Thursday, February 28, 2008

Jun Lozada and the search for truth

All through out my years of study at the University of Sto. Tomas, I was taught that telling the truth was no extra-ordinary act and that it was something commonly expected of everyman. Yet today, people are rallying behind a fellow Thomasian and calling him a hero for telling 'the truth' about the National Broadband Network deal.

Veritas chooses no particular time and place, sir.

I don't believe Lozada should be called a hero or treated like one. If we should at all call him a hero, perhaps we can do so only in the limited literary sense of a lead character in a story about a people's search for justice against a corrupt regime. He is a hero, also, in a darker sense -- that of an immoral man who discovers his conscience while being in the middle of committing a crime.

He admits to acting as a broker between Abalos and De Venecia. As we all can assume, brokers earn money when deals come to fruition and Lozada had probably even offered his services to Neri in return for a commission -- not a balato, which in ordrinary words means a small sum of money voluntarily given to friends of one who may have earned a huge sum. When things got too hot, that was when he surfaced. (And he wouldn't have even surfaced if his name had not been leaked to the media, a ploy which some say was perpetrated by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.)

In any case, we need not listen to the NBN hearings at the Senate to find out the truth. The truth is already out for everybody to see.

Gloria and her men are robbing us blind. The people charged with prosecuting such offenses won't move against Gloria. The Supreme Court will not render a decision that in its mind would do harm to the state -- which currently refers to both the politician and not the office of the President. The Lower House has been bought by the devil and her minions. The Senate is inutile and powerless against the Executive, none of the resolutions that have come out of the termination of investigations has been followed.

And yet, there may be some hope as Salonga, the former Senate President during former President Cory Aquino's time, files a plunder case against Gloria. Perhaps, other men and women of every means can file similar cases against Gloria... If only to drive home the point that she must answer to the people.
Salonga files plunder case vs Arroyo
By Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:59:00 02/28/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo may be immune from court suit but that doesn’t mean she is beyond the reach of the law, former Senate President Jovito Salonga said after two civil society groups filed another complaint of graft and plunder against her at the Office of the Ombudsman Wednesday.

“The President can invoke immunity from suit but she has no immunity from investigation. [These are] two different things,” Salonga told reporters at the Kilosbayan headquarters in Mandaluyong City.

“Under the Constitution, any official can be sued in the Ombudsman. There is no immunity from the investigation of the Ombudsman,” he explained.

Kilosbayan and Bantay Katarungan, both founded by Salonga, filed the three-page complaint against Ms Arroyo for violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Anti-Plunder Law, and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The latest complaint is the eighth to be filed in the Ombudsman in connection with the corruption-tainted NBN contract and the second case naming Ms Arroyo as respondent.

In October last year, former Vice President Teofisto Guingona charged Ms Arroyo with “dereliction of duty and obstruction of justice” by signing the deal.

Salonga said the complaints against Ms Arroyo were “impeachable offenses” but that he was not expecting the administration-controlled House of Representatives to move against her.

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