so, that edsa farce is over, with INC claiming victory and the palace claiming that the rule of law has been upheld. win-win situation, say ng isang taga-iglesia sa tv news. no-deal, say ng isang taga palasyo in a statement.
i’m trying to be optimistic. at best, the palace is telling the truth. no deal, the samson case will proceed (even if no one has said it in so many words), but INC is allowed to claim victory in public, thereby saving face. kapanipaniwala ito because it was obvious sunday night that neither binay nor chizngrace (despite their quick expressions of support via media) were going to show up with their supporters to make it a multi-sectoral broad-coalition kind of protest that would qualify it as an EDSA and give INC some leverage in its demand that the DOJ drop the illegal detention case against its ruling council. i mean, you know, pastor boy saycon? who he? he has no credibility or following that i know of; neither is he an EDSA 86 icon, as an iglesia tv anchor claimed. as for peping and tingting, well, at least hindi na lang sila bumalik.
on the other hand, some pessimism about this no-deal eklat is not uncalled for, given this administration’s penchant for secrecy (as opposed to transparency), and given talk on facebook that executive secretary paquito ochoa is an iglesia member (google “paquito ochoa, iglesia” and you’ll get a pile of news reports about ochoa pushing for the appointment of this and that INC member to important posts), medyo kapani-paniwala rin ang speculation na DOJ sec de lima is not likely to move on the samson case. and when she resigns next month to run for senator, ochoa (it is said) will be picking her replacement, who will likely be pro-iglesia, if not an iglesia member mismo, who will simply sit on the case, and leave it for the next admin to deal with. this would mean that INC is likely to move heaven and earth, and hell maybe? to get a pro-iglesia president elected in 2016.
what nags at me is the illegal detention case filed by whistleblower benhur luy against PDAF scammer janet napoles that saw napoles sentenced to life imprisonment and, along with senators enrile, revilla, and estrada, indicted and charged with plunder. i pray that this pasaway drama of INC re samson’s illegal detention complaint does not impact on these plunder cases in any way. nakakapraning, with enrile out on bail bigla and back in the senate.
de lima has time to get the samson case moving. otherwise, who knows, winning a a senate seat might not be a piece of cake.