The third way (2)

BISHOP Tutu explained the reason for this third way of finding out the truth: “…there were in fact different orders of truth which did not necessarily mutually exclude one another. There was what could be termed forensic factual truth – verifiable and documentable – and there was social truth, the truth of experience that is established through interaction, discussion and debate.”

“The personal truth – Judge Mahomet’s truth of wounded memories – was a healing truth, and a court of law would have left many of those who came to testify, who were frequently uneducated and unsophisticated, bewildered and even more traumatized than before, whereas many bore witness to the fact that coming to talk to the commission had a therapeutic effect on them.”

As the victims and the victimizers shared their stories, sometimes with inconsistent information and accounts, the bigger picture of what really happened emerged.

In trusting the ambiguity of their different experienced truths, the community, the people of the new South Africa, discovered that their real enemy was the system…

My initial reaction to the idea that justice could be served by the emergence of truth through a truth commission, a commission intended to ferret the truth and not gather evidence for prosecution, is not possible in the Philippine context only to realize that we are already practicing what the South Africans are doing albeit only with our kids.

How many times did we allow the little infractions of our children go unpunished if they only tell the truth?

How many times in our lifetime did we hear: Umamin ka na ng hindi ka maparusahan?

It is said the truth shall set us free.

Justice may indeed be served in many other ways as proven by the South African experience and just like what South Africa did, the quest for justice need not follow the traditional but foreign concept of crime and punishment.

Truth was their way.

Just like there are many ways to skin a cat so there are other ways to obtain justice.

What do you think?


Congratulations to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for seizing some P100 million worth of illegal drugs and arresting two suspected drug dealers during a recent buy bust operation in Quezon City.

President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III did not err in placing Director Jose “Sonny” Gutierrez at the helm of the PDEA and Samuel Pagdilao as CIDG director. Both men are equal to the task.


Congratulations too, to the Parole and Probation Administration on its 35th founding anniversary especially to its employees assigned in Tarlac province.

Their historic anniversary celebration last July 11 in the province was marked by a community work service at the Paniqui Municipal Hall compound.

The service was attended by Volunteer Probation Aides Lina David, Rosanna Melchor, and Artemio Ocampo in cooperation with local parole personnel led by Officer-in-Charge Euripides Catacutan, Melinda Esteban and Milagros Cruz.

Keep up the good work guys.


Does boredom wear you down or is there just a nagging feeling that you want to get away from the metropolis and be with mother-nature?

Then go and visit Bato Springs in Barangay San Cristobal, San Pablo City.

Located at the foot of the mystical Mt. Banahaw, Bato Springs is just one hour and 30 minutes drive from Manila.

You have a spacious parking space that could even accommodate tourist buses and first class amenities for all your business and pleasure needs.

For more information call Ms. Elaine Garchitorena at 0495620976.

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