BANGON Pilipinas vice presidential bet Perfecto Yasay said his saying sorry to former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada might have been taken out of context.
“No, I did not owe him apology for what I did in standing up for truth, justice and righteousness, which I will continue to do for as long as I live, but because he too is one of God’s wondrous creation, and as a fellow Christian, I have to reconcile with my brother, not his sins, which I continue to reject,” the running-mate of tele-evangelist Bro. Eddie Villanueva said in a statement.
The former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chief made the "apology" during the 25th anniversary celebration of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in Davao City last February 15.
Yasay said he was "only used" in the "conspiracy" to oust Estrada.
The former President, for his part, has already accepted Yasay's apology, saying he has already forgiven all those who "conspired" against him nine years ago.
Yasay was one of the key witnesses to the corruption charges against Estrada that led to Edsa People Power II.
“What is clear is that I did not retract, withdraw or diminish my testimony against him during the Senate hearings with respect to his involvement in the BW Stock Market Scandal and in the historic Impeachment Trial. I did not condone the crimes he committed and for which he was duly convicted by the Sandiganbayan, although granted absolute pardon by the incumbent President.”
Yasay meanwhile suggested to Estrada to "reflect and meditate" about the sins he committed "against the people," or "at the very least" repent and ask for their forgiveness.
“Only then can he truly be liberated from his crimes and mistakes and stand up before the whole world as a free man,” he said.
Yasay is the third big personality to apologize to the former President for Edsa Dos.
The first was Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias followed by the late President Corazon Aquino in 2008 during the launching on the biography of former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. titled "Global Filipino." (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)