MANILA - Lawyer Jessica “Gigi” Reyes has slammed some media outfits for allegedly putting words into her mouth.
She also appealed for compassion towards her family even if she and her other co-respondents won’t get any.
In a Facebook journal entry which was allowed access by the lawyer’s brother, Patrick Gonzales, Reyes said: “The PDAF scam is undoubtedly a serious national issue; 'national tragedy'. I just wish that we could also accord some measure of compassion to our families who are suffering their own 'personal tragedies' as we now face trial. Never mind us... But our families at least.”
Reyes said she quietly surrendered at the Sandiganbayan last Friday. “At the Sandiganbayan. I did not say anything in response to the media. I also said nothing but ‘yes’ and ‘thank you’ to the Court's officers and personnel, and quietly followed their guidelines and procedures.”
Some headlines the following day, however, reported a different story, she said.
She noted the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s report on July 5 that started with: “They will miss each other. But maybe not for long.”
The story went on to say that Reyes’ former boss, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, was going to be detained at the Camp Crame.
Reyes, on the other hand, was going to spend a few days and nights at a detention room in the Sandiganbayan.
Responding to the Inquirer's lead, Reyes said: “Really? Who told them that?”
Enrile's wife, Cristina, has gone on record to say that Reyes had an affair with her husband.
WHY SHE CRIED
Reyes also took note of a Philippine Star report that said she broke down “at the thought of spending time in a crowded, dirty and poorly ventilated cell.”
Other media entities, on the other hand, reported she complained over the lack of air conditioning in her room.
“For the record, I never complained nor cried over such things,” she said.
She admitted to crying only because “I was told I may not be able to see my children and my mother that same night because it was already past office hours.”
Earlier that day, she had told them not to accompany her any longer at the Sandiganbayan since they would see her later that night.
She said “elements from the press just could not stick to FACTS while performing their duty to read a faithful reportage of the events as they happened.”
“And since I said NOTHING, they took it upon themselves to say ‘something’ by putting words into my mouth, thoughts into my head, and even feelings where they supposed there must be -- all by their own account, or conveniently, quoting ‘sources who spoke on condition of anonymity FOR LACK OF AUTHORITY to speak on the matter,’ or such other spurious sources,” she said.
She said her late father, Pat Gonzales, was a journalist and was always fair in his reports.
“My father was a journalist, but first and foremost, he was a father even to the young reporters he mentored and supported in their careers. He never lacked fairness and compassion but sadly, it seems that theirs is a dying breed of journalists,” she said.