Honor in truth-A A +A
Friday, November 1, 2013
PRESIDENT Noynoy Aquino’s explanatory speech should really have come sooner if only because he is the better communicator of all his spokespersons. These have all failed to clear the water of squid ink and to prevent people, including his supporters, from getting sidetracked off the legislators’ PDAF issue to that of the President’s DAP.
Truth is like fruit that is so much healthier if eaten before meals. However, a fruit eaten later is better than no fruit at all. Likewise, truth dished out later is better than no truth at all. It is still the healthy thing to do not to disregard it, not when so much is at stake.
The truth is those senators who have been accused of theft have not categorically denied the allegations. In fact, one of them, whether speaking for all three or not we do not know, admitted to so much improper use of his PDAF but defended himself by accusing many others, including the President, of similar irregularities.
That’s fine. He should now compile documentary evidence and file a case of theft against the President. In the meantime, however, since the government has compiled volumes of documentary evidence on his and a few other officials’ alleged thieving, this issue should be resolved first. That’s all the President meant when he categorically said he did not steal and DAP is not pork.
Still, in light of all that is going on, PNoy must lead this country in revisiting DAP so something could be done to secure it and prevent it from being abused in the future. But again first things first, the issue at hand is theft by some legislators and not theft by the President. And volumes of documentary evidence have been compiled. The country just cannot afford to be sidetracked from this main issue.
The damage done by the squid tactics of the accused senators has been great and must be corrected by pursuing and letting the full truth emerge. This damage to the country is what needs to be controlled and not the slide in PNoy’s popularity ratings which, anyway, can only soar back up if he expedites the resolution of the main issue.
Finally, it is remarkably symbolic that PNoy should speak of truth to his bosses on the day he visited his parents’ graves. By quoting his father’s quote of Archibald McLeish’s “How shall freedom be defended? By truth when it is attacked with lies,” he not only remembered but also honored his parents by, in effect, pledging to persevere in the pursuit of truth and in the straight path.
We can do a PNoy by pledging on our dear departed’s graves to search for truth and live by it accordingly. Honoring our dead in truth and righteousness and not just remembering them with ritual candles and flowers is this beleaguered country’s call today.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 02, 2013.