Former House Speaker Jose De Venecia Jr. says he is ready to reveal everything he knows about corruption in the Arroyo administration in endorsing the latest impeachment complaint against the president. At a press conference in his Forbes Park, Makati home, De Venecia threw his full support behind the impeach raps filed by his son, Jose “Joey” De Venecia III, before the House of Representatives. He said he will spare no one in testifying before the House should he be called upon to so so. In the high-minded, bombastic rhetoric that is trademark JDV, he stated:
This fight is not my son’s fight alone; the complainants represent a wide segment of national society. Their fight is part of the nation’s search for truth and justice. And we must restore to public office the virtues of openness, accountability, integrity and good governance–all of which the Arroyo administration has cast aside.
I am prepared to testify at the witness stand if called by the House. I will answer all questions no matter who gets hurt.For me not to endorse such grave allegations–and to prevent them from being heard by a competent political court–would in itself constitute a crime against the Filipino people.
But it’s a measure of how much his prestige has declined since being stripped of the House speakership that hardly anyone paid attention. The old fart just isn’t news anymore. It doesn’t help that he has himself been implicated in many of the anomalies imputed to Malacanang, notably the Northrail project, and that his credibility as a whistle-blower is close to zero. Having participated in the worst excesses of this , and previous, administrations, one would think that his supposed “change of heart” would be greeted with hosannas by the enemies of GMA. He knows where the skeletons are buried. But no. Wide yawns all around.
Hardly surprising, given his reputation as a consummate opportunistic politician. The general perception is that he has nothing worthwhile to say, since whatever he blabs about can and will be used against him. He’s not about to hammer the nails into his own coffin.
Thus, unless he comes out with something really earthshaking and names names and produces clear and incriminating evidence, he risks being further mocked and pushed to the sidelines.