A friend of both the Arroyos and the Pinedas, Senator Lito Lapid heroically tried to pin down Michaelangelo Zuce on the source of the money Lilia Pineda had allegedly handed out, but managed to pin down President Arroyo instead.
"You've been mentioning the Pinedas, Jun Dy but you have no proof. What if the money was just given to Baby (Lilia) Pineda? WHAT IF IT CAME FROM MADAM (Pres. Arroyo)?"
Stunned silence in the gallery as stupefied audience adjusts to idea that question could be this stupid.
Then, Ping Lacson with the punch(line): "Isn't it more serious if the money came from Madam?"
Failing to recover from his having knocked himself out, Lapid was last seen by reporters making a quick exit, "visibly blushing".
Now we don't expect fireworks from Senator Lito Lapid, but we do expect the former action star to be lighter on his feet and faster with those counter punches. Was his situation hopeless, afterall? It's not as if he actually said "Madam President."
He could have said he meant Madam Auring, Madam Imelda, Madam Butterfly, Madam X... Madaming Madam dyan, ser!!!