A Deceased Congressman, His Corpse, His Legal Wife and His Mistress

The Cast:

  • Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo, recently deceased
  • His 2nd Legal Wife:  Aleli
  • His Long-Time Mistress:  Grace Ibuna

The Setting:  Hinigaran, Negros Occidental

The Problem:

Aforementioned Congressman died, an event which produced a tug-of-war between his legal wife and his mistress, both claiming possession of his remains.  (The two women’s war of words has been front-page news in all the Bacolod papers, this past week.)  Both women were present at the Congressman’s wake in his hometown of Hinigaran.

“As far as I’m concerned, she is not existing,” Aleli said when asked if she didn’t mind that Ibuna was also at the wake.

Self is well aware that “she is not existing” is not a very grammatical utterance.  But the line was a direct quote from the Negros Daily Bulletin of 7 March 2012.  The writer of the article, Danny B. Dangcalan, is alive to the irony of the situation, for he slips in this otherwise negligible detail (Paragraph 3):  “Aleli’s arrival was preceded by a minor incident, when an electric fan beside Iggy’s coffin had a short circuit and enitted fumes.  The smoke was immediately extinguished by the church staff.”

Moreover, in perusing the photographs that accompany the article, self learns that the female progeny of the Congressman and his legal wife, Aleli, is named Alelu.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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