Happy birthday – Kamandag Mayor Erap. Hizzoner turned 79 last Tuesday. A contempo of Rod Reyes, who is gone, at 80. A true pro, ever courteous, Rod I met at Crossing, Mandaluyong, on Feb. 23, 1986, at dusk, and he acknowledged, “You have won.” Game over.
He was then with Macoy but remained respected to the end. Fair and objective.
Digong Duterte was in Time last week, in a two-pager (pp.10-11) aside from the
Washington Post last Monday. Also the Los Angeles Times. He may continue to draw attention, the wrong kind, I think, dragging the Motherland with him. Bayang Bastos.
On the latest, on necrophilia, paraphilia, or thanatophilia – had the seeming cad on cadaver simply said he supposedly uttered the patronizing statement in the heat of anger when he was more impetuous, in 1989 (a lifetime ago, as it were; kapusukan pa niya at an immature time), the issue might have quickly died or blown over. (“I’m sorry for what I said then. I misspoke. I respect women, beginning with my sainted mother.” Or some such.) But, our Bobi Tiglao had an interesting account the other day on just where Digong was then.
Like Macoy claiming he was the hero in the Battle of Bessang Pass when in fact he was 150 kilometers away.
You know when motor-mouth Digong errs or lies at times: his lips move.
In my years in the States, I found that Americans are quick to apologize. In law school, a teacher, when asked, may simply say “I’m sorry. I don’t know but I will find out.” Dito paninindigan yata. The teacher may mumble, dissemble, or even raise his voice in irritation.
If Digong goes down, sad, but only he and a few others suffer. But, if he brings down the country with him, sadder. A nation of boors who treat women as sex objects. Kanto boy braggadocio can harm our foreign relations, where tact, maturity and diplomacy matter.
And the negative foreign reportage can be immense. Australia and the US have vocally expressed their displeasure.
“Pilahan,” sabi ni Digong. We can live with it maybe at the barangay, town, city and provincial levels, but at the national? We have to strive to erase the image that we are unschooled monkeys with no tails, or rabbits with untamed hormones.
A cad with cadaver for Prez? Dapat nauna siya? Digong, the seemingly egocentric aspirant realizes the high risks of winning for him. But, do we all lose? Who among the candidates will less or least likely embarrass the country? Who can best bring back 1986-87, when it was a proud time to be a Filipino, following the Edsa euphoria?
Enough of necrophilia, paraphilia and thanatophilia? But, we have to gauge credentials.
Another likely embarrassment is Manny Pacquiao, in my view. A Senate wannabe calling LGBTs as worse then animals – group defamation. The Kanos used to sing of us as monkeys with no tails. But coming from our very own, . . . Champion boxer, alleged top Tax Evader and top House Absentee, pathetic PBA player and showbiz character, etc.
A necromanic Prez the country doesn’t need. We do not blacken the recollection or memory of one who is dead, particularly a woman who had come to help prisoners, life’s losers.
Digong’s and Manny’s half-apology for their needless, thoughtless remarks would not raise our standing at a time when much of the world looks down on us, as narrated by travelers harassed at immigration counters. Digong should apologize less to our embarrassed people but more to the family of Jacqueline, raped and killed. And he should stop insulting the poor as incapable of courtesy. Had he been under Prof. Ed Caguioa in his senior year in San Beda, in Civil Law, he would have heard him say, “lo cortes no quita lo valiente.” Courtesy does not detract from valor.
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Good people change others. Better people change the system. The best change themselves.
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The only perfect Bedan – Justice Gregorio Perfecto.
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Raissa Robles has just republished her interview with Bongbong in 2012 where clearly it was shown that BB was no babe in the woods in the Marcosian kleptocracy. “Senator Bongbong Marcos confirmed that he had a direct hand in trying to withdraw $US213M from a Swiss Bank in 1986.” In 1999, BB blasted the human rights victims: “Basta may pag-asang mag-kapera, nagaaway na sila.” He talks of the golden years the Marcoses gave us. So we were ungrateful for kicking them out to world acclaim? No apology from me, baby.
I am not certain Digong, Manny Pacq and Bongbong are the role models for the young to follow. Tulak ng bibig, kabig ng dibdib.
Human rights lawyering may become as vital again as it was during the dark years.
I’m having nightmares of Digong as Prez, BB as Veep, and Manny Pacquiao as Senate Prez. Susmariano! Wotta specter.
In Aug. 1985, when Japan Air Lines (JAL) 123 crashed in Japan, the maintenance engineer committed suicide (which I do not favor). The Chairman resigned. Very lofty ethical standards. This is also the case in Australia. The victim who was raped and killed was Aussie Jacqueline Hamill. Pretty as a Hollywood actress, said Digong, aroused. Abysmal ethics.
A Benedictine nun, Dolores Hart, was the first woman Elvis Presley kissed on screen.
Then, the beauty left Hollywood to join the Benedictine Order in Connecticut, which Order here, tried to educate and refine Digong. And failed, but utterly, from where I sit. Someone close to Digong reminded me that I voted to expel Digong for fighting but was outvoted. I lost again, natcherly, but was accepting. (In 1971-72, I was running the San Beda law school.)
Courtly Dean Feliciano Jover Ledesma was in the Con-Con, as an elected Delegate. Then Macoy inflicted martial law. I recommended that we close the school until martial law was lifted. I lost again. A loser, aren’t I?
My apos, eldest seven-plus, deserve better role models. They are at the age where everything a Prez, as father of the nation, says and does must be all right and should be aped. We may risk hastening our decay if the cycle is savagery, civilization and decay. I don’t know how it was in the South, but I was born in Mauban and grew up in Makati and Pasig. The poor were most respectful. “Sino po sila? Mawalang-galang na po. Tabi-tabi po.
Por Dios por santo! Atbp.” Such politesse. I have had more difficulty with the rich, the influential and the powerful, many of whom expect me to be properly genuflectory. The poor are naturally bastos? Shut up, Digong, please. No group defamation.
Digong told the critical American Ambassador to shut up as he did the Aussie.
Does love mean never having to say you’re sorry? – Radcliffe coed Jennifer to Harvard Man Oliver in Erich Segal’s Love Story.