AS SOON as the dust of mid-term election settles, the lower house will be the new arena of the diverging philosophies between the two sagacious gentlemen. I am referring to senator Antonio Trillanes IV and the presidential son former vice mayor of Davao City Paolo Duterte.
Trillanes saga: The last termer senator Trillanes is the first nominee of the Magdalo partylist for the mid-term elections happening next month. Magdalo led by Trillanes et al, came into the limelight in 2003 as a reformist group of the AFP when they occupied Oakwood. He was caged for rebellion but later availed amnesty and won a seat in the senate for three consecutive terms –a record that would probably book him a new seat in the Congress in May representing Magdalo.
Duterte saga: Paolo “Pulong” Duterte was contrived to politics as the national president of the Liga ng mga Barangay and later elected as city vice mayor of Davao. Recently, his name was implicated to illegal drugs syndicate and smuggling, prompting him to resign from being the vice mayor. But the crest of popularity of the Dutertes reassures him a slot in politics, to represent the first district of Davao.
The holy tattoo: In a Senate inquiry, Trillanes asserted that Pulong’s codename in the ring of drug syndicate is “Alpha Tierra 0029” which tattooed on his back. Obviously, when he challenged Pulong to show the hollowed tattoo, he not only wanted to literally undress him in public, but to disrobe his dear reputation. Pulong, however, declined the challenge, only recently that he clarified that his dragon tattoo is “PD 92112” and not “Alpha Tierra 0029”, belying the assertion of Trillanes.
The libel case: Trillanes’ bad breath against the honorable father and son is so obnoxious to reach the court through libel cases Pulong filed. Subsequently, the court issued four arrest warrants against the senator whom he posted bail bond. The full trial is expected after both parties confirmed they failed to settle at the pre-trial stage.
The falsity of “Bikoy”: Bikoy’s advent is not a good tiding because of the three fishy motives: First, the timing of his appearance during the campaign period is questionable. Second, why should he appear in the social media instead of bringing his substance straight to the court? Third, why should he hide his identity when he can avail the DOJ’s protection program if the court finds his statement admissible?
Well, Trillanes will certainly take a seat in the lower house by July 2019. And Pulong without qualm in his bailiwick is running for congress, unopposed. So the two buffed gentlemen will share a roof if not the floor in the lower house. If the leadership of the 18th Congress fails to appease them, I hope the finest gentleman will possess a noble courage to extend a hand if not a hug of reconciliation. Because, by doing so, will not demean one’s masculinity; but instead, an exhibit of being a real gentleman. (firstname.lastname@example.org)