Finally, the president spoke. But she revealed what was already known long since. Now, she becomes even more vulnerable, less credible.
She said “sorry” for an improper judgment. But she claimed proper election. So simple a statement which could have been immediately made right after her spokesperson brought the tapes to the attention of the public. But she waited long, strategized much—before coming out with her version of the issue.
The spokesperson was allowed to make contradictory pronouncements. The house was made to undergo the motions of a probe. The citizens were induced to take sides, to rally and march. And only after all these disturbing events did the president finally decided to speak on a matter of national concern and international relevance.
What appears even more disastrous is what to accept as improper judgment; and to claim proper election seems to be contradictory. The words, nuances and implications of the taped conversions precisely suggest manipulated election results. To say that the conversations in effect lead to the conclusion that there was clean and honest presidential election would require a rather difficult mental gymnastics.
These are sad times for the country, for the people, for the youth. The nation now faces a serious socio-political uncertainty. The people are deeply divided in their convictions and postures. The youth beholds the spectacle of a grave indiscretion on the part of no less than the national leadership.
Perhaps the presidential electoral tribunal should be called to task to resolve the issue with dispatch and precision. Leaving the question of a legitimate president or otherwise unanswered for long is simply inviting bigger disunity and greater instability in the country.
Truth is the one and only defining response to doubts, controversies, distrust. Truth respects no persons, knows no parties, vows to no status. These disturbing and uncertain times in the socio-political life of the country definitely beg for the truth.
+O. V. CRUZ, D.D.
29 June 2005