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The importance of being Niel Tupas

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PRESIDENT Aquino talks with his political allies and some of the 188 congressmen who voted for the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona in a caucus. Among them is Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., one seat to the left of Mr. Aquino. EDWIN BACASMAS

ILOILO CITY—This may be the most important case both in his professional and political career.

But doubts have been raised about the capability of Iloilo Rep. Niel “Junjun” Tupas Jr. to lead the team of prosecutors in the impeachment trial against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

The doubts grew when the prosecution panel appeared unprepared to present its case during the second day of the impeachment trial.

Tupas acknowledged the combined legal experience of the defense team but was confident that the prosecutors, aided by at least 15 private lawyers, would successfully convict Corona.

“The impeachment is more than legal technicalities. It involves the search for the truth, making our democratic institutions work and our officials accountable,” he told the Inquirer.

Tupas can also lean on another Visayan, a member of the prosecution team who is not only a veteran lawyer and congressman but is also not a stranger to impeachment proceedings.


Northern Samar Rep. Raul Daza was one of the defense lawyers in the impeachment trial against former President Joseph Estrada.

Although he is proud of being part of the prosecution team, Daza, 77, is comfortable playing both roles.

The impeachment trial of the Chief Justice was different from Estrada’s, he added, because “the impeachment of the former President was detrimental to the country and was not supported by the majority of the Filipino people.

“We all know that he was succeeded by an administration, by Gloria Arroyo, who was accused of several illegal activities, of corruption,” Daza said.

Daza has been practicing law since 1957 after placing 11th in the bar examinations. He is also a member of the State Bar of California in the United States where he practiced law when the Philippines was under martial law and after serving as congressman, representing Northern Samar for five years.

When he returned to the country in 1986, he was appointed deputy minister of the Presidential Commission on Good Government by former President Corazon Aquino.

Throughout his political career, Daza has stayed with the Liberal Party (LP) and was LP president from 1988 to 1994.

Considered one of Eastern Visayas’ old guards, Daza was congressman from 1987 to 1998 and Northern Samar governor from 2001 to 2010.

In the 2010 elections, his son, Paul took over as governor while he returned to his old seat in Congress.

No veteran

Unlike Daza, 41-year-old Tupas cannot exactly be considered as a veteran lawyer.

Although he has been a lawyer for 12 years, more than half of it is spent while serving an elective position in Iloilo.

He earned his law degree from the College of Law of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman in 1998. He obtained his political science degree, magna cum laude, also in UP in 1993.

After passing the bar in 1999, he joined the Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila Law Offices in Makati City where he became a junior partner specializing in litigation.

His wife, Yvonne Angeli Lee-Tupas, is junior partner (on leave) of the same law firm and is his chief of staff at the House of Representatives.

The couple has a daughter and a son.

HOUSE prosecution head Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. RAFFY LERMA

But five years into his law practice, Tupas entered politics—a move expected by many in Iloilo since he belongs to one of the province’s dominant political clans whose bailiwick is in Barotac Viejo.

The eldest of seven siblings, Tupas first served as provincial board member from 2004 to 2007 representing Iloilo’s 5th district.

He was elected representative of the district in the 2007 elections defeating his cousin Enrique Suplico Jr., who ran to replace his brother former Iloilo Rep. and Vice Gov. Rolex Suplico.

Tupas was reelected in 2010 beating his estranged cousin Rolex Suplico.

“We expected him to become a politician because since law school, we knew he was already being groomed to run for a position in Iloilo,” said a schoolmate of Tupas at the UP College of Law who spoke on condition of anonymity.

More of a politician

Tupas’ schoolmate described the legislator as “in the middle of the pack” in his class at the law school.

“He distinguished himself more as a politician than as a lawyer because of his relatively short law practice in Manila,” the schoolmate of Tupas said.

The dominance of the Tupas political clan has become more prominent under the Aquino administration.

His father, former Gov. Niel Tupas Sr., was named in November last year as a director of the state-owned Philippine National Oil Co.-Exploration Corp. He ran in the fourth district congressional race last 2010 elections but lost to Ferjenel Biron.

Two of Representative Tupas’ siblings were also appointed to government positions last year.

Former Barotac Viejo town Mayor Raul Tupas, who lost to Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor in the 2010 gubernatorial race, is a director of the Department of Agriculture as regional technical assistant for Western Visayas and Northern Mindanao.

Their sister, Niellete Tupas-Balleza, is a national consultant of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Representative Tupas’ younger brother Niel Tupas III, is mayor of their hometown in Barotac Viejo where Parly Balleza, the congressman’s brother-in-law, is a councilor.

Nielex Tupas, the youngest sibling, is on his second term as Iloilo City councilor. Another brother, Nielo Tupas, is a member of the Iloilo provincial board.

In the 15th Congress, Tupas authored 26 bills and resolutions and coauthored 64 others including those on the impeachment cases of resigned Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and Corona, according to the House of Representatives’ website.

About half of the bills and resolutions were of local significance like the renaming and establishment of schools and recategorization of roads.


Tupas has repeatedly dismissed criticisms that he has been pursuing the removal from office of perceived allies of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo because of the string of graft cases filed against his father in the past administration.

In January 2007, the Office of the Ombudsman under Gutierrez ordered the dismissal and removal from office of then Governor Tupas and then provincial board members Cecilia Capadosa and Domingo Oso for grave misconduct for alleged illegal disbursement of P85,000 to the regional chapter of the provincial board members league in 2004.

But Tupas Sr. fought the order and refused to leave the Capitol. About 200 heavily armed policemen stormed the provincial Capitol on Jan. 17, 2007, in an attempt to drag the governor out of his office.

Tupas Jr. defended his father and faced the policemen who aimed their M-16 rifles at him.

The standoff was resolved after the Court of Appeals issued a temporary restraining order, stopping the dismissal order.

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  • angimonanay

    What is important is that the Judiciary be reformed.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6OYZHQXO5WCLPHFZTYX6ZG6GI4 JUANITO

      Ang kailangan i-reform ay si AbNoy dahilan sa itong may daang matuwid na baluktot din. Arogante at very indictive.

      • LandRover628

        you mean “vindictive?”…  now i wonder who is the real abnoy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Steffen/100001137426171 Bill Steffen

      All  3  branches  need  to  be  reformed  

  • Tony De Los Santos

    The dominance of the Tupas political clan has become more prominent under the Aquino administration.

    No wonder Cong. Tupas is so beholden to every narcissistic whim and fancy of Mr. Aquino.
    From the rushed filing of the impeachment complaint to the daily demonizing of the CJ, Tupas has proven that, indeed, he is a servile and blind follower of Mr. Aquino. Nevermind the fact that most of the President’s instructions have been high-handed, capricious, vindictive, and for the most part, bereft of the law and justice.
    I believe that the good Cong. Tupas would even be kind enough to favor us with a lap dance if the President so commands.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Steffen/100001137426171 Bill Steffen

      I  still  see  graft  and  corruption in  probably  most  of  the  congressman  that  signed  the  Articles  of  Impeachment….There  is  a  terrible  double  standard  here  that  must  be  corrected at  any  cost.  This  corruption  starts  at  the  lowest  level of  government  and  ends  at  the  Palace

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    no wonder he has an ax to grind against gma, merci and corona.

  • quirinomayer

    The other day, a pro-Corona blogger played with the  the name of Tupas and produced two obscene words including Tsupa. Let me try my hand on it, too:

    Corona fails Tupas the impeachment.

    Tapus si Corona kay Niel.

    Tupas may not be as sleek as the defense team but in the end, he will Niel Corona.

    Tupas is tough as a Niel.

    • Ulipur




      Ty, po.

  • bangxef701

    Now a pot calls a kettle black.   No wonder PCSO is always in the spotlight as well! 

  • legislex

    I can really see that Rep. Tupas has little experience in litigation judging from the way he handles the presentation of their case against CJ Corona.  But I do not want to side with CJ Corona because of Rep. Tupas’s shortcomings.  I base my judgement on the evidence presented, and not the people presenting them.  As of this time, it seems that CJ Corona is guilty for intentionally making untruthful statements in his SALN.  But before I make a final conclusion, I will wait for the defense’s evidence and rebuttal.  They may have some aces under sleeves, and those I have to see.

  • pepengkabayo

    The importance of being Niel Tupas….

    What importance are you talking about? He has done nothing, he has done nothing important. how could he be important.
    More so, what you have written is his resume, bio data and his entire family holding position in the government.
    I thought no more dynasty, no more nepotism.
    Importance, he is not important, he is opportunist.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Steffen/100001137426171 Bill Steffen

      You  got  that  exactly  right.  I  don’t  understand  how  the  people  keep  swallowing  the  BS  from  yellow  media

  • chamber25

    So now the media is trying hype this guy for a senatorial bid, The public prosecutors are so unprepared that they are leaving 95% of the job to private prosecutors. 

  • Jon Trejo

    sa aming mga mahihirap at payak na trabahante lamang…ok yang ginagawa ni tupas…tanggalin ang mga makakapal ang mukha at mayayabang sa sc…at mapalitan ng mga tulad ni justice morales

    • mmm choco

      sa aming mga mahihirap at payak na trabahante lamang -  AND YOU HAVE INTERNET?? WHAT ALOAD OF BS!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X2C24JLUKICNK7WN2666VVO7HM Edgardo

    This guy is a joke, a charlatan — just like most legislators.  No wonder he’s such an ass-licker of the president.  His father and two of his siblings received appointments to government positions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QY7YT64FNHGIJW2BGNSVYA2WUI gear

    yuck! – lgbt? what can you say? yuck talaga. ang daang matuwid at patungo sa mga kaibigan at kaalyado. well ang ending nito lahat padin ng trapo.

  • kruger

    Every thinking man hates political dynasties.  On the other hand, this has become the norm of political succession in this country.

    Why is that?

    I’m no expert but I think this has to do with our ingrained tradition of  ”pakikisama” and some sort of a reward for a job well done.

    If an upright Mayor is about to retire, people will always look for someone like him as replacement.  This could either be his son, daughter or even his wife!

    Sometimes, the formula works.  The legacy of their beloved politician is exemplified by his anointed replacement.

    Others fail, and fail miserably.  But you know what the surprising response is during elections?  They still give their successors the chance to redeem themselves and vote them into office anyway!

    That my friends is the real score in this country’s political landscape.

    I think this practice has somewhat hindered innovativeness and real progress in more ways than one.

    Still, I can’t argue with the paradigm that says: “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

      The case of Ampatuan clearly showed that that system must be destroyed and never be fixed else this country will forever be run by petty emperors and warlords.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AS7ZS3RG454EKLDPVX3UR3MLGE rick

    yan na nga ba ang sinasabi ko eh.noon kung napanood niyo ang pagpapaalis kay gov. tupas maawa kayo kay neil tlagang halos bayuhin na ng butt ng armalite nung mga pulis…eh ngayon lahat ng mga umabuso sa kanila ay nakikita na ang kabayaran. si gutierrez ayan sibak na bilang ombudsman, si gloria ayan malapit ng maplunder…tlagang tama ang boss kong si erap…” talagang weder weder lang yan”….btw neil keep it up

  • pinoyyouth

    One thing is true from this article: “Kung ano ang panukat na ginawa ni Tupas kay Corona at sa kanyang pamilya; iyun din ang dapat gawin panukat sa kanya at sa kanyang pamilya”….Sino kaya ang lalabas na mas mabaho?…hmmm…hmmmm

    • dani77777

      to pinoyyouth,

      Si Corona walang kasingbaho, yan ang sigurado ko.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U6I5Z47EK5YM3VCD3GXEPJB3CU cutie boy

    Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Chairman Jose Maria “Joma” Sison is expected to return to the Philippines and will be welcomed by Pres. Benigno “PNoy” Aquino, III

    Philippine Star

    • PHtaxpayer

      who cares?  he should be treated like any other Balikbayan with full human rights if he is charged with anything.  AFAIK, his charges stemmed from Martial Law days when he was fighting the dictatorship just like Ninoy

  • Boulevard2012

    Magaling si niel and we’ve heard a lot of good things about his family. Hindi mga abusado ang mga kapatid katulad ng ibang pamilyang lumaki sa politika. We are praying for his success! For someone as young as he is, and faced with seemingly in-control lawyer, he knows how to keep his cool.

  • attydax

    I’m from the South and although I haven’t met Cong. Junjun yet,  a lot of my friends and relatives can attest to their goodness, especially about the patriarch, Niel Sr. I was introduced to Junjun’s brother, former PMAer Raul Tupas and been lucky enough to see him in government functions. They are achievers in their own right. At 65 years old, I haven’t seen a family whose every member is as competent as the siblings are. They are down-to earth individuals who are willing to help those in need, even going beyond an extra mile. For those people who don’t know them, let’s be prudent with our comments. 

  • KenKhoy

    “ province’s dominant political clans ” 
    synonymous to political dynasty, trapo, kapalmoks

    making him look good to the public such as what the media are doing, is helping more for the filipinos on dire straits. wake up inquirer you and most media outlets are helping in molding perennial trapos. 

    this phillipines after all. have fun

  • BatangSingapore

    ang haba ng kwento at mukhang build up pa kay Tupas Kumupas.

    isang word lang sapat na description kay TUPAS = BUGOK.

    back to school yan bagitong congressman.  siguradong kinahihiyan na yan ng mga Visayans.

    • batangpaslit

      taga SNG ka naman, eh…hindi Ilongo

    • dani77777

      to BatangSingapore,

      Ikaw ang BUGOK. Kung saan ka man naroroon, DIYAN KA NA LANG.

  • Mario_Garcia

    Congressman Tupas should take this opportunity to sharpen his practice of law.

    • mmm choco

      ano  eto.. laro lauran?? impeachment a practice?? LOL..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZQKHM4SZWMQEGPCOQB4CI26X5Q JCC

    green horn on legal procedures but veteran in the pursuit of honest government.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZQKHM4SZWMQEGPCOQB4CI26X5Q JCC

    i volunteered to the prosecution team but i did not get any response. i warned neil that cuevas was like a wily fox and a magician who can make something bad as if it is something good…

    • henrysuarez

      wow! what a name to behold JCC. abogado de campanilla ka pala at sinasayang mo ang oras na nakikipaghuthutan sa walang kwentang disqus. camon man. reveal yourself

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZQKHM4SZWMQEGPCOQB4CI26X5Q JCC

    he should learn public speaking from hitler. he has to do away with that squeaky voice.

    • pulungdagal

      squeaky voice has he? supot pa siguro.

  • luwii

    i think the Tupas’ are no different to most political clans. they are making the government their corporation, hopefully less corrupt than others.

  • mmm choco

    bla bla blabla bla .. Tupas is leading a fishing expedition.. by profession a lawyer..trade fisherman..a shame for iloilo constituents ..  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K3AUOVX5SXH4QSBROS76XUY3LE pizza ria

    katuwaan lang po.
    scramble TUPAS:

    1.  Puta(s)
    2.  T s u p a

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UZOAQ6YXZ7LV4AEKHDH6HDDCA Jeamergs


    • dani77777

      to pizaa ria,

      Mas nakakatuwa,

      RIA= aRI

  • KenKhoy

    To all,
    nothing new, trapos parin. baon parin tayo sa kahirapan. pinagbili nyo kase ang boto nyo.

    ginawa na nila ng hanap buhay ang pag serbesyo sa bayan. kaya tinawag ito na public service, pero private service ang nangyari. simulat sapol nong unang nagmulat ang mga mata natin sa mundo. iisa lang at wala nang iba apeyledo ang mayor, governor, councilor, mag ama, mag ina mag kapatid. dynasty simula sa lolo. 

    anong tawag nito. hanap buhay. hindi public service. sino ay may magara na pamumuhay, sila nasa puesto, 100% YAN. sino ay may maraming ariarian sila. kung totoosin mag kano lang ang sueldo sa goberyno. bakit kaya??? hopeless

  • AbdullahZahir

    just because we have a comic team of prosecutors doesn’t mean neil tupas has to speak on a silly voice. 

  • serapious

    To our moderator when rizal walking on his way to bagumbayan, saying that calvary reflects in the philippines being rizalglory is dimas,aquinobonifacio is hestas, marcosaguinaldo is judas the four crosses of christ crucifixion (as judas cross some distance in a tree) calvary reflections… Tupas- to the lamb-jesus is our lamp-light for renato corona- crown of thorn with gloria-glorification for us all P’noy filipinos, we are noble loving people.. to our moderator if you win truth in your heart you shall not block my comments , sour or sweet let it be released the two moments of truth..the balance of nature…your so sorry by your doubtful heart. you’re genius like rizal to repent to complement and shared equal glory of God is Love is Great Allah Akbar…rizal isreal catholic saint
    as well to bro- felix manalo-(jesus and richman reflects to)…again rizal said “to foretell the destiny of the nation it is necessary to open the book that tells of her past” and glorify-purify.. for glorious republic of the philippines and global peace…amen… Lolo seraph

  • reynaldo quijada

    Conviction or acquittal of CJ Corona should not be based on the brilliance or lack of it on the part of the prosecution team or defense team. The verdict of the senators  must be in the light of the truth and what is best for the common good or else the impeachment trial shall be a failure.

  • glycerlean

    member ba ng boyoyong clowns si tupas bago sya naging attorney at congressman?

  • emma_ele

    Ang corrupt galit sa kapwa corrupt..   yan si Neil Tupas.

    Pag naging ground for impeachment ang SALN,  unang kandidato dyan ang pamilya Tupas…

     The young tongressman thought he found a pot of gold in his catch during his fishing expedition.  The truth is,  he found a piranha to eat him alive….  soon   if not sooner….

    • JasminCubacub

      @emma_ele:  The following pertinent facts are not included here, so consider this as an appendix to the above report. Tupas took his Bar exams several times before passing the same. he has not yet filed his SALN. he has a glass house in Iloilo worth 80M and another house at Xaviersville, QC worth 20M.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DH5D5H6XIXUJUHGMEHUWZFVIOU Dionisio

        sus ang laki na pala ng NATUPAK nito sa Kongreso! parang sina rey umali at ben evardone eh palagay ko mas mayaman sila kay corona

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UZOAQ6YXZ7LV4AEKHDH6HDDCA Jeamergs

    HEHEHE kala nila magreresign si CJ corona… napasubo tuloy sila… nagmukhang mga TANGA.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LKH7OBS65SZ6QW3QEC4UTPG3IA Gervis

    Who is this Niel Tupas…an acrobat head of prosecution team or simply a member of ladlad party list.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E43PSLYOFACKKZ2D4EJA7LWL6E Uni-ha

    To the writers of this piece, are you referring to the gender of Niel Tupas?  Not that it matters.

    The importance of being Niel Tupas = The importance of being Oscar Wilde, who also happens to be gay. 

    I had high hopes for Niel Tupas.  He looked so impressive in his self-promotion before the trial. His actual performance though was way way inferior.  Somehow, I have a feeling that he has a habit of over-promising and under-delivering.  In fairness to him though, he could have been a good marketing manager.   

    • JasminCubacub

      @Uni-ha: You see..may gender problem pala si Tupas… I noticed it long time ago.. Good thing someone has conformed it.. Thanks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TQXEBE234F36ONIQ73IFJLO22U Raven

    Eh corrupt din ang mga iyan sa Iloilo e.

    • JasminCubacub

      @Raven..o o nga.. The following pertinent facts are not included here, so consider this as an appendix to the above report. Tupas took his Bar exams several times before passing the same. he has not yet filed his SALN. he has a glass house in Iloilo worth 80M and another house at Xaviersville, QC worth 20M.

    • kolambogan

      Kung corrupt din, talaga palang dapat lang tanggalin ang mga naunang corrupt, so kung hindi magbabago ang katulad na pangkasalukuyang  corrupt, sa mga susunod na administrasyon sila na ang bahala, pero kung corrupt din ang mga susunod pa, magpapaulit-ulit na lang ba ang mga Filipino? Kung zarsuwela o nuno ng sukdulan sa ganid ang karamihan sa mga nakapuwesto, Bayan bigyan niyo na sila ng katapusan para hindi na lumago pa ang kanilang mga kampon, kung hindi pasensiya na lang kayo, dahil type niyo mga corrupt at ganid.

  • AntiAko

    now, THIS EXPLAINS A LOT OF THINGS! Now I know why Neil Tupas had to move heaven and earth just to SATISFY THE PRESIDENT. Napakalaki pala talaga ng pakinabang niya at ng kanyang pamilya sa administrasyon ni PNoy!!!

    • JasminCubacub

      @AntiAko:The following pertinent facts are not included here, so consider this as an appendix to the above report. Tupas took his Bar exams several times before passing the same. he has not yet filed his SALN. he has a glass house in Iloilo worth 80M and another house at Xaviersville, QC worth 20M.

  • JasminCubacub

    The following pertinent facts are not included here, so consider this as an appendix to the above report. Tupas took his Bar exams several times before passing the same. he has not yet filed his SALN. he has a glass house in Iloilo worth 80M and another house at Xaviersville, QC worth 20M.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XIRUKSJA2DWBBI4I4T6CJVN6NY Gerald

    Wow, pati Inquirer Visayas walang masabi na maganda about Niel Tupas!

    To summarize the article, Niel Tupas is the following:

    - the successor and perpetrator of political dynasty in Iloilo
    - slacker while in law school knowing fully well that he’s being groomed into politics
    - does not have much litigation experience to speak of
    - at 41, still full of yabang and pasikat, having not learned the lessons of his youth
    - took up law school in 1993 and only passed bar exam in 1999 (ilang takes?)
    - has a trapo for a father, who changes colors from Marcos days to present
    - has a father who is working as highly paid director of state owned company PNOC since 2010
    - has a sister who is working as highly paid consultant for PCSO
    - has a brother who is working as highly paid technical consultant in Dept of Agriculture
    - has other brothers working as councilors in Iloilo
    - passed only 26 bills, 13 of which are renaming and recategorizing streets which are useless
    - has BIG BIG BIG axe to grind against GMA for political reasons

    How can we rely on someone like this to uphold integrity? 

    • Gia1234

      Gerald – Ang inig sabihin ng “took up law school in 1993″ pumasok pa lang siya sa law school nun! Siyempre apat na taon yun kaya mga 1997 na graduate. Mag rereview ka pa for the bar. If you take the bar exams in 1998, puro essays ang question dun kaya 1999 release ang result. Kuha mo? 

      • gnob16


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  • pepengkabayo

    The importance of being Niel Tupas…

    With what you enumerated that his family is all in the government, then he is really Important to his Family.
    Ganyan kasupsop, I mean Kasipsip si Neil Tupaz kay Pnoy or else he will be nothing if sacked by President.
    Gagawin ang lahat, Masunod ka lamang….dahil ubos ang pinaghirapan pag sumuway sa utos ng Hari.

  • Gia1234

    Masyadong malinaw na pakawala ng Corona side ang sumulat nito. Tupas is not the one on trial here – si Corona! Huwag i divert ang attention from the one lump of rock who refused to vacate the seat that he illegally obtained to begin with! Kung sa tingin ng author impeachable din ang maging anak ng isang political clan eh di impeach nyo rin si Tupas pagkatapos! 

    • pulungdagal

       ”Tupas is not the one on trial here”

      He is the subject of the article, if you look again.

  • perdasil45

    Worth repeating this comments for the readers to know.
    Wow, pati Inquirer Visayas walang masabi na maganda about Niel Tupas!To summarize the article, Niel Tupas is the following:- the successor and perpetrator of political dynasty in Iloilo- slacker while in law school knowing fully well that he’s being groomed into politics- does not have much litigation experience to speak of- at 41, still full of yabang and pasikat, having not learned the lessons of his youth- took up law school in 1993 and only passed bar exam in 1999 (ilang takes?)- has a trapo for a father, who changes colors from Marcos days to present- has a father who is working as highly paid director of state owned company PNOC since 2010- has a sister who is working as highly paid consultant for PCSO - has a brother who is working as highly paid technical consultant in Dept of Agriculture- has other brothers working as councilors in Iloilo- passed only 26 bills, 13 of which are renaming and recategorizing streets which are useless- has BIG BIG BIG axe to grind against GMA for political reasonsHow can we rely on someone like this to uphold integrity?  TUPAK NA SAAN ANG SALN MO? As you said according to Law in must be available for the Public. Why don’t you divulge yours so we can compare it to CJ Corona. Siguro mas mayaman ka ba kay CJ,

  • marimalo

    dapat palitan si tupaz as lead prosecutor, baka dahil sa kanya matalo ang taong bayan sa paghahanap ng katotohanan.nandiyan naman si quimbo o angara.

  • Maldi2

    None can despute that KUPAS is Malacanang stooge!  Puro yabang, daldal!  Kulang sa gawa!  PWE!

  • pulungdagal

    Anak ng “Tupa”(s), political clan din pala ang mga Tupas na ito!

  • malaya1962

    just asking anyone, i understand may kaso ng corruption si Tupas SR.? so politika lang ang lahat ng ito, kaso vs corruption charges kay tupas sr. equals empechment…bato bato sa lahat pag bumagsak kay tupas … tumpak moro moro empeachment ha ha ha funny talaga sa pilipinas

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