Was Miriam the ‘lunatic’ 2013 needed?

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

PROBABLY he most-listened-to voice in 2013 was Sen. Miriam Santiago's.

She used pickup lines and insults to make audiences sit up and lend their ears.

Pickup lines that tickle, like: "When someone told me 'ang ganda mo," I said 'sana ikaw rin.'"

Or sting: "Straw ka ba? Kasi, sipsip ka, plastic ka pa." Or self-inflict: "Masasabi mong bobo ako, kong ikaw lang naman ang laman ng utak ko."

No lewd undertones that we hear from stand-up comics: "Nice legs. When do they open? I wish you were a door, so I could bang you all day long." Even from Miriam, that would be gross.

But she could throw out propriety or good taste to make political enemies squirm. When, in Miriam's pickup line, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile explained his womanizing ("nasa dugo namin ang pagiging gwapo"), the woman supposedly answered, "bakit nasa dugo lang, bakit hindi napunta sa mukha mo?"

Her accusations, said in JPE's face, were scathing. Miriam called JPE, 89, "matanda": not slanderous. But saying he's "mastermind of plunder, king of smuggling, gambling and illegal logging empires" would've been criminal anywhere else but the Senate.

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Not everyone believed Miriam. Enrile said she had a "depraved mind." Critics of both said it was a case of an old man feuding with a lunatic (in Cebuano-Bisaya, “tiguwang” and “buang” rhyme).

Yet, paraphrasing the Billy Joel song, one could say she might be the "the kind of lunatic" the country was looking for in 2013.

Who else would've stood to accuse Enrile of dastardly deeds many of us could just whisper about?


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 03, 2014.


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