To Tell the Truth or (and) Die

jose almonte

I do not usually read memoirs, especially memoirs by Filipino hero-wannabes. They are often narcissistic and self-serving (the “why” is self-explanatory).

There is a new book by former Philippine politics power-broker, Jose Almonte, that I will look for in National Bookstore (Powebooks or Fully Booked,  depends on where it will be available.)

I was intrigued because of my favorite journalist, Raissa Robles’s reaction upon reading it:

“I was therefore pleasantly surprised when I read “Endless Journey: A Memoir.” This 395-page book breaks the unwritten rule (at least in the Philippines) of memoir writing. Local memoirs are largely bland, inoffensive and (of-course) self-serving. Almonte’s book is predictably self-serving but explosive and quite deliciously offensive in parts, at least to some prominent personalities he mentions by name.” (from:

In a gist: Mr. Almonte was a military man who is now retired. He was in the highest echelons of power, 3 Filipino president’s ago.

I think he may be dying — the man is old, as you can see from the book cover picture of “Endless Journey: A Memoir.”

Older people, I found, tend to spill the truth. That is, if they want to meet their god in good faith. But if they were like Ferdinand Marcos or Adolf Hitler … well that’s a different banana.