By Emmanuel ‘Anol’ Mongaya
Journalist and blogger
Why indeed Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, the lawyer of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, bet only one ball and not both?
I managed to view for myself the ANC video featuring Karen Davila‘s interview of Topacio and Supreme Court spokesman Midas Marquez only this morning. And the direct quote: “Papatanggal ko yung isang itlog ko kapag hindi bumalik ang mga Arroyo. I am confident they will return.”
Many who followed #itlognitopacio on Twitter last night thought Topacio actually placed on the chopping block his two balls. Because if he was sure, even if speaking only as a figure of speech, he should have bet all his balls, not just one.
Was he unconsciously afraid that he would be left with no balls because he knew of Arroyo’s real plans? Was the statement a Freudian slip?
According to Wikipedia: “A Freudian slip, also called parapraxis, is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that is interpreted as occurring due to the interference of some unconscious (“dynamically repressed”), subdued, wish, conflict, or train of thought.”
Was Topacio actually sure that Arroyo won’t return but has to lie in public about this? Did Topacio ‘dynamically repress’ talking about Arroyo’s real plans but unfortunately his tongue slipped?
Come to think of it, Topacio’s bet to cut one ball contradicts his claim of confidence. The truth seems to have actually slipped out.
In the face of a Supreme Court TRO, it now seems that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has more balls than Topacio. Now I am also convinced that the Arroyo lawyer can only bet one ball. GMA has (or owns?) Topacio’s other ball.
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