Friday, May 22, 2009

Ted Failon, et al. Part 6 (NBI Speaking)

Today, May 22, 2009, Friday, NBI came out with its final report on the death of Trina Etong: it is suicide. According to the Inquirer report, the NBI arrived on its finding after "careful perusal of the testimonial evidence and conscientious evaluation" and concluded that it was money matters that drove Trina Etong to put a gun in her head. But in the same vein, the news also quoted that "Mantaring skated around questions on the amount of money involved or details of the financial losses or how they were incurred, citing purported bank secrecy laws."

You can read the other details of the case in several news outlets but here is my take on the situation:

1. In all news reports, everyone seemed to be happy. While there is "that" expected threat from Ted Failon to get back at QCPD policemen who "roughly treated" him and his family in the early part of the investigation, there appeared no real and honest to goodness effort on his part to make good of this threat. His priority now is to go on vacation and spend quality time with his family.

2. Even the QCPD policemen, who were adversely affected by this NBI conclusion also seemed to be contended with the turn of event. Supt. Mabanag was quoted by PDI that he will not dispute the findings of the NBI, shrugging it off as "let it be."

So what do I make about all this? Here are the ifs and thens and the threfores and buts:

1. IF this case simply dies out a natural death (everybody happy), then we can safely bet that if Noli becomes the President in 2010, then Ted becomes the Executive Secretary. The DOJ Chief is still Raul Gonzales (and if he is dead by then it will be Nestor Mantaring) and the SILG will still be Ronaldo Puno.

Why?

Ted knows that he is guilty of shooting his wife. Everyone knows he is. QCPD, most especially, provided almost incontrovertible forensic evidence of his guilt. So why the NBI conclusion?

Of what use is Ted the jailbird to this government? This government cannot afford another open war with the media. But with Ted safely hooked in the end of a very sturdy line, what are the possibilities? Noli is a frontrunner in 2010. The Lopez Group of Companies are ready for the picking. If Noli fails, Korina is the First Lady. In short, Ted is the master key that will open almost all the doors in Takeshi's Castle!

All happy. As for the other players, this is how I see that they will fan out in the future:

Ted Failon continues to be a high profile personality. But this time, he will be praising this government to high heavens (including QCPD).

Pam continues to be "THAT" woman. hahaha!

The children will continue to look at Pam as their real mother, just like it used to be.

Carlota Morbos (the househelp) continues to serve Ted's household but this time as a "mayordoma" in charge of everything in the house.

The driver and other househelps continue in their jobs with double the salary (until [or unless] Ted decides that it will be cheaper if they go the "Trina Way.")

2. IF Noli gets wind of this and fires Ted or even just distances himself from his best friend, then Ted loses half of his expected value to his puppeteers. Expect the reopening of the investigation and expect a totally different result.

3. IF ABS-CBN gets wind of this and fires Ted or even just distances itself from its blue chip news reader, then Ted loses half of his expected value to his puppeteers. Expect the reopening of the investigation and expect a totally different result.

4. IF one of the players gets a sudden conscience hit, then...

To be continued?

or the end?