Enough na, stop na
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Unless one also has some form of mental aberration, the recent shows presented by two characters in the country’s highest lawmaking body, or the Senate, could only manage to leave a bad taste in the mouth.
There they were, two of the longest serving and admittedly also the most learned among the incumbent solons of the country, exchanging tirades and insults as if they were street brawlers or fishwives. The latter may even feel insulted at the comparison, but we feel the cliché is most appropriate.
How did it happen that two supposedly brilliant minds, the pride of their alma mater and their families, and even of their own people until lately, be so insensitive as to bombard the ears of their fellow Filipinos with language that could only come from the gutter?
And how did the situation between them come to this point when they have to hurl the most unbecoming words and expressions at each other? Some attribute the enmity to the fact that, when handing out “gifts” to their fellow senators while he was yet Senate President, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile had given Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago an amount much less than what he gave the others.
Enrile himself has disclosed that Santiago has not forgiven him for not endorsing her for a cabinet position she was eyeing. Whatever the cause of their present bitterness, it is regrettable that they were never able to resolve matters. Reports say that Enrile had even been the sponsor of the Santiagos both in their wedding and in their golden wedding anniversary. What could have soured such a relationship?
We may never find out, exactly, but, as of now, we can only hope that we will no longer have to be assailed by such display from people we elected into office, in the belief that they were all decent human beings, worthy of our respect, admiration and trust, and, yes, even emulation by our young. All we can wish now is for them to consider our feelings and stop all this public wrangling and reprehensible examples.*