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Senators, who are supposed to be sedate politicians, made a spectacle of themselves washing their dirty linen in public.

First, there was Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile vs Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

The issue was over the “Christmas bonus” given by Enrile’s office to senators that Santiago, siblings Alan and Pia Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV did not receive in full.

Then, it was Maid Miriam vs Sen. Ping Lacson who defended Enrile.

Ping, who is famous for his “walang prenong bunganga” (literally, a mouth with no brakes), called Miriam a “crusading crook.” Miriam shot back saying Ping pretends to know the law when he’s not a lawyer.

This riled up Ping who insinuated that Miriam had used her office funds to pay her housemaid’s salary, to shop for groceries and for husband Jun’s personal expenses.

Miriam’s blood pressure shot up and was restrained by her doctors from attending the Senate sessions.

But the biggest drama was yet to come.

On Wednesday, the Senate President had a verbal clash with Alan Cayetano on the Senate floor, also over the senators’ Christmas bonus.

It was “gutter, ugly and personal” as the Inquirer described the confrontation in its Thursday banner headline.

It was not only dirty linen that was washed in public.

Soiled panties, bras and briefs were made to dry on the clothesline for all the public to see.

The dead came to life when Enrile practically dunned Cayetano into paying a P37-million debt his late father, Sen. Rene Cayetano, supposedly owed the Senate President.

The debt was supposed to have been incurred by the elder Cayetano when he and Enrile were partners at the Ponce Enrile-Cayetano Law Office.

Enrile said he put up the law office so the elder Cayetano could feed his family.

Wow!

And that’s coming from a man who millions admired for his deft handling of the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Cayetano shot back, his bullet hitting a very vulnerable spot.

The young senator implied that his 89-year-old colleague extended special privileges to his chief of staff, 50-year-old lawyer Jessica “Gigi” Reyes.

“We all know how you run the Senate. Or more accurately, how you and Ma’am Gigi run the Senate,” said Cayetano.

Ugh!

* * *

If that is how members of the supposedly more decent legislative body behave, how do you expect other politicians to conduct themselves in public and in their private affairs?

The House of Representatives, supposedly the wilder and more raucous legislative assembly, is turning out to be tamer and more behaved than its Upper House counterpart.

* * *

But you know what?

The scandals in the Senate are, in a sense, good for the people’s psyche, feeding on the public’s appetite for voyeurism.

It shows that the officials the ordinary folks look up to are as human as they are, capable of committing the sins the man on the street commits.

It’s really more fun living in the Philippines.

* * *

I feel sorry for Gigi Gonzales-Reyes, whose name has been dragged in the Enrile-Cayetano fracas.

Gigi is the daughter of my late former boss, Pat Gonzales, editor in chief of the Manila Bulletin in the 1980s.

Gonzales gave me the breaks when I was a police reporter of that paper. What I am today I owe to Pat Gonzales.


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  • John_Galt_II

    Si Gonzales pala ang may kasalanan kaya nandito si Tulfing! Dapat noong bata pa si Tulfing tinuruan wag mangotong!

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Sabi ni Mon unblemished daw track record ni Col.Consemino,while may report dito na patong patong pala kaso nito sa NBI.Real ba ito or kapangalan lang,i don’t think so.Na bigyan pa ng Full Military Honors yung kotong cop.
    Lahat ka kilala ni Mon,marunong itong mag plancha ng gusot.Sa lahat ng dignified columnist,ikaw lang ang may hawak na pamalo Sir,kala ko Martial Arts expert ka.Na trauma kaba sa mga heels ng sandal ni Claudine?

    • eirons1043

      hindi po sandals ni claudine ang tumama kundi hampas ng pag alog ng boobs.

  • Erwin Ross V. Dalao

    hahahahahahaaaaaaaa.

  • KappaPhiPhi

    got to flip the bird to these guys. i can’t blame the cayetanos if they are ungrateful.very much like what they did to mike arroyo, who funded their campaign at the dawn of their careers. baka sunod na si villar. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LFFSSII72FT5BBKOP2HXCOS4E Erazofia Care

    sabi ni tulfo..” What I am today I owe to Pat Gonzales.”..but not to gigi reyes mr.tulfo..

  • eirons1043

    Ur right Mon the more dirty linen they expose against each other the better for the public para malaman natin in living color ang mga raket ng mga lintik.

  • UrHONOR

    RAMON Tulfo a’ tapang a’ tao
    Wala siyang takot kahit kanino.
    Matulungin sa mga kabayan,
    Walang bale na siya ay masaktan.

    Ang buhay niya ay ina-alay,
    Higit pa sa mga walang-malay.
    Mga ilog kanyang lalanguyin,
    Nang nalulunod kanyang sagipin.

    Sa kapwa sya’y mapagkawang-gawa,
    Radio ay gamit ng walang-sawa.
    Siya ay eksperto sa Aikido,
    Masipag magsimba tuwing Linggo.

    Ang siste lamang dito kay Tulfo,
    Lahat DAW ng malalaking tao,
    Mabuti, masama, o masagwa,
    Yangka nyang sabihan ginagawa.

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Itong si Mon kaya nagugulpe ni Claudine Baretto pamboboso ang nakikita eh wala naman sisilipin, hehehe. Ok, when you say they are washing their dirty linens in public there is no public voyeurism involved here because they are literally exposing themselves.

    • TagaKalos

      Ikaw ha wala sa hulog yang komento mo HUNGHANG! Kung hindi baluktot yang kokote mo eh aakusahan mo ng  pamboboso si Tulfo eh ikaw na rin ang ang nagsabi na wala namang sisilipin. Ikaw eh pinaartihan mo pa yong iyong username mo para masabi na marunong ka iyon naman pala eh BOPOLS ka rin OGAG!

      • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

         Your wisdom truly contributes in elevating the level of discourse in Tulfo’s turf, LOL…….

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    JPEnrile’s STAFF is managed by JLGReyes?

  • ikulong

    I feel sorry for Gigi Gonzales-Reyes, whose name has been dragged in the Enrile-Cayetano fracas.
    MALI KA NAMAN TULFO D2. SI GIGI MISMO ANG NAKISAWSAW SA ALITAN NG MGA SENADOR. TINAWAG NYANG HIPOKRITO SI CAYETANO. FEELING KC NI GG AY SENADOR DIN SYA.

  • http://twitter.com/ZALZANZIBAR ALBERTO ZALAZAR

    Usapang Lalaki dapat ang nangyari,…pero mukhang di yata tama ang napuntahan ng usapan,..ang dami na nangyayari na mga magkaibigan…O …magkamag-anak ay nagiging magkaaway dahilan ng di paris ang tingin O hatian ng …”KWARTA”…ha ha ha ha !..ang buong akala ko ay bigtime itong si Enrile,…pero bakit pati yong magandang pinagsamahan nila ng Ama ng  inunse sa senado ngayon niya ay uungkatin pa?….37M?…ano ba yon?…pati tuloy yong “BABAE”,…niya ay lumabas naman uli ang malakas na ugong..?…yong nagtitinda nga ng Mani sa kalye ay dalawa ang asawa…SENADOR pa kaya?…..Iba ang “PINOY”…dong,…maski ano ang sabihin ninyo…di lang Jeepney Driver sweet lover…kundi GURANG din basta may “KWARTA”….ha ha ha…si Mon Tulfo nga may dating Artista na chickas niya…si JUAN PONCE ENRILE pa kaya?…..
    Ang di ko lang nagustohan ay madawit pa yong BABAE sa likod ni Aladdin?…ha ha ha ! huwag nalang sana isama sa usapan ang mga BABAE ng mga SENADOR….sino ba ang walang ANOTHER WOMAN na SENADOR?….ha ha ha ! 
    Buti nalang di nan-lala-laki yong SENADOR….OOppsss! may nasagasaan ba ako?…..
    Well,…Mr. Mon Tulfo,…I hope wala ka ng Chickas ngayon….dahil baka maglaba ka ng Soiled Panties & Bra….ha ha ha ha ! walang pikonan…Mr.Glock .40…
    Sa isang banda…maraming naghihirap na PINOY…at itong mga SENADOR ay nag-eenjoy sa daming KWARTA sa SENADO at pinag-aawayan pa…

  • http://twitter.com/ZALZANZIBAR ALBERTO ZALAZAR

    Mag-BEER nalang tayo…Mon…!

  • http://twitter.com/r_eyesian ian reyes

    Mon…..why not join, alam ko dito ka sa chismis magaling……JOIN THEM…….MAS MASAYA

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Tulfo another empty drum kind of report.  Empty drum makes loud sound when you tap it.

  • elgeepee

    Akala ko ba independent minded ka Mon. Why not join the expose if you know something. Sa Mindanao nakisawsaw ka. Di ba mas mabuti malaman ng taong bayan saan napunta milyon milyon sa Senado under Enrile et. al.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    What Mon Tulfo actually meant was “Psy” referring to that Korean idol who made “Gangnam Style” famous.

  • http://twitter.com/gfarishta gibreel farishta

    soiled panties, bras and briefs were made to dry on the clothesline for all the public to see — this is an understatement.. this should read, spermed panties, bras and yellowed briefs, more aptly.. (^^^)

  • JK1000

    “coming from a man who millions admired for he deft handling of the impeachment trial of Chirf Justice Corona”  Mon, noon pa naman kampi ka kay Enrile lalo’t na noon nag coup de e’tat sila laban kay Cory Aquino. Sina Enrile at Honasan lang ang hindi mo kayang banatan dahil takot ka sa kanila. Kay Cory at Noynoy matapang ka dahil alam mo hindi sila gagamit ng violence sa mga kalaban nila.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

      Basta rich and famous and take note,matatapang,kaibigan ni Mon.

      Si Claudine lang ang nabalitaan kong matapang niyang kalaban.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ket-Mukaram-Ismael/100000133905901 Ket Mukaram Ismael

    Mon Tulfo, biased…

  • totokalel

    hindi yong “dirty linen” na nilalabas ng mga senador ang dapat bigyan pansin mr.tulfo.yong pera ng bayan na pinaghati-hatian nila ang dapat mabigyan ng punto.pinatalsik si corona dahil din dyan,di ba? eh di pinagtawanan sila ni corona ngayon.sasabihin ng isa,”pare-pareho lang pala tayo eh!”

  • s1ck0fit4ll

    And because you owe Gigi’s father debt of gratitude, you’re okay to look the other way on Gigi’s alleged hold/maneouvering of the Senate..

    Tulfo’s such a role model! say hi to Raymart for us!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4WU36RRYPXIRR3NZ5DLIYBFY3E Eljay

    KUNG GANUN MON TULFO, ANG TATAY PALA NI GIGI ANG NAGTURO SAYO KUNG ANU KA NGAYUN.. BUTI HINDI KA RIN NAG BALAK NA MAGING 24TH SENATOR  NG  REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    May 24th senator pala ang Republic of the Philippines! Huh! Kaya pala ganun nalang magsalita ng HYPOCRITE kay sen. Allan……..si GIGImon ka level!

  • kilabot

    may bangayan sa senado; 
    may bangayan sa hudikatura; 
    buti pa si noykapon, hawak sa ilong ang lahat sa ehekutibo. whatever he whims, he gets.

  • Rolly257

    I was beginning to like Mon…pero dito sa sinabi niyang:

    But you know what?
    The scandals in the Senate are, in a sense, good for the people’s psyche, feeding on the public’s appetite for voyeurism.
    It shows that the officials the ordinary folks look up to are as human as they are, capable of committing the sins the man on the street commits.

    Binibigyan ni Mon ang mga senador ng dahilan sa kanilang masamang gawi. Shame…shame.

    • http://twitter.com/retoot aris alfaro

      …good point. ang naiisip ko nama’y aniya, mainam daw na nag babangayan ang mga senador natin that way para makita natin ang mga kalokohan nila in a different manner naman.

  • $14170612

    itong c mon tulfo fly by night columnist 

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    di ko gets ang reasoning dito

    kailan ba naging maganda sa psyche
    ang mga scandal

    it lowers the bar of what shenanigans
    is ok to do, senators at that

  • duviz7533

    balat ng mukha ni tulfo parang kay senate perz di…gawa sa kahoy

  • duviz7533

    balat ng mukha ni tulfo gawa sa kahoy…parang senate prez

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2VPSRNUA6MZGXS7FX6W5ZRCBI Antonio

    voyeurism? washing dirty linen in public? i don’t know what you mean? we’re talking about people’s money here.. they should be exposed no matter what as we want to know on how these hard earned money are being spent.. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    Just because my utang na loob ka sa father ni gigi, you stop denouncing her, ganoon ba yun.
    Something is amiss here!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    Wheres the beef tulfo?

  • rinom

    secret thing belongs to the Lord but things revealed was revealed for our consumption.

  • http://enria.org/ scconcern

    TRUE, there is not privy in life, all is public domain. Privacy is like secrets, how well one keep and handle them.
    The actions of the senators just show how plutocracy is functioning, treat governence as business (johnny source of wealth) and employment for their pets (gigi). The pork barrel and other perks should be abolish like in develope nations. The officials should get enough to run/do there jobs, as public servants. If this official can not be called servants, they don’t need to be in goverment….

    • Rey

      iba ang privy sa privacy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Panawagan sa mga senadores ….. pagsama-samahin ninyo ang P1.6M at sabay donate sa victims ng typhoon pablo na may label na “courtesy of the senate”
    Ano, kaya nyo ba yan ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CAWLT6SE3IC36RTDVRUIDWO364 Dag Erickson

    What is unacceptable here is that THESE CHARACTERS CAMPAIGNED FOR PUBLIC OFFICE UNDER THE GUISE OF A PUBLIC SERVANT.  YES, AS A PUBLIC SERVANT.  Are these the actions of a public servant?  SHAME ON YOUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CAWLT6SE3IC36RTDVRUIDWO364 Dag Erickson

    Sonny Trillanes is right !!!!!!!!!!!   ENRILE HAS TYRANICAL TENDENCIES…  He is also right when he told Sen. Bong-bong Marcos that it was the gravest mistake of his late father for inlisting the services of Enrile as MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR.  Otherwise, his beautiful vision of NEW SOCIETY would have come to fruition  –   I AGREE… 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DLHLDIPILYZ6FW5ZG7KSZ45NLU Nida

    Ohpps, mukhang may makokotongan nanaman si tulfong, the mere fact na he mentioned good praises for gigi reyes, that means his expecting an envelope with wad of cash inside, galing talagang mangotong itong si tulfo, simpleng baanat lng, the police should learn a thing or two from tulfo on how to make kotong…..i salute u tulfo and ur brothers on ur expertise in pangongotong………..

    • http://twitter.com/retoot aris alfaro

      …ang galing, ‘no. kapag meron siyang hindi pinuna ay ‘kelangan nya ng envelope’, at kung may punain nama’y ‘his expecting an envelope’. i salute u and you ilk on your expertise on crab mentality and good use of grammar. ang galing.

    • Ping Gonzales

      Di mo yata naintidihan ang pahiwatig ni mon di nya pinuri sinabi lang nya na anak ito ni pat gonzales columnista ng manila bulletin at nabigyan cya ng break hini c gigi kundi sa papa nito thankful nga ako na alam kong anak ito ng hinahangaan kong column noon pls nida wag ang negative thinking kun ayaw mo ang column ni mon stooooop reading & dont give bad comments just shut up!

  • mykmiguel

    utang na loob, yan ang isa sa  ugat ng corruption.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T4FFJJXP5SEKWM3TRVPQFC7RVY asdfsad

    Raymart pakisapak nga ulit! Hindi pa nadadala.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AO6VKORVP6RF3NJ2OW74M3YTXA Jojo

    maawa nman po kau sa taong bayan…hirap na hirap na kong san kukunin yung ipansasaing nila sa araw araw  yun pla nandian lang sa senado ang pinakamalalaking pera @$%#&^*

  • Noel

    Our politicians are more disciplined during session compared to other countries like Taiwan where we often hear of lawmakers physically fighting one another.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ON7OVYELIEWW7U25MAF7XD36WU Cubano

      Kasi sa Taiwan, ang away doon lang sa loob.  Wala na pag labas.  Kung dito yon, may kinatay na. 

  • JV Velarde

    “Soiled panties, bras and briefs were made to dry on the clothesline for all the public to see.” – Tulfo

    Must be from Gigi & Enrile. 
    Yun bang kay Enrile may garter pa?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ON7OVYELIEWW7U25MAF7XD36WU Cubano

      May tali na…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W6H5DZKUQTUASP4S6CGTK7B3E4 kevin

        Or pampers!!!

    • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

       may almirol

    • wakats

      Akala ko naka diaper na si manong…

    • Ravens727

      sobrang yaman ni Lelong Johny….naka pampers pa….kung hindi siya mayaman at pangkaraniwang tao lang eh naka lampin lang sana…..Kurakot na matanda……

  • Veny Rocha

    i dont understand why people write comments that mon is a rubbish columnist and yet they keep coming back to read what he writes. for the nth time if you dont like his column, STOP READING!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3NJ4IIZZMB2OMPIOR7X2B72ME k

    why feel sorry for Gigi?just because she is the daughter of your former boss and you cant say that she pushes herself to get involve in the fight?is it not, she called a senator a hypocrite on air while being a mere senate employee?
    tulfing,FYI Gigi pulled the trigger and she was shot back and hit ON TARGET by cayetano.

  • sacrebleau

    Good for people’s psyche? I didn’t know you were a psychologist Mr. Tulfo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    Hey tulfo if this is funny to you, it is not to the filipino citizens, taxpayers money is being obscenely wasted, this is absolutely reprehensible you SOB! Kailan naging katawa tawa eto? A “certification by liquidation” and presto! peoples money is for the senators to keep in their wallet for their PERSONAL USE

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    HEY TULFO, read my lips: you are motherf*cking s.o.b., you trivializing this reprehensible issue about taxpayers money being given to senators as gift or lambing? but i tell you what you are one great follower of doroy valencia, the original payola journalism, i knew very well about his modus operandi



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