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4/26/2009

The Truth Hurts

Written by Ron Centeno

I condemn in the strongest possible tone the impending arrest of Jun Lozada in connection with the 16 charges incredulously filed against him. The biggest irony in the Arroyo administration lies in the fact that those who have committed the most gruesome crimes in the past, (Do I need to mention their names?) are now freely basking under the sun, some of them have even surreptitiously begun campaigning for the incoming elections, while a decent man whose only fault, as far as in the eyes of those who want to obliterate his previous Senate testimony against them, is to tell the truth.

If in eventuality Lozada is put behind bar for cases, (which I assume have been deliberately put in place to warrant its potency), ranging from dishonesty, perjury to theft, then clearly the intent is short of piercing the cork into the mouth of those who bear the pieces of bad information against the keepers of power.

Needles to say, as a consolation to his endearing act of refusing to bend over the wishes of those whom he accuses of corruption in the NBN – ZTE scandal, Lozada’s arrest would equate the same fate in similar construct with those of Ninoy Aquino, Mandela, or Ghandi. Seemingly emboldened by the constant harassment in his person and those of his family, his concession to his forthcoming arrest is more of a sign of a war declaration in the court of law when he said, “I’ve reached the point where I’m preparing myself psychologically how to face them. I’ll ask them to bring me to trial. I’m challenging them to prove the charges against me, and I’ll stand by what I said.”

We can only hope, however, that the angels from heaven shall descend into Lozada’s camp when the court proceedings take place, because, even before the circus gets underway, a foregone conclusion has already been decided against his favor. It’s only a matter of time.

Until then, let us collectively muster our efforts to rally behind the cause of this man who had the chance to silence himself in exchange for comfort but opted not. It’s been a year now since Jun Lozada captured our hearts and minds while he was in tears before the illustrious men and women of the Senate during his testimony in that infamous deal where no less than the First Gentleman and the former Comelec Chairman Ben Abalos were linked to the scandal. Without question, his guts were truly epic. Instantly, a star was born.

But that was then. A year later, Lozada’s beaming star has long faded away, thanks to our short-term memory. And while the trumpets in heaven are no longer resounding for Lozada, the Arroyo’s “galamay” are now in the offensive to take matter into their tentacles. When this viciousness happens, we can only ignominiously watch from the sidelines while the man who risked every inch of himself is being devoured almost to his lonesome.

Echoing ex-President Cory Aquino’s prayer, we, too, should pray harder for Lozada. But prayer alone would be an empty weapon without “mobilizing people”, as Sr. Mary John Mananzan, co-chair of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), would like to happen. I have never prayed harder until today.

May God bless Jun Lozada and the entire Filipino people.

30 Your Thoughts/Comments Here::

Mokong™ said...

God bless the Philippines!
Nice topic pareng Ron!

Mokong™ said...

Pahabol:
politics..dirty as ever..pretentious..power…money..moderate ur greed..jun lozada..truth hurts..kickback? believing..to oust or not to oust..pipol powerles..the Philippines..how can i be proud? are we really moving forward?

Ron Centeno said...

Pareng Sherwin,

I don't know what else to say. It just keeps getting worse and worse. May pag asa pa ba? I sure hope so!

Goddy said...

Hi Ron! The truth should set people free. Ironically, some well-meaning people may risk freedom for telling the truth and espousing a worthy cause. That is when truth hurts. Really hurts!

Nice to "see" you again!

shydub said...

Goodluck nalng sa pinas, kahit ang PAG-ASA wala ng pag asa paano pa kaya ang pinas in general. Have a nice week ahead.

I am Xprosaic said...

Hahahhahaha... Putting Jun Lozada in jail only proves further that they are indeed guilty...GREEDY! Anyhow, "they" may enjoy what they have "earned" but their present and future generations will surely pay the price... One way or another... after all, their names were already released in public... As for the Philippines, let's just hope for the best! Even if it's so hard to imagine where we could "buy" hope... jejejejejejeje...

The Pope said...

This Government will do everything, I mean EVERYTHING whoever gets into their way, they have systematically looted the country - of our taxpayers money and have almost covered their trails - where Marcos and Estrada failed, they have perfected the art of graft and corruption. As it was said before - MODERATE THEIR GREED. AMEN

David Funk said...

Wow! This shows me how crooked politics really is. Lozada is being hung out to dry and made an example.

I hope things get better though. Nice post Ron!:)

gillboard said...

hopefully, next year, things will get better... it's nice that you still keep yourself updated in all things Philippines...

Star-chuu said...
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Star-chuu said...

dirty tricks..so sad because we filipinos already knew the truth but we are still sleeping and will remain forever deaf.
To Lozada, thanks for being our hero. We pray for you Lozada, God will protect you.

Dinah said...

took so much courage from jun lozada. sana his efforts will not be in vain.

CJ said...

hay naku, yan lozada na yan, napaka self righteous, sya numero unong namumulitiko.
kala mo kung sinong banal. paiyak iyak pa, corrupt din sya
kung gusto nya mamatay at makulong lahat ng corrupt, mauna na sya

Mac Callister said...

hay nkau kainis tlaga dito satin,halata namang they are getting back at lozada!

twinks said...

hay naku! ikulong na ang lahat ng may kasalan..sana naman matapos tapos ang mag walang kwentang issues at ng umasenso naman tayo.. kawawang Pilipinas...*sigh...

the donG said...

i just hope that this will not stop people from revealing some of the anomalies in the government. because a lot of things like this happens even in the local government.

ck_leick said...

honestly,dko alm kung cno dpat pniwalaan sa knila..sir,my tag po ako sau kung pk lang po..thanks

Ratty said...

It seems like any corrupt person in government uses the law as a tool to persecute the innocent. All of my life I have learned not to trust the government, only to keep quiet and stay out of it's way.

austenfan said...

If truth be told, I don't really know what to make of Lozada. Why won't he just bail himself out? Is it really as a stand of dignity and all, or propaganda for his plan to run in the upcoming elections?

Just my two cents in. Peace!

JessQ said...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY. Am just making my presence felt, my friend.

Thanks for the insightful post. It is interestingly innovative. May I be so privileged to follow your every post? I have been dropping your EC. Hope you're in the best of health.

Lidia said...

more fresh content....after long time not $ee you....Good Job my dear friend.....$ending you the $$weete$st $mile...have a ni$e day....pls vi$it me Ron,I have one new Po$t

LordsGirl said...

Your site is wonderful !Nice topic ! Well done!
I wish you all the best with all my heart!
Much Love
LordsGirl

Dr. Lauren said...

A very controversial piece Ron. Well written and highly educational.

CPA Board Exam said...

That's why people don't ever trust this government they don't play fair,as far i as i know i never seen this lozada case going forward..

Chronicler said...

Hi Ron, I may not be that updated with the Lozada case but its a common knowledge in the Philippines and abroad the extent of corruption in our country. I wonder if our people already learned to live with it or what.

Desert Aquaforce said...

Yes Ron - The truth hurts but it's going to set men free!

Mac Callister said...

hey ron what happened to u?no updates?hehe

John said...

Ron, Like others have said, I miss your blogging too! I look forward to your next post. Hope all is well with you. You have an awesome blog, so I hope you keep it up. I have learned so much here, and am eager to learn more. Thank you!

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2009 Nursing Board Exam Result said...

Ayaw ko ng umasa..Wla na talagang mababago sa mga pulitiko sa Pilipinas,puro pangako nalng at pagnkaupo na sa pwesto bigla nlng nkakalimutan ang mga pangakong pinangako...hahai...

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