OPINION: The hazard of watching legislative hearings

Ellen T. Tordesillas

Posted at Mar 09 2017 03:53 AM

Watching legislative hearings is bad for the health. 

No, it’s not the stress or migraine that you get listening to the inane questions. It’s the feeling of superiority.

You develop superiority complex and that’s not healthy.

I felt that last Monday watching senators Tito Sotto, Joel Villanueva, and Manny Pacquiao interrogate SPO3 Arturo Lascañas on his new affidavit about the Davao Death Squad.

Take this question of Sotto to Lascañas why the font in the paragraph about the Davao Death Squad was different from the rest of the text of his Feb. 19, 2017 affidavit.

Lascañas couldn’t explain and Sotto thought he was able to dent the hitman’s credibility.

Of course, Lascañas could not answer about the differences in font because the content of the affidavit is his but he was not the one who typed it.

The one who typed the affidavit is responsible for choosing the font to be used -- be it Arial, Times Roman, Helvetica, Calibri, etc. etc. So, if Sotto wants to know more about the fonts in the affidavit, the Public Order Committee headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson better summon the one who typed the affidavit, probably the secretary of the lawyers.

Villanueva is young but it seems he is hard of hearing.

Lascañas had explained early in the hearing the reason for his turnaround, yet Villanueva asked about it again. Expectedly, he got the same answers.

He kept on insinuating that Lascañas must be disgruntled because his group or his company was not able to get contracts they had applied for from the government. Lascañas kept on repeating it was not his group, he has no company. He was just invited by fellow Davaoenos he met in Manila to go with them while they were following up their application for projects with the government. 

Yet, he kept on saying “your group” as if he has not heard what Lascañas kept on repeating.

By the way, why is Villanueva still in the Senate when the Ombudsman has found him guilty of “grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the interest of the service in connection with his Priority Development Assistance Fund and has ordered his dismissal?

Pacquaio is not only hard of hearing. He is a living example of the depth of ignorance in the Senate. 

Sounding sanctimonious, he volunteered to give Lascañas a lecture on "spiritual renewal" even quoting a verse from the Bible.

Little learning is indeed dangerous.

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