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By Perry Diaz
"Would P-Noy do for Llamas what he did for his other two shooting buddies, Rico Puno and Virginia Torres, that is — keep them?"
FROM THE TIME President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III appointed Ronald Llamas as presidential adviser on political affairs, Llamas has become the lightning rod for criticism against P-Noy’s administration. But P-Noy doesn’t seem to be bothered with the attacks directed at Llamas. Indeed, nobody could touch Llamas… unless his critics could produce incontrovertible evidence of malfeasance.
The latest “torpedo” launched at Llamas was an allegation that he purchased pirated DVDs. As a result of this controversy involving one of P-Noy’s despised – and envied – shooting buddies, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. issued a memorandum instructing Llamas to explain within five days – by February 1 — why no administrative disciplinary case should be filed against him for buying pirated DVDs.
In his memo, Ochoa said that Llamas was “seen buying a stack of pirated DVDs worth P2,000.” Llamas responded to the memo immediately to which Ochoa’s office said that it would make a recommendation. According to deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, the recommendation could be administrative sanctions or dismissal.
When P-Noy heard the story, he pooh-poohed it saying that Llamas “might just have been passing by.” But according to a first-hand account by Dona Policar, the associate editor of Bandera, she saw — and photographed — Llamas going over the pirated DVDs on display at the Circle C mall in Quezon City. According to the DVD retailer, Llamas bought P2,000 worth of pirated DVDs. He also said that Llamas was a regular customer.
Poor Llamas, he never realized that in one of his rare personal and private moments, a paparazzo was lurking behind a stack of DVDs while he was browsing over the merchandise displayed. But Llamas should have known better that as an alter ego of the President, he is public property, 24/7 [...]
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