Burying the stench
Cameras are clicking and
the disc jockey, played here by former President Fidel V. Ramos, turns on
the tune of “cha-cha” (in Philippine politics, charter change) as
beleaguered President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and House Speaker Jose de
Venecia gyrate on the floor. In the scheme of Ramos and de Venecia –
grabbed by Arroyo – cha-cha would sweep under the rug the election fraud,
jueteng payoffs and other scandals haunting the woman president. But like
all other music, the “cha-cha” will soon fade and the stench of the
garbage being hidden will become so unbearable that the inevitable fate
that awaits Arroyo will likely occur with a bang.
Salungguhit literally means to
underline; figuratively, to
underscore or highlight.
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