So, Nonong Cruz resigned irrevocably as Defense Secretary after Tony Carpio, his partner, wrote an excoriating majority (actually plurality) decision in the People’s Initiative case and after Raul Gonzales made public that the Firm (of which Carpio and Cruz were founding partners) was now on the other side of the Gloria fence.
Leaving is easy. Public repentance is more difficult.
Instead of a 2 sentence, 22-word letter of resignation, Cruz should have made a mea culpa mea maxima culpa letter to the Filipino people explaining just why Gloria should never have been installed in power and why she is unfit to stay a day longer in power. Otherwise, Cruz’s resignation and Carpio’s seemingly disloyal ponencia will simply be a case of “I scratched your back, you failed to scratch mine. . . so there.”
Stand on principle, gentlemen, and declare what you stand for. It was wrong to have installed Gloria Arroyo (but profitable for you perhaps); a resignation letter simply does not do the trick—a public apology perhaps would help but a public repudiation would do more.
But that’s expecting too much. What is it that they say about there being no permanent friends but only permanent interests? Expect The Firm to be back soon.