I Don’t Like Jun Lozada But You Don’t Have To Like The Messenger To Get The Message

I don’t like Jun Lozada. The crafty weasel was at it again yesterday, playing to the gallery. His self-effacing, weeping sinner shtick is annoying. Having found religion just in time to save his ass, he has been milking his new-found celebrity status for all it is worth. He has a natural talent for self-promotion and grandstanding, with his pseudo-religious, reformist sound bites, pap for civil society groupies hungry for a “hero”. His self-righteousness is particularly galling, what with his look-what-I’m-doing-for-the-country-I-hope-you-appreciate-it tone. Exactly what my parents used to say when they wanted to put me on a guilt trip.

In the IT industry and certain circles where Jun Lozada is well-known, his character is closer to the foul-mouthed operator/fixer heard in the YouTube posting where he converses with Joey de Venecia. Which is why I find overwrought pieces like the one written by Inquirer columnist Conrado De Quiros, which portrays Lozada as the Second Coming of Christ, particularly hilarious.

But no matter. The messenger is not necessarily the message. I’m ready to acknowledge that the search for the truth is paramount. And in this, Lozada is just the mouthpiece for millions of Filipinos, as he readily acknowledges.

You don’t have to like the messenger to get the message. Obvious case in point: Chavit Singson.

That’s why I have a sticker in my car that says “Protect Jun Lozada, Protect the Truth”. This has caused a few raised eyebrows at my place of work, as I have made it publicly known that the only Lozada I revere is Ike Lozada, and he’s dead.

The search for truth will have to start somewhere “between heaven and earth”, to borrow De Quiros’ phrase, and it might as well start with Jun Lozada. He has captured the popular imagination like no other whistle-blower before him. It could have been Joey De Venecia or Romulo Neri, but the vagaries of character and fate and the ineptitude of President Arroyo’s minions handed us Jun Lozada instead.

How then should we approach our role in this search for truth, accountability and the fight against tyranny ? As an imperative duty, according to Theodore Roosevelt (and I find it ironic that I’m quoting a politically-incorrect, from our present-day perspective, unapologetic imperialist to make a point about searching for truth):

Surely we must all recognize the search for truth as an imperative duty; and we ought all of us likewise to recognize that this search for truth should be carried on, not only fearlessly, but also with reverence, with humility of spirit, and with full recognition of our own limitations both of the mind and the soul. We must stand equally against tyranny…

7 thoughts on “I Don’t Like Jun Lozada But You Don’t Have To Like The Messenger To Get The Message”

  1. Indeed it is the message not the messenger than counts and in so doing we are more closer to finding the elusive truth than go down the level of the trapos in the opposite direction. While the trapo wanted to kill the messenger by any means civil society tries to put him on the pedestal as in the case of jueteng bagman Chavit Singson.

    We seem to be fixated on personalities, perhaps a hangover from the personality based electoral exercise every 3 years that even scandals are seen in the same manner.

    I agree that protecting Lozada will also protect the truth and that’s about it…. no more no less because they are themselves culpable who should be worrying about negotiating a lesser sentence instead of being hailed as a hero.

    On the other hand it is possible that endemic corruption has seep deep into the consciousness of the people and perverted most of them that finding a hero that we can truly emulate is futile as they are now extinct.

  2. I agree with what you’ve said.

    In my part, I’m rather uncomfortable treating Lozada as a “hero”. I do appreciate the efforts in exposing the knowledge he has about the dark dealings in the government. But I’ll not easily forget that he, too, was part of those dealings. But that, in itself, does not contradict the fact that there had been corrupt dealings and that we should further dig for more skeletons in the closet.

  3. I recently came across the website below regarding Mr. Jun Lozada and I thought I should share it with you:

    patriots4truth.blogspot.com

    It might help us discern the truth better about the man.

  4. since the issue of the zte investigation is about graft and corruption in gov’t, i am interested to know what other anomalies jun lozada is privy in, if he really is for the truth, he should take this opportunity to divulge all he knows concerning irregularities/grafts/corruptions in the years working for or dealing with the goverment. we need to hold ALL government officials past or present accountable for their actions, otherwise corruption would just go on. we are concentrating to hard on catching the one big fish that we are letting go of a lot of the small fries which in the end would grow up and become giant fishes.

    on another point, i’m so so dissapointed with corazon aquino, i was with edsa 1 and i used to consider her a hero, but now, she is but a worthless piece of shit, she did nothing during her presidency except play stage mother and play majong. and if arroyo is corrupt thru her husband, aquino was and is corrupt thru her brother. they’ve cheated the farmers of hacienda luisita and up to now, no justice has been given to all those massacred during the luisita demonstration

  5. In a confused broth of politics and personal aggrandizement in the Lozada revelations, there is no way to find the truth, if ever there has been.

    Truth has divorced Philippine politics decades ago. There will be no reconciliation in the immediate future. Lozada is just a bastard of this relationship in whose blood runs the paternal DNA of the “dysfunctional” and corrupt political system.

    Philippines is losing its status as a sovereign authority. It is now being run mafia style. Whoever has more firepower, controls the deal. That’s what drives the De Venecias, the Lozadas, Lacsons and others who thought that their competitors cut them off from the deal. Public interest is never an issue here. Filipinos are not in their minds.

    As we battle in the streets for our waning idealism and tainted principles, the puppeteers are lurking in the vast estate of their property in Forbes Park and Dasma Village waiting for the administration to collapse and then they head off to the stage and make a victory speech. Then the powers are vested to them, and the cycle of lies and scandals continues.

    Perhaps, it is time that we fight it out as equals and not looking up at anyone as a lame hero.

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