ROUGH CUTS|Perhaps they’d just do a Donald

IN LAST Sunday’s issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Rina Jimenez-David asked this question: “What if Leila de Lima were a man, would lawmakers hound her?”

If we are to hazard an answer we are certain the congressional male voyeurs will simply say, “No question Mr. Chair.” And in the back of their minds they most likely have these unspoken words, “We know what exactly will be his (resource person’s) answer. Been there, done that.” Or, their silent statement could be, “Still there, doing that.”

And if any one of the male legislators would dare ask a resource person, he would probably silently wish that he will get a denial for an answer.

We are reminded of a womanizer we know who told his friends that his defense against suspicion by his wife of his lothario activities is “Deny, deny, deny until you die.”

So effective was his convincing power that his “advocacy” rubbed in on a good number of his fellow members of a civic organization.

When this man died inside a motel room with a woman other than his wife, his friends decided to tell his family he had a heart attack while driving his car. But telling a lie when discovered has a high cost to pay.

Until today his friends are still feeling the contempt of the man’s family. Some have even gone to the great beyond bringing with them the family’s scorn because of that discovered infidelity of the husband and of his friends in the socio-civic organization he was part of.

So, columnist Rina could very well be correct in saying that there would even be no congressional investigation into De Lima’s intimate relationships if the senator were a man. Thus, any talk of De Lima’s love affairs would just be considered by the male-dominated probe committee as “locker room talks,” or some bar jokes that normally come out from the mouths of inebriated night joint habitués after drinking too many.

In other words, they’d be doing a Donald Trump.


Last Sunday after mass at the Calinan Parish church we met a brother-in-law of former third district congressman Isidro “Roy” Ungab.

Since we have not heard much of the former solon we asked his brother-in-law (husband of the congressman’s sister) where Roy is now. The simple answer we got was, “He’s gone back to being private citizen Sid Ungab.”

Frankly now citizen Roy is one asset that government missed utilizing. With his experience both in the private and government service he could do a lot of important things to help achieve the change the president administration wants to attain.

After the election last May there were talks that with the Duterte win he was a cinch as head of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). But all of those talks are, well, just plain talks now. But honestly, we believe that Sid Ungab has edge over other candidates or aspirants to positions in government that require financial management skills like in the government banking institutions.

Or he could be considered in regulatory bodies whose decisions will have impact on major services to the people.

Of course we have to admit that the former congressman of the third district have been in government service for more than a decade already starting from councilor of Davao City up to his three terms as congressman of the third district.  And with the rigors of being a local and national lawmaker, there is no guarantee that one’s physical condition will not be sapped with all those long years in service. So, there is no doubt that Sid Ungab also needs a long-deserved rest.

But will our good friend Sid take the opportunity to rest? He is a known workaholic. So, even if he is back as private citizen Ungab he has work to do to help run the family business. And he too, needs to act as advisor to his neophyte congressman brother Abet to ensure that the latter will not make unwise decisions in performing his duties as legislator.

Sid knows he has a legacy that his brother should painstakingly preserve if the family’s political name is to be kept afloat at all times.

Anyone who had the opportunity to visit the barangays or interior villages in the third congressional district will definitely not miss seeing proofs of the former lawmaker’s legacy. There are the concreted roads leading to the barangays and into the sitios. There are the new two or three stories with multi-classrooms school buildings. And almost, if not all of the barangays have new barangay halls complete with session halls.

The former congressman also played a very important role in the electrification of the main highway leading to Buda, the boundary barangay with Bukidnon.

This, we believe, is a benchmark hard to beat. Thus, it becomes a tall order for his younger brother. But with Sid’s advice and guidance the incumbent third district lawmaker may attain the same level of performance by his brother, or even surpass it.

We are looking forward to seeing the former lawmaker back in harness in pursuance of good governance.

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