The truth or something like it PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 September 2017 14:02

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

We live in age when truth and lies are passed around with the same ease. We might even say that more discernment is in fact needed to determine if it is the truth we are getting or just something that approximates it. Is it the truth or is it Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness”?

Being at my age I can say that I have been around for some time but it is only now when I  have to caution myself frequently  to check if  what I am reading in the newspaper or hearing on TV is real  news or  that phenomenon called “fake news”. If at my age I have to be careful what more might it be for those who are much younger and have not yet acquired the patina of skepticism of octogenarians.

The advent of communication technology has made our present condition possible, when anyone who has the inclination for it can post whatever comes to mind. Even the president of the US has been found out doing this a number of times so that some media outlets have taken to rating his pronouncements with Pinocchios  - a one, a two, a three or a four – according to the falsehood   in a particular pronouncement.

I am not particularly thrilled by the idea that I have the power in my fingers to push keys on my keyboard and whatever message I want to put out  will be on the way to  a number of people in my friends list. I am entitled to my opinion but as someone pointed out I am not “entitled to my own facts”. If I am loyal to truth then my posts should be carefully weighed as to its accuracy or correctness.

The case of Carl Arnaiz and a friend of his named Reynaldo de Guzman is a good case to look at.

When people are certain that they are saying the truth this claim is reinforced by executing an affidavit.  But in this case even the affidavits submitted turn out to be far from the truth or are totally false.

The taxi driver claimed to have been  held up by Carl. The police on the case later submitted two affidavits on the details of the case and purportedly signed by the taxi driver. After being incommunicado for several days the same taxi driver surfaced and claimed he did not execute those affidavits. Who was not telling the truth – the driver or the police?

The more surreal detail is what happened some days later. The body of Reynaldo de Guzman was found and  identified by the father. After DNA tests, the police then said that the cadaver found was not that of  Reynaldo as claimed by the father. How do we determine the truth? Or, does the truth still live in this country of ours?