Balimbing

Balimbing

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, there was an altercation between Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp over the Supreme Court’s decision to grant bail to Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile. De Lima believes that the high court’s ruling has set the Philippine justice system back to that of a “banana republic.” But Binay’s camp defended the Supreme Court, saying, “Yes, we’re Read More …

Balimbing

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the aftermath of the “People Power” that deposed President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, the word “balimbing” became popular. The “balimbing,” or star fruit, became the mark of a turncoat. The star fruit’s cross-section is shaped like a five-sided star; thus, a person who changes political loyalty is called “balimbing.” Overnight, after Marcos relinquished the presidency, thousands of his supporters abandoned Read More …

Buttefly

AS A MATTER OF FACT By Sara Soliven De Guzman The Philippine Star The coming 2013 midterm election is already bringing in early noise from our politicos. Right now we are very conscious of those “balimbings” as we see them jumping from one party to another. This is clearly showing us that they do not go by a strong political party stand or platform. Good Read More …

Philippine Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero, 39, gestures during a Reuters interview in Manila

By Angie M. Rosales The Daily Tribune Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero yesterday waxed pessimistic that the bill providing state subsidy to political parties and seeking to penalize “balimbing” or turncoat politicians, would be approved in the plenary, much more before the 2013 mid-term elections. The bill, Escudero said, had too many “complications,” especially in its implementation. Besides, he said, it would not look good if Read More …

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Since the 1960’s, the star fruit — or “balimbing” — has become the mark of a political turncoat. However, political turncoatism has been around since the Revolution of 1896 when switching allegiance was not uncommon among the followers of Katipunan “Supremo” Andres Bonifacio and his rival Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Bonifacio was the leader of the Magdalo faction of the Katipunan, which Read More …

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In the aftermath of the “People Power” that deposed President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, the word “balimbing” became popular. The “balimbing,” or star fruit, became the mark of a turncoat. The star fruit’s cross-section is shaped like a five-sided star; thus, a person who changes political loyalty is called a “balimbing.” Overnight, after Marcos relinquished the presidency, thousands of his supporters Read More …