napoles in the palace, tatad in history
why is it so hard nga ba to believe tatad’s story of napoles’s long lunch in the palace before she gave herself up to lacierda in heritage park later in the day? a question of credibility? you would think he had successfully reinvented himself since marcos times, having been elected to the senate and having served from 1992 to 2001. well, he was part of the craven eleven that refused to open the second envelope… or maybe it’s his anti-RH stand? or maybe it’s the timing, martial law anniversay and all, and people are remembering him as minister of public info, the first face on television after a long blackout, the face that introduced the dictator’s the day martial rule went public. interesting, that for some things, we have such a long memory.
tatad should have named his sources, let the chips fall where they may. why would we take just his word for it when he’s obviously defensive for enrile estrada revilla atbp.
this is not to say that there was nothing questionable about the napoles surrender. i’ve always wondered why the president had to meet with her for ten minutes behind closed doors. much can be discussed and agreed upon in ten minutes, especially when both sides are desperate for concessions. if the president had truly wanted to be transparent, the whole affair should have been documented every step of the way and televised live for all the nation to see and hear. then maybe there wouldn’t be all this speculation, suspicion, about a palace-napoles deal.
not that it would have stopped tatad from telling his story. you wonder now if he received kickbacks/commissions, too, from his share of the pork barrel in ramos and erap times.