Erap Grieves For "Hello Garci!" Star Witness Samuel Ong

Manila – “I admired his courage and love for the truth. Had it not been for him, the people will never know the cheatings in the 2004 presidential elections.” Thus said former President Joseph Estrada in an interview with the Philippine Star upon the death of Samuel Ong, the former deputy director of the National Bureau of Investigation who exposed the tapes of the phone negotiations between President Gloria Arroyo and Virgilio Garcillano, then a Commission of Elections official, during the canvassing of votes for the 2004 presidential elections. “He was a brave and courageous man whom we should consider a hero because he fought for the truth and for justice for the Filipino people who were deprived of their chosen President,” said Estrada. Ong died of cardiac arrest while in the Intensive Care Unit of the Chinese General Hospital for terminal lung cancer. Estrada had visited him 15 minutes before death. “There is one thing clear in the present administration,” said Estrada. “If you tell the truth, you will be jailed.” This story originally appeared in AllVoices.com (http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/3281930-erap-grieves-for-hello-garci-whistle-blower-samuel-ong) Erap photo courtesy of TopNews.in

Comments

Jesusa Bernardo said…
Thanks for this repost.

I'd like to share a tribute article I wrote for the late Samuel Ong:

A homage to Samuel Ong, hero of the 'Hello Garci' expose
JonathanAquino said…
Thank you Jesusa for taking the time to post. I really like SobrietyForThePhilippines. I think that's what we need right now, and I mean that metaphorically AND literally. The next generation is growing up on Red Horse, imagine?
Jesusa Bernardo said…
"Sobriety" you mean. Got it Jonathan. Haha. :)
R I P said…
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JonathanAquino said…
Thank you for your comment, RIP, and rest assured that a lot of us sympathatize with your family's loss.
Glenn Coco said…
Oh, I would like to know who RIP is! Samuel Ong was my uncle and it's really nice to see the support from everyone.
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