Earlier today, habang nagsasalita sa Liga ng Barangay ang marami sa mga presidentiable, nagkakagulo naman ang Senado sa pagdating ni Katrina Halili. Habang humihirit sina Allan Peter Cayetano tungkol sa mga sex scandal, wala ni isa sa hanay nila ang nakahirit ng, "Ngyek. Digs ko na may halaga ito, pero nasaan ang ingay nu'ng kasagsagan ng Dumaguete at La Salle sex scandal? Di ba may mga mas mahalagang dapat pag-usapan dito ngayon?" Ayos.
Tsamba? Puwede. But you can't help but think that there could be some unseen hand pulling the strings here. And you can't help but admire how skillful that hand is.
Just last week, Villar's buddies walked out of a Senate hearing where evidence was presented against the good Senator, concerning the C-5 mess. Allegations left and right here: ini-realign daw ang C-5 para dumaan sa lupa niya, para tumaas ang value ng lupa na bibilhin ng gobyerno. Sa madaling sabi, minaniobra ang sistema. Suwak.
At the same time, Villar called a press-con asserting his innocence, going over the heads of his colleagues and straight to the TV-viewing masses. Pulitika lang raw ang lahat-- what with his strongest opponents for the Presidency in 2010 being his fellow Senators. Nevermind that he could've answered the allegations point-for-point in the Senate hall. Oh well.
Yesterday, Sen. Bong Revilla (hmm, who could he be in bed with?) delivered a privilege speech on this Hayden Kho thing. I remember watching the news and thinking, what the fuck. Sa Senado? Ito?
Today, Katrina Halili, tears streaming down her face, vowed to fight until the people who leaked the video were brought to justice. Oh, she was at the Senate too.
Tomorrow, the Senators get to vote on whether the evidence presented against Villar is enough to warrant an investigation.
Ang galing lang ng nangyaring pagtabon ng issue kay Villar. Isang tapik (p're, nayayari na ako, gawa ka nga ng ingay diyan,) at tapos na ang lahat. Wala nang nakakaalala sa issue. Na-minimize ang damage kay Villar.
All this while Sen. Francis Pangilinan is busy severing his ties with the Liberal Party-- whose standard bearer Sen. Mar Roxas (yeah, yeah, my boss, but that's beside the point here,) is seen as one of Villar's strongest opponents in 2010.
There he was, saying that he had "differences" with the LP leadership. There he was, on-cam with Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, Ed Panlilio, and Grace Padaca (an LP member too,) "Rocking the vote." Conspicuously absent was a direct statement from any of these people saying whether or not they were siding with Pangilinan, or that they were just there to, well, rock the vote.
Oh, and Pangilinan and Villar have close ties too: both are members of the Senate's Wednesday group.
Ang galing nu'ng pagpaplano nito, 'no, and everything in short notice. Invisible hands at work (okay, maybe,) the power of the camera going full-force, and Villar, assuming there is indeed some sort of conspiracy here, resting easy on the knowledge that in this cynical, weatherbeaten archipelago of ours, the question isn't really what happened?-- the question is which of the things that happened is more interesting?
Wasn't it EJ Galang who wrote, in an old college poem, "The opposite of every truth is another truth."
Well. What more can I say.