“LAHAT!!! BIGYAN ANG LAHAT… PARA WALANG ANGAL!!! Give everybody… so no one complains!!!” declared Insouciant Heiress.
“LAHAT???!!! All of them??? You can’t be serious…”
“Well, your dear cousin is running. Is she included in LAHAT???”
“And what about you?” I asked Powerful Lady, a force in Philippine Business.
“We have to get someone who is good for Business. GMA is good for Philippine Business. Somebody like her who knows his/her Economics…”
“Somebody like Manny?”
“Not quite. We had difficulties with him and all those Camella Homes…”
“Somebody like Mar?”
“Maybe. Now Mar really knows his Economics. But he’s marrying Korina. She’s not popular by the looks of it. We have nothing against her. But she might bring him down… you know the majority of voters.”
I turned to Irascible Industrialist. “So if Danding supports Chiz, will you support him too?”
“Depends. Hey, somebody will have to tell Chiz to go back to school. He doesn’t make sense. His figures don’t make sense. Posturing at the podium ala JFK isn’t enough!”
“Why can’t he be more like Ralph? Ralph went back to school and now he really knows his facts and figures. Smart guy, that Ralph. He’s got a brain! Between him and Vilma, the presidency is a breath away. I’d vote for Ralph anytime!”
“I agree with you about Ralph.” interjected Powerful Lady.
“What about Gilbert?”
“That guy is great but the voters don’t know him. He should have had more exposure these recent years. It’s a pity his uncle Danding isn’t backing him. Those Cojuangcos are divided: Gilbert’s mother Ditas versus Danding. Nikki’s beauty can be a real political asset, great for stupid voters, but those Cojuangcos have the darndest things to say about her…”
And I turned to Taipan. I politely asked: “Who will you support, sir?” He smiled beatifically, as if he had not understood what I had asked. “Who will you support for President next year, sir?” He expertly turned the question around to me: “Who will you support?” “Does it matter who I will support, sir?” He smiled and winked naughtily: “Does it matter who I will support, my friend?” “Of course, it matters, sir, very much!” “To tell you the truth,” he whispered, “I will have to support everyone who asks, but I will give more to the one I know will win.” “How do you know who will win, sir?” “WE will make him win. WE will make him win.” And he smiled beatifically as if he had not spoken a word. Like Buddha.
As for Toto Gonzalez, he will support himself. Harharhar!