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Joc Joc Bolante’s Weekend With His Family

November 14, 2008

The Bolante household in Ayala Alabang, South Metro Manila’s plush gated subdivision where only rarefied air blows and Evian is the bottled water of choice, is in a fiesta mood this weekend.

The ‘man of the house’ is finally back after being away for nearly three years with the time in the US spent in the custody of  the US Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Under detention, the former agriculture undersecretary tried and failed to gain asylum because he was “under threat of political persecution in the Philippines from hostile senators seeking to bring down President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,” side from elements unseen who had “placed a bounty” on him.

Deported from the US, he did return to Manila last October 28, but the ‘ailing’ Jocelyn ‘Joc Joc’ Bolante went straight to St. Luke’s Medical Center complaining of chest pains and other aches.

After malingering there for 16 days with Senate guards enforcing the chamber’s arrest order, Bolante was immediately brought to the Senate, still under heavy guard, for his supposed “tell all” testimony.

Testify he did but with senators aghast at the patent lies they said Bolante spewed out.

Speaking under oath for all of nine hours, Bolante cleared Arroyo and himself and then implicated the Department of Agriculture’s field officers and regional directors and the undersecretary for operations in the loss of P728-M in aid money for farmers.

Suspicions are that the money was actually funneled to the political war chest of Mrs. Arroyo in the fraud-marred 2004 election.


So today, Joc Joc is the butt of jokes in radio commentaries and editorial cartoons.

Filipinos are left to just humoring thsemselves to keep their sanity and contain their anger and frustration at this  sorry state of affairs.

In fairness, Mr. Bolante with his poker-faced performance yesterday surely earned his family reunion this weekend.

Next week will continue to be stress-filled for him, and for Philippine society.

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