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Why bet only one ball? Topacio wants one left because GMA won’t return!

ANC video re Topacio’s balls

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 speechmemory, 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.

About anol_cebu

As chief digital officer of PRworks Inc., Emmanuel Mongaya manages the digital communications of the public relations agency. He also blogs, writes columns for Sun.Star Cebu and Superbalita, and serves as administrator for “Maghisgot Kitag Politika Bay,” Cebu’s dynamic political community in Facebook.


7 thoughts on “Why bet only one ball? Topacio wants one left because GMA won’t return!

  1. Arroyo lawyer told: Show us your balls first!
    Posted on November 16, 2011 by durianburgdavao

    Lawyer Ferdinant Topacio vows he would have his balls cut if the Arroyos fail to return.
    But what if Topacio has no balls?
    Amid speculations that former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Arroyo and her husband won’t return after seeking medical treatment abroad, sabi ng counsel nila na si atorni Ferdinand Topacio na he is willing to put his balls at stake.
    Papatanggal ko yung isang itlog ko kapag hindi bumalik ang mga Arroyo. I am confident they will return, said Topacio.
    Teka Atorni. First things first. As in court, tingnan muna natin ang ebidensiya mo.
    What if you have no balls?
    Asus. Sibat na ang mga Arroyos, panalo din si Topacio sa dare niya—-dahil baka wala talagang iklog ito.
    Kaya atorni, ito ang dare ko. Patanggal ko tong tatlong itlog ko…. (Tatlo, hindi dalawa. Kung hindi ka maniwala, di huwag. Basta tatlo ang itlog ko!)….kung babalik pa ang mga li—tek na yan!
    Pero may kondisyon:
    Kung….ipakita mo muna Atorni Topacio yang itlog mo sa television, sa TV Patrol ng ABS/CBN o sa 24 Oras ng GMA—-para malaman ko at ng buong samabayanang Pilipino, na hindi ka sinungaling, na hindi ka mambobola lamang! Kung totoo nga na may itlog ka.
    Kung di mo magawang ipakita ang itlog mo sa mga tao, ang ibig sabihin nito ay inoonse mo lang kami, dahil ang katotohan ay baka si Atorni Topacio has no balls! Kaya confident na isugal ang balls na wala pala.
    Wag na tayong magbulahan, atorni. Show us first the ebidensiya.

    Posted by durianburgdavao | November 19, 2011, 9:37 am


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