Con­fus­ing state­ments

Sun Star Bacolod - - Opinion -

FIRST, we had the fake news. Now we have con­tra­dic­tory state­ments.

Early last month, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte ex­claimed that “Yang yel­low—lib­eral, Tril­lanes, pati ang polit­buro,” he said. ‘‘‘Yang tat­long ‘yan, ban­tayan ninyo. ‘Yang mag-aoust Duterte and it will go into a high gear Oc­to­ber. Ban­tayan ninyo ‘yan. ‘Yang tatlo na ‘yan, konek­tado la­hat ‘yan.”

Now we have AFP chief Gen­eral Car­l­ito Gálvez con­tra­dict­ing Duterte. “Based doon sa in­tel re­port, while the CPP would like to forge a coali­tion, nakipag-coali­tion ba (ang op­po­si­tion), sir?” Tril­lanes asked.

To which Galvez replied, “No.”

So who are we sup­posed to be­lieve? Or the mil­i­tary rank-and-file to be­lieve? The Com­man­der-in-chief or the Chief-of-staff?

Then there’s pres­i­den­tial as­ser­tion who de­scribed as “pure spec­u­la­tion” last Au­gust the claim of the Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) that P6.8-bil­lion worth of shabu was smug­gled in­side the mag­netic lifters found in Cavite.

“Yung sabi nila na PDEA found the metal but they opened it but [there] was none. It was pure spec­u­la­tion. They were as­sum­ing that those metal—there was noth­ing,” Duterte in­sisted.

The fol­low­ing month, it was Odel who de­tected P3.6 bil­lion worth of il­le­gal drugs. In fact, in his four years in ser­vice, the Bel­gian Mali­nois has un­cov­ered 490 ki­los of shabu, 14.26 ki­los of liq­uid shabu and 56 ki­los of co­caine.

Govern­ment of­fi­cials have to be cir­cum­spect when they is­sue state­ments. They have been based on good re­search and in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing.

We all make wrong state­ments. But it’s a dif­fer­ent case when govern­ment of­fi­cials make these al­le­ga­tions. Can you imag­ine the dan­gers to na­tional se­cu­rity or to lives and wastage of tax­pay­ers’ money with un­sub­stan­ti­ated of­fi­cial as­ser­tions?

May they heed Ma­hatma Gandhi’s ad­vice: “I claim to be a sim­ple in­di­vid­ual li­able to err like any other fel­low mor­tal. I own, how­ever, that I have hu­mil­ity enough to con­fess my er­rors and to re­trace my steps.”

May Duterte ad­mits his mis­steps.*

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