Susan Roces looked radiant.
“The last time I was here, it was concerning the decision of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal regarding the candidacy of my husband. I wanted to know the truth as to how all our votes were treated… This was for all of us, regardless of candidate… They didn’t give us a chance…It was legal but not moral, life must go on…. I tried to go on with life, like any good citizen, I followed the law, even if it went against my feelings…Be that as it may, if all of you could bear it, why not give her a chance. But how did she react? She was arrogant. She disregarded the feelings of the majority. She is callous.”
She discussed the disks -“The opposition didn’t find them, if they did, I could have used used it in my protest. Heaven heard my prayers… Heaven has judged we should be given an opportunity to know the truth… We have the right to pick our leaders, our votes are sacred, our birthright, the heritage of our heroes… To prove we are all equal, rich or poor, we all have one vote, that’s why it’s sacred… The present circumstances are a cause for anger… The oppression is coming from our countrywoman, one of our blood… Mrs. Arroyo, while I was watching you and what you did, I could clearly see in your eyes that your apology didn’t come from the heart. I could clearly see you want to take advantage of us. You’re twisting the law in your own personal interest. We Filipinos have a saying: the liar is brother to the thief. I cannot accept your ‘sorry’, you have wrecked the faith of your countrymen in you. You have no right to lead… Before foreign investors can trust you, you must have the trust of your countrymen. You have embarrassed the country… You are full of empty promises. Obviously, you have no love for your country… You have stolen the presidency.”
Time and again, Susan Roces has proven herself prudent, wise, and with the true interests of the country in both her mind and heart. She has shown her unswerving devotion to peace, order, property and propriety. She has earned the people’s trust in equal measure to the manner in which the President has lost the people’s trust.
The President must resign. Now.
Addendum, 2:04 pm. Susan Roces doesn’t want a snap election, because, as she said, the present Comelec would supervise it. My inclination is that her position is that Loren Legarda should be president, but we’ll see.
Manuel L Quezon III