Day of infamy

Until Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye held up the two discs, in what turned out to be the start of an elaborate and devious attempt to hide Gloria Arroyo’s cheating in the 2004 elections, I associated June 6 with D-Day, the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

On June 6, 1944, allied forces landed on the coast of Normandy in northern France, and started the liberation of Europe from Nazi occupation.

It was a different kind of invasion that the Filipino people experienced June 6 last year. Courtesy of Bunye, we heard, for the first time, the conversations between Gloria Arroyo and Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano about how they were going about thwarting the will of the people expressed in the 2004 elections. The public clearly heard Arroyo’s grating voice greeting Garcillano “Hello, Garci…” before she gave instructions how to alter the election results in her favor.

Bunye made another assault on truth. Holding up the two discs, he said one was authentic and the other one doctored. Unblinking, he looked straight at TV cameras lying: “While we cannot at this time confirm the authenticity of either version, we can today confirm by virtue of these findings, another opposition plot to destabilize the administration of President Arroyo.”

Bunye continued, revealing what later turned out to be their operation: “This latest plot, by far the most devious and desperate, involves the illegal bugging of a conversation and the subsequent electronic doctoring, alteration and revision of that so as to introduce elements that were not really there.”

Days later, the truth became clearer to the public. The tape that Bunye said was doctored was the authentic tape. The tape that he said was “authentic” was what they doctored using Gary Ruado, a staff of Rep. Iggy Arroyo.

Three weeks later, on June 21, Arroyo came out on TV apologizing for her “lapse in judgment” in calling “a Comelec official” but not identifying Garcillano by name. “I am sorry,” she said.

Days later, Arroyo castigated Social Services Secretary Dinky Soliman and other members of her cabinet who convinced her to admit her crime and apologize to the people. She said it was time to use “muscle” against her critics.

On July 8, ten of Arroyo’s cabinet members resigned and called on her to resign saying that all her moves since the June 6 disclosure of the Hello Garci tapes had not been guided by the national interest but “mainly by her determination to survive as president.” The ten were Florencio Abad, Education; Juan Santos, Trade and Industry; Cesar Purisima, Finance; Emilia Boncodin, Budget and Management; Imelda Nicolas, National Anti-Poverty Commission; Ging Deles, peace adviser; Dinky Soliman, Social Welfare and Development; Rene Villa, Agrarian Reform; Alberto Lina, Bureau of Customs, and Guillermo Parayno, Bureau of Internal Revenue.

The public’s disdain for a cheating and lying president was reflected in a telephone survey in Metro Manila conducted by the Social Weather Station. Sixty-two percent said Arroyo should resign. The number of those who wanted Arroyo out would increase in subsequent surveys.

What followed were more lies upon lies. Then Environment Secretary (now presidential chief of staff) Mike Defensor made his “I have two experts” presentation in an attempt to undermine the authenticity of the “Hello Garci ” tapes.

Defensor’s operation flopped when one of his experts confirmed the authenticity of the “Hello Garci” tapes after the press conference.

An impeachment complaint was filed at the House of Representatives. Using its vast resources, even post-dated checks, Malacañang succeeded in killing the impeachment complaint. Later this month, an impeachment complaint will haunt Arroyo again.

When lies were no longer effective, Arroyo resorted to force, trashing the Constitution in the process. She used Calibrated Pre-emptive Response to suppress the people’s freedom of expression and assembly. She castrated the Senate that refused to be subservient to her with EO 464. When dissent escalated, she issued Proclamation 1017 declaring a state of national emergency.

All three have been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Covering all bases, Arroyo is pushing for charter change to make herself more powerful with unlimited term of office.

Bunye celebrated one year of his “I have two discs” performance with gloating that they are still lording it in Malacañang.
Yesterday was 6-6-6, an ominous number, the superstitious say. The mystery around that date is traced to Revelation 13:18 which states “This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six.”

A Jesuit priest, Fr. Felix Just, said the Book of Revelation isn’t prophesying a specific end of times but “is about the overall cosmic struggle of good versus evil.”

That’s what the “Hello Garci” controversy is all about.

(Photo from Wikipedia)

June 7, 2006 12:52 am   Posted in: Malaya

35 Responses

  1. schumey - June 7, 2006 5:05 am

    A pre-emptive measure gone awry, that’s what started this all. GMA’s advisers and tactical planners couldn’t be so wrong. What’s suppose to be a great cover-up opened a can of worms instead. I would liken this to Pandora’s Box but in a better context. Had the administration kept its silence, it would have defended itself better. This is what happens when “geniuses” lose their wisdom. With all the “generals” appointed in the cabinet, not even one came out with a fool-proof plan. So Mrs. Arroyo, sometimes a good offense is not always the best defense. And arrogance is not a virtue at all.

  2. Ellen - June 7, 2006 7:44 am

    Up to this day, Bunye insists that he didn’t lie. At the press forum, he said, “I never stretch the truth. I might have highlighted, or I might have marshaled, the presentation. For example, I always prefer to look at a half-empty glass rather than a half-empty glass.”

    He can no longer distinguish truth from a lie. How pathetic.

  3. vic - June 7, 2006 8:15 am

    Somebody had said before that if you keep lying time and time again, eventually you believe your own lies. That’s the case of Mr. Bunye.

  4. Ellen - June 7, 2006 8:52 am

    That was Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propagandist. You hit right the comparison!

  5. goldenlion - June 7, 2006 8:53 am

    LIARS GO TO HELL!!!! Naka one-year na pala ang walang kamatayang “Hello Garci” revelation ni Bunyeta!! I am Sorry folks, bakit until now the fake president a.k.a as the chief of steal, the cheater and the liar is still in malacanang? Ano ba talaga? Kailan tayo kikilos? That 6-6-6 is gloria, the evil. Evil triumphs in the beginning but ends up in miseries. Hukuman na siya kasama lahat ng alipores niya. Totoo man o hindi ang sinasabing asassination plot ng “Bagong Hukbong Bayan” ( palagay ko si gloria din ang organizer nito) ay talagang ang mga names na kasama sa order of battle ay kalaban ng bayan.

    Sila mismo at wala ng iba pa ang sumira sa sambayanang Pilipino. Sa malaon at madali ay pagbabayaran nila lahat ng kanilang kasalanan sa tao. Sabi ni Bunyeta, sanay na daw sila sa mga threats, ganyan daw talaga kapag naglilingkod ka sa tao. Ulol!!! Hindi tao ang pinaglilingkuran mo!! Ikaw ay nagsisilbi sa isang unanong reyna ng ilusyon at pantasya sa enchanted kingdom. Bakit may tao ba doon??? Tamaan sana kayo ng kidlat, mga kampon ng dilim!!!

  6. vic - June 7, 2006 9:57 am

    On June 6, 1944 Canadian Forces along with Allied Forces, landed in Normandy and fought inch by inch in Liberating France and all of Europe from the Nazi.

    Today, we clebrated that day. Proud for our brave survivors, who all in their gallant uniforms as they honour their brave comrades who didn’t make it back home.

    And what you got on June 6, 2005 was the D day of infamy that reflect the guts, bravery, and the gallantry of your politicians in the battle for self preservation, that they have to lie to stay in power, while our men and women are still fighting and dying in far away land to preserve our freedom and liberty at home. D day of infamy indeed.

  7. ystakei - June 7, 2006 10:35 am

    Alam ninyo dito sa Japan, kapag may malaking issue na tinatalakay, sumasama ako sa mga protests and street demonstrations. May announcement lang sa diyaryo o panawagan mula sa mga nakilala ko sa mga sinasamahan kong pagbabatikos, pumupunta na ang mga taong concerned. Walang binabayaran. Kaniya-kaniyang gimmick, placards, banners at iba’t iba pang pakulo. Hanga din ako sa mga miyembro ng mga student union dito. Wala sa aming tinatawag ng basta-basta communist, etc. gaya ng ginagawa ng mga bobo sa gobyerno ng Pilipinas. Karapatan ng mga mamamayan dito iginagalang lalo na ng mga pulis na siyang namamahala sa pagbibigay ng mga permiso para sa pag-aaklas, etc. Walang sundalong sumasali sa gawain ng mga pulis dito.

    Kaya asenso ang Japan dahil malaya ang mga mamamayan maging sa pamamalakad ng kanilang pamahalaan. Iyong PM namin public servant namin. May emperador kami dito pero hindi naman siya nakikialam sa politika pero malaki ang galang ng mga mamamayan sa kaniya kaya kung may problema kaming katulad siguro ng Thailand ay siya ang malalapitan ng mga mamamayan bagamat sa ngayon ay hindi naman kailangan.

    Sa Pilipinas, iyong criminal gusto pang maging Reyna. Iyan ang huwag na huwag ninyong papayagan.

    Hanggang ngayon nagdi-distribute ako ng Garci tapes sa mga kakilala kong pilipino, hapon, amerikano, etc. na gustong makakuha ng kopya ng Garci tapes. Shock ang mga kaibigan ko. Hindi nila maisip kung papaano pa nakakatagal ang Pandak sa upuan niya, at ang tapang pa ng apog na umingos sa madla!

    Ang Pangit ng mga litrato ni Pandak ngayon. Kung ako sa kaniya, hihintuan ko na ang kaniyang mga photo-op. Mag-bello-bello na muna siya. Kaya lang, kuwarta na naman iyan!

  8. ystakei - June 7, 2006 10:37 am


  9. myrna - June 7, 2006 12:43 pm

    itong si bunye talaga, kahit alam niya na kasinungalingan ang pinagsasabi niya, sige pa rin, dahil ang paniniwala niya, totoo na dahil sa paulit-ulit na pagsisinungaling.

    sayang din ang mga taong gaya niya. ewan ko kung paano pa sila nakakatulog kung gabi.

    kokonti na lang yata sa gobyerno ang mga taong tapat. biruin ninyo na alam ng buong pilipinas ang “i have two discs” episode, tapos ngayon sasabihin niyang factual lang ang mga inuulat niya. ano ba ito? ululan na?

    bakit kasi karamihan sa mga pinoy, mga fence sitters? naghihintay na lang sa ihip ng hangin, kung saan sila ipadpad? mga juan pasan cruz: gising naman kayo oy!

    kaming mga pinoy na nasa ibang bansa, kahit paano, ginagawa namin ang abot ng makakaya namin para ipakita at ipaliwanag ang buong nangyayari diyan sa bansa. bakit yung iba? nasaan????

  10. nelbar - June 7, 2006 5:40 pm

    ipagkumpara mo ang mga pwersa na nagpabagsak kay Marcos at Erap?suriin mong mabuti ang kasaysayan?

    Obserbahan mo rin kung sino sino ang mga lumapastangan sa kagustuhan ng taumbayan noong 1998 at 2004?

    Next year 2007?Sa Hong Kong, ipagkumpara mo ang Pro-Democracy movements doon?
    Tayo dito sa Pinas, mga plastik at hipokrito ang mga nagsipagdiwang 2-3 taon matapos ang ISANG DAANG TAON ng ARAW NG KALAYAAN!

    Hindi nakakapagtaka kung bakit ganito ngayon ang Pilipinas.

  11. Ellen - June 7, 2006 6:19 pm

    In wikipedia, Bunye’s picture is the “I have two discs” photo. He will always be remembered for that. Serves him right.

    Same thing with Vice Admiral Mayuga. His name will always be identified with the Mayuga report which is synonymous to whitewash.

  12. pandawan - June 8, 2006 7:26 am

    Sino ang mas mabuting tao? Si Erap o si Gloria? Ang sabi ng mga sumama nuon ke Gloria sa pagpapatalsik ke Erap ay si Gloria daw. Anuybody but Erap! ito ang sabi ng headline ng tinamaan ng magaling na Daily Inquirer nuon. At ang champion nila ay si Gloria. SUBALI’T, DATAPWA’T, NGUNIT, ngayon AY SISING-ALIPIN sila sapagkat mas mabuting tao pala si Erap kesa ke Gloria.

    Hindi kailanman nagnakaw ng pera ng bayan si Erap, pero isang linggo matapos umupo ni Gloria ay pinalusot nila ang IMPSA deal at milyon-milyong dolyares ang naging pakinabang nila. Wala ring habas na niyurakan ni Gloria ang Saligang Batas ng Pilipinas at ang karapatang pang-tao. Hindi kailanman pinigil ni Erap ang kalayaang magpahayag sa lansangan. SINUPIL ITO NI GLORIA.

    Sino ngayon ang mas mabuting tao? Surely, not the one dubbed by Susan Roces as having “stolen the presidency not once but twice!” Now, those with Gloria then want her to resign. Kumuha kayo ng bato at ipinukpok sa ulo ng bayan pero ngayon ay gusto ninyong pagtiwalaan kayo ng bayan na ang batong hawak=hawak ninyo ngayon ay sa ulo ni Gloria ninyo ipupukpok at hindi sa ulo ng bayan? Gusto ninyong humugos kami sa lansangan para sa inyo? Paano namin malalaman na mas mabuting tao kayo kesa ke Fernando Poe, Jr at ke Susan Roces?

    Alam ninyo ang problema ninyo? Hindi kayo pinagtitiwalaan ng bayan. Walang nasa pamahalaan ngayon ang pinagtitiwalaan ng bayan.

    Maiitim ang budhi ng mga taong nag-fake ng mga papeles ng National Archives upang tangkaing alisan ng pagka-Pilipino si Fernando Poe Jr. DALAHIRA ang nag-utos sa kanilang gawin ito at ngayon ay nagtatangkang bumawi sa pamamagitan ng pagagawad sa kaniya ng NATIONAL ARTIST AWARD. Fernando Poe Jr does not need this award to enshrine him in the hearts of the Filipino people. MABUTING TAO SIYA at hindi katulad ng nakaupo ngayon sa Malacanang. Mawawasak ng puso ng mga Pilipino kung pupunta sa Malacanang si Susan Roces upang tanggapin ang National Artist Award mula sa babaeng dumaya sa kaniya sa eleksiyon. FPJ is enshrined in the hearts of the Filipinos while Gloria is enshrined in infamy.

  13. Ellen - June 8, 2006 7:56 pm

    E-mail from Alfredo Calayag:

    Maybe the reason why Fr. Felix Just or the Catholics in general is not acknowledging the Revelation of Jesus Christ as prophetic is because a “Catholic Church” was not even mentioned in the Letters to the Seven Churches, when they have claimed that Peter was the first pope.

    They are always trying to symbolize everything that is written in it so as not to lose any credibility because there was really no so called Catholic church
    during and after the time of the apostles so that Peter cannot possibly be the first pope.

    They don’t want to preach what was written in the literal
    sense allegedly because they say that it is so horrible for people to bear.

    Then why is it that they are keeping a first, second and third secrets of Fatima and believe in the literal interpretation of it and not the Revelation of Jesus himself when the two contain just basically the same
    horrible events?

    Another reason is, the woman riding on the beast, the whore
    of Mystery Babylon, that is located around seven hills are being pointed to by a lot of Bible scholars to be Rome. Is it any wonder why when John saw her (the woman), he was greatly astonished (Rev 17:6-7) to learn who she
    was? Of course, who will not be astonished to find out that the biggest religion in the world is actually a prostitute.
    Please don’t get me wrong, I am a Catholic.


    Alfredo Calayag

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