Sen­a­tor Kiko’s vow to Sharon


SEN. FRAN­CIS “KIKO” PANGILINAN’s ego lugs a sort of bag­gage: that he won his Se­nate seat largely be­cause of his wife “megas­tar” Sharon Cuneta.

Not en­tirely true be­cause Kiko, now pres­i­dent of the Lib­eral Party and con­struc­tive critic of Pres­i­dent Duterte, has enough ed­u­ca­tional back­ground, ex­pe­ri­ence and rep­u­ta­tion of his own to earn and keep his Se­nate seat .

Of course, Sharon’s en­dorse­ment— which has pushed sales of ev­ery­thing from fast food and ice cream to fem­i­ni­nine wash and ferry line— helped. More strongly when Kiko first ran in 2001, then six years later, for his sec­ond term un­til 2013. Af­ter a one-term re­spite, he ran again in 2016 for the third term he’s now serv­ing.

A lawyer (from U.P. Dil­i­man with B.A. in English at La Salle), Kiko had mas­ter’s in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion from Har­vard Univer­sity in Bos­ton. He taught law at Ate­neo de Manila.

He earned me­dia fame as co-host of “Hoy Gis­ing” and le­gal pro­grams on ABS-CBN and wrote opin­ion col­umns in the “Times Jour­nal” in the ‘80s and “Manila Times” in the ‘90s.

Sharon re­cently wrote on In­sta­gram that she and Kiko “al­most broke up too many times but in the end, I am his home and he is mine.” (“We al­most lost each other last year,” she said last Jan­uary.) Last week, they cel­e­brated their 24th wed­ding an­niver­sary. Looks like, we gonna hear again Sharon’s en­dorse­ment in fu­ture elec­tions Sen­a­tor Kiko will get into.

Not over an­other woman

Here’s one thing: Sharon says she and Sen­a­tor Kiko “fought many times over two decades— but never over an­other woman.” Which, a lawyer even (though not schooled in Dil­i­man and Har­vard) look­ing care­fully would say, doesn’t mean there was no other woman, just that it wasn’t the cause of the fight.

Atty. El­lie Espinoza must have heard this story about a lawyer-coun­cilor who spent the night with a girl­friend, over­slept and woke up past 4 a.m. in the house of the woman. He got an­other pair of shoes from his car, dirt­ied them in the muddy part of her gar­den and re­placed the shoes he was wear­ing.

Reach­ing home, as the politico ex­pected, he found his wife wait­ing for him in the sala. He be­gan con­fess­ing, “I had drinks with a woman at this bar and we ended up in her house. I’m so sorry, for­give me...”

The wife cut him short, point­ing at his dirty shoes, “You ly­ing bas­tard. You were playing golf again.”

See? They had a fight over some­thing else, not over an­other woman. An­niver­sary prom­ise

P.S. to the Sharon-Kiko 24th mar­riage an­niver­sary rite in Thai­land. Not true that Sharon asked, “Kiko, will you love me when I’ll be old and over­weight?” and Kiko, an English ma­jor in pre-law, an­swered, “I do, Sharon.”

Church for drinkers

The Gabola Church in Or­ange Farm, South Africa was or­ga­nized only eight months ago “to re­deem peo­ple” who drink but are re­jected as sin­ners by other churches. A photo cir­cu­lated this week with the news story shows a church of­fi­cial garbed like a Catholic bishop giv­ing liquor in a large cup to a new min­is­ter, which the lat­ter gulps down as fi­nale to the rit­ual.

The Gabola Church op­er­ates on the premise that other churches shun drinkers. Maybe in Africa, not in the Philip­pines where the dom­i­nant Catholic churches don’t in­clude drink­ing among the vices priests flog in their homily.

Fr. Mark Bar­neso, Com­mis­sion on Youth chair­man of the Cebu Arch­dio­cese, tells the story about his fel­low priest who was stopped along M.J. Cuenco Ave. in Cebu City be­cause his car was zigzag­ging on the road.

Asked by the traf­fic of­fi­cer if he had been drink­ing, the priest said, “Just wa­ter, from that,” point­ing to the bot­tle on the seat be­side him. “That’s a bot­tle of wine.” the of­fi­cer said.

The priest ex­claimed, “Praise Je­sus! He’s done it again! That was bot­tled wa­ter an hour ago.”

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