Juan Miguel Zubiri, who resigned as senator Wednesday, was the first politician I interviewed as a bright-eyed reporter with the now defunct Philippine Gazette.
Of course, given my reticence, it was not much of an interview. More like a few questions followed by a few answers and the patented Politician’s Pat*. Still, that was a big thing for me. It gave me a bit more confidence to ask other politicians more questions, and that got me a few more Politician’s Pats.
I’m not the first person to say this, but he did more in four years of a disputed term as senator than others whose election victories were not contested. Also, plus points for him for actually saying “One pawikan, please” at a press conference.
*A pat, usually on the arm or the back, to tell you the interview is over.