Out of sheer boredom at the Senate today (it's a relatively slow day without the NBN investigations), I'm trying my hand at 'reporting' a few juicy tidbits on the reactions of various Senators to the round of name calling inspired the NBN mess. (With a little help from my wife's notes.)
This morning at the Senate Kapihan, Senator Chiz Escudero said that the opposition can no longer be stopped from criticizing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Escudero pointed this out after two of the President's men had taken to describing her using unsavory terms. Yesterday, Albay Governor and Economic Adviser Joey Salceda was caught by TV cameras describing the President a 'very lucky bitch'. Before this, NBN deal whistleblower Jun Salceda had told senators that former NEDA and now CHED Chairman Romulo Neri had called the President evil. Both colorful descriptions had come after President Macapagal Arroyo led her official family in what was called a 'unity walk' from the Presidential Guest House to the Malacanang Palace building.
This morning Escudero said that Salceda’s description of the President is already an attack on a personal level. He said that he found it amusing that the harsh words like “evil” and “ the luckiest bitch” could come from the President’s allies and not from her enemies.
After the Kapihan, Senator Pia Cayetano unleashed her own take on the backtalk of two of the President's men, saying it is “reflective of her personality’. Cayetano did not elaborate further.
Meanwhile, in a text message, Senator Panfilo Lacson said “Secretary Neri said GMA is evil. Albay Governor Salceda called her a bitch. If these are the high praises she gets from her paid help, GMA must really be hopeless.”
In another text message, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel commented that Salceda’s use of the phrase “luckiest bitch” is “binabaeng linguwahe.”