“The time is now for us to cleanse ourselves... what's happening to our country, many of the citizens are for sale, their votes are for sale, so ano na ang pag-asa ng ating bansa [what is the hope of our country]?” he told the [impeachment] committee.
The Pangasinan congressman lamented the “rampant, wide-scale bribery and corruption as if we members of House are commodities.” [Boldface mine.]
That sound you just heard? Me collapsing in laughter.
PLUS: One more, er, commodity in the making! In Reader's Digest's December 2008 issue which has Manny Pacquiao as cover story, the boxer tells interviewer/EIC Jim Plouffe he isn't through with politics yet.
“It seems the only time you've taken a real beating is when you went for public office.
“It was not the right time to run for office because I was in my prime in boxing. [The Filipino people] are looking at me as a role model in boxing. The time has come now. I think they will want me because I have a big heart.
“So politics is still in the cards?
“Absolutely. I want to be a congressman. [The Filipino people] idolise me in boxing. I want them to idolise me in terms of public service. [I believe in] social accountability. I can change the system. I'm not like some politicians who can be corrupt. I have money and I am satisfied with what I have earned from bloody work like boxing. What I want to do is bring government money back to the poor people.”
P.S. Whose bright idea was it for Reader's Digest--Reader's Digest!--to go Goth in its latest cover?