Ma­chos on tongue spar

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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 Du t er t e.

Tril­lanes saga: The last ter­mer sen­a­tor Tril­lanes is the first nom­i­nee of the Mag­dalo partylist for the midterm 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 pre­trial 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. (abrigo­[email protected])

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