Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Pepito Cayetano's Other Lawyers

Oliver Lozano first introduced a Joselito Pepito "Peter" Cayetano a few weeks ago. He said that Peter will be running under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) for senator. This sent Alan Peter Cayetano, a senatorial candidate of the opposition crying foul. Alan has questioned the candidacy of Pepito with the COMELEC. What behooves me is how quickly COMELEC resolved the protest.

Sources say that people close to this Pepito calls him Jo or Jojo. I myself would tend to agree with Alan that this Pepito actually is is a fraud. He is obviously being used by someone to ruin his candidacy. The nickname Peter obiously is quite far from Joselito or even Pepito. Has the COMELEC lost all its logic or is Abalos part of a conspiracy to take Alan Peter out? Common sense tends to point to the latter.

Another mystery is why this Pepito would only face the media in the presence of a lawyer. If he is a capable candidate, there is no need for a "coach" by his side. Another intriguing aspect of this idiotic affair is Rep. Imee Marcos's denial that this Pepito is a member of the KBL. Now obviously someone is lying here. I wouldn't take Lozano's word outright if I were the COMELEC. Imee's statement carries more weight as she is the daughter of the founder of the KBL.

Lozano has been criticized for being an alleged political mercenary of the administration. His zealousness led to the junking of GMA's first impeachment. Alan has every right to protest as some unseen hand seems to be orchestrating the move to take him out of the senatorial race. We would recall how Alan had earned the ire of El Esposo Pidal. Since he failed to get Alan expelled from congress, the next logical thing to do is to try to derail his candidacy.

Now enters Abalos in the picture. Looking piqued by Alan assertions, Abalos was heard uttering, "siya kaya ang imbestigahan ko?" Now, I wouldn't want to be in Atty. James Jimenez's shoes, this latest statement of Abalos really leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Atty. Jimenez has to defend Abalo's unethical threat. He shouldn't dismiss Alan's protest just like that with a threat to boot. Since Imee had already declared that Pepito is not a KBL member, Abalos should now start his investigation in earnest. To disregard evidences presented by Alan and the statement of Imee will show that he should step down as he had compromised the COMELEC's impartiality.

Alan's woes does not end there as the third lawyer for Pepito has surface. This case is turning into a comedy which isn't funny. Dept. of Justice secretary now has opened a new page in this novel. He intends to investigate Alan for being an American citizen. Alan is on his third term in the lower house, isn't it stupid to investigate his citizenship now? The administration had used this gimmick against Fernando Poe, Jr. in the 2004 presidential elections. The ploy blew up in their faces as it was proven that their witnessed tampered Poe's records. I could very well be the same for Alan.

I'd love to see how this story unfolds. It could spell disaster for the COMELEC and the administration. The way I see it, there seems to be a real conspiracy to take Alan Peter Cayetano out.