Please give the legislators the opportunity to don their best, to wear their theatrical make-up and to emote the practiced-facial-expressions of surprise, rage and empathy(?) again.
Give them something to investigate whether it is for aid in law legislation or for trial for publicity, they won't care.
This must have inspired Federico Pascual in writing the scenario for a probe on the recently concluded Miss Universe 2011 where Sen. Miriam Santiago (she said she was joking) not lying. I found this in his article,
Awaiting Senate Probe on Miss Universe 2011 tilt.
PROBE IT!: Running true to form, the Senate should investigate the recent beauty pageant in São Paolo, Brazil, where our very own Chamcey Supsup was, according to countless Filipinos, robbed of the crown before a watching world.
To prepare the public mind, the usual senators could deliver privilege speeches denouncing the alleged poll fraud and moral plunder that marred the casting of the votes leading to Supsup’s garnering only the third runner-up title.
The inquiry, preferably by the Senate as a committee of the whole so everyone would get a chance for media exposure, should be live for optimum publicity.
Pushing it to the max, senators — with television crews in tow — could journey to São Paolo and inspect the pageant site, examine the electronic used and, if reenactment is no longer possible, interview any losing candidates protesting their having been cheated.
• Singer Lea Salonga, one of the pageant judges who some Filipinos accused of asking Leila Lopes, Miss Angola who eventually won the , the easier question of what she might change about her physical characteristics, if she could.
The Oxford-educated black beauty was thus given the chance to proclaim she was satisfied with who she was: “I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty… I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family, and I plan to follow those through the rest of my life.”
• Actress Vivica Fox, who asked Supsup, a magna cum laude from of the Philippines and topnotcher in last year’s board exams for architects, if she was willing to change her religion to marry the person she loved.
Supsup’s reflex reply: “If I have to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love. Because the first person that I love is God, who created me. I have my faith and my principles, and this is what makes me who I am. If the person loves me, he’ll love my God, too.”
• Charice Pempengco’s ninang Oprah Winfrey for the media mogul to repeat under oath what she reportedly said: “Miss deserved to win. She had no seconds to rethink her answer as she had no interpreter to break the ice.”
• If inter-chamber courtesy allows it, for ring king — also an occasional congressman — to explain why he failed to congratulate in a big way the -cum-beauty from his very own General Santos City.
Without straying into the PLDT-Digitel deal, the Senate could summon telco executives to explain the integrity of the cellphone text that ranked, for naught, Supsup first among the five finalists and second in the swimsuit and evening gown stages of the competition.
The local franchise holder of the could be asked to explain its reported failure to advise Supsup about using an interpreter, even if she is fluent in English, who could have dressed up and polished her responses in the Q&A chapter.