Senator Panfilo M. Lacson today scored the move of the Department of Justice to file libel charges against Pangasinan Archbishop Oscar Cruz as a desperate attempt by the Arroyo administration to silence its most vocal critic from the ranks of the Catholic church.
“This is but part of this administration’s signature tactics to hush the opposition. If they can’t buy them off, they throw everything upon them, including the proverbial kitchen sink,” Lacson said.
He said the administration sank to a new low in applying this underhanded strategy against a senior member of the Catholic Church.
On the other hand, Lacson said Cruz may have reached a new high in Malacañang’s list of opposition characters.
“Why would Malacañang unleash its most rabid attack ally in the person of Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez if the perceived enemy is not menacing to them,” Lacson said.
It only establishes that Cruz’s efforts to expose the ills and stink of the Arroyo government are hurting Malacañang’s tenants.
“I am optimistic that Archbishop Cruz will weather this storm induced by Malacañang. I have always adhered to the fact that justice sides with the truth; and I believe that the truth is on the side of Archbishop Cruz,” Lacson said.