Miriam, Enrile: which pot is blacker?

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

WOULD you believe Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago complained about the low depths her dispute with Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile (JPE) has descended?

But first on her blast against JPE last Wednesday.

One may disregard alleged sins of JPE during martial law: few think he could be prosecuted now for crimes committed 41 years ago.

Or his alleged serial womanizing: they should've charged him in 1998 when he allegedly committed adultery and alienation of affections by sleeping with his married chief of staff.

Or his physical appearance or personal style: if they are as offensive as Miriam alleges, looks must not have anything to do with the seduction of all those women.

Aside from resurrected charges against JPE and the slew of insults, Miriam's reply to JPE's Nov. 27 speech raised serious charges indeed.

His role in the pork barrel scandal (of which P1.189 billion involved his share alone) is being investigated by the ombudsman. But allegations of his being king of a smuggling empire and a future gambling empire in the Cagayan economic zone are still not being pursued.


What must astound us, other than the familiar excess and noise, was her admission that the feud is "bringing parliamentary debate to the lowest level." She found "a violation of every canon of civility and decency in public discourse."

Alleluia, but the problem is that she believes that JPE is fouling the air while she is being civil and decent.

Think of two kitchen pots, which think they are clean, yelling "You're black!" at each other.

And the nation watching can only guess which is blacker.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 06, 2013.


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