It used to be that the Senate had undeniably two puffed-up members, namely, Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr.
Perhaps because of their years of prominence as top-grossing action movie stars they no longer could distinguish between reel and real appearance.
But almost always, unmindful or not, they try to project themselves as they have become – as actors.
Thus, whether campaigning for votes as politicians or crafting laws and conducting senate inquiries as senators you are likely to see them grandstanding or acting pompous.
In reality they were not cut to be senators of the realm but their popularity made them so. As if they were not filthy rich already both still got greedy and indulged in corruption and this is why they no longer belong to the august chamber of the senate but rather in the undignified place call the PNP detention center.
As is always the case anywhere and in whatever you do there is always somebody who takes over a person’s quirks.
Since we are talking about the senate, a glaring example is how Sen. Antonio Trillanes has taken over single handedly the pomposity exhibited by both Estrada and Revilla.
What is surprising however is how Trillanes got to be arrogant and overbearing when, unlike Estrada and Revilla, he was a soldier?
Well, everybody knows how he gained his popularity – by notoriety, when he lead a group of soldiers and tried to mount a coup against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The rest is history.
What I am just bringing out here is how I wish Estrada was in the place of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano in the hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Justice chaired by Sen. Leila de Lima, when Trillanes tried silencing Cayetano from further questioning self-confessed assassin Edgar Matobato. He even had the gall to reach out and turn off Cayetano’s microphone!
Estrada said if Trillanes tried such move on him, he would have retaliated. “Sayang wala na ako diyan, dahil kung ako ang pinagsabihan mo ng ganyan, hindi kita sasantuhin!!” (Rough translation: It’s a pity I am no longer there, because if you have done that to me, you would have gotten it from me too!)
Bully against bully! What a despicable scene it would have been!
They may belong to the same ilk but at least Estrada has the decency of knowing the true meaning of respect.
It is very ironic that Estrada is the one reminding Trillanes on the time-honored Senate rules on respecting colleagues especially during congressional inquiries when Trillanes should have ingrained it in his mind having graduated from the prestigious Philippine Military Academy where proper human morality conduct and behavior is also taught.
Undoubtedly, this makes Trillanes the most puffed-up member of the senate now.