Political obscenity

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By Jun Sula

Commentary

Monday, July 28, 2014


A FORMER American president once observed that while politics is the second oldest profession, it also bears resemblance to the first.

Then and now, here and there, politics has its dark, even, obscene side.

When our beloved PNoy went unusually ballistic and combative over the Supreme Court's hard-hitting rule on the DAP, he might as well have gestured in the Court's direction the moral equivalent of a dirty digit.

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So sexed up has the crossover debate on the DAP that even former Senator Joker Arroyo, a mild-mannered man of wisdom and humor, had described the DAP as “rape with consent” between Malacañang and Congress.

Which raised the hackles of some prudes and conservatives who promptly rebuked the graying (balding?) senator for a sexist analogy that bordered on the insensitive and politically, legally, incorrect oxymoron.

One remembers almost a similar comment by the late Raul Manglapus who gave a casual, tongue-in-cheek advice to rape victims that, if they can't fight it, they might as well enjoy. That raised a national uproar and might have doomed his political life forever.

But, going back to Arroyo's analogy.

From where I sat last Friday as the DAP mastermind was being raked in over the coals by the colorful Nancy Binay at the Senate hearing, Arroyo's easy metaphor fell short of reality. As bad as Abad unraveled, his testimony exposed the DAP's darker side: it was actually an orgy among the executive, the House and the Senate. In fact, they were having so much fun they wanted the Supreme Court to join in.

Except that the justices knew better: thanks, but no thanks.

Which reminds me of an ad I saw on US television a long time ago. The part says that to commit a perfect crime three things are necessary: one has to cover one's track, find an accomplice and, if I remember it right, one doesn't get caught.

The DAP meets the first two but misses the last one.

To make the DAP even appear kinkier, Binay forced Abad to confess that there were other agencies who got funds not from DAP but from so-called savings.

It only shows that while the executive was cavorting with members of Congress, it was flirting and luring other government agencies with more questionable money conveniently but shrewdly called as savings.

And, as is always the case with cheated partners, PNoy's oftenly called bosses are the last to know.

I wonder what PNoy will have to say, again, on this his fourth Sona which may trigger more obscene comments and comparisons.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 29, 2014.

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