Sen. Jose Miguel Zubiri had missed his chance to greatness. His resignation was anti-climactic. He considered himself wronged because of the baseless accusation of poll cheating and to protect a family honor, he found it the better part of prudence to resign his office as Senator.
Nobody is accusing him of cheating, but it was the wholesale cheating of his party, the party in power then, that made him Senator in 2007. He benefitted from that wholesale election fraud, and he cannot cavalierly dismiss the cheating and make a blanket denial about its existence in the light of incontrovertible evidence coming from the mouth of the perpetrators themselves about the cheating. The reason he resigned his position is that nagging doubt about his being duly elected Senator. He should apologize to the nation and its people for assuming an office for which he lacks a mandate and robbing the other fellow, Koko Pimentel of his legitimate workplace.
He could have told the nation that he was resigning because a cloud of doubt had enveloped his legitimacy as an officer of the chamber and his continued exercise of the office as the 12th elected Senator in 2007 made possible due to the massive cheating of his party, Lakas CMD, makes his present position very untenable.
That it was Koko Pimentel who has the mandate and he is bowing to the will of the people, conveys a more honorable demeanor. His speech along this line could have achieved a greater height, and his rendezvous with history had been assured. Historians will preserve his speech for posterity, his lines will be quoted by scholars — for here is a man who can sit out the electoral protest of his adversary until the term of the contested office had expired, but opted to vacate the office now, guilt-stricken of a crime of which he was innocent about, but nonetheless, assumed the full measure of responsibility of the misdeed of his own party and bear the outrage of the entire nation on his shoulders.
I could have written his main speech this way:
I apologize to the country and the people I have innocently wronged. I apologize to Koko Pimentel. I renounce my office effective today to pave the way to a worthier adversary to occupy the office I thought had been lawfully given to me by the people.
Allow me to exit this chamber with my entire family at my side, for their grief and mine are singular in expressing our collective sorrow of having wronged a nation and our people. A wrong that was not clear to us until now.
In the future I shall offer my services again to the people. Dazed by the inebriating potion of a public calling and addicted by a desire to be their abiding servant, I shall wear an armor of political combat again. Only an overwhelming mandate, unsullied by cheating for which I do not wish for, nor in conscience be a part of, shall be my complete absolution and redemption.
(You can hear the entire chamber rousing and hollering for his statesmanship, if only he has the right advisers. This guy is very handsome that you can easily package his persona as a statesman rather than remains a despicable tradpol).