Sex and the senior citizen-cum-chief executive

Not too long ago, sex was a topic that was considered taboo in mainstream media. While everybody did it, nobody was allowed to write about it, at least not in “decent” newspapers.

The sexual revolution of the ‘60s changed all that. With it, the lines between normal and abnormal sexual behavior became blurred.

Homosexuality was once considered aberrant but is now seen as normal in most parts of the US and the Philippines (except maybe in the Bible belt for the former and predominantly Islamic areas for the latter).

Also, where before senior citizens were thought of as no longer being interested in sex, the truth is that most seniors can still have active sex lives. It not only guarantees that they will live longer – good exercise for the heart and all that – but also happier.

A couple of days ago, a news report came out about a 70-year-old widower from Pangasinan who died while having sex with a 20-something partner. Or maybe he passed right after.

Comments regarding the news item ranged from funny to cruel.

I was reminded of the legendary Arsenio Lacson, mayor of Manila and arguably the greatest president the Philippines never had, who supposedly died after having sex. The hotel along Roxas Boulevard where the incident took place is still around.

The legend goes that the colorful mayor was with a popular actress from my hometown of Lipa, Batangas. The late newsman Max Soliven wrote about it when he was a young reporter back then.

My own boss, the late Letty Locsin, was also privy to the truth about the Lacson scandal, and she confirmed that the Pinay actress was not the mayor’s partner that fateful evening.

Lacson was, in fact, with a Russian dancer who was visiting the Philippines and hoping to make a few bucks. She obviously was too much for the tough mayor of Manila to handle.

Lacson was a youngish 50 at the time of his death and it was a true loss for the country.

The Lacson story and what happened to the poor Pangasinense are sad/happy tales. If in fact they passed away after the act, then that was a good way to go, no?

Whether in late middle age or in one’s senior years, sex remains life’s most extreme pleasure. Ideally, one should have sex with a life partner and not some paid lady of the night. But in the absence of a wife or partner, then boys will be boys and men will be men. They will look for sex as often as possible.

This brings me to – sorry about this –one Rodrigo Roa Duterte, supposedly president of the Philippines and seemingly the country’s premiere dirty old man.

A few days ago, he “regaled” an audience of how he had tried to finger the family housemaid who was sleeping when he was a teenager.

Why he felt the need to brag about his misspent youth is a mystery to me.

His apologists were forced to justify the sick story of the country’s chief executive by saying “he was just a teenager” or worse, he was making it up, what with his weird sense of humor and all that.

Presumably, Mr. Duterte was telling the truth. And if he was, then it explains a lot of how he constantly disrespects women by treating them as sex objects.

The president also said that after encounters with communists and terrorists, it was only natural for the police or military to want sex.

Really?

It is not known if senior citizen Duterte has a happy sex life. He may have some hidden desires bordering on the perverted. Recall that he once said he should have been the one to rape or have sex with a foreign missionary who was taken hostage and then killed by a terrorist group.

Because of his statements and his attitude, no wonder some cops can justify having sex with the relatives of suspected drug pushers in exchange for lenient treatment, or forcing themselves on female suspects.

The message that old man Duterte sends is loud and clear: women, even minors, are essentially sex objects. The poorer they are, the easier it is to victimize them.

I wonder what Duterte’s apologists will say when he says that even their own mothers, wives and daughters are open targets.

A journalist friend of mine calls him “the sick old man from the south.” When he says sick, he means that the Malacanang occupant has very serious health issues.

In my book, that old man is sick in the head with perverted thoughts constantly running through his mad mind.

My new year’s wish is for him to repent. To this end, I will pray that he be enlightened before his judgment day comes.

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