Daily Archives: November 16, 2006

Confronting Gringo

Ces Drilon has a revealing story available exclusively on the ABS-CBN website. Aside from reminding the reader that the first time Gringo Honasan was arrested was just before the country hosted the Asean summit of 1987 (thus allowing us to draw the parallel: this year’s summit will be hosted in Cebu), she also includes some information that may — and I wish to stress the tentative nature of the whole thing — shed light on the alleged "marital spat" between the ex-senator and his wife Jane.

While other newspapers raised the possibility of a mistress’s involvement obliquely, preferring to ask who the mystery woman was who owned the townhouse Honasan tried to escape from, the Standard Today headlined it: "Fugitive captured in ‘lover’s’ townhouse." Its version carried the following bit of information:

Honasan, 58, injured his feet trying to flee from lawmen and was taken to hospital, where his wife Jane visited him.

Police sources said they witnessed a confrontation in which Mrs. Honasan shouted profanities at her husband, accusing him of being unable to control his libido.

She vowed never to visit him again, the sources said.

The Star sang the same theme, though it left out any mention of the ex-colonel’s libido.

Despite Calderon’s refusal to comment on the relationship between Honasan and Ramos, sources said Honasan’s arrest at her residence triggered a marital spat between Honasan and his wife, Jane.

The source said Honasan’s wife confronted the former senator at the PNP General Hospital. Mrs. Honasan reportedly shouted at her husband when she learned he was caught at Ramos’ house. Honasan’s wife reportedly vowed not to visit him again.

Ces’s account, however, relates a different story.

It was past three in the morning when Honasan’s wife, Jane, and sister, Alya, arrived. Mrs. Honasan was stoic as she locked the conference room to keep us out. A few minutes later, former senator Sotto and Honasan’s lawyer, Danny Gutierrez, arrived. The two former senators sat in the far end of the room for a private talk.

So: Was there in fact a confrontation scene? My instinct was to discount the information as "planted," on the same order as the bottle of Johnson’s baby oil (or was it cologne?) Honasan was supposed to have been found with, the day he was captured in 1987, hiding under the maid’s bed. But I must admit that even Ces’s (restrained?) account does not completely eliminate the possibility of a confrontation.

Psy-ops, anyone?


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