Hang on, Merci!
What is on Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s mind? Here’s another Wikileaks of the mind, downloading the former president’s thoughts in a letter to her embattled ally, Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.
I’ve been watching you in your TV interviews and you’re putting a good show, not a sliver of fear coupled with only a dash of anger—plus the right foundation shade. That’s how I did it, too, when I was threatened with impeachment: theatre acting and make up. I looked radiant, even when I was under siege, thanks to facials and designer creams.
Needless to say, I had the numbers in Congress and the pork to pass around. Oh, how it was to be in power, when my allies ruled the House! I miss those days when Mat held the justice committee in his hands. Now, I can only count on Mark and Edcel to obstruct your impeachment.
Mark has to a lot to learn from Edcel; I’m also thinking of giving him a speech instructor. Mark forgets that he’s on TV, communicating to non-lawyers. Plus his evasive eyes! He does not look straight to the camera.
Anyway, that’s just a little housekeeping note which Len will take care of.
But we cherished our first victory in September when Rene and Presby rammed the status quo ante order. They pulled a fast one–it was risky–but what the hell, we succeeded.
When did you ever see a Supreme Court act on a 65-page petition with such speed? This wasn’t any ordinary petition, it was yours! (And mine, too, considering that if you’re impeached, I’ll lose one strong flank to protect me.)
You filed on the 13th, it was raffled the same day, and fortunately Presby was the ponente. What’s impressive is this: the next morning, even if majority of the justices had not yet received a copy, they voted to stop the House from moving on your impeachment.
Rene continues to be a reliable friend. I was confident that he would deliver again when decision time came. But things went beyond Rene’s control.
That ingrate, Sonny, made too much noise about the plea bargain agreement. And he was the handler of that melodramatic auditor whom many believe. Jinggoy wanted his 15 minutes of fame and brought in this whistleblower who made things worse for you and me.
The House and Senate hearings feasted on all these. And the gullible public believed (including some on the Court whom I appointed) that the plea bargain agreement was wrong and so were you.
Despite all the horror stories revealed by that self-righteous auditor and by that self-confessed military budget officer, Rene stood by you. I’ve got to hand it to him. He still voted against Congress.
But where was Presby? He inhibited himself! He pushed for the TRO last year and now, he says he could not participate in the vote because his son is a member of Congress. But Alan was already with Congress last year so why did Presby inhibit only now? I suspect that Alan wants to leave me and join the Liberals. He’s only a first-termer but he wants his turn at the table right away.
Let’s plan our moves well, Merci. Don’t listen to those who say you should follow in Angie’s footsteps.
I cannot afford to have an Ombudsman whom I cannot approach and make deals with. When my justices killed the Truth Commission and you were untouched as Ombudsman, I knew I would escape scrutiny. But this impeachment was unexpected.
Never mind that your name has been soaked in mud with all these charges against you. It’s easy to launder reputation. Look at Imelda and me. People will forget. We just need to be thick-skinned.
Our next battleground is easier. I have friends in the Senate. And some of the senators, like Chiz, are easy to talk to. I’ve been a politician most of my life. I have a sixth sense for politicians who lust for higher office and I know how to deal with these types.
Are you serious, though, about having Sal as counsel? He’s a joke.
Titong is the best. If he can influence justices and make them flip-flop, what more with the senators?
I’m already losing COA. Rey is stepping down (I told him to stay put but he’s thin-skinned) and if that Heidi takes over, I’ll be fair game.
My justices are becoming edgy because Rudy keeps threatening to impeach them. But let me take care of that later. You’re my priority now.
Hang in there, Merci!
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