MLQ3 on Gloriagate

Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Manuel L Quezon III on June 16 posted on his blog his stand on the Gloriagate tapes. Manolo is political analyst, columnist, and blogger. A grandson of a former president, he is also a chronicler of the history of the presidency. He used to work as President Arroyo’s speechwriter, then as a technical assistant, and eventually as a presidential assistant. He left his work in Malacañang after the President went against her earlier statement that she would not run in 2004.

Here are excerpts from what the Inquirer called “Manuel L. Quezon III’s manifesto on the tapes”:

If you opposed the muzzling of the press during martial law, if you denounced the attempts to cow it under Estrada, then you must denounce and resist similar efforts now, and they are clearly taking place. I am not a lawyer, but in bringing out the tapes in the first place, can the government claim any right to forbid us to listen to the tape, and make up our own mind?

The question is a simple one, and nothing should distract us from this. It is a question of the President’s continued fitness for office. What will determine that fitness? Her being forthright with her people and disabusing them of the notion that she betrayed them by cheating her way to victory. The only way she can do this is to prove that the tapes are not genuine, that she never engaged in improper conversations with Comelec officials, that she was not the commander in chief of an army of fraud. Should she fail to do this -if she continues to hide behind a wall of silence, if she fails to take an active role in determining the authenticity or falseness of any version of the tape- then as of that moment she has lost her right to lead the country. I suggest those at the forefront of demanding clear, unequivocal executive action should be her supporters, because if she fails to prove her innocence she has betrayed those who supported her out of a genuine conviction most of all.

10 Replies to “MLQ3 on Gloriagate”

  1. WHAT HER EXCELLENCY(?) PGMA DOESN’T KNOW IS THAT THE MORE SHE KEEPS HER “SILENCE” IS THE MORE SHE IS MAKING A “GIGANTIC BOMB” WHICH IS SOON TO EXPLODE AT ANY TIME. AND ONCE THIS “BOMB” EXPLODED THEN WE CAN SAY HER REGIME HAS ENDED. WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN PHILIPPINE GOVERMENT BEING SPEARHEADED BY HE(?) PGMA IS LIKE A PERSON HAVING AN UNCURABLE SICKNESS. YES, UNCURABLE BECAUSE NO MEDICINE YET HAS ALREADY BEEN DISCOVERED TO CURE “CANCER” IN THE GOVERNMENT. PRETTY ADS AND MANIPULATION OF THE PRESS CAN NOT COMPENSATE THE MUCH STAINED REPUTATION OF HER REGIME. THE VERY MAIN ISSUE AT THIS MOMENT IS THE “CHEATING” ALLEGATION MANY PEOPLE ARE BELIEVING SHE HAS DONE DURING THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. WHY CHEAT? WHY? IS THIS THE PRIZE WE DESERVE AFTER PRACTICING OUR SOVERIEGN RIGHT? BESIDES WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW? THE POOR BECAME MORE POORER…PRICES OF COMMODOTIES ARE UNBELIEVABLE…I WOULD NOT TALK ON “JUETENG” BECAUSE IT JUST AN AFTER EFFECT IF SHE CHEATED ON THE LAST ELECTION…MAYBE IF SHE DID NOT WIN IN THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THERE WILL BE NO ACCUSED CONGRESSMEN INVOLVED IN “JUETENG”. NOBODY KNOWS THE REAL SCORE RIGHT NOW…EVERYBODY IS PRESUME INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. ONE LAST WORD “SILENCE MEANS YES”…

  2. this can be much worse. i think thats why God has decided to put an end to FPJ’s life, if not, we could have had another EDSA 3 or 4 or whatever… and the effect that comes along with it (disrupted economy)

    i wonder kung anung iniisip ng international community sa atin ngayon (as a country, on the government)…. hhhmmm..

    intelligent guess:: gloria could have had cheated kasi alam na nila na hindi sila mananalo.

    choose the lesser evil:: theme from the last 04′ election

    time for a change:: when?? now?? not unless we relfect in who we really are as a country, as one people. looking back, we dont know our history. not unless we know what is our past, then we cant move forward.

    government under oath:: for what?? to cheat and lie and deceive the filipino people. or to serve and protect some interests??

    decide…

  3. as bureau chief of a regional daily i have randomly asked comments as per GMA’s admission that it is her on tape and saying im sorry…. of 100 people in various government offices, heads of offices in the private sector i have asked as regards to their reaction to GMA june 27 speech to the nation…. the result is only three(3) persons out of 100 have sympathized with her the rest(97) have demanded that she(GMA) step down…. i have deliberately avoided asking/interviewing people who have been elected to public office for now….

  4. a gov’t of corruption, of liers and thieves. Can we show a dep’t, an agency or instrumentality without a spot? When can we ever reach the apex of corrupt practices?

  5. kawawa na bayan natin!!! di lang nakaluhod nakadapa na!!! “delicadeza” is not so important to many people nowadays especially to those in our government. the recent apology of gma to the people has no essence at all. she asked “sorry” for what? an apology is an admittance of mistake but why the filipino people are still unsatisfied. it is because she lied again in her unsubstantial speech i hope not written by bunye nor defensor. talking to an election commisioner who is most likely similar to those “fixers” in lto and foreign affair is a clear indication of gloria’s intention to “win” by fraud…always remember that she was the sitting president at that time. for delicadeza she should have resign by now…although difficult in to regain her trust or the honor of her name MACAPAGAL…never mind ARROYO, nobody wants to be arroyo(mike, mikey & iggy) anyway. gloria is a better person compare to the mentioned personlities who ruined her name. i believe she would cheat or even run again in the last may 2004 presidential election if not for the interest of her husband and other jinx in the philippines; the like of fvr and chavit…these guys must be exiled to other planets believe me…and now, all her alipores in congress and senate are all out to depend her, can we expect something different? of course! if she will be ousted what will happen to these sipsip guys? everytime i watched congress proceedings in ANC i always feel ashame why the people give their trust for these bunch of intellectual leaders who are just trying to beblinded themselves of truth in exchange of power they have right now….so much for this i don’t want to right a novel…lets expect the worst and just hope for the best…GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY!!!

  6. ever heard about the bed time story titled: “The Ogre That Never Die”

    the character of this ogre is deeply rooted in every corrupt politician’s blood.

    find out how that story ended, the same may happen to us.

    and we will all be happy ever after.

  7. i dont know whats happenig in our country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    there many problems that we faced and again here vis hello garci issue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my gosh kawawa naman ng mga pilipino who tried to stand nspite on the difficulties……………………
    cguro kailangan ng palitan ang pangulo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. oi kayung mga goverment opicial
    maawa naman kau sa amin mga mahihirap

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