serious because we do not want to see her die. As far as I?m concerned, I only want her to resign.?
- Sen. Pimentel, on news that GMA was under medical treatment for a fatty liver

?This was to be a simultaneous attack on multiple targets, targeting US-bound aircraft.?
- UK police official, speaking anonymously, on the terrorist plot they uncovered to blow up several aircraft en route to the US, resulting in the closure of major UK airports, including London?s Heathrow

?Life has been good to me.?
- Tycoon John Gokongwei, after donating his share in the family-owned Summit Holdings, worth about P10.25 billion, to educational charities, through the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation

?The vessel that sank in Guimaras Strait in the Philippines is an ecological time bomb that may cause long-term and possibly permanent damage to the environment and livelihoods of people.?
- Greenpeace Southeast Asia

?We need help from anywhere, from everywhere, of any kind.?
- Guimaras Governor JC Rahman Nava

?The response of Petron is very anemic compared with the magnitude of the problem.?
- Chief Supt. Geary Barias of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council

?I am declaring the Guimaras oil spill a national calamity.?

?I?m hurting because I didn?t do anything wrong yet I?m being accused of so many things.?
- George Cordero, former president of the Philippine Nurses Association and owner of a nursing exam review center. Cordero was accused of paying P7 million to get advance copies of the tests from the Professional Regulation Commission

?I don?t know if the sex is better than it was 20 years ago, but the life is a lot better.? - Playboy founder Hugh Hefner on turning 80


?It is a toothless tiger without the power to subpoena, without the power to protect.?
- Former VP Teofisto Guingona Jr. on the Malacaang-created Melo Commission,
which was tasked to investigate the extra-judicial killings of leftists and journalists

?We are constrained not to entertain or give due course to the instant petition.?



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