Never have I been as proud of my congressman as today that I no longer want him to be my congressman. Given the rockstar status he currently enjoys, he has clearly gained a national constituency that should not be ignored.
Considered as the ‘bazooka’ of the prosecution in the impeachment trial against Chief Justice Renato Corona, Congressman Rudy Fariñas delivered the closing arguments in a language and manner the masses could understand but with no less strength and sophistication needed to sway even the brightest legal minds. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who has gained the respect and admiration of arguably all Filipinos who watched the proceedings, couldn’t help but remark, “Nalaingka unay” (Sobrang galing mo). That both Enrile and Lito “Ben Tumbling” Lapid admit that it was Fariñas’ summation speech that won them over to convict the Chief Justice is a clear indicator that he will make a good senator of the people—across all social classes.
In his speech, Fariñas underscored the glaring inconsistencies in Corona’s testimony which was well rehearsed, well scripted, truly dramatic, but in the end a monumental flop. The word “palusot,” a trending word in Twitter here in the Philippines and worldwide last May 28, will surely be associated with the Congressman for a long time. I can already imagine campaign slogans like, “Kay Fariñas, bawal ang palusot.” Continue reading “Senator Fariñas”