When infidelity rocks the boat

Posted by watchmen
August 12, 2017
Posted in OPINION

“It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.” –Thomas Paine

A woman politician in Iloilo in the Philippines once threatened to sue her philandering husband, also a prominent politician, after she discovered he emptied one of their joint bank accounts to support his younger inamorata.
She even “shamed” the husband in a speech attended by prominent national officials in a convention hosted by her municipality.
Luckily, the husband was not around; but the rather corrosive speech, thunderously delivered in a blind item to intentionally whack him, was understood by almost everyone present, including their politician children who were also present.
The court battle did not materialize when cooler heads warned the woman politician of the legal tiff’s possible ugly consequences to their careers as politicians.
The male politician “survived” the wife’s foiled vendetta but their children have refused to support the male politician’s bid for a political comeback.
The inamorata, who lives in a town near Iloilo City and who used to stay in a budget city hotel to avoid the wife’s wrath, now owns a house–and a “fat” bank account, sources said.

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What happened to the estranged Bautista couple in Manila has also happened—and is happening—to other couples.
The only difference is the estranged husband holds a very sensitive government position, thus the estranged wife’s allegations become an earthshaking event.
If she can prove in a competent court that her estranged husband is corrupt and concealing ill-gotten wealth, by all means the husband has to relinquish his post and face charges.
If she can’t produce a paper trail or at least a morsel of evidence to back her allegations, people will think that the estranged husband’s claim of extortion is true.
It will boil down to battle of evidence.
All other side issues related to the un-couple’s spat will become immaterial in as far as public interest is concerned.

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Another a prominent husband was in danger of falling in public disgrace after his extra-marital affair with a vice mayor was unearthed in one town in the fourth district of Iloilo; but his wife, also a politician, stood by her man instead of washing his dirty linens in public.
As a result of her “act of martyrdoom”, people in their town gifted her with an overwhelming win in a mayoral contest. She went on to win a seat in the provincial level and completed her term with flying colors.
Her philandering husband never won back the top position in their municipality. She accepted him back in their marital domain and let bygones be bygones for the sake of the husband’s illegitimate child./WDJ

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