The past few days had been a rowdy ride for Philippine politics and for those who had been closely monitoring it. The tense chapter in the nation’s life unfolded without any hint. And we have the President and his cohorts to thank for bringing us into this badly scripted thriller by haphazardly pursuing a case against former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the last minute.
The turn of events was just too quick that news stories had very short shelf lives that were outlasted only by thetesticle of Arroyo’s lawyer Ferdinand Topacio. The hullaballoo’s ending – Rep. Arroyo being served a warrant of arrest – was so abrupt that the move was hailed by government supporters as sign of the Aquino administration’s political will. On a closer look though, the haste was more of an act of desperation to save President Benigno Aquino III’s political capital.
What was saved by the warrant of arrest wasn’t really Topacio’s family jewels, as presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda jokingly said following the buzzer-beater performance of the Pasay City Regional Trial Court. It was the President’s balls that were saved.