September 2007


So this is our “changed” man.

Last April, FG Mike Arroyo went through what was described as a life-threatening open heart surgery. After surviving the critical post-surgery period and being discharged weeks later with a large chance of fully recovering, Mike Arroyo instructs his lawyers to withdraw the libel suits he filed against more than 40 journalists. In his statement, Mike Arroyo said,

“I am determined to keep in touch with the God that has been magnanimous to me, and let His spirit of generosity steer me through any future conflicts…”

He may claim going through a life-altering experience, but it seems Mike A. is being haunted by old ghosts. In recent developments involving the anomalous NBN deal, the latest being today’s revelation by JDV’s son that the “mystery man” who told him to “back off” is no other than FG Arroyo himself. Perceived as an act of guilt, FG was spotted late last night as he slipped out of the country just as the Senate investigation on the ZTE deal started today.

I am just reminded of how, during the time he went under the knife until the critical period where his life was still in danger, even his harshest critics could only say that they wish him well and will pray for his recovery. I just wonder why when faced with an utterly despicable person, civility still dictates that we cannot wish him ill? Why is that?

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(Update) Denials from the Arroyo, Abalos camps-

Arroyo hubby denies hand in ZTE broadband deal

Iggy defends Arroyo: He was not in Wack-Wack

Abalos denies March meeting with JDV son, Mike A.



This may be one of those films that you watch till the end if only to find out if the male and female leads end up having sex. The film maker knows this and, with much cunning, keeps you glued through witty conversation, lots of sexual tension, unexpected revelations, and before you know it, you’ve arrived at the bizarre end. It’s quite a ride, and a relief too when it’s over — what was that all about?

Steve Buscemi plays the lead and directs the movie. His team-up with Sienna Miller is reminiscent of Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s in Lost in Translation — there’s an equal amount of unease and anticipation if the two end up making out.

Here’s a review — Interview, and an article on Steve Buscemi — The Sundance Kid.

“…is man entering a new gateway to evolution?Is he finally standing at the threshold of true human potential?”

These words were uttered by Mohinder Suresh, one of the characters in the tv series, Heroes. I thought about this while reading the latest installment of the series on Filipino women by the PCIJ’s i Report. The essay, I am Woe, Man, is a recount by the lone male at the PCIJ of his unenviable experience of being surrounded by females 24/7. Certainly not your typical macho man or even Neanderthal who still exists in our midst, the writer is at ease with the women achievers who surround him at work and the pushy ones who, for sure, adore him at home.

We can only hope that this is the next step in the male evolution.

Often though, when we meet or hear about sensitive males like this one, they are almost always taken.