Vice President Salvador H. Laurel wrote to President Corazon C. Aquino a letter expressing his regret and resentment to how her leadership has, as he claimed, further ruined the state of the country instead of redeeming it as she promised.
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Laurel said that he had faith in the purpose of Aquino's presidency yet after 18 months as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, he resigned on September 8, 1987 seeing that hope was fading.
"But the true state of the nation must be told. And the painful truth is that the nation has gone from bad to worse, while you choose to stand aside in the puerile hope that the problems would simply solve themselves.'" he wrote.
Laurel said the "new moral" which Aquino committed to has been perverted and the country became a haven for assassins, thieves, corrupt officials and traitors.
"We promised our people morality and decency in government. What do we have instead? The very opposite. It is now openly admitted by many, including your former Solicitor-General and some of your own close relatives in Congress, that the stench of “accumulated garbage”—I’m quoting your own first cousin, Congressman Emigdio Tanjuatco, Jr. —rises to high heaven,"
Laurel said that from 16,500 NPA regular when Marcos fell, the communists claimed an armed strength of 25,200, of which 2,500 are in Metro Manila.
He said Aquino failed the Armed Forces who expected a leader, but got a bystander instead.
"At the height of our people’s euphoria in in 1986, very few dared to question your unilateral decision to release the communist detainees, declare a ceasefire and hold peace talks with the National Democratic Front. But it has since become clear that these unilateral acts of yours have provided the biggest boon to the communist revolutionary movement," he said.
"The truth is that the peace and order situation is much worse today than when you came into office. It is now the number one problem of the nation," he added.
He said anarchy has spread within the government, within ruling parties and even in the streets, yet Aquino ignored the problems.
"It pains me to have to write this letter to the beloved widow of my childhood friend, Ninoy Aquino. But the truth must be told and I cannot avoid addressing this letter to a lady who happens to be President of the Philippines and who as such, cannot escape responsibility for the gross misgovernment of our Republic," he said.
Laurel urged Aquino to step down from the presidency.
"Should you, however, choose to remain in office and continue to misgovern the nation, I will have no choice but to forthwith disassociate myself completely from your government," he said.
"I will be able to serve our country better by speaking out freely for the national interest and always for the sake of truth, justice, freedom, and democracy," he added.
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