In return for Talamayan’s loyalty to the president, he arrived with slick and brand-new wheels quoting his colleagues that it was a gift from the president. To give more emphasis on the so called “friendship”, Talamayan became the peering glass of the president every time she needs to assign someone for a key governmental position including the judiciary. His commendation is puregold for the president.
Leonardo Leonida for the Commission on Election was amenable that he was indeed endorsed by Talamayan. This was seconded by then Supreme Court Justice Jose Mendoza.
Talamayan also crossed the line, when during the election season he tries to influence the Judicial and Bar Council about allowing Arroyo to appoint Chief Justice in the course of the election which is prohibited by the Constitution. Of course, Talamayan has his expected mental reflex when asked to explain about the intervention.
Talamayan’s undying loyalty continued beyond the throne, even serving the president’s spiritual adviser after her tutelage.
Butuan Bishop Juan De Dios Peublos is another devoted lapdog of the president who, together with 18 other bishops, shouted out loud against the resignation of the president during the scorching litigation of the NBN-ZTE Deal. This, knowing that the president is shown red handed with corruption. Pueblos is also a prominent figure during the PCSO Vehicle scandal, where the president doled out utility vehicles for the dear bishops. It was known that Pueblos candidly asked Arroyo about the vehicle, “I hope you will not fail to give me a brand-new car which will serve as your birthday gift for me.” Reasoning that he would be using the car for far flung apostolate duties. Arroyo referred the request to the PCSO which then funded the purchase.
De Dios Pueblos made some streaks when he criticized Senator Benigno Aquino III saying that “Aquino’s linage is not worthy of the any political position and the earlier he’ll be out, the better for the Philippines.”