by Max Sangil
‘Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within wheel, there’s no ending nor beginning of an ever spinning wheel…’
That’s the opening line in the song composed by Michel Legrand which was the theme music of that beautiful 1968 movie Thomas Crown Affair that starred Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. I saw that movie thrice. Really interesting to watch.
Former President now Pampanga 2nd district Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is enjoying her role as deputy speaker in the House of Representatives. She commutes very often from her residence in La Vista Subdivision to her rest house in Lubao town. Receive visitors and together with Governor Lilia ‘Nanay Baby’ Pineda enjoy visiting and consulting constituents in several towns of the province.
Meanwhile, more than a week ago, Senator Leila De Lima former justice secretary during the unlamented Noynoy Aquino’s administration was arrested by operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) operatives.
Now detained at the PNP custodial center she was implicated by 30 witnesses, some from the Justice Department, National Bureau of Investigation and Bilibid prison high profile inmates, accusing Senator De Lima through sworn affidavits that she was recipient of drug money during her incumbency as DOJ secretary.
Three criminal cases she has to face. And maybe the prosecution panel may ask why during her time as justice secretary, in the maximum cells of Bilibid prison why high profile inmates had music room, holding concerts, prostitutes come and go, lap tops, computers, cell phones and many high value items were allowed.
It might be recalled that it was then DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima who tasked the immigration people not to allow Macapagal Arroyo from leaving the country despite an order from the Supreme Court allowing her to travel and seek medical attention. So the former president was placed under hospital arrest and only breathed freedom after so many torturous years at Veterans Memorial hospital.
It is Karmic justice, said Salvador ‘Sal’ Panelo, Malacanang’s presidential legal adviser. Whatgoes around comes around said my friend Mon Tulfo of Philippine Daily Inquirer.
And of course in both cases it only goes to show that in this world there is indeed a truism in the saying ‘what goes around, comes around’. In the words of former President Joseph Estrada: ‘weather,weather lang’.
Editor’s Note: Formerly newspaperman of Daily Inquirer and other major dailies; former TV and radio Broadcaster. Former Director of various corporations like Clark Development Co.; and a former City of Angeles Councillor. Now a regular columnist of Sun Star Pampanga.