Guess who just committed this week’s most egregious election violation.
It’s none other than Neal Cruz, the President’s Daily Inquirer columnist who’s perpetually in need of a writing coach.
Imagine, calling President BS Aquino’s anointed cousin – yellow-clad, trying-hard-Ninoy-Aquino-lookalike Bam Aquino – a “bum”? And using no less than the prime real estate – the space below the editorial cartoon and right beside the editorial – of the yellowest of the yellow papers! What audacity! What profanity!
We actually had fun reading the veteran newsman attack candidates from political dynasties. “The worst of these is Bam (Bum?) Aquino. His TV commercial shows his mug beside those of Ninoy Aquino (whose appearance he tries to imitate, like he is an imitation Willie Nep), Cory Aquino, and P-Noy and calls them ‘Tito’ and ‘Tita’ to emphasize that he is a family (dynasty) member. Then two fists come together and the word Bam explodes on the screen,” said Cruz.
“No word at all on his qualifications to be a senator. There is none. From out of nowhere, Bam wants to be a senator right away. It’s as if he is saying: I am an Aquino, I look like Ninoy, I have the same name, I am related to two Presidents, Cory and Noynoy. I don’t need any other qualification. But does he have the brains of Ninoy? I think not. Otherwise, he would have conducted his campaign differently,” he said.
Whoa. That hurt.
But then again, this is Neal Cruz, who’s more than willing to risk whatever’s left of his reputation by heaping praises on the quality of service of mobile network Globe Telecom. He might as well have lived inside a cave or under a rock, and discovered for himself why that network sucks.
Looks like Cruz would be training his guns on senatorial bets ranking high up in the surveys, while publicly endorsing such cellar-dwellers as Mitos Magsaysay, Teddy Casiño and Risa Hontiveros. Except there’s a little inconsistency right there. Mitos herself is banking on the name recall of Mambo Magsaysay.
Given his glowing endorsement of a crappy mobile network, we’d be wary of his political endorsements. Which brings us to the all-important question: #BayadBa?