I know the Reyeses. And because I have no first hand knowledge of the allegations thrown against them, I cannot pass judgment. Sure, I am guilty of thinking the worst of Tito Angie, but I cannot point an accusing finger. We all do not know the real story, or the motives behind Rabusa's actions. My best friend Nina, who works in news, has often told me you cannot publish the real story at times. It's always more complicated and deeper than what is presented to the public. What is in the news at times is just 50% of the story, sometimes just the tip of the iceberg. And often, in tabloids posing as broadsheets, 100% lies and fabrications.
What I can tell you is this. I practically grew up with them. They are family friends, and our neighbors in Camp Aguinaldo. My Dad used to work with him, and while Tito Angie and my dad did not see eye to eye on some things, I've always had fond memories of their family. The boys are simple, low key. Never pretentious or power tripping, or with bodyguards. Unlike some kids of politicians out there.
Tita Tess once told me never to get used to power, because when you are no longer in position, then people stop treating you special. But what I remember most about her, is her funny habit of asking me if I had friends I can introduce to her sons. Every time I saw her, no fail. They were all single then of course. Such a mom! She always seemed to want to be in on the latest food venture, one time it was buko juice, and she proudly said, "Wala yang formalin!" - referring to the practice of unscrupulous manufacturers who added formalin to preserve buko juice.
I never really got to hang out with the older boys, but Kuya Bogie was always kengkoy and makulit. Marc was the one who gave me tips when I applied to AIM, and his insights I believe, helped me earn a scholarship. Carlo is my age, super low profile, you'd never think he was the son of a powerful man. He'd go off by himself, I'd run into him inside the camp, Jollibee, the PMA grounds, never with a bodyguard. Judd is the youngest, I am not close to him, but he's friends with my younger sister. They're all nice boys really. So tragic for Carlo and Judd to be there when it happened.
So I can feel their outrage. They've been lambasted in the media, and I see the comments in online papers bashing them. But if you knew these boys, you'd see how real and down to earth they are. Unlike Garcia's sons, who've always been known to dress in designer clothes from head to toe, to the amazement and wonder of the Camp kids (how could they afford that? They'd ask their family, whisper amongst themselves. This was before Garcia was outed by his own wife).
Tell me honestly, how many of you out there really know what happens, so much more keep track of every single transaction that transpires in your dad's office? I know of some people who don't even know what their dads do for a living. So you cannot say for sure the family knows what is happening. Then all these people who don't even know them personally, start attacking, - because "eloquent" men in the Senate and Congress (who are themselves of dubious integrity) saw them as fair game.
It's really sad that Tito Angie died the way he did. I never saw that coming. I am sad because I know him and his family personally. It's different when it's just a name you read in the papers. I saw him transform into this famed, then shamed character. And it is all the more troubling because you know that there's so much more to this than what is on the surface. I do not really know if the allegations are true, I just hope Filipinos start thinking critically and not just take things at face value, or join in on popular opinion, unless nahatulan na. Mahirap kasi sa atin, nadadala tayo ng mga magagaling magsalita, kahit walang base or substansya.
Ito lang masasabi ko. Alam nyo, hindi lahat ng nasa military corrupt. Yung ibang mga TV anchors and reporters kung magsalita, parang nilalahat nila. Grandstanding din. Meron dyan siguradong nambubulsa, pero wag nyong lahatin. May mga nagsisilbi sa bayan na nabubuhay ng malinis at marangal. Yung mga nasa military, kaya nga sila sundalo eh, kasi hindi naman nila expertise yung pumarada at magpa-impress sa media - who take everything in hook, line and sinker. Lalo na, hindi man lang sila charismatic or gwapo. Paano magkaka-simpatya para sa kanila, eh ang gusto ng tao mga bolero, or gwapo. Kung maabilidad sila sa tao at sa media, eh di politician or artista na sila. Sa totoo lang, buong gobyerno, may kurakot. Do not single out the military. Nagkataon lang na may Rabusa na naghihirap at naubos ang ninakaw kaya biglang nagka-change of heart. Hindi kaya sya binayaran para magsalita? Madami din naman silang na-plunder diba?
So there, I've said my piece. Let me reiterate, critical thinking please. Think before you react. Yun lang.