By virtue of being the chief public official of the land, and an elected one at that, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo deserves to be scrutinized in the extreme.
Her transparency must extend to every little thing she does, including her mobile phone calls.
The Anti-Wiretapping Law is stupid as to excuse public officials from public scrutiny.
When one is a public official, the only things left for him/her private are his/her urinary and bowel movements.
The public, who empowered the official in the first place, is entitled to know the dealings that transpire among public officials – their calls, their memos, their letters. Everything – personal and official.
To ensure accountability, the public official should inform the citizenry, in real time, of everything that he/she does. We are in the Information Age, and shortening attention spans will not suffice for a proper ingestion of lengthy accomplishment reports full of legalese.
Even if it is a matter of national security, an informed citizenry is an empowered citizenry – a citizenry who knows how to act and react to protect its sovereignty. No one must assume the responsibility of deciding what’s good or bad to know – every information is worth knowing, for a huge fire can start with a small spark.