The son (Sen. Jinggoy Estrada) has spoken. Ping is accused of (Sen. Panfilo Lacson) fabricating lies and an agent of the Arroyo’s administration. So, what’s new with Ping Lacson who is always using his parliamentary immunity with countless but unsubstantiated expose in the Senate? Estrada branded Lacson’s statements as “gutter talk, hearsay and fishwives’ tales.” Short of telling his father’s accuser to shut up. Yes, shut up Senator Ping!
But why should Senator Ping Lacson shut up? Two people came out in the open to upheld his statement as truth. Alfonso Yuchengco, businessman, said president Estrada pressured and harrassed him to sell his shares in PLDT; on the other hand former Ilocos Sur Governor and now Deputy National Security Adviser Luis “Chavit” Singson confirmed that the former President was a protector of the illegal numbers game better known as Jueteng. “Anak ng Jueteng,” is how Ping described his exasperation on his policy differences with Erap Estrada regarding the illegal numbers game. And so, who is lying? And, who should shut up instead?
As expected Jinggoy has to protect the image of his father. He is none of those things Ping Lacson said about the former President. Even former cabinet secretaries during Estrada’s administration issued statement that their boss never gave direct orders as he himself respected the chain of command. This belied Lacson’s claim that former President Estrada “micro managed” and gave direct orders to his men thus had bypassing the former PNP Chief during Erap’s presidency. Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes (one of the EDSA 2 personalities), who served as a general in Mindanao and later as an AFP chief also said that he had not received any single irregular or much more to say illegal orders from Estrada. And why should one believe Senator Lacson if even Angelo Reyes (as reported) himself praised Erap, “He had not asked me for anything that was in violation of the law. So, we have respect for each, and I am proud to say that there is nothing I can say that could tarnish the reputation of former President Estrada.” So there your are, isn’t Erap is clean and innocent?
“If President Estrada was indeed involved in smuggling, why did he not relieve PAOCTF and Mr. Lacson of the authority to act against smuggling and assigned this to another unit which will be more cooperative?” Jinggoy asked. And further he said, “If president Estrada is the devious criminal that Mr. Lacson would now portray him to be, why did Mr. Lacson go to great lengths to seek his endorsement, not once, not twice, but three times in the elections of 2001, 2004 and 2007?” As far a Jinggoy is concerned, Lacson has a “wicked dispositions” and a “selfish interests and self-serving agenda.”
But why is Ping Lacson coming up with these revelations, which political analysts said timely, isn’t he only unvailing his true nature and color? On the other hand is he not only diverting public attention to the the Dacer-Corbito double murder case where he is implicated? But Lacson is quick to say he is not the only one being complained of by the Dacer family. If so, does this mean he wants former President Estrada to be implicated too? Or as an ordinary person in the streets may ask, naghahanap ba si Ping ng maidadamay din? Unfortunately Cesar Mancao’s lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, cleared Estrada in having a hand in the double murder case by saying there is no direct evidence that would link the former President.
In further analyzing Ping’s expose, a grade school teacher may give him A for patriotism as he said he is doing this thing for the sake of the country. But just the same his values education teacher may give him a failing grade for honesty. Honesty may not necessarily who is telling the truth this time, it has something to do with what one really feels inside. It appears from his privilege speech that Ping has been harboring ill feelings against his former boss; his expose can be surmised as motivated by plain vengeful desire to ruin Estrada’s image that eventually leads to his debacle in the presidential race.
Giving Ping the benefit of the doubt of his real motive behind his actions, probably all he wants is to get rid presidentiables who may not be at all that worthy to be elected as President of the Philippines. Perhaps what he wants is to find one standard bearer for the opposition worthy of trust and confidence of the people. Could that credible someone be Noynoy Aquino? Was he not asking earlier for Erap to drop his intentions to run for president? But Erap responded by saying what good is it to listen to someone who in the past has the record of dividing the opposition which in effect gave Gloria Arroyo the victory?
Ping certainly continues with the second part of his expose but expect Jinggoy to stand in response with another privilege speech. But isn’t this thing further ripping apart the opposition? If Malacanang is not happy with this development, I don’t know.