Monday, August 01, 2005

Zuce is the key?

As I mentioned in an earlier post, a witness to the La Vista payoff has come out. Michael Angelo Zuce, a former staff at Malacanang, came out in a press conference today and said that he was present when jueteng money changed hands between election officials and jueteng lords -- in the presence of President Arroyo. Malacanang called it part of a black propaganda against the president while the opposition said it has more witnesses to the La Vista payoff.

Having said that, we should expect any day now the disclosure that former finance secretary Cesar Purisima, the leader of the Hyatt 10, had less nobler motives when he led the call for Arroyo's resignation last July 8.

According to my sources, Purisima implicated the Supreme Court -- he had strongly hinted that the Supreme Court's alleged intervention in the EVAT issue was the reason for their resignation -- because the High Court failed to name his father, Amante, to the powerful Judicial and Bar Council. Purisima, accordingly, had lobbied very hard for his father's appointment to the council. When he failed, he had to blow off steam at some people, in this case the Supreme Court justices.

Now, that may be a lame reason to call for Arroyo's resignation but I'm convinced that it was a big factor in Purisima's decision to betray his president. In fact, if it hadn't been for that, I don't think he'd do what he did.