By Jun Ledesma

Light moments over serious issues

February 18, 2021, 5:52 pm

BONGBONG Marcos lost his case in the Supreme Court but hopefully learned an expensive lesson. An attempt to appeal his case is a futile move considering the unanimous decision of the justices to junk his case in favor of Leni Robredo. Well, this is a free country and he can go ahead try another bid.  His lawyer and Robredo’s will find celebration in a protracted trial. By the time the High Court will come out with a verdict it could only reaffirm the tribunal’s decision and perchance he will be lucky this time he will go down in history as the Vice President which the country never had. 

Let’s put a light moment on this development. No use crying over spilled milk. It goes with the tune of “It must be him”. With apologies to Vikk Carr and the songwriters.

         I told Bongbong what’s done is done,

         I told  Bongbong don’t be a fool

         He played the field and he thought he’d won

         But thought t’was easy and played it coo

         I told Bongbong don’t take it easy,

         The campaign trail is rough and messy

         Your dad is missed but Comelec is nasty

         Smartmatic automate so you must be wary

         So don’t be lax don’t have a deep sleep 

         For if you do the numbers change

         Never skimp like Mr. Scrooge

         For your opponent will surely splurge

         After all, these just take a rest

         With Leni there, we need a jest, 

         You may have lost the Supreme Court verdict

          But she doesn’t matter she is no threat

         After a while be yourself again

         You take the pieces off the floor

         Put your sight on politics again

         As governor or VP just once more

         Leni run for President this time,

         Let Inday Sara  face her this time

         So play it cool and just be calm

         The  people’s verdict will be a balm

         Our problem is if Sara declines

         We risk our future so we must shout

         It must be her it must be her

         Or we shall die, that’s when we die

VP Leni Robredo is ebullient she won the case. On the heels of her victory, she unleashed a tirade against Pres. Rodrigo Duterte for demanding from the US of A rentals in exchange for the Visiting Forces Agreement. She branded the President’s pronouncement as an  “extortion”.  In a way, she insulted 39 other countries worldwide who receive billions of dollars for the use of their territories for the US military bases and facilities.  

Sen. Ping Lacson, on the other hand, does not like the language of Duterte.  He even lectured on the President that based on the constitution he has every right to say his piece on crafting of treaties that the Philippines will ink with other countries.  But who told him Duterte contemplates a new treaty or even an executive agreement? There is no item in the Senate agenda that would substantiate  Lacson’s perorations? The moribund Mutual Defense Treaty, VFA, and the Enhance Defense Cooperative Agreement had all been ratified by the Senate although the US legislators refused to ratify the  VFA. In effect, at best it was and is simply an Executive Agreement. 

And what about the language of Duterte which Lacson described as “undiplomatic”? Well, the last time Duterte gave an acerbic repartee to a condescending ex-US Pres. Barrack Obama, he was given a red carpet reception in Russia and China. 

Anyway, Robredo and Lacson got a mouthful from the President. Senator Lacson realized he had placed the cart before the horse and recovered his senses. . In the case of Robredo, she has to explain to the heads of 39 sovereign nations why she thinks the American bases in their territories are proceeds of extortion. 



About the Columnist

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Mr. Jun Ledesma is a community journalist who writes from Davao City and comments from the perspective of a Mindanaoan.