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?