Senator’s ‘mistress’

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Friday, February 14, 2014


DESPITE the flux of "Mistress" movies, there's nothing being filmed about a senator and his mistress.

But on Valentine's Day, the thought about mistresses must occur to wives who're convinced or suspect that their husbands have strayed.

A humorous paean to "the other woman" is a drunken distortion of the George Benson song: "You are the love of my life/the enemy of my wife." The mistress is fodder of karaoke talk, or what's heard above the din in the pub, among the boys and out of earshot from any wife.

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Ruby Tuason's testimony yesterday before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee didn't help exorcise "the other woman." Reference to one specific "mistress" must fill a good part of the love day's talkfest.

Blame not Tuason but interrogator Sen. Miriam Santiago, whose comments about Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and his ex-chief of staff Gigi Reyes should make mistresses hotter topic.

The trysts though were those between Gigi and Ruby when the socialite-cum-pork-agent delivered Enrile's cut of the fraud from "pork barrel queen" Janet Napoles.

Nothing romantic, unless you deem as affection JPE's gallantry in fetching Gigi at places where bribe money allegedly changed hands.

Sexy ruling

But Miriam made the alleged love affair appear quixotic: not the kind in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera," where the lovers were aging but frenzied, but the type that would be, in a Supreme Court phrase that Miriam applied, "blatantly impotent."

To which JPE would probably retort, "What a beautiful, perverse mind that could see sex in judicial language."

(paseares@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 14, 2014.

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