Former House Speaker Jose De Venecia will testify today before the House justice committee hearing on the latest impeachment complaint against President Arroyo. He promises to disclose “as many” other scandals in the Arroyo administration as he can.
Joe the Venecia as rat. It remains to be seen whether he can be a convincing one. He certainly looks the part, with his ears and all.
He was been revealing tidbits of his long-delayed testimony to the press the past days, as supposedly contained in his grandiosely titled biography “Global Filipino: The Authorized Biography of Jose de Venecia, Jr. the Visionary Five-Time Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines” . Written by Brett Decker, former editor and editorial page writer for Asian edition of The Wall Street Journal, the book is reportedly set to be launched within the week. JDV is also scheduled to give a talk on it before the conservative U.S. think tank, The Heritage Foundation on December 2. The book can be pre-ordered in Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
The problem with De Venecia as whistleblower is his revelations are a bit dated and his failure to come clean. The snippets I’ve read from the papers paints him as a high-minded, hapless victim rather than a critical part of the machinery of corruption and deception which keeps Arroyo in power. But this is also the strength of his testimony, his being an insider. If he truly decides to tell all rather than fall back on the doublespeak he so loves.
JDV claims Arroyo spent P100 million in bribes to counter last year’s impeachment attempt.