(photograb from inq7.net)
in the white corner...
"mrs arroyo, habang pinagmamasdan kita, nakita ko sa mata mo na hindi galing sa puso mo ang sorry. gusto mo na naman kaming isahan. hindi ko tinatanggap ang sorry mo."
(i didnt feel your sincerity. you just want to take advantage of us again. i cannot accept your ’sorry’.)
susan roces, as always, was poised but didn't mince words as she vented out her anger at the president. for cheating her departed husband in the last elections, for wanting to take advantage of our feelings by saying and "acting" sorry, by "twisting the law" to her advantage.
"arogante siya, arogante! manhid!"
(she's arrogant! insensitive!)
in the blue corner...
(photograb from igma.tv)
“God first, then country, and family is last. This is something that has guided me. My responsibility is to my people.”
the president, probably in anticipation of susan roces' presscon, delivered this speech today. to appeal again to our emotions? to gain sympathy? to see who grabs gap 1 in our newscasts today and the banners in tomorrow's newspapers? (well, susan made gap 1 in 24Oras and Saksi today.)
this isn't the first time the president has used this line. i heard it over and over again in the almost 4 years that i've covered her.
“Today my family is once again called to sacrifice our personal happiness, to allow me to serve best as president of our country. My husband has volunteered to go abroad… And so he will leave to remove these distractions and doubts from the people’s minds…”
fg rarely faces the media for presscons or anything. but he is always in the limelight, in the news because he is alleged to be involved in this or that shady deal. will making him leave stop the criticisms against the president? will his friends in government be booted out too? will the rest of the family leave as well, esp iggy and mikey?
this is already round 2. round 1 was after the presidential electoral tribunal threw out her petition to continue the electoral protest her husband had filed.
i'm guessing that round 3 will see the grieving widow surrounded by a lot of supporters - from the political block and from the citizens - and the president surrounded by her loyal attack dogs, minus her family.
here's susan's advantage. no one will attack a grieving widow, no matter how hurtful, damaging and maybe even seditious her words may be. it's just not in our culture. and who would even dare? have you noticed that none of the president's attack dogs have tried to even snarl at susan roces?
and the president's advantage? the government's machinery. i wont say power bec in the philippine political scene, power is very fleeting. if she had a team of spin doctors who were united, efficient, aggressive and not concerned with who gets to kiss the ass of the president the most, then maybe the president can still emerge the winner in the final round.
but then, as i said, i'm only guessing.