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Former Tarlac Rep. Peping Cojuangco: Naging Speaker dati sabi ng Bulletin?!

 

According to some sports pages of two national news dailies: Congress held a session over the weekend; and Peping Cojuangco was House Speaker during the Cory Aquino administration.

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!

Sports writers and editors are know for sticklers to the facts. It is paramount for them to get the right data: the accurate scores, stats and background data of every sporting event that they cover.

But apparently, if politics does get in the way, some of those who cover the sports beat forget to do their fact-checking.

Hmmph. This corner further maintains that politics and sports do not make a healthy mix.

Some proof? Here are two:

I.

House fetes first woman grandmaster
(The Philippine Star) | Updated September 19, 2016 – 12:00am  http://www.philstar.com/sports/2016/09/19/1625272/house-fetes-first-woman-grandmaster

In a session over the weekend, lawmakers unanimously passed Resolution No. 12 filed by Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, congratulating and commending Frayna following her victory. The new chess grandmaster comes from Salceda’s district.

NOW SINCE WHEN DID CONGRESS (THIS 17TH CONGRESS INCLUDED) EVER HOLD A SESSION ON A WEEKEND?!

The Philippine Star Sports section editor must have been asleep. Hay.

II.

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. was a congressman representing the first district of Tarlac on June 30, 1987 to  June 30, 1998 that covered the 8th, 9th and 10th Congresses. But a senior sports writer for the Manila Bulletin made a major blunder by saying that “The former congressman who was House speaker when his sister Corazon Aquino was president..” in his story below:

Despite diminished clout, POC embraces PSC initiatives
by Nick Giongco
Manila Bulletin/ September 22, 2016
http://www.mb.com.ph/despite-diminished-clout-poc-embraces-psc-initiatives/

The former congressman who was House speaker when his sister Corazon Aquino was president, is running unopposed….

Aha. Nakalusot na naman sa sports editor. Hohum.

 

In the current internet-crazy world, a simple fact check would show that the late Palawan Rep. Ramon Mitra, Jr. was the Speaker in in the 8th Congress.

Pangasinan Rep. Jose de Venecia, Jr. was the Speaker in the 9th and 10th Congresses.

From where Giongco got his assertion that Peping Cojuangco was a House speaker boggles the mind.

Sports and politics do not make a healthy mix. Politics ruins the development of sports. Period.

Happy weekend.

 

 

 

 

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