Thursday, July 21, 2005

Darna and Gloria

I bought my four-year-old niece a pair of black Barbie boots today. She's delighted, of course. She's been shouting "Darna!" the whole afternoon, her black boots on, assuming the "Darna" fighting stance. Terrific child.

At least for the whole afternoon, she took my mind off the many sordid things that are happening to my country. Foremost, of course, is the election-tampering scandal faced by my president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Yesterday, she said she would form a "truth commission" to look into the allegations leveled against her. My first reaction upon hearing this was, "Hello!?" She's the accused and she's forming the body that will investigate her?

She's totally lost all credibility and I wouldn't be surprised if she's booted out in the next month or so.

Anyway, aside from former senator John Osmena's charge that Arroyo cheated in the Visayas in the last election, I also learned from a very reliable source (a legislator, in fact) that a witness will come out in the Senate soon who will directly link Arroyo to jueteng. The story goes that, sometime before the election, Arroyo -- right inside her La Vista home -- doled out jueteng money to be used for cheating in the 2004 elections.


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