Who should be afraid of Truth Commission? And why should it be that scary when it’s just going to be an investigating, fact-finding body that could not prosecute but would simply submit its findings to prosecutorial bodies for appropriate action?
With this, one is left with no more reason to fear, no matter how guilty he/she is of certain wrongdoings. But the allies of the past administration, undoubtedly receiving orders from their former boss, are exhibiting just that—fearing over the creation of a body that will bare their true color and clandestine operations.
Prosecuted or not, crimes that betray public trust no doubt cause one to still fear the people betrayed. It’s the embarrassment and shame resulting from grave dishonesty, as sampled by massive corruption, that explains the near-panicking reaction. It’s the fear of being caught, of being exposed to the entire world, that people are fighting for, not necessarily to question the commission’s legality.
The truth is, anyone whose conscience is clear, and who is not guilty of any offense, would welcome any probe, though it may dig deep into his private affairs. But he who has something to hide and protect would fight to the death if only to block any move that would lead to disclosures. This is the clear message that can be inferred from the collective resistance to the Truth Commission.
Why question its legality when the Arroyo administration, too, came out with similar issuances creating such bodies as the Melo Commission and the Feliciano Commission? In fact, there were also other agencies created through EOs and AOs since the Ramos administration, including the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission and the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission.
Why react only now? If the commissions were valid during President Arroyo’s term, then why can’t the Truth Commission be valid today?
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