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Truth-Seeking, Politics, And Former CJ Hilario Davide, Jr.

July 1, 2010

Filipinos euphoric over the one-day-old Aquino presidency are seeing a disconnect.

How can the same man who swore Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo into office on the premise of her predecessors ‘constructive resignation’ in 2001 credibly investigate her alleged involvement in big-ticket corruption scandals during her administration.

It is, of course, difficult to assail former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.’s intellect as a jurist along with his stature as our former representative to the United Nations.

But what about the elasticity of his politics?

It can certainly be argued by his supporters that he broke away from GMA, albeit belatedly, because his ambassadorial posting had been left unconfirmed.

But Cebuanos will tell you that the real reason was so his son, Hilario III, could run under the Liberal Party.

It can also be argued that even the vaunted loyalty of Cebu to GMA has now been weakened as evidence by the dismal showing there of Gibo Teodoro.

But we’re not talking about Pinoy realpolitik here but of Justice Davide being able to ferret out the truth about alleged wrongdoings of Mrs. Arroyo and prosecute her all the way to jail.

While Pres. Noynoy Aquino says he is giving Davide the “independence” to choose which cases to prioritize, he has indicated these will include the botched US$329-million national broadband deal with Chinese company ZTE Corp. and the P728-million fertilizer fund mess scam.

The disconnect: truth seeking and politics do not mix, particularly in the Philippines.

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