Gaffes, blunders and other lapses
Last Saturday, GMA gleefully announced in television the capture of one of Abu Sayyaf’s most notorious leader, Radilon Sahiron. Less than a day after her announcement, the PNP retracted by saying they got the wrong guy.
The Palace has once again made a slip.
One after another, a string of gaffes had plagued GMA’s government.As recorded by the PDI:
July 26, 2002: President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced in Sarangani province that suspected kidnap leader Faizal Marohombsar had been arrested. Minutes later, she withdrew her statement, saying she was fed wrong information.
A month later, Marohombsar was killed in a shootout with security forces.
July 28, 2002: Media men were called to a press conference where senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon was supposed to be presented. The press conference did not push through. It turned out that Hapilon had not been captured. He is still at large.
Aug. 2, 2002: Ms Arroyo visited the NBI offices and presented Acsa Ramirez, a cashier of the Land Bank of the Philippines-Binangonan branch, as a suspect in a P203-million tax diversion scam involving officials of the government bank.Ramirez, it turned out, was the one who exposed the scam. She got an apology from Ms Arroyo a year later.
Oct. 17, 2002: Police arrested 21-year-old Mark Bolkerin Gumbahale, an alleged leader of the Abu Sayyaf. “He’s one of the top eight Abu Sayyaf leaders with a P5 million price for his capture,” Ms Arroyo said at a press briefing.
Five days later, then national police Director General Ebdane apologized for the misidentification. Gumbalahe was not an ASG leader but simply a member.
Recently, GMA accused ABS-CBN broadcaster, Julius Babao as coddler of a suspected terrorist by allegedly bailing out Tyrone “Dawud” Santos. Later, after much prodding from media both ISAFP and Malacanang admitted that they don’t have any evidence to prove their accusations against Babao. GMA doesn’t want to make a public apology.
The Bunye caper on the Garci tapes. Secretary Bunye presented to media supposed doctored and real tapes where he said that the woman’s voice on tape was not GMA but sounded like her. Weeks after the Bunye’s blunder and a period of silence, GMA admitted it was she on the tape and according to her it was just a lapse in judgment. She apologizes by merely saying “I am sorry”.
The list continues, but over and above all these, perhaps the greatest of all gaffes, blunders and lapses is that of GMA claiming she is President of the Philippines.
When the time comes, the Filipino people will have to say, “Apologies not accepted”.