Aquino’s latest State of the Nation Address (2)
After two Commission on Elections officials – Virgilio Garcillano and Lintang Bedol – recently came out and promised to “tell all they know” about the alleged vote riggings in the 2004 and 2007 elections now comes a group of police officers who said they substituted original election returns with forged ones during the 2004 presidential elections.
Although Senior Supt. Rafael Santiago and his men are late in coming out (seven years after the al-leged act) their apology to Ms. Susan Roces, Poe’s widow, for what they said they did in the 2004 elections, is one step towards the right direction.
However, much that I want to salute these men for coming out, I cannot do so for the simple fact that if they did what they did they surely dishonored the uniform that they wear and violated their sworn duty to protect the people and follow only lawful orders.
Nevertheless, I dare say that their stepping forward to tell all they know about the 2004 presidential elections will be another nail that will strengthen the criminal charges against those who are responsible for depriving the nation of a duly elected leader.
Have you ever wondered why former leaders and tyrants who are facing criminal charges are suddenly afflicted by certain illness requiring hospitalization?
This is true not only in our country but in others as well. Either they suffer from bone problems, heart ailments, debilitating strokes or nerve problems.
Recently Arroyo, who is facing five plunder charges, was diagnosed to be suffering from some sort of neck ailment and has in fact, underwent neck surgery.
Another leader who is reported to be sick after being deposed from power is Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. He is facing criminal charges for alleged corruption and human rights violations.
Chile’s late dictator Augusto Pinochet was reported to be afflicted by dementia and senility after he was stripped of immunity and tried for reported human rights violations.
Pinochet deprived the Chilean people of a de-mocratically elected leader, Salvador Allende, through a U.S. supported military coup d’état.
Arroyo is reportedly buying the services of the best lawyers in town, including former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza, to defend her from the plunder charges filed against her.
Former President Joseph Estrada is again proven right when he said: “weather, weather lang yan.”
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