His vs. her words as Macariola speaks
Weapons and security expert Samson Macariola finally spoke on Sept. 8 about the Inquirer report on Sept. 1 tagging him for an alleged aviation security breach. He said “there was really no test, no explosive smuggled in”.
He claimed in his interview with the Inquirer here that Arlyn dela Cruz’s report got “many inconsistencies”. MindaNews has reported from Davao City about how Mayor Rodrigo Duterte looked at the Inquirer report and at Macariola’s intent for the interview here and here.
Dela Cruz also told GMA TV news program “24 Oras” that she is standing by her report. She alleged Macariola is just watering down the report due to pressure from authorities.
At one point, I emphatize with Macariola for this grave mistake. He is saying his life is ruined now, but is it not of his own making? Why did he grant the interview in the first place? Dela Cruz also, apparently, has a record of her own questionable exploits as a journalist just like how Newsbreak reported here in 2002.
For all parties involved in this controversy, we pray for: honesty, courage, humility and love for others over personal gains.
But I really pray that truth will prevail soon. It has now become a tug-of-war in public opinion. Authorities should tell us the truth about this and not leave us grappling in the dark. As of today, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said Macariola apologized to him in a text message. Duterte said Macariola is fired because his contract is automatically terminated.