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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Jun Lozada: The Truth Shall Set US Free

Jun Lozada's revelations validated all the things that we "Filipinos" have always presumed to exist. He was just brave enough to call it what it is and name it. The "dysfunctional" procurement system and the politicians' "commissions", or more bluntly, their KICKBACKS in every "project" they engaged into, in the name of our poor country.

Gen. Razon, Sec. Bunye and Sec. Atienza's press con and subsequent statements before the media to disprove Lozada's claims proved to be futile as their rationalization of the whole event sounded more like "alibis" founded on deception and bad faith.

For starters, why would they yield to the alleged request for security and protection by Lozada when a legitimate warrant for his arrest upon arrival from the airport would be served to him by the Senate's Sgt. at Arms? Why do they need to protect him and from whom? If at all, what they should have done was to bring him to the Senate and let the latter deal with him.

We all know who they were protecting and it's definitely not Jun Lozada.

The administration senators tried to discredit him by questioning his "morality" and other acts he committed during his term of office as President of PFC. Well, that sounds glaringly "desperate" to me. He's not doing it to be a hero, in fact, it was very human of him to admit that he did not want to attend the Senate hearing and declare all he knew about the questioned contract. He wanted to be spared from it all and do nothing. After all, those information make or break governments. And he wanted no part of that. Had there been ways and steps to legally prevent him from testifying therein, he would have taken them. However, there was none. Fate brought him there and in the end, he chose to tell the truth.

He's no saint, as he openly admitted to some allegations which Sen. Santiago hurled at him. But that to me is irrelevant. Besides, as Martin Luther King said: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy". What Jun Lozada did showed the strength of his character and conviction. His once peaceful life will perhaps be disrupted forever because of this controversies, but as he said: This country is worth taking a risk for.

The main issue here is the ZTE-NBN deal, so why not question him about that? What Sec. Santiago and the other pro-administration senators were doing was blatantly clear - they were out there trying so hard to cast doubt to this man's credibilty just to to save this government instead of doing their duty to serve this country and its people. It's disgusting!

Nonetheless, kudos to the media for their important and crucial role in everyhing that transpired. It was their vigilance and diligence in doing their job that helped Lozada get rid of his "kidnappers" and come out into the open. Indeed, the TRUTH shall set US ALL FREE.

As Winston Churchill said:

"Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it; ignorance may deride it; malice may distort it; but there IT is."