How the Miriam Santiago vs Ping Lacson circus mirrors the Philippines’ bakla culture

Funny that just as soon as Senator Miriam Santiago threatened to reveal the “truth” about Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson’s sexual orientation, the latter senator in a way kind of validated what many people have been speculating by going on a rampaging counter-attack himself.

Manning up: an immense challenge in Philippine society
Manning up: an immense challenge in Philippine society
For one thing, this all supposedly started after Lacson was accused by Santiago of being one of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s attack dogs. Then, for another, Lacson would follow suit and go on an equally public attack on the lady senator. In both cases he seems to be exhibiting the very behaviours symptomatic of the conditions Santiago says afflicts him — being an attack dog and being, well, a bit on the Pinky side. After all, what real gentleman would see no issue with making big public stink about his ill feelings towards a woman.

To be fair to Lacson, Santiago’s attacks are quite crude. The best of threats are best kept veiled in favour of real actions. What was that old Nike slogan again? Just do it. Trouble is Lacson does the same — stoops down to the level of his adversary. Both now are making good use of the Media to further their tirades against one another. Guess who comes out of this laughing all the way to the bank?

Since when has Philippine Media become the sumbungan of choice of powerful Philippine senators?

Veteran journalist Ramon Tulfo, as a matter of fact, is known for his hit show Isumbong mo kay Tulfo where he facilitates getting the issues that affect ordinary powerless citizens to the fore before a mass audience. But that is a concept that suits ordinary people who do not enjoy the clout of Philippine senators.

You really gotta wonder then about the sort of men who obssessively tattletale to any bozo who cares to listen about the women they’ve had confrontations with. Filipinos of all people should understand. There is no English translation for the old observation when beholding such characters: Kalalaking tao pinatulan ang babae. Where I come from, the most admired men are stolid and stoic even in the face of a woman’s wrath — one, I am constantly told, that hell itself hath no fury to match. Indeed, a man resorting to rude behaviour on a one-on-one confrontation with a woman is bad enough, but to be constantly tattling about said confrontation loudly in a public forum of mutual back-patters is another.

Where I grew up such guys are easily told off: Bakla ka pala e.

Philippine senators, any powerful public official for that matter, whether male or female are expected to man up — specifically, settle disputes amongst themselves like men. After all, they serve as models to a citizenry who lack a tradition of doing the same. The sight and sound of senators clawing each other’s eyes out in catfights in living colour and surround sound simply highlights the sort of politics that reflect the character of the Filipino vote.

Why do Filipinos vote for such politicians?

Well, spectacle is king in Philippine elections. No surprise there. Indeed, our most esteemed “activists” for “social change” routinely denounce politicians for acting like clowns while on the campaign trail but are themselves blind to the banal clownery with which folk in their own ranks deliver their “activist” messages.

We can’t continue to reserve our most vitriolic criticism for Filipino politicians and ignore the character of the people who routinely vote for the same bozos year in and year out.

As Raquel Welch was said to have said:

Insanity is expecting different results while doing the same thing again and again.

Ms Welch is quite the woman indeed.

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Mercury
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And because of such personal attacks, my view of Miriam Santiago has sadly changed.

Ramona
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Ilda Pro, if you were better than Santiago in dealing with Lacson’s baseless lies and dirty tricks, you should run for senator. Lets see how far you’ll get with Lacson.

Ramona
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Sorry, Benigno O ! (apology to Ilda Pro)

MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA

who cares about your “view” of miriam… it’s not her whose ranking in the surveys have dropped big time… The Youth & right minded people love her…since 1989 up to the present. You are outnumbered Mercury…

Libertas
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Miriam should expose the corruption rather than reduce herself to fishwife with glib comments abd veiled personal threats. Very unbecoming.
Thats partly why i don’t think the ICC will be calling anytime soon.
No gravitas or style.
Not up to Brussels standard

Ramona
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Libertas, please call the ICC and ask if the old judges are still sitting and whats the schedule for calling the topnotcher of the elections. Stop spreading lies.

Ramona
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When one is dealing with a veteran of rubouts, extrajudicial killings, dirty tricks, and kidnapping for ransom, I dont know if you can talk legal matters to him. I go for Miriam. An eye for an eye. Come on ……. Its the only language Lacson understands and several in this thread fell for it. What a pity.

OnesimusUnbound
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If Sen. Miriam seats as judge in International Criminal Court. . . never mind.

Well, I think she’s getting older, what do you think?

Libertas
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not lies,opinion.
and miriam is hardly topnotcher – at least when compared to western standards.

MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA

western standards huh… voted number one….just you wait when she gets to the ICC…

Libertas
Guest

if she ever does.
the other 5 elected judges are all now serving.brussels/icc can do without the tirades and tantrums of a harridan.
it is a civilised place, unlike the senate.

Helen Buenaventura
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Libertas…are there idiots, nincompoops, suspected killers, fugutives from justice, showbiz people, “honorable” senators & the like who are members of the ICC???

Fredd
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All of this garbage coming out of the mouth of someone who was once considered an ‘intellect’. HA, she was and always will be a moronic organgutan. Such a mess, and to think all she had to do was keep her big mouth shut and she would have had the easy road to European luxury laid out for her. A true dummy, she has ruined her chances of any type of international recognition and will just be another thieving criminal in the Philippine congress. She gets scarier looking as each day passes, YIKES! As for Lacson, who cares if the… Read more »
MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA

WHAT “ONCE CONSIDERED AN INTELLECT”…SUSME CORRECT YOUR ENGLISH NGA! your comment is typical of one who has no meat…do you understand that??!

Fredd
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just because you do not get it and expect a differing version of the word doesn’t mean it is in-correct.
The woman is a pompous jack-ass and lacks class,intelligence and couth,u kno? kinda like you!
it is you who lacks understanding,as attested to in your opening sentences. Susme?…I’ll pass!LOL!

Helen Buenaventura
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face the mirror & say moronic orangutan…you speak of class, intelligence & couth??! It’s easy to cultivate those qualities…you just gotta ape your Lacson!!

Fredd
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Just because you do not speak correct English does not make it in-correct.
it is you who lacks understanding:SUSME? NO thanks , I’ll pass,LOL!

Perry
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SUSME? SUSME? You are the one who lacks correct English as well as understanding lady. You would not know meat if it slapped you right in the face, DOINK!!!
Your just an outraged insulter because some see right through Miriam Santiago and her callous remarks, she is truly class-less and will never get to Brussels after the act she performed at the Circus last year, LOL!!! a big loud-mouth loser, the both of you!

Helen Buenaventura
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yan ang hirap sa iyo…imbis na matuwa ka na may isang babae na matapang harapin ang mga naghahariharian na mga kaduda-dudang personalidad na wala naman maipagmalaki kundi ang kapasidad niyang manakot at magtago, natutuwa ka!!!…Impressed ka pa kung paano niya na manage ang pagtakAS NA WALANG PASSPORT!!…kriminal ka rin ba??!

Alex
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are you effing serious? impressive? lacson is impressive? well he may be but all for the wrong reasons. for all the atrocities (tortures, esp during martial law and murders) attributed to him – which we all know to be true, no one has ever pinned him down for it. that is what’s impressive. but he’s hardly a man. i remember when col. rey berroya confronted lacson as he emerges from one of the senate elevators, and challenges him to a fisfight. lacson as if right on cue, jumps behind one of his bodyguards. you could hear the snickers of those… Read more »
Perry
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so what if he is a faggott? and so what if he did not fight a guy who wanted to punch him out? You learn to pick your battles in life and he is smart to not give a shit about snickering shitheads who wish they were him, why give an idiot what he wants? eff him. He is still where he is today, and maybe Father time will catch him in the end, but Father time catches us all and Lacson has proven he can last longer than many others who also wish they were him! I don’t like… Read more »
MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
In the first place, why did lacson get into the picture?!… It was a tussle between Miriam & JPE… i tend to believe the rumor that when Lacson went AWOL, he was hiding in Tuguegarao & he claimed that he lives in Paranaque yet the media were waiting for him in a residence in Alabang…hence his bayad utang na loob to JPE by acting as his “barking dog”. Lacson claims he doesn’t get his pork barrel funds…so i now ask…coming from the PNP where he is known to be PINKY, where did he get his funds to run for a… Read more »
mangcosme
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Lacson’ style has never changed: throw mud at first and just look for evidence later hoping the mud will stick. Sadly Miriam has played into his game. Thought all along she is of a different breed and intellect. Name calling will not amount to anything except be the flavor of tabloids. When one is able to clear his name, no one is listening anymore. We Filipinos have a short memory. But we remember our first impressions. You’re right benignO. Our senators are only proving what we have known all along: most of them are reflections of the very same people… Read more »
mikemac17
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Ping Lacson may or may not be gay but he’s definitely a coward. He only attacks when he has the upper hand. He has not shown himself to fight fair. The Kuratong Baleleng were gunned down with their hands tied. To further his presidential ambitions in 2004, he made his exposés against the previous administration knowing the media will buy it and that he had parliamentary immunity. When he couldn’t use parliamentary immunity for the Dacer-Corbito case, he hid until the Aquino administration took over. The day he is not in any government position is the day he fears the… Read more »
Perry
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The guy is no idiot. I hate to tell you but He is well prepared for the day he will leave the public service. He and his passport, chateau and bundles of CA$H are all lined up waiting for that day. He will just laugh his ass off as he gallops into the sunset. If he is not stopped from doing it, that is exactly what will happen. The EXACT time, date and place are already picked out.

Helen Buenaventura
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pati sa bata walang patawad si Pinky!!!….”Remember that 10-year-old girl and her aunt who plunged to their death on Manila Bay a couple of years ago?

In one episode of the now defunct TV show, ?Isumbong mo kay Tulfo,? I showed a girl and an older woman being pushed out of a helicopter flying over a body of water, in a dramatic depiction of the incident.

Lacson?s former henchman at the notorious Metrocom Intelligence and Security Group (MISG), Francisco ?Kit? Mateo, said he pushed the girl and the woman on orders of Lacson.” (Mon Tulfo newsinfo.inquirer 02/03/2010)

mikemac17
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Ping Lacson has shown that he only attacks when he has the upper hand and that he will never engage anyone in a fair fight. Whether he is “bakla” or not doesn’t matter. He is the epitome of a coward. He fears the day he is out of a position of power or influence.

Helen Buenaventura
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saan ka ba naman nakakita ng tao na galing sa kapulisan tapos naging senador ay naging model ng vanity…mahilig talaga itong Pinky na ito magpa-beauty…nakabalandra sa EDSA ng matagal ang mukha ni Pinky para sa Facial Care Center!!!….LOL!!!

ChinoF
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Lacson? I’m surprised no one brought up Kuratong Baleleng.

ChinoF
Member

And if namecalling is the name of the game… then it will be pretty hard to make choices in the election this coming May.

Hyden Toro
Guest

I’m rather amused by these Political Zarzuelas, pr political antics. They do not solve our country’s problems, which are many. The Senate looks like a “Cockpit Arena”. I’m sad that Lacson , who is a suspect of murder of Dacer-Corbito case. Is quarreling with a woman. After Lacson received his Bonanza Bonus, from that idiot Enrile. All he does, is quarrel with a woman…

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Benigs, I think that last phrase “insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results” was attributed to Einstein.

But I’d attribute it to Raquel Welch more than some old German mathematician. Haha!

johndoenymous@gmail.com
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johndoenymous@gmail.com

For me, MDS’s a bunny-eared lawyer.

I’d be laughing at them if it wasn’t so sad that bozos like this are running the country

Perry
Guest

Well said Johnny, right on target, BUT, You might as well have a good laugh because the criminals running the country are all having a good laugh at all of the people they allegedly ‘serve’.

Libertas
Guest

Sir adrian fulford – ICC senior judge is openly gay. Am sure he is amused by the demeanour of a possible colleague.
The inns of court and brussels expect gravitas and propriety from its members.
Verbal diarreah and farting in the wind is not what we expect or want.
suggest she raises her standards of public discourse and becomes a better international ambassador.

Anne B
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Dear Webmaster — your own article, and the assumptions underlying it, are revealing of the culture of gender in the Philippines. Your headline promised an insightful, progressive analysis of the word war between these two people, and instead perpetuated the stereotypes within the either-or heterosexist mentality that enables the marginalization of women and bakla, and indeed, anyone who doesn’t conform to male-female standards in this country. Rather disappointing, given the lofty ideals of your site. Get real, indeed.

johndoe
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Anne, your comment is concise and hits the bull’s eye. Very well said. I was also expecting he would dissect the issues between Miriam and Ping. But he did not. Instead, he imputed the senators’ catfights not to straight men or straight women’s roguishness but exclusively to the general populace of bakla. How convenient. I’m not sure where he’d get the idea. I have gay friends, too, but they surely have breeding and never resorted to mudslinging or character assassination. But if I may, I would like to share to you the bigger picture here. If you’ve read most of… Read more »
Francino
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It’s sad indeed to see Sen. Santiago joining mudfight in the cesspool we call the Senate. Well, Belgian winters (and chocolates) might calm down the nerves of Sen. Santiago when she goes to Brussels, but the pressure alone of being in such a prestigious institution of justice should anchor the Senator back to the gravitas and conduct of a true stateswoman.

ChinoF
Member

When the hell will politicians drop the palengkera attitude and start focusing on issues?

Gogs
Member

Unfortunately focusing on the nitty gritty of the issues does not really endear themselves to the bulk of the electorate.

rbleano
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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein
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