Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Other Witness

Pity Dante Madriaga. Although his testimony appears more substantive and damning than Jun Lozada's, Jun Lozada seems to have taken all the thunder.

First, the Senate isn't even sure it believes him.

Then, no one bothers with security preparations for him or his family. How will this cavalier attitude bode, I wonder, for new potential witnesses?

To add insult to injury, now it seems that not even the government is interested in filing charges against him.

It's probably the third point why many people are cool to Madriaga. One would think that by now, MalacaƱang flunkies would be stumbling all over themselves to refute his allegations and destroy his credibility. And can almost hear the sound of crickets chirping.

Too calm and composed, complains Kiko Pangilinan. That much is true. It never helped that suspicions were rife he wanted to paid for his testimony.

On top of that, he doesn't really have the charisma of a Jun Lozada, more's the pity.

From the Inquirer story:

When the hearing ended at past 8:30 p.m., everyone in attendance was ready to either retire or attend another engagement except for Madriaga.

Like a lost and confused child, Madriaga grabbed and held tight the arms of Sandra Cam, a former Senate witness who testified in 2005 that Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo, a son of the President, and his uncle, Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo, had received money from operators of jueteng, an illegal numbers game.

Madriaga asked her, “Sandra, where will I go now?”

Cam said it was only then that Madriaga’s security arrangement was raised and attended to.


It was at this point that Cam and the nuns decided to rush to ParaƱaque City to fetch Madriaga’s family.

“We went on a convoy and the sisters volunteered to use their L-300 (van) to fetch Madriaga’s wife and children. We pitied the family when we saw the house,” Cam said.

The Madriaga house is modest without a trace that the family was once affluent, according to Cam.


While in her car, Madriaga, according to Cam, received a text message from his wife who told him, “wala nang pananghalian (no more food for lunch)” and sought permission if she could sell the family’s water pump so she could buy food for the kids.

Cam said that broke her heart and insisted that Madriaga take her P2,000. “At first he did not want to accept it but when he opened his wallet, I saw he only had P20. So I pitied him. I insisted that he take the P2,000,” she said.

1 comment:

  1. Ok, based on your account it would seem that i owe Madriaga an apology.