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DINGDONG Dantes was slated to be the cherry on top of the icing on the yellow cake. Even his wife, Marian Rivera, said he’s running but she wasn’t sure of the position. My thought bubble on that: Standing? Sitting? Squatting?

And then, Dantes denied he’s running for the Senate. So, let’s wait for next month when wannabes will be filing their certificates of candidacy. The final list of senatoriables will have its great reveal by then.

As for the incumbent, Sen. Sonny Trillanes continues to be fond of press briefings. Unless momentary amnesia has prompted him to step out of his comfort zone, er, the Senate hotel, and—gasp!—he’s arrested and detained. Who will then miss his press briefings? Not me, said President Rody Duterte. Not me, said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. Not me, said special assistant to the president Bong Go—but first, a selfie with Trillanes as the latter poses for his mug shot.

As long as Trillanes remembers that he’s safe and secure inside the Senate hotel, then, he’ll remain free as a bird. But isn’t that the same as detention? Minus the ambience of a prison cell, that is.

Trillanes has been there, done that with jail-cell ambience, no thanks to the Oakwood Mutiny in 2003 which led to his detention for about seven and a half years. He and the Magdalo group’s enemy was then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who they suspected was playing with graft and corruption and was about to declare martial law. 15 years later, Trillanes’ present enemy is Duterte who declared martial law in Mindanao due to the Marawi siege, and Arroyo is now House Speaker. “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” as the saying goes.

Despite the dark clouds hovering above Trillanes’ constant fight for whatever he’s fighting for, he still had the time to mention Tindig Pilipinas in one of his press briefings: “Ang matinding hamon ng Tindig Pilipinas ay kung paano mumulatin ang mga Pilipino.” Oh, okay. Back to kapit-bisig again to the tune of, Tama na! Sobra na! Palitan na!

And here’s the weary 1986 People Power survivor crying, Oh no, not again.

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear,” another saying goes. Obviously, the Pinoy is not ready yet, thus, the teacher has not appeared.

Aug. 21 was the death anniversary of Ninoy Aquino. At that time last month, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos said that this conflict between the Marcoses and the Aquinos was merely a “feud.” Kind of a family feud. Of course, the yellows reacted with much vehemence, perhaps their way of saying, How dare you, Imee! How dare you! The nerve!

The country’s history—especially the part where the Marcoses were allegedly stealing from the national treasury and jailing or killing perceived enemies—is slowly being altered until the late dictator would be canonized as a saint. Well, that’s the vibe that the country’s current events seem to emit.

The Pinoy has learned to vote for the lesser weevil, er, evil. Only to realize later after the election that he voted for the more evil. So, he vows never to be duped again by wag-the-dog scenarios and publicelations ploys.

Are the living Marcoses, from former First Lady Imelda to Irene Araneta, exemplary models of Imelda’s the “true, good, and beautiful”? Well, please define true, good, and beautiful.

For now, former senator Bongbong Marcos remains a “vice presidentiable.” It’s possible for Gov. Imee to be the country’s president if Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio won’t run for the highest throne in 2022. And you could almost hear the yellows’ thought bubble on Gov. Imee as president: Que horror!

They should try to convince Kris Aquino to run then. Imagine this: Kris versus Imee. The family feud of the century. Yay. That presidential campaign will be definitely fun.

If only we could look at the country’s woes as fun. But they’re not fun. They’re not even fine. But the Pinoy moves forward as always. How? By thinking that the US probably has it worse.

The news last week focused on President Donald Trump’s penis which Stormy Daniels described as resembling Toad, that mushroom-headed character in “Mario Kart.” Talk of TMI—too much information.

Daniels has a memoir titled, “Full Disclosure,” where that TMI is written in detail, complete with additional info on a nearby Yeti-looking hairy part. Oh, my. Full disclosure indeed. How to unsee that?


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