Damper on morale
Changes in the VFA
Involvement of Romulo
An observer pointed out, however, that one reason for Ochoa’s appointment could be to facilitate greater cooperation and coordination within the various offices of the government during the renegations. Moreover, Ochoa has direct access to P-Noy like no other official has, save perhaps for Rico Puno.
This seems to be both the strength and the weakness of President Aquino, a personality trait which also stems from his lack of executive experience: the fact that he can’t seem to trust anyone except two or three people.
Factions in the Palace
The original Tarlac group
But apart from all these groupings, there’s the Yellow Forces led by Vice President Jejomar Binay, who, sources note, has always been yellow even when he was supposed to be running with candidate Erap.
The inevitable friction among all these satellite groups revolving within P-Noy’s universe makes fascinating copy but it’s also nightmarish for governance.
JDV travels around the world
JDVwas still bubbling about that episode when I ran into him at the Indian Ambassador’s reception. I quipped that it indicates how, like the proverbial prophet, JDV is better appreciated away from his homeland, and unarguably, Filipino seafarers dominate the world maritime industry.
My artist-niece, Ivee Olivares-Mellor, daughter of my brother Luis Olivares Jr., and his late wife Rosario Barretto Olivares, launched last Saturday, together with her artist-cousin, Plet Bolipata, of the famed Bolipata family of writers, musicians and artists, an exhibit of their most recent paintings at the Boston Gallery, 72 Boston St., Cubao, Q.C. Their two-man show will run until Nov. 11, 2010. Ivee was educated in fine arts in the UK and has her home in Chichester, two hours by train from London. Plet, daughter of the late lawyer Ric Bolipata and Dits Corpus-Bolipata of Zambales, is the sister of famed violinist-professor Coke Bolipata and the Bolipata family runs a successful center for the arts in their hometown in that province. Ivee and Plet, who have been holding periodic shows in various art forms and media here over the years, have also done illustrations for famed authors' works either singly or in collaboration with each other here and abroad. One of Ivee's better known illustrations was on "The King and the Royal Trees" by Paul Aird. Boston Gallery’s no.is 722-9205.