Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Information Ministers and Press Secretaries

In today's inquiry on the alleged wiretapping and electoral fraud, Press Secretary Bunye claimed that he was forced by the Malacanang Press Corps into playing the recorded conversations.

Oh, come on!

Isn't it ironic that the existence of the tapes were first confirmed and presented by the Press Secretary? And that he initially claimed that the conversations -- albeit edited -- were that of GMA?

After that revelation, of course, was much backtracking.

Love 'im or hate 'im -- and I think, mostly, it's hate 'im -- you simply have to give due credit to the press secretary for his unswerving loyalty.

Which brings back to mind another kindred soul, Mohammad Saheed al-Sahaff, otherwise known as "Baghdad Bob" and "Comical Ali", or quite simply, the beloved Iraqi Information Minister. Despite the M-1 tanks clearly visible in the background, the Information Minister kept insisting that the invading American troops were being slaughtered.

Which all makes for great comedy.

Except, in the Philippine case, the joke is on the Filipino people.

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