Thursday, January 18, 2007

Tupas Gets a TRO

Things are starting to get back to normal at the Capitol. Yesterday, hundreds of anti-riot policemen and SWAT teams swooped down on the Capitol to dislodge Governor Neil Tupas. Manong Neil's family members and supporters tried their best to delay and stop the police from accosting the governor but were soon overpowered by the authorities. A police squad was about to reach the Office of the Governor at the third floor when the governor's son and namesake, Board Member Niel "Jun Jun" Tupas, came out brandishing a TRO issued by the Court of Appeals in Cebu. Now, it is back to status quo antebellum and the concerned parties have 60 days to present their legal arguments and counter-arguments in court.

What a difference a week makes! Just days ago, Manong Neil's hold on the Capitol was rock solid and not one among the names that were floated by the administration could hold a candle against him in the coming May 2007 elections. But in just a matter of days, his grip on the Capitol became untenable and he is now fighting for his political survival. Such is politics in this country - unpredictable, violent, "magical surreal."

Pagunsan Misses the Cut at PGA Sony Open

I was saddened to hear (after reading Councilor Peter LaviƱa's blog) that Ilonggo golfer Juvic Pagunsan, who was named "Asian Rookie of the Year" recently, missed the cut at the PGA-Sony Open in Hawaii. You can actually view Pagunsan's Sony Open scorecard here (just one of the wonderful benefits of the internet!). In hindsight, Pagunsan I think should have picked to play at this year's Philippine Open in Wack Wack and not the Sony Open. With his dismal showing at his first PGA event, it became apparent "na medyo hilaw pa siya" and I fear that it might affect his confidence in his swing. But no matter, Pagunsan is still young and can only get better.

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