libingan ng mga bayani? full military honors? what message are we sending here? what disgraceful pattern are we setting?
there is nothing honourable about the general’s suicide, except of course to the family and friends and institutions he spared from investigation and incrimination.
while suicide may be an act of courage — it takes guts to kill oneself — it is also, in the context of corruption allegations, a cop-out, an escape from reality, an incapacity to do the right thing, a lack of moral fiber.
the right thing would have been to face the music, admit one’s culpabilities (if any), squeal on other wrongdoers (if any), and exonerate the innocent (if any), for the higher good, the good of the nation.
imagine if he and his wife, instead of ranting vs the whistleblowers, had bowed to the call of the times and told the truth, no matter how much it hurt, no matter that it would mean the end of a normal life, no matter the danger.
what a coup that would have been. standing up for the truth. a ninoy moment, an edsa moment, that the nation would have hailed extolled celebrated. sayang.