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June 23, 2005

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TOM MENSES

Just some thoughts on the whole tape thing...

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

So she allegedly called a COMELEC official to check on her votes. I'd like to think that all of us are smart enough to know that other candidates probably did the same through various channels and connections. Was it a violation? Yes. Does it prove that she cheated? NO! If the tape is authentic then she was merely acting as a concerned candidate. Does it make it right? No. But does it prove that she cheated? No as well.

The whole thing surprises me...in our society, where corruption and being a trapo has been elevated to an artform, people are making such a huge ruckuss about this. Why didn't they do the same during the Dagdag-Bawas controversy? Or during the Marcos-Dovey Beams tape?

Look, I'm not a pro-Gloria nut. I have my share of complaints with her administration; but this isn't the way to fix things. Using a ringtone that has shockvalue just to be in isn't helping anybody. In fact this whole controversy does nothing to help anyone! Does it make you do your job better, make you a better person, or a better human being? No...no, it doesn't. In fact it does the opposite. if this was a pure quest for the truth, it would be. But it's not. It's all about vested interest, power grabs, and concessions. It shows the petty, the selfish, the dishonest, the ugly side of our being. C'mon guys. Let's go beyond this. There are far more important things to worry about.

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