It really turns my stomach to hear kidnapper Albader Parad try to claim the high ground after the release of Mary Jean Lacaba yesterday. Here is what Richard Gordon had to say about the Parad’s behaviour after the release:
Gordon said Parad, in their talk, sounded more aggressive than before. “It was as if he stands on moral ground because of the release of Mary Jean,” he said.
Parad himself claimed that the release was part of a “gentleman’s agreement” with Gordon:
“We just wanted to show that we fulfill what we promise,” Parad said in an interview in Filipino at around 8:30 p.m., adding: “They know no ransom was paid.”
Well what a great guy. Yet this is the same gentleman Parad who has subjected three people and their families to unimaginable distress for the past 77 days. The same Parad who has been hogging the headlines with his gruesome threats of beheadings of innocent people. I doubt whether too many people will be impressed by his new found trustworthiness.
Parad even tried yesterday to shift the blame onto the government:
“But if [the government] will not try to understand us — didn’t they say that life is precious? So, let them show us that the lives of these two are precious. If not, we cannot do anything. The lives of these two are even less important to us.”Quite sickening.
Meanwhile the Silvio Berlusconi award for tactless sexism goes to Sulu Vice Governor Sahidullah, who described Mary Jean Lacaba as “slimmer, prettier,” after her hellish experience. Nice one Gov!