Latest Stories


Edged out of the Liberal Party


Little by little  political lineups are starting to shape up in  Cebu city and province  as the Oct. 1-5 filing deadline of  certificates of candidacies gets closer.   In the 1st district, Rep. Eduardo Gullas has joined the Liberal Party, easing out some original  party  members like San Fernando Mayor Abe Canoy.

In the 2nd district, the same thing happened.  The original LP  member and congressional bet Cora Lou Kintanar had to give way to Provincial Board Member Wilfredo Caminero. In Cebu City, Congressman Tommy Osmeña of the south district has eased out Mayor Mike Rama, an LP member.

I think the same arrangement is happening across the country. In Cagayan de Oro City  an Aquino loyalist was eased out of the  election contest in favor of someone else.

It’s the weirdest political arrangement.  Liberal Party loyalists were shoved aside in favor of newcomers or even those who did not support Aquino in 2010.

But we must remember that Aquino doesn’t head the  Liberal Party but Mar Roxas. These political  arrangements have some color of the practice of  traditional politician who wants to align himself  to all politicians in our country.

I received information that Sen.  Bongbong Marcos is now an ally of the Liberal Party. Can you  imagine President Noynoy Aquino standing  with Marcos on the same stage? Many are disappointed with this development which is contrary  the president’s espousing  “Ang Daang Matuwid”.

Many are hoping that the president can influence  Mar Roxas  especially in choosing which candidates to give the Liberal Party nomination  certificates to. The Liberal Party could end up like the LDP or the Lakas NUCD which were virtually abandoned by party members when it was no longer in  power.

Many were hoping that the Liberal Party would take a different route from  traditional political parties but apparently it is just showing itself to be like the others, that rely on  personalities and not on a party platform or principles.

It is disheartening to see a political party  with a  lot of hope for change   fall into the quagmire of “trapo” practices.  It is still the politics of survival and accommodation that reigns in the Liberal Party, which is  unfortunate because it failed to usher in a new breed of politics.

For those who may have been eased out in favor of those who have not worked for the Liberal Party,  I suggest they  move on. It won’t be  easy but you have to seek your place in the political battle next year.  Other  parties  are more than willing to accept you in their fold.

I know that some aspirants may not like to join other political parties because of their opposing views and principles, or they may have  ill feelings against  some of the party leaders.

* * *

The case of ivory smuggling in the Philippines or in Cebu should be looked into seriously because it is a violation of law. It is just unfortunate that it has involved a very well respected and loved priest,  Msgr.  Cris Garcia.

From what I read of the  article “Ivory Worship”  in the National Geographic magazine, he gave startling revelations about how to acquire  religious icons made of ivory.

In the interview, Garcia told the NatGeo writer Bryan Christy how to procure an ivory image of the Sto. Niño and smuggle it into the US.

Christy asked how? Garcia reportedly advised  “to wrap it in old, stinky underwear and pour ketchup on it so that it looks shitty with blood”. The writer said Garcia gave  the names of his favorite ivory carvers in Manila.

I hope that Garcia can explain his side of the story because the conversation is indeed very damaging.  The Church should give Garcia due process and allow him to explain his side in this controversy.

It is just unfortunate that the child abuse case in the US  involving Garcia has resurfaced.  You can search on the Internet about prelates facing charges for various offenses and you will find the name of Monsignor Cris Garcia. I just hope  that Garcia whom I was told is sick can find his peace amidst the recent controversy.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

More from this Column:

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Crime , election 2013 , Ivory Smuggling , Liberal Party , Politics

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima


  • Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Whistle-blowers now alarmed
  • Palace prepared to charge its allies
  • 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  • PNP chief on plunder raps: ‘Amateurish’
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces, force do-or-die tiff
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • Philippine Airlines to stop shipment of shark fins
  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
  • Banks allowed to use ‘cloud’
  • SMIC to issue P15-B bonds
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks
  • PH, HK end bitter row; sanctions lifted
  • Marketplace