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Saturday, 19 September 2015 13:45

BEHIND  THE  LINES

BY BOB JALDON

San Jose, CA. — When she visited the Carmelite Monastery in Zamboanga city to seek enlightenment and guidance from Mother Mary and the nuns, I knew she was running for president. That’s what ERAP did. That’s what PNoy imitated. After their respective ostentatiousness, they declared their respective bids for the presidency. The last two who venerated became president. The Carmelite sisters must be good political advisers. I’ll visit them one of these days. Most of them are known to me and my wife’s family.

Senator Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares, who is leading in all surveys among the presidential candidates, has announced that she is running for president, with close associate (deverasan?), Francis Escudero, as her runningmate.

In so declaring, she has enumerated her 20-point political agenda (no, it wasn’t thought of nor written by Atty. Vis Solis) ranging from education, agriculture, infrastructure, tax cuts, peace and security, human rights, health, to traffic, Internet access, culture and arts, tourism and children’s welfare. Salamabit, except for Internet accessibility which we didn’t have growing up, her platform of government smacks of the Imelda Doctrine for Humanity.

OMG! Another woman running for president. Naku po! Someone who has long ago renounced being a Filipino, embracing her race again because of ambition and greed and projecting herself as being honest, must be regarded carefully — for betrayal of public trust when she gave up her Filipino lineage is a glaring, unforgivable breach of loyalty to flag and country. What a disGRACE.

How can she call the Philippines her fatherland, patria, patrie, or heimat when she does not know wherefrom she comes? Her 20-point agenda is borrowed. They are the products of years of planning and work by Diosdado Macapagal, made better by the Marcos dictatorship, enhanced by Gloria Macapagal Arrroyo and enriched by Benigno Aquino III.

So, she has chosen to be so — powerful, vigorous, and potent. Why did she elect to run for president? Her inscrutable announcement, enigmatic as it is already, has made the bid of MAR to be Malacanang’s next occupant easier. I don’t know what has gotten into Poe’s thinking instrumentality. Samuel Johnson said: “All power of fancy over reason is a degree of insanity.”

Once a crooked, narrow path, now MAR will walk the straight path to victory. What a delightful coincidence to his platform of government. In Jai-alai: derecho Oya! His uncluttered lady opponent, an obscure one until her adoptive father, FPJ, died, and another alleged what-have-you in social media, will surely fall for their votes shall be halved.

Two patricians from U.P. versus an elite blue blood. Papers disclose the nobility of MAR’s birth. What about Poe’s? Mark Twain said: “Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.”

Now that we have stopped feeling Poe’s pulse, what will we do with her? Elect her to the wrong occupation? I tasted this drink twice before. They were very bitter, bitter than bitter melons. So, I bitterly swore — NEVER A WOMAN AGAIN.

As for MAR and V.P. Binay on Poe’ suspenseful announcement, Charles Dickens has this to say: “It’s over, and can’t be helped, and that’s one consolation.

And because she is the truest of BALIKBAYANS, this quote from William Randolph Hearst fits her character: “A politician will do anything to keep his job - even become a patriot.”

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