The movie in her mind

The big news of the week that just passed was the coming-out party of Senator Grace Poe at the Bahay ng Alumni of the premier state university, followed a day after by her Senator Francis Joseph Escudero, this time at Club Filipino.

When she foisted her blue and white colors at the University, I wondered aloud, why Ateneo colors at the university of the plebeian (well, supposedly) which flies maroon?  My daughter corrected me as we watched television; that’s “Marian” blue and white, not elite Arrneow.  Okay, so the symbolism is all about her being “immaculate”.

But then El Queso had to have his touch of red, and, exactly as he said when he renounced his party affiliation (NPC) in 2009, in the same Club of the northern elite (just as Manila Polo Club is to the elite residing south of the murky Pasig), he postulated the merits of their “partido”— Pilipinas kuno.

Serge Osmeña dismissed the “partido” Pilipinas ek-ek as cheap political gimmickry;  my reaction was simply “old hat.”  I heard the same words from the same politician in the same hall in September 2009.  “Ropa vieja”, my grand-aunt called her potage of yesterday’s left-overs.  Old script, as in “bumenta na ‘yan.”

Ah…the movie on their minds.  The legacy of FPJ, alive once more in her adopted daughter’s mind.  “Puso” as qualification, as contra-distinguished from the “utak” of his mortal opponent in 2004, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.  Ayun, na-utakan tuloy.  Sad.

But this time, Senadora Grace comes as one with enough “utak” (show scenes of her handling of the Mamasapano hearings, her excoriation of Alan Purisima’s persona in the Senate), and with enough “puso” (show scenes of her riding the decrepit MRT like a suffering commuter; her privilege speech about hungry children; most of all, her maiden family name, her brand—“Poe”.

She enumerated her “vision” at the once-upon-a-time scholastic haven of the plebeian, all of 20 points.  If I remember right, PNoy enumerated a ten-point program in 2010.  Kita n’yo, dinoble pa?

It was a recitation of everybody’s seminal experiences, or “mis”-experiences in this land of the benighted.  Were there any doable, measurable, time-bound solutions to these 20 problem areas?  Well, there was the Department of Emergency Management, forgetting to mention that it was not such a new-fangled idea: there is a bill pending in Congress, authored by Rep. Martin Romualdez, whose province, Leyte was the worst-hit by Typhoon Yolanda (still remember Haiyan?). 

And yes, there is that promise of an Olympic gold medal as the vision for sports.  Everybody and his mother knows we’ve only had a couple of silvers. 

As if we were watching a telenovela unfold before us, Senator Grace said she would provide the details, the “road map” (to borrow from PNoy’s economic managers favorite solution), as the campaign unfolds.

A friend wondered, would we need a P9-trillion annual budget to make all her dreams come true?  Note that PNoy will end his term with P3 trillion.

Ah…the movie in her mind.   

Her real political party (never mind those gaggle of trapos who strutted their “support” at Bahay Alumni and Club Filipino, and then the Bougainvilla upon New Manila address of the NPC boss), is ABS-CBN, the media giant which banners every squeak and nuance from their “favored” presidential candidate.  And will by the end of the month, strut their Coco Martin upon the viewing “masa” as the re-incarnation of the legendary FPJ, and make his “pro-poor” cinematic persona as “real” as could ever be—“Ang Probinsyano” who defied the well-heeled urban establishment conspiring with the scum of the earth.

How will Mar Roxas fight cinematic glory with his MARangal message, his wife Korina (also a celebrity as a broadcast journalist) and his ever-sniping spokesman Egay Erice?  How will the “dis-graced” Jojo Binay, his Rico Quicho, JV Bautista and Mon Ilagan react against the “immaculate” Grace?

There’s so much “abangan ang susunod na kabanata” in the narratives we see unfolding.  And enough twists and turns to make it a sure-fire political tele-novela.  What will the “villains” like Rizalito David hatch?  (Remember, it’s a movie in her mind).  What about those “character” actors who comprise the Senate Electoral Tribunal?  And fast forward to October 19, the Monday after the deadline for the filing of her certificate of candidacy as the “next president”, what new “villains” will obstruct her 20-point “quete”?  (Background musical score:  languid strains like  “To dream the impossible dream…”).  Who will be the new character actors in the Comelec?

And then, to prolong the movie’s appeal in the public mind (como una novela para television), enter the dragon from Davao—Digong Duterte, like a political phoenix rising from the “ashes” of his self-inflicted political “demise.”

At the very least, the next eight months leading to May 9, 2016, will be exciting.

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