The devil in the details

I do not know how the opposition will regard assistant government corporate counsel Efren Gonzales from now on, after his testimony on the North Rail project at the Senate yesterday. He had testified without the President’s permission, because he said he believed himself to be excluded from EO 464’s coverage. But his testimony did not please the project’s foremost critic, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.

For that matter, I have no clue as to how the administration will view him either.

I’ve noticed a tendency among the hard-liners or the true believers (take your pick) on both sides of the political divide to paint the world from George W. Bush’s extremely limited palette: black or white, us or them, either-you-are-with-us-or-you-are-against-us. So for the hard core, is Efren Gonzales a martyr for the truth or a traitor to the cause?

Here’s a revealing detail from the Inquirer story on him, written by one of our newer reporters, DJ Yap, that should make the answer to the question even more interesting.

The Inquirer went to the OGCC offices yesterday and confirmed that Gonzales’ office was indeed locked, and not padlocked.

Oddly enough, a staff member who wished not to be named said she received a call from Gonzales asking her to admit that the office had been padlocked for a few minutes but the lock was removed after Gonzales reported it to the senators.

Gonzales purportedly told the staff member it would give a bad impression if his own office denied what he had just said on national television.

I do not know whether that makes Efren Gonzales a hero or a heel. Perhaps   — Holy Shades of Inconvenient Gray! — he is neither?

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  1. DTY

    After the many USA, Japan, Europe(LRT/MRT) projects, China is just following the role model for modern imperialism.
    BOOK:Confessions of An Economic Hit Man
    http://www.economichitman.com/pages/veracity.html
    http://johnperkins.org/pagina_nueva_3.htm

    “Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign “aid” organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet’s natural resources. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization. I should know; I was an EHM.”

    John Perkins as an economic hit man (EHM), his job was to convince Third World countries to accept enormous loans for infrastructure development—loans that were much larger than needed—and to guarantee that the development projects were contracted to U.S. corporations like Halliburton and Bechtel. Once these countries were saddled with huge debts, the U.S. government and the international aid agencies allied with it were able to control these economies and to ensure that oil and other resources were channeled to serve the interests of building a global empire.

    In his EHM capacity, John traveled all over the world—to Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East—and was either a direct participant in or witness to some of the most dramatic events in modern history, including the Saudi Arabian Money-laundering Affair, the fall of the shah of Iran, the death of Panama’s President Omar Torrijos, the subsequent invasion of Panama, and events leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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