Tuesday, June 21, 2005

the man in the hot seat


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presidential spokesperson and press sec ignacio bunye has been described by some as "the best presidential spokesperson malacanang has ever had." to some degree, i agree. i first covered him at the house of representatives when he was congressman for the lone district of muntinlupa. then again at the palace. he's very amiable. knowing how belligerent some members of the malacanang press corps can be at times (was i one of them? hehe....), bunye never got pikon. unlike some. he'd also infuse wit and humor when questions became heated. i believe that bunye's mild-mannered nature helped in parrying media's blows against the administration.
but there were times when we (when i was still member of the MPC) needed bunye to react on various issues but couldn't contact him. not even thru text. he'd cancel his daily briefings and have his staff tell us he had an emergency meeting somewhere. usually, this happened when there were really big issues that malacanang must react to.
at the house joint hearing on the alleged wiretapped tapes today, i saw him sit patiently thru the seemingly endless debates of the legislators on the rules and parameters of the investigation. but when he testified that it was "at the insistence of the malacanang press corps" that he played the controversial cd's, i immediately texted some of my friends there. jove francisco of abc5 said "may cnabi siya na mali. ibase mo s blog ko that day." gil cabacungan of the inquirer said it was bunye who was "overzealous" in wanting the cd's played. bunye reportedly offered the cd's to the mpc members 4 times. marie pena-ruiz of radyo ng bayan jokingly asked if they (the mpc) would be thrown in jail because of bunye's testimony.
before bunye testified, i was monitoring the hearing at our live set-up at the batasan main lobby. there were several people who stayed behind me and watched the proceedings. when the camera panned to bunye, i heard one of the elderly ladies behind me call him sinungaling, kapal ng mukha.
i dont know if many people feel this way about bunye. but i pity him. he's really a likeable person. he would sometimes go out of his way to give in to unusual interview requests or listen to your rants about the sudden changes in palace security arrangements and promise to do something about it. when he told me i was "more mataray" than the president (which i strongly deny), i didn't get mad. how can i? he was smiling ever so sweetly when he said it. he even apologized to rep. imee marcos when the lady legislator was grilling him this afternoon. imee, out of sheer exasperation at the man who came "from the wrong law school" (ateneo kasi si bunye), asked him if gossip about her and rep cayetano knowing about a destabilization plot was proof that they indeed knew of such a plot.
as the house investigation enters its second day tomorrow, bunye will continue to be in the hot seat. congressmen are expected to probe deeper into the issues and seek clarification on some of bunye's answers (like how the cd's suddenly appeared at his alabang house and on his table, if he was indeed pressured by the mpc to play the cd's, etc). truth is bunye's best defense, but a little charm and wit will surely help.

17 comments:

Victor said...

hm, i wonder what makes mr bunye believe that being the spokesperson of such an unpopular president is worth all the... harrassment and... the dislike of the public.

Louisanna said...

sure. kapal ng mukha niya. sinungaling pa. sige lang. THE TRUTH will set him free...err SET HIM TO JAIL.

wish ko lang.

teej said...

Bago pa lang ako... and yet marami agad akong nalaman...

Para sakin... It's too bad to be at the wrong side of the system... What I mean about this is that... It's his job...

Kahit na ganito na ang nangyayari...

Naiipit sya tuloy... because of that job... to defend the administration...

O well... That's my pt. of view...

Siguro ibang klase kung nandun ka talaga... Keep us posted miss tina

Maricris said...

Hmm, would you think that Mr. Bunye's likableness is carefully cultivated to make the MPC reserve some of their sympathies for the GMA camp? From what I read he does seem to be quite adept in scuplturing his statements (politely speaking, I know :) ). I'd like to know how much of what he says to you is the truth (more or less, anyway) and how much is BS on this Gloriagate thing?

Btw, thank you for these behind-the-scene glimpses of the malacanang scenes! Hope you add more stuff in this blog of yours! :)

jove said...

tinapa? bakit tahimik ka? busy ka ba sa syete?

anyways, pwede ba ako makisawsaw sa comments ni maricris...wala siya return URL kaya di ko siya masulatan.

re BUNYE likeability... to some extent, YES. it is wise to place an amiable spokesman lalu sa MPC kasi sabi nga ni MAKI PULIDO when she returned sa palace kahapon at covered... "iba na ang MPC, talagang sobra ang balitaktakan at debate sa nasa podium, wala nang pinapalampas"... pero as you may have noticed sa mga reports about BUNYE and palace pipol, that amiablity only goes as far as personal relationships, pagdating sa reports... di pwede maka apekto yun sa amin: right TINA?

we take their statements face value, we include them in our reports, pero job din namin na "to go beyond" their words, and investigate deeper..para sa truth.

tina mapalad ka at may mga thinking blog visitors ka rin, like maricris et al.

mabuhay kayong sumusuporta sa local media!

djbrix said...

Hi there Miss Tina-Panganiban_perez, :-) just found out na may blog ka pala, well I just wanna say to you that you're one of the best reporters I admire. Keep it up. Hehehe, mommy ka na pala? Akala ko dalaga pa eh, :-)

tinapa said...

jove, di ako maka-update kasi back-up ako sa house wiretap hearing. pero tama ka, iba ang personal relationships at work relationships.
frustrating ang house. not much has changed since we left the beat. that may be the subject of my next post.
sa lahat ng nag-comment, thanks. post some more.

jove said...

si TINAPA back-up? hmmmm, eh ang CONGRESS ay "used to be our playground" ah. kahit naka pikit ka pa, yakang yaka yan.

tinapa said...

jove, alam mo naman, territorial tayong mga reporter. ginagalang ko yun. siya ang beat reporter, di ako eeksena. i even take notes for her. not just coz she's nice but coz i'm nice. hehe!
haaay, makapag-update na nga (sa showbiz happenings?)

jove said...

ay oo, mabait naman yang si pia arcanghel. naging tao namin sa desk yan nuon. nice girl. pag nag-su-sub yan dito sa palasyo, palangiti yan, tulad nuon. she's nice.

Anonymous said...

dear tina,

as i texted you earlier, i plan to move on. but please don't tell jove where.

ciao.

the man in the hot seat

tinapa said...

mr anonymous, i gave you my word. and you gave me yours. promise... did you like what you read? may nagta-tap po ba ng blogs? :)

Martin said...

The Case of Atty. Bunye is like the Case of Ronaldo Puno.

For me I believe much Mr. Puno, he's a proffesional journalists as well best presidential spokesperson in time of Erap, but when he depends Erap all that glitters in him dies slowly.

He once go here in Mindanao, infront of our home he conducted the rally of Senators last two elections, running as senator. Although I lost faith in him, I have a walk through my Home to the Plaza where he speech. And Guess What, im so sad that the person I believe before was not anymore him, He is speaking a lot but what irritates me is he is speaking to remember the trees (Puno in tagalog)when you are voting and then you will remember him. How poorly he compare himself to a tree , there I believe A fig tree is much greater than him or even a papaya tree in my backyard. To those Politicians, next time dont compare urselves to something to remember you in the voting booth. These only works for elementaries and nurseries, remembering something related to memorize and answers exam.

To Ignacio Bunye, the same also fate comes to him to Mr. Ronaldo Puno, they are both good spokesperson, but their goodness fades away when they lie.

I hope Mr. Bunye will not run as Senator next election, and compares himself to Bun-i to remember him in the election.

No offend to both parties, after all we are living in a democratic country, we are not in China.

Martin said...

Tina heres the Word for the Day

When you are beautiful, amiable and intelligent, people easily believes in you.

Even when you lie you are still beautiful, amiable and intelligent but when you are caught the opposite will be yours forever.

---------Side Qoutes-----------
Di ba kahit anong gwapo ng asawa natin, pag nagsinungaling sya gwapo pa rin sya, pero once mahuli mo nagsinungaling masasabi mo pa ba gwapo sya?

Magtitiwala ka pa ba?-- Hon, may project kami Cavite overnight.... Grrrrrrrr. Sinungaling.....

Martin said...

Kaya, I wonder why Tina?

Tama ba yung kasabihan the truth will set you free?

In the case of GMA, our president doesnt lie since he kept quiet in tapes in the past weeks, and he set forth the truth that she is in the tape.

Does it means she is free now? from the charges? but does she tell the truth, or her speech tells more lies. Does she comes to us and admit the truth? but which is it? She admits she is the one on the tape but she doesnt admit she cheats? its a half baked truth, like a half baked pancakes which will not sell...

But putting ourselves in her shoes, and what if I tell I am in the Tape and I Cheat, I think its the whole truth, but after that what happen does it set me free? or in opposite it keeps me unfree and in prison?

The "Truth will set you Free: which I know comes from the word of God in the Bible, maybe the freedom it tells here is not a freedom here in earth, but freedom above when we die.

Well for our La Presidentia she can choose where she like, and its improper to us to decide her faith on us.

moodie said...

te favor naman po please oh please palitan nyo na po ung anchor nio sa special edition sobra kasing pagka trying hard nya eh d naman magaling may I have po the email address of ate pia arcanhel kindly send it po to Gen_kidlat@yahoo.com po thank you very much po keep up the good work po looking 4ward to meeting you soon thnaks!

moodie said...

si sec gonzalez po b justice dept? te he doesn't act like one he's not doing his job well ano ba yan te . . secretary of INJUSTICE yata yan eh