Sun Tzu says, "If you are strong, you attack. If you are weak, you defend."
So far, the case against the scandalous NBN-ZTE deal has been strong. In order for this controversy to bring about a fruitful end, the case must be pushed until the perpetrators of this onerous transaction are impeached, tried, and convicted.
The President has ordered the suspension of the NBN-ZTE deal, which I think is a mistake, for the impression it makes is the Administration has gone tired of defending it and has given it up. Obviously, the intended effect is for people to stop talking about it. Yet, strategists in the opposition, which I hope are not wanting, should view the suspension as an admission of fault and an opportunity to mount a stronger case against the proponents of the deal.
Thus, the only foreseeable ending to this drama is the removal or resignation of one or more - or all - of the following:
a) the Comelec Commissioner,
b) the Secretary of Transportation and Communication
c) the President.
Meanwhile, with the shelving of the NBN-ZTE deal, some Chinese state executives are going to call the Comelec Commissioner. The cancellation of the transaction is inevitable. If indeed commissions have been advanced to facilitate the deal, are they going to be returned? In all likelihood, they have already been spent in clubs in Vegas or Macau, stashed away in Swiss or German banks, given to the paramours, or used to buy votes. They are gone and never to be returned. Sorry na lang. Yet, the problem is this: ZTE is a Chinese state company. What will the Chinese politburo say? Thus, it will be a matter of time before this controversy becomes a China vs. RP diplomatic concern.