• Pelican Long for CJ Sereno



    JOHN Grisham’s Rooster Bar the Inquirer’s Ruel S. de Vera seemed to have panned last Monday as the “most outlandish yet.” If so, I can only concur. Grisham’s latest ended by mocking the credo that crime does not pay.
    Grisham wrote in the Pelican Brief (not what an NBA basketball team in New Orleans wears) “that politicians [a]re giddy and wrestling for the limelight.”

    In the limelight last Sunday after Ateneo’s rousing win was Eduardo “Danding” Murphy Cojuangco, Jr., who finished grade school ‘46 in San Beda. Also, Manuel “Manny” Velez Pangilinan, GS’58 and HS’62, in the same institution.

    Also, a certain Tab Baldwin a Kano-Kiwi from Notre Dame, who deserves kudos of course.

    Bald, but not Bald-Lose. After decades we have not produced good local head coaches to satisfy us? No more Fajardos (Gabby and Fely), Riuses (Luli), Dalupans (Baby) and Ouanos (Bing)?
    Say it ain’t so.

    Frustrating traffic

    I tried to watch Game 2 of the UAAP Finals last November 29, Wednesday, after some meeting in Makati’s business district, but could not make it due to traffic, first time in my life to be frustrated in such a context. I turned around on reaching Guadalupe by the time the second half had begun. Never happened before June 30, 2016; Digong has given us many firsts but still we all know only too well that the best-laid plans of mice and men can go awry indeed.

    Anyway, for lack of ceiling, we have to have players with African blood in a basically tall man’s game, either from the US or direct from Africa, such as La Salle’s Benoit Mbala-sik (not so. or not enough. last Sunday), who have ceiling. San Beda may have started it all in the NCAA with Sam Ekwe in 2006.

    La Salle is reaping praise for gracious sportsmanship. But, American football coach Vince Lombardi said “show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.” Another US football coach, Red Sanders, said “winning is not everything; it’s the only thing.” But let me add my own congrats and tribute to La Salle. Thanks to camaraderie, both Ateneo and La Salle displayed excellent teamwork, not seen between the Senate and the House. (The fates proved kinder to Ateneo, maybe a reward for that halftime show of support by the Blue Babble Battalion for EJK victims and the Commission on Human Rights.)

    Why not together in one house?

    The plan of the Better House to have a new building with a higher ceiling than what we have in the Mall of Asia (MOA), at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) will continue and may even sharpen the inter-chamber divisions and differences. The Bigger and Better Houses should find a solution to their separation which conduces to friction and lesser productivity.

    Together they should be, either in the Batasan Complex, the MOA Complex (the Film Palace may be considered), Muntinlupa penitentiary (for a term in office and a term in jail), or the Bataan nuke power plant, which to me is beyond economic and psychic repair, no matter what the Russkies or any expert say (NIMBY, Not in My Backyard, baby, to begin with. I fear we cannot deal with accidents such as those in Three-Mile Island (1970), Chernobyl 1986) and Fukushima (2011), with our puede na mentality; and what do we do with nuke waste?).

    Seriously, I have to wonder where else in the world do they have what we do in terms of separate and far-apart buildings for bicameral legislatures. Of course, a new Constitution may retain bicameral but it can also go unicameral, so the Batasan will do if the latter. If we go zero-cameral in a “revgov,” as in the case of Macoy, with Digong plotting to stage a coup against himself, it won’t even be needed.

    Digong will have all the limelight he needs and may want it, as if we learned nothing from Macoy and Amendment 6, which made him a one-man continuing constitutional convention.

    No laughing matter

    Grisham’s take on limelights may partly explain the marathon House hearings when in fact the articles, if any, could have been transmitted weeks ago. Frailty, thy name is Everyone.

    Attendance is a right that may be waived as such waiver of a right facilitates proceedings, such as in a preliminary investigation in any prosecutor’s office. But, we are told it is not going to happen in 2017. When then, in 2018?No one knows. Limelight, see?

    So, Pelican Long for Chief Justice Meilou Sereno. So far, I have difficulty seeing any alleged offense that goes to the very heart of the workings of government, such as treason, or kleptocracy. required in classroom impeachment; however, turf quarrels that could have been remedied quietly at home, not in a time-consuming impeachment proceeding, may prevail and carry the day in the real world.

    A study should be made on penalties that may be imposed to fit the alleged offenses that cannot be a high crime such as treason or kleptocracy. Proportionality. Maybe one can vote to convict but impose a penalty of censure, reprimand or admonition,

    Pride chicken it may be but let us see what will unfold in the coming weeks, so out of whack in the season of grace and goodwill. John Grisham’s Calico Joe was about forgiveness and redemption. His Playing for Pizza was on the light side; very funny, this story about the worst quarterback performance ever, arguably.

    CJ Meilou’s plight is no laughing matter. To be sure, she cannot be above the law. No one can be. She should be not below it, either.

    Torquemada of the Inquisition represents the best thinking of centuries ago. This is 2017 and we should not be atavistically reminded of the Middle Ages.

    This week reminds me of the Immaculate Conception (December 8, today), the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December 10, Monday) and the 30th anniversary of the “homegoing” of Jimmy Ongpin (December 7, yesterday), who openly opposed Macoy while other businessmen were well, “prudent.” Like today’s Enrique K. Razon. Tiene razon? I wonder.


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