By Raïssa Robles
I’m starting today my own kind of gossip column which I decided to call “Halo-Halo”. It will be a mixture of light and serious stuff; and juicy tidbits I pick up during coverage.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte should take her punishment like a man. Perhaps several days’ suspension from office. She should insist on it. And by doing so, she would be sealing her future as a lady politician who cannot be crossed by anyone but knows when she herself has crossed the line.
If it had been her daddy at the helm making that request for a two-hour stay on the squatter demolition the sheriff that Sara punched would have even agreed to three. Or even four hours. But since Sara was a woman, the Sheriff thought she would be soft and would stand by helplessly. The sheriff was wrong. Very wrong.
With three short punches, Sara Duterte shot to fame and the future is now shining bright for her. She was on the wrong side of the law but on the right side of right. This is how politics is played in the country and elsewhere.
Everybody keeps talking about the ‘Samar faction’ and the ‘Balay’ faction as the two contending forces in Malacañang Palace.
This week, Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa explained on ANC cable TV that the names were derived from the places where the two groups once congregated during the 2010 presidential campaign.
He confirmed that the ‘Samar faction’ met inside an old house on Samar Street that his brother-in-law had bought and lent to him for the campaign. Ochoa said the place was really the headquarters of the lawyers’ group he had put together to defend the votes of candidate Benigno Aquino III.
I knew I had taken some photos of that dilapidated mansion on Samar Street, which is the street parallel to EDSA and at the very end, would take you to the GMA-7 TV building.
But for the life of me, I could not recall where I had stashed the photos.
Today I finally found them. Here they are below:
The foyer of the now decaying mansion is dominated by a grand wooden staircase:
The garden of the mansion:
There are leftover French-style furniture:
And plenty of communications equipment.
I’d just like to share with you this shot of a coffee shop ad:
It reminded me of the Sci-fi movies, Aliens and Species.
And now a juicy bit of gossip:
A senior executive of an airline company told me – along with a gaggle of girls – about this very controversial lovey-dovey couple on board their plane. They were all over each other and things were really getting steamy.
In the midst of it, the woman excused herself to go to the potty. While she was gone, the young man casually opened his lover’s handbag and extracted a wad of dollars from her wallet.
Please, I must warn any woman who was there when the tale was told, don’t give their names away. Might ruin the romance.