Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Playboy senator vs. maniac doctor

Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. has called a doctor "maniac".
This doctor happens to be that young celebrity boyfriend of Vicki Belo, the one who runs that medical company that alters, mangles, human body parts mainly---or solely---for "public works".
Circulating around the internet are the video of sexual encounters of this doctor, named Hayden Kho (some pronounce it "Hidden" Kho, others "Hiding" Kho).
I have seen the explicit video clips and it really is very demeaning to women, specially to the persons involved.
What is supposed to be a private act, whether or not done in accordance with contemporary norms or morals, has been scandalously exposed.
However, the good senator made use of the senate podium, under the mantle of "privileged speech", in hurling venomous accusations against the doctor.
I am not defending the doctor. I don't intend to.
By my question is, do ordinary citizens also have the right to reply to scathing, spiteful unparliamentary senate privilege speeches, also in the same podium, venue, with equal space and prominence?
I think this is what lawmakers want to do with newspapers.
How will ordinary citizens be able to reply to senate verbal attacks, done under the cloak of "privielge speech"?
What is striking is that the good senator appeared to be in a "lolipop" moment, relishing the libelous words, he spewed in untempered fashion against the doctor, conscious that he is hiding under the skirt of parliamentary privilege.
The senator mentioned the words predator, "buwang", etc.
I surmised Sen. Revilla was not interpellated by his peers, because his speech was sprinkled with what is called unparliamentary language.
I also think the good senator should be the last to pontificate about sex and morality.
If you have a wife, and you have sexual encounters with other women, even if done in private, are you not also demeaning your own wife, who is also a woman?
I don't know.
I am just playing with simple logic here.
Perhaps, it's better to keep quiet na lang, senator.
It's never in good taste for a pot to publicly call a kettle black.
Besides, by keeping your mouth shut, you'd be doing a better job.

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