‘Executive Secretary Paquito Diaz’



Paquito Ochoa, the executive secretary, is a far cry from Paquito Diaz, the late movie actor.

Ochoa sports a clean look, nerdy eyeglasses, salt and pepper hair.

The other Paquito sported a mustache, appeared very much the villain he was in roles cast against filmdom’s action king, the late Fernando Poe Jr.

There’s a whale of a difference between the two Paquitos, but Gen. Jessie Dellosa, the outgoing chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, was apparently overwhelmed by the moment at the turnover of command Thursday at Camp Aguinaldo as he acknowledged the presence of dignitaries at the grandstand.

Dellosa began, of course, greeting President Aquino, former President Fidel Ramos, Vice President Jejomar Binay, then … “The Honorable Executive Secretary Paquito Diaz…”

A collective silence gripped the audience. Then gales of laughter broke out.

Ochoa, normally serious, flashed a smile, then yelled “Ochoa!”

President Aquino was grinning, seemingly amused.

Dellosa looked back, touched his left temple as if in disbelief and embarrassment.


Middle name


“I’m sorry sir, Paquito Ochoa…” Dellosa said with a smile. Dellosa’s middle name, incidentally, is Diaz.

After the blooper, Dellosa turned to his speech. He recalled the differences in the military when he was a young lieutenant and now as a retiring general.

Dellosa remembered that he became an officer during the martial law years and victory at the battlefront was measured in terms of enemy body count.

“Today, the AFP stands at critical crossroads in a very important chapter in the history of our nation,” Dellosa said, noting the “tangible process in peace negotiations with internal threats.”

When the name of the game used to be “destroy the enemy,” Dellosa said the current counterinsurgency campaign “provides a different way of viewing the role of the AFP in internal security.”

“It brings to the national and local levels the need for a common understanding of the nature of conflict to impress on fellow stakeholders that ‘winning’ the peace is a collective effort,” Dellosa said.



In his speech, Mr. Aquino said he hoped that Dellosa would look back at those years in the military not as a “Calvary” but an opportunity for leaving a priceless legacy of public service.

Mr. Aquino praised Dellosa’s bravery as a soldier and commander of the Special Reaction Unit of the Presidential Security Group when his mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, was besieged by coup attempts.

He recalled the time when Dellosa was a young Scout Ranger and a round from an M203 hit a tree. It exploded near Dellosa and shrapnel hit his face.

“Instead of panicking, he exemplified calm and courage when he removed the shrapnel from his face. It was said that he did not even scream in pain,” Aquino said.

More fit at 56


Mr. Aquino said although Dellosa was turning 56 years old on Sunday, “He looks more fit than most of us here,” prompting laughter in the audience.

“In our shooting tournaments, I would still catch my breath after running but Jessie would already be firing his gun,” the President said.

Mr. Aquino said that the legendary stories about Dellosa might even be stuff for a bio-film.

If that movie flies, unfortunately, Paquito Diaz would no longer be around to be Dellosa’s nemesis.

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    DI kaya insulto kay Paquito Diaz yong pangyayari?

    • carlorocci

      I don’t think so, but it is a compliment on the part of Mr. Ochoa. Paqiuto Diaz was one of the best villain actor in Philippine cinema.

      • UrHONOR

        IT’S a rhetorical question!

      • carlorocci

        I know….

      • UrHONOR

        I-I-know-know ka …..tapos SINASAGOT mo ang hindi dapat na sinasagot!  Sapul ka na, umiilag ka pa.  Lalo mo lang pinalalim ang kinalagyan mo.

      • carlorocci

        I know kupal ka….

        I bought fish in supermarket ng in palengke, noHonor.

        Chupa Chups kupal.

      • UrHONOR

        HOHOHO….nagmamarunong ka, e, kinakapos ka naman.  Hayan…nabisto tuloy ang tunay mong kaliskis na pangpalengkeng KUPAL!  “I know-I know…..I know that I don’t know”.  PSHAW!!!

  • Love God

    Laughter is a good medicine for your heart…

    More bloopers please!

    Btw, I still remember those numerous coup attempts against our Democracy Icon Tita Cory.
    Whoever all guarded her from harm are real heroes and true Filipinos. But the coup plotters are still around and dwell in high places.

    How our economy suffered those bad days, how many innocent lives lost! All happened due to greed for power and money for a few..

    Never again…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H7P4W37H6UQYUREGWH67MSZSBQ JunPisce

    The President should replace Paquito (Diaz) Ochoa,he is ineffective in the Executive Department.Almendras is better.

  • Bugtong Uyamot

    just a coincidence… kabarilan  :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIPSCQM2TZQUMQ5GEIMWMWDFL4 Edward Solilap

    Secretary Ochoa the modern Paquito Diaz clean-cut with so much mistery behind those expenssive glasses.

  • 12JEM

    Before Ochoa the only known Paquito was Mr. Paquito Diaz, one of the best character actors during his time.

  • virgoyap

    Did Dellosa do it intentionally just for a laugh?

  • andresa igbac

    sikat talaga si paquito (diaz). magaling na aktor.

  • jopar

    this is one funny anecdote!

  • Rovingmoron

    That’s what we call “mental lapses.” Dollosa’s office secretary must have corrected the error. Or Dollosa himself could have reviewed the speech before delivering it. That how it is, sir.

  • kilabot

    dellosa probably had this in mind:
     ochoa is to paquitodiaz, and noykapon is to germanmoreno.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AUHY7NAKYRSA2T24MJ5P7EAA6U junteddy m


  • don alto

    Hmmm…. baka Kontrabida talaga tingin ni Gen. Dollosa kay Ochoa…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    That means Paquito Diaz Ochoa is not making a dent! His presence is not being felt ………….. wala yatang ginagawa sa gabinete ni PNoy. Imagine, paalis na si Chief of Staff Dellosa ay di pa yata magkakilala o di pa nagkakausap!

    • maximus_meridius

      Anong yata, talaga namang walang ginagawa ang inutil na yan (na kasing inutil din ng amo nya) kundi mag lasing. Palamunin lang ang hayup na yan. Sayang lang pa-sweldo ng bayan sa gunggong na yan.

  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    Late great actor Paquito Diaz being used for PR?
    Respect for a legend.

  • Loko Martin

    It would have been funnier if FPJ is still alive and the current president with Paquito Diaz O as his Chief of Staff not to mention the 3 action stars in the senate huh!

  • boybakal

    Paquito is not a common name.
    Connotes contrabida image because of Paquito Diaz. That when you say Paquito, automatic Diaz as Paquito Diaz.

    Anyhow, if the AFP Chief can make fun of an Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa as Paquito Diaz,
    Then who among local among can Pnoy be.
    Pnoy as Ponga…not contrabida but comedy.

  • m1600

    last hurrah now he is retired dinale na nya si paquito diaz ehe ochoa pala.

  • maximus_meridius

    That goes to show that Dellosa and/or his group (the armed forces) does not respect nor take seriously this Abnoy clown, jester and drunkard (Ochopa – Who he?).

  • Albert Einstien

    me ALAM si gen. dellosa…paki-SHARE naman po sa PUBLIC sir…anyway AFP is the protector of the state & people….lol

    Baka magalit si paquito diaz napagkakamalan sya si ochoa….

    pero binanatan agad ni pnoy si gen. the ” LEGENDARY DELLOSA ” pang movies ……lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VMPPKI7JOTE6OPR7LBGGUDAN3U Avenger

    “BANDIDO” LOOKS MAY NOT BE SIMILAR between the late PAQUITO DIAZ & PAQUITO OCHOA, but the concept of this comparison probably lies on the way the latter is handling his office. In the recent news article, the Executive Secretary denied any involvement of his Office in the alleged ATIMONAN RUB OUT claiming that he did not approved any funding of the so called “OPLAN ARMADO.” However, sensing that his Office will be in limbo after the issue has been sensationalized by Media, Ochoa suddenly changed his position, he now claimed that funding was approved but was limited only in the amount of P100,000. This FLIP-FLOP act of OCHOA is compared to a blockbuster movie acting of the late PAQUITO DIAZ in all his “BANDIDO” role, this would be the reason why Gen. Dellosa mistakenly called the Executive Secretary as “PAQUITO DIAZ.”….oks na oks ang retirement speech mo GEN. JESSIE DELLOSA, ang galing mong magpatama! Wahahahaha!

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