Even later that afternoon, I, together with some few classmates and Toff, had a conversation with her mom, Mrs. Gina de Venecia over champorado and some sort of stringy dried fish reputably, according to Mr. de Venecia, one of the most expensive kinds of fishes in the market costing at about 1,000 pesos per kilo.
Anyway, after our light discussions, Mrs. de Venecia invited her husband to join the table and asked our other classmates to gather around too, this time over halo-halo and a huge bilao of pansit palabok with bits of talaba. The dialogue was mostly about politics, politics and more politics. Mr. de Venecia practically talked to us as if we were press people in a press conference. He kept talking about parliament and consistency in government that’s why we should re-elect Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo as president. Of course, many of my classmates are apathetic and among those who aren’t, Mrs. Arroyo is not that popular. We also had our say.
Mr. and Mrs. de Venecia had some rebuttals. They asked us why we are in favor of the other candidates for president. In the end, it’s still the same. I mean, they express depression over the fact that people base their votes on candidates’ personalities and little on accomplishments but the thing is, they also defended Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo by attacking the personality of her political rivals Roco, Lacson and Poe.
It’s sad, the discussions were about the elections and the candidates’ personalities, not the issues. Sometimes, it’s hard to grasp Mr. de Venecia’s rationale especially when he talked about why we should change to parliamentary form of government. He sounds really intelligent though. The discussion ended with Mrs. de Venecia asking us what we think would help Mrs. Arroyo improve her image and win the elections.