So the verdict’s out, at least from Valley Golf and Country Club. Delfin Dela Paz expelled, young Pangandamans banned, and Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman Sr. suspended for two years. Apparently, the management, after having conducted a thorough internal investigation found out that it was indeed Delfin Dela Paz who started the ruckus when he poked Nasser Jr. with his folded umbrella, one which was open when the heated argument started, by the way.
Ok, I’ve heard so many people side with the dela Pazes after having read Bambee dela Paz’s heartwrenching blog entry. Can’t blame them. Even Ms. Lea Salonga apologized for jumping to conclusions right away “in fanning the flames without objectivity and the open ear to hear all sides of the story.”
I don’t want to discount the possibility that there were some powerplay in the process of the investigation. There will be people who will think that way automatically. The people involved in the scuffle will also try to save face to their public.
With this, a multitude of lawsuits will fly from one side to the other. But I guess we can now leave it to the (i pray!) incorruptible justice system. We can probably refocus now on more important issues at hand, such as the RH bill, perhaps? Or the Cha-Cha?
Perhaps, the most important lesson here is that we should never be too quick to judge. Whatever the race, religion, sociopolitical and economic status, every person deserves his/her day in court.
Another thing to consider is the fact that blogging is very powerful. While we do have the freedom to express ourselves, it’s best to exercise caution when we talk about other people. It’s so easy to get heady in hitting those keys.