The ouster move against Joe de Venecia Jr. from the house speakership did not only deliver a blow to him but also put the Arroyo administration in another bad light that will add up to the popularity crisis of Mrs. Arroyo and her administration.
In a one-hour privilege speech before the actual voting that catapulted Davao City’s first district representative Prospero Nograles to the house speakership, JDV furiously lambasted GMA and her two sons Dato and Mikey Arroyo for allegedly plotting for his ouster.
Some political pundits opined that JDV lost the support from the Arroyos after his son Joey de Venecia III testified in the controversial ZTE NBN Broadband deal that dragged the name of the first family. He said, the move against him was a sheer display of ingratitude to him. JDV was the one who recommended GMA to be Department of Social and Welfare secretary during the Erap administration and stood by her side during the May 2004 presidential elections and during the attempt to impeach her.
In the house session that lasted till dawn of February 5, 2008, his colleagues succeeded in replacing JDV as it succeeded in reminding the Filipino people of the sins of this administration ranging from the “attempts,” according to JDV, to manipulate the 2004 elections to the ZTE Broadband deal and Transco bidding irregularities.
When he was still safe as a long-time ally of GMA, JDV just kept his supposed knowledge on various issues in his political diary at the expense of the people who should have known the truth long time ago. But he let the cat out because JDV was badly hurt of the maneuvering of his political allies and friends-turned-traitors. That is politics in this country.
As he threw a bucketful of dirt to Mrs. Arroyo, JDV created splatters that would be difficult to clean up until the next presidential elections. Whether or not he is sour-graping, as Malacañang allies told the media, is not an issue. The issue is the truth behind that last-minute tirade as he vowed to further flesh-out his accusations against GMA. This simply means, he would not keep his silence if only to exact revenge on the fate he suffered recently.
The opposition will surely capitalize on the revelations of the former speaker of the house. More to it, with proven political wit, JDV is an asset to the opposition come 2010 presidential elections.
As the new house speaker and as the first Mindanaoan to get hold of this important post in the lower house, Nograles deserves to be congratulated. Unfortunately, when many were elated some also cast aspersion to this whole political exercise and doubting whether this will make a difference in the lives of majority people in Mindanao.