Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Opposition Through and Through
Along with four devoted members of Team Chiz, I went yesterday to the Senate just to watch their session. Except for a few solons, almost every senator was present. The main discussion was about the stand of the body regarding Senator Antonio Trillanes.
It was a resolution passed by Senator Aquilino Pimentel. Administration lawmakers such as Juan Ponce Enrile, Richard Gordon, and Edgardo Angara questioned some of the 'whereas' parts. On the other had, Loren Legarda spent her time clarifying points that have been clarified by the others before her while Mar Roxas - I forgot what he said. Of course, I was waiting for only one man. He did not disappoint. Chiz Escudero expressed support on the resolution and proceeded to suggest further proposal for the situation of Trillanes. That made him a SENSIBLE opposition. How about the Gentleman from Maguindanao? He spent his time paraphrasing Escudero.
I am not being biased with my report since this also the whispered reactions of the audience in the gallery.
When the session adjourned, me and my friends excitedly exited the gallery just to see Escudero up close and personal. (Forgive the young and giddy girls.)He saw us and then invited five starstruck girls to his office.
Of course it does not take the proverbial rocket scientist to know how we felt while we are crammed in the elevator with Senator Escudero.
Of course it does not take another proverbial rocket scientiest to know how we felt when we were treated to a one-on-one discussion with him. Here are some excerpts of our conversation.
Question: Did he join the administration?
Answer: No. Definitely not. Voting for Manuel Villar does not make him an administration. The opposition him as a guest candidate and that made Villar part of the opposition. Joseph Estrada wanted the opposition to support the incumbent senate president and he simply followed their leader. In his own words, 'Parang ganito iyon. Hiniram mo ang MVP ng kalaban (referring to Villar) at pagkatapos na manalo kayo bigla niyo siyang iba-bangko.'
Question: How about the issue with Ping Lacson?
Answer: It's like 2004 all over agin when he refused to unite with FPJ which cost the opposition a controversial loss.
Question: How about the twins?
Answer: It is a boy and a girl.
(You know this one will be coming and you know that I was the one who asked this.)
Question: On a lighter side, how about your billboards sprouting all over the Metro?
Answer: (Laughs.) May bago nga. Alam niyo kung ano? Rexona. Meron daw silang heroes and icons at makakasama ko raw si Robin Padilla. Paputian kami ng kili-kili ni Robin.
The other parts of the interview will not be printed.
Sorry. The moment is quite priceless.
But it sure fortified my faith that he will be a sensible opposition through and through.