It was ‘Paquito Ochoa’ not ‘Paquito Diaz’ at AFP turnover rites


The late actor Paquito Diaz and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr.. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines – What was meant to be a sentimental and nostalgic retirement speech by General Jessie Dellosa as Chief of Staff Armed Forces of the Philippines turned into a comic relief of sorts after he mistakenly called the last name of a Malacañang official by an actor’s last name.

Having the same first name, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. was introduced in opening remarks by Dellosa as Paquito Diaz, a popular character actor who died March 2011.

“Sa ating panauhing pandangal, ang ating Commander-in-Chief at Pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III, former President Fidel Valdez Ramos, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Executive Secretary Honorable Paquito Diaz…,” Dellosa said at Camp Aguinaldo on Thursday.

After a moment of awkward silence, Dellosa immediately corrected the faux pas.

“I’m sorry, sir. Paquito Ochoa,” he corrected, eliciting laughter from the crowd, including Ochoa himself. The guests in the ceremony included the President, Vice President, Cabinet officials, retired security officials, service commanders, military officers, enlisted personnel, civilians and the media.

Dellosa recalled his 38-year military career by comparing the service when he was newly commissioned and how he is leaving it, saying “any military officer on the brink of retirement can only find contentment when he is convinced that he will leave the service better than when he first entered it.”

He cited that the AFP at present was making “tangible progress in the peace negotiations with the different internal threats.”

The general added that the military was shifting from internally-focused state of mind “as the AFP prepares to transition to its traditional mandate for external defense.”

Dellosa also expressed confidence that the AFP was in “very good and capable hands” under the new Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Emmanuel Bautista.

“I have been a witness to your leadership; your own reform initiatives; your fighting will, and your genuine concern for the men and women of the AFP. Congratulations! I wish you all the best, and I have full faith that the AFP is in very good and capable hands,” he said.

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  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    buti di dumating FPJ.

  • Pio Gante

    this is exactly one of the moments that he hates his father for giving him that name.

    • B88C

      Paquito means little Paco which is the nickname for Francisco.

  • JuanTamadachi

    This gaffe is easily in the running for the mother of all gaffes. ha hah hah.

  • patukar

    Its a nice name especially in latin america such a famous name kaya lang naging pangit kasi pangalan ng kontrabida sa Pelikula. Pati mukha kontrabida! Its not about the name, it’s the person who uses that name. 

    • Burndvinyard

       Mr. Paquito Diaz (and family) has Mexican ancestry actually.

  • magiting78

    Puro kc media publicity alam gawin ayan tuloy napagkamalan artista at kontrabida pa hahahah….boommmm

  • Albert Einstien

    ha ha …sadya ata yun   a …di ba KONTRABIDA palagi papel ni paquito diaz….lol

  • kevin

    He did it on purpose..he he..

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  • June Dataya

    kontrabida nga si paquito diaz sa pelikula, pero ang bait nya sa personal. also an iconic figure in Philippine cinema.

  • regd

    I’m glad Paquito Diaz took such faux pas in good humor. I’m sorry sir, Paquito Ochoa pala..hehehe..

  • Ernesto

    sinadya yata yan.paquito diaz joke joke joke

  • kabayandinako

    Nice one General Dellosa…

  • 12JEM

    Kung nasaan man sina FPJ and Max Alvarado sigurao tinutukso nila si Paquito Diaz!

  • nparvus1202

    Si ABNoy naman si Lito Anzures.  “Eng eng eeng… eng eng eeng…”

  • pasaway008ako

    Hahaha, tawa ako ng tawa dito…may kutob akong si Gen Dellosa ay taga hanga rin ni Paquito Diaz, ang batikang kontra-bida!!! Hindi ko siya masisisi.

  • Meg Severino

    Freudian Slip?

  • Alex

    I guess his mind beat him to retirement..

  • beerhunters

    The story: During a stage performance in naga city, as Paquito Diaz walks thru the crowd towards the stage a fortyish woman suddenly give him a whack at the back with a close umbrella screaming “ikang demonyado ka, ta ano ta piparatraydoran mo si FPJ?!!”

  • batangpaslit

    right on…

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