Padilla’s ‘revenge’ on Drilon-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
IT'S not only Senate President Franklin Drilon who's being criticized over the pork barrel scandal.
Many others -- legislators and bureaucrats --are on shaky perches, not knowing if or when bad publicity or criminal charges would bring them down.
The controversy has spilled over from Congress into the president's office and government agencies regulating public spending. The nation is outraged.
Among those who must feel the wrath of citizens are Drilon's fellow senators Ramon Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, and Juan Ponce Enrile (whose "pogi, seksi, tanda" moniker, allegedly from Janet Lim-Napoles's files, amuse and infuriate).
But none of the current villains has been as severely flogged as Drilon.
Last Monday, movie actor Robin Padilla lashed out with a graphic, which manipulates Drilon's photo, fusing man and pig. Posted on Instagram, it was quickly picked up by other websites and mainstream media.
Drilon's no hunk: his upper torso with a pig's lower body results in near science-fiction-horror image.
His looks may not be much different from what Drilon sees in his bathroom mirror. But with the "cross-breeding," it's as mean as can be. More scathing than social media's meme on Sen. Tito Sotto when in November 2012 he made speeches he said he didn't steal.
Padilla sees Drilon as having pigged out on his pork by accepting P100 million from the president's lump outlay.
But how much concern for public interest and how much from fire of revenge moved him to go after Drilon? In 1995, Drilon as justice secretary sent the movie actor to jail.
Would the senator try that again, this time with a libel charge?
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 03, 2013.