Abu Garci

November 27th, 2005

No, he’s not Abu Sayyaf’s Khadaffy Janjalani in disguise, he’s Garci!

After a long period of hiding Garci is now back with a load of stories to tell and a new image to match.

Garci allowed himself to be interviewed by ABS-CBN Reporter Henry Omaga Diaz somewhere in Mindanao. The mode of the interview was quite similar to interviews conducted to underground personalities: the interviewer being fetched, blindfolded, vehicle switching, made to negotiate difficult terrains and cross rivers until reaching a hut in the middle of nowhere where the interview is conducted.

Garci’s handlers, whoever they are, really made sure they mounted a good set-up that stirs one’s cinematic imagination. Even Garci’s get up fits the plot. That is of course to put flavor on Garci’s present status – a good man hiding from the bad contrabidas just like in the movies.

Few days ago Mrs. Garcillano denied that she and her husband left the country. She added that her husband has been hiding in Mindanao to prevent authorities from capturing him. “I have to make myself rare for a while for fear of my life and that of my wife,” Garci said during his interview. He added that he is willing to face any inquiry to clear his name provided that his warrant of arrest and the bounty on his head be called off.

In the meantime, Garci, now assuming a new image and perhaps a new name like Abu Garci continues to enjoy his adventure as a quasi-underground figure. Garci should just pray that he wouldn’t end up mistaken as somebody posted in the PNP’s most wanted terrorists like what happened to that poor one armed guy.

Garci’s surfacing now brings more questions than answers. And quite like a movie thriller, we wait in anticipation for what will happen next.

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Photo taken from ABS-CBN Interactive

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  1. November 27th, 2005 at 19:37 | #1

    You don’t think Ricky Carandang might be right?

  2. The3rdColumn
    November 27th, 2005 at 21:08 | #2

    Thoroughly enjoyable read…haha!

    Garci’s get up is very appropriate.

  3. Samuel Bilibit
    November 27th, 2005 at 21:21 | #3

    Rizalist, I just read Ricky Carandang’s blog. Yes to some degree I agree with Ricky about some moves of Garci beyond his handler’s knowledge. But these are just minor moves that are calculated to ensure that it doesn’t go beyond his handler’s script. There’s a good reason for Garci to be wary about his handlers. For sure Garci knows he cannot operate independently outside his handler’s ambit. He knows once he slips he’s gone. And for that reason, Garci is now more of a hostage than a guest of his handlers.

  4. Samuel Bilibit
    November 27th, 2005 at 21:52 | #4

    Yes, The3rdColumn, to don a turban appropriately fits the picture of him hiding in Mindanao. On the other hand, the turban also betrays a hint that he is most likely secured in a Muslim area. Perhaps under the protection of a strong Muslim Political warlord. That’s the other statement the turban imparts.

  5. November 28th, 2005 at 18:05 | #5

    Hi Sam. Sana mas dramatic yung revelation ni Garcilliano, like when finally he would throw every caution to the wind and really admit to the public na something fishy really did happen in the last election, di ba mas ‘cinematic’ ang dating niya? Siguro, baka maging hero pa sya in the eyes of the public instead of a goat that he is right now.

  6. Samuel Bilibit
    November 28th, 2005 at 20:57 | #6

    Ang problema Major Tom, sa buong script, puppet lang ang role ni Garci.

  7. November 30th, 2005 at 12:03 | #7

    i hate the fact na naka-sahal (turban) siya. hmph!

    ang buong political system ng pilipinas ay talaga namang parang isang pelikula/telenovela… hay!

  8. November 30th, 2005 at 19:48 | #8

    Maybe ang iniisip ko kung sana maging “patriotic puppet” siya, if there is such a thing (laughs); like you know, him becoming brave enough to admit the truth of it all…

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