A Quarter of Reckoning

Statement of Brigadier General Danilo Lim on the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the 2004 Election Cheating

As we go through the last quarter of this year, let it be a quarter of reckoning against Ms. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The statements made by witnesses before the Senate blue ribbon committee providing information on the elaborate process and execution of bribery and cheating done in order to secure Ms. Arroyo’s victory in the 2004 polls only fortifies the allegations we made years ago—the Arroyo government was an illegitimate regime which was the product of a rigged election.

Thus, I welcome the statement made by President Benigno Aquino III that raps will be filed against Ms. Arroyo this November. Together with the Filipino people, I look forward that formal charges will be filed against Ms. Arroyo and other guilty parties.

While loyalists of Ms. Arroyo will certainly harp the impropriety of my statement especially as the ex-illegitimate president is allegedly in “bad health”, but in a country where ill health is often being used by the corrupt as a ruse to evade persecution, I would rather concern myself with the political health of our people who are hungry for justice. Ms. Arroyo can have the best doctors that her ill-gotten wealth can buy. All we want is justice and accountability.

I direly hope that the end of the year will usher the beginning of justice finally being served to Ms. Arroyo and her motley crew of election cheaters. The Aquino government owes it to the brave Filipino people who fought the Arroyo regime’s illegitimate rule and the patriotic soldiers who daringly broke from the chain of command to heed the people’s voice.

We must not fail them.