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HERE’S a little known story about Jaime Cardinal Sin. As a seminarian, he was asthmatic, and almost did not make it to ordination. In November 1953, an image of the Miraculous Medal was brought to the seminary [in Iloilo]. The boys were singing Ave Maria. Jaime Sin was at the infirmary because of asthma. When [...]

Posted on February 7, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Inside Track

DANTE Ang, that suave spinmeister, is at it again. He would have been a frontline operative in the Office of the Press Secretary, had it not been for Kompil’s fury. A self-made man, Dante Ang maneuvered real fast when his close friend George Go of Equitable-PCIBank got into hot water, saying more than he should [...]

Posted on February 7, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Inside Track

IF President Arroyo had her way, the entire Elliptical Road would be manned by the Spice Boys. Pangasinan congressman Nani Braganza and Quezon City’s Mike Defensor sneaked past the looming shadow of the search committee and were personally chosen by Madame President to be part of her Cabinet. Nani has plucked the agrarian reform post, [...]

Posted on February 7, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Inside Track

BEWARE when driving on Balete Drive. Ghosts from a not-so-remote past now frequent the area even in broad daylight. And for big reason: they enter a building on Balete penniless and leave it with P2,000 in their pockets. Spoils from ill-gotten wealth? Balato from casino earnings? Who knows? These ghosts will soon march to Edsa [...]

Posted on February 7, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Inside Track

The Sun Star national edition, based in Metro Manila, is in a precarious condition. This week, its 140 employees will know if they will still have jobs. To turn two years old next month, the Sun Star is suffering from cash flow problems. New money from investors, expected last year, did not come in because [...]

Posted on January 31, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Inside Track

Two of Gen. Angelo Reyes’s closest friends are quiet, low-key officers, one in the active service, and the other retired: Lt. Col. Victor Corpus (Army) and Gen. Felix Dueñas (Air Force). Classmates in the Philippine Military Academy, each became close to Reyes but in separate times. Dueñas and Reyes hit it off well in the [...]

Posted on January 31, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Inside Track

Retired general Lisandro Abadia was in an awful mood last week when he learned that he wasn’t going to get his desired government post: defense secretary. In Malacañang, after the first flag-raising ceremony of President Arroyo, he said cuss words as he walked out, heard by reporters. When asked why he was upset, Abadia remarked [...]

Posted on January 31, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Inside Track

Who gave President Estrada the fatal advice to oppose the opening of the second envelope? No other than the legal luminary who entertained banker George Go and crony Jaime Dichaves in his office when they attempted to cover up Jose Velarde’s account—while serving as defense lawyer of the impeached President. Estelito Mendoza, who thrived during [...]

Posted on January 31, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Inside Track

In the days leading to People Power 2, a general, ally of a famous Ilocano politician, boasted that he was in command of formidable forces that were ready to march to Edsa and join anti- Estrada groups. However, he was eclipsed by Gen. Angelo Reyes, who brought the military—lock, stock, and barrel—with him in a [...]

Posted on January 31, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Inside Track

On January 19, late Friday night, while the throng in Edsa anxiously awaited Estrada’s departure from Malacañang, four generals met with Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Angelo Reyes, ferried by helicopter from Fort Bonifacio to Camp Aguinaldo. Two of the generals are service commanders, one is at the helm of a huge regional command, [...]

Posted on January 31, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Inside Track
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