Thursday, November 24, 2005 [ 5:34 PM ]
THE RETURN OF GARCI
The "legendary" escape master Virgilio Garcillano is back, but whether for or against the administration is yet to be known.
Last night I heard a news commentator asked, "Garci is back... but why only now?" Based on the statements of Garcillano's wife and few administration congressmen, he is really back. But why only now? Is he moved by his conscience to show up and speak the truth? I doubt it. So I decided to think of his reasons for coming back to the Philippines. Why would he do that if he can continue his "vacation" abroad?. I came up with three but unfornunately I forgot one.
The reason of his return in the country is of course the same reason why he run out of here- To protect the president. But now, not only to protect but also to defend her... but why only now?
First reason is that the impeachment complaint had already been dumped. With that event, the statements that he will give now will have no effect with the complaint filed against the president. If only he had given his statements before the impeachment complaints had been filed, then it could back up all the evidences and there would be no way for the majority block of the congress to dump it for the basis of insufficiency in form and substance. (his statements would be enough as substance).
Second, is that at this point, Rep. Gilbert Remulla of the administration is no longer the chair of the lead committee that would preside in the congressional inquiry. The point is that Remulla was not been so favorable for the administration in the way he presides the inquiry and had been fair enough to allow the opposition solons to scrutinize the witnesses. Now that Remulla had been replaced, the chair that would preside further inquiry can stop all the moves of the opposition to force Garcillano to squeal the annomalies he made. (Just like what Datumanong did, when he decides to go through the prejudicial questions first.)
As for the third reason... as I've said, I forgot. XD