Issue of December 3, 2017

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Woman power

Woman power is everywhere – in the three branches of government, in the highly competitive business world, in the upper crust of society, in the academe, in showbiz, and believe it or not, even in Shilan, but we will get to that later.

In Malacañang, a former lead dancer has the ears of her boss, and she whispers – or writes – what Du30 wants to hear. It is said that she has the support of President Rody in her ambitious dream to become a senator, which she coyly denies, claiming she has no financial capacity to launch a senatorial campaign. Take note that she is not saying that she shouldn’t be there in the first place.

Bad example, electing Pacquiao senator of the land. Diokno, Tañada, Pelaez, Recto, and the rest of the troupe – no, not the writhing and gyrating kind, but the ever thinking highly educated type whose hearts are in the right place.

As my late cousin RTC Judge Roy Masadao used to say, those who love to dance have more brains in their feet than in their heads, tango shoes notwithstanding.

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In Congress, the Speaker of the House parted ways with his best friend and political ally because their love partners got into an argument – probably silly or trivial – and now the two are no longer speaking to each other.

Anyway, Speaker Alvarez has two women deputy speakers, and male colleagues are scared of Rep. Gwendolyn Roman.

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All the women in the Senate – include Vice President Leni Robredo, nurture secret dreams of becoming tenants of the Palace by the Pasig, and they know exactly how to go about it – turning the minds of the men – with sweet nothings, a pinch here and there, a hand caress while having dinner. No outrageous flirting, just making the men think they are important to her.

What I find disagreeable, however, is that sometimes their taste in men leaves much to be desired. Oh well, men’s pockets are closest to their balls.

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The betting along business row is that it is Teresita Sy Coson, not eldest son Hans, who runs the SM Group of Companies, although Honey Avancena knows where her rightful place is, to the chagrin of Imelda Marcos, shaking her head in consternation.

And every time Du30 threatens to resign, guess who is saying please, and kneading her hands in glee.

In showbiz, only the women are dubbed superstars, megastars and weddings of the century happen only when the bride is more high profiled than the groom.

That was the case when Diana married Charles, and not so in the planned wedding of Prince Harry and his beloved.

And only the sea princess and the late Imelda Cojuangco (yes, Tonyboy’s mom) can elicit raves from admirers with their weird hairdos.

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The spanking new Shilan Cockpit is drawing large crowds of aficionados, either because of or despite a woman said to be the power behind the throne, albeit more insidious than romantic.

Give the woman an inch, and you will find yourself losing an arm.

Sure, Maria Lourdes Sereno is fully qualified to be Chief Justice, but I do not recall her telling BSAIII or media that perhaps it would be best if the next Chief Justice should be one of the more senior Associate Justices of the High Court.

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Now she is facing an impeachment complaint. The late Chief Justice Renato Corona was removed not for impeachable crimes, but more for unexplained bank accounts.

Should Sereno suffer the same fate, it will be because of her high handedness, doing what she damn well pleases because she is the Boss.

This is what puzzles me about President Rodrigo Duterte, his ambivalent attitude towards women – he both loves and hates them.

He sends one to jail, and catcalls another. Respect women, he says, but berates a rapist “dahil inunahan siya.”

Although divorced from his first wife and living in with another, we see no efforts on his part to make an honest woman out of her. Typical macho, in need of a woman by his side, yet not wanting to be shackled by the bonds or vows of marriage.

Keen observers will tell you however than any scheming dame can make him play right into her hands.

Poor Rodrigo. Like all men, we are descendants of Adam, the first victim of feminine wile.

You think maybe the devil should be wearing a “terno” and not a red suit.

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Tomorrow all roads will lead to the Country Club, where former congressman and mayor Bernardo “Bernie” Vergara will celebrate his 80th year on Earth.

Friends, relatives, former political allies, and other well-wishers will be around to wish him many happy returns of the day.

Such a nice guy Bernie is, people taking advantage of him, yet not taking it against them.

Happy birthday, kumpadre!

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