Senators, P-Noy and stealing-A A +A
Sunday, November 3, 2013
THE President expected Senators Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, who were linked to the multibillion-peso pork barrel fraud, to deny they were scammers.
P-Noy, the first to say he is not a thief, must have seen in film and TV shows how crime suspects readily deny wrongdoing.
Deny, deny, deny: One holding a knife plunged into the victim’s heart insists, “I didn’t do it.” One on top of another man’s wife pleads, “It’s not what it looks like.”
Cops say denial is suspect’s ready retort: “Not me, Bosing.” P-Noy, a veteran politician, must know how colleagues use it to minimize damage: “I didn’t say it.
Taken out of context and misquoted.”
But surely P-Noy didn’t think a denial would banish plunder charges or questions about his DAP.
The lawmakers who delayed their denial must have thought a skeptical and angry public wouldn’t accept their protest of innocence.
Well, the President chided them for not promptly making a denial. And Bong and Jinggoy rushed to proclaim, “We are no thieves.” Sen. Bongbong Marcos, implicated though not yet indicted, also joined the denial chorus.
But they know and you and I know: Protestation of honesty doesn’t assure the public that all the deniers are squeaky-clean.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 04, 2013.