SENATOR Arroyo, Madam President, Mrs. Gonzales.
I Kept the Faith, the title Senator Neptali Gonzales gave to his compilation of speeches resonates in his character and in his life for "Nep" as he was fondly called by his close friends and associates, never wavered in his faith in God, his country, his causes.
The imposition of Martial Law was, for Nep, his moment of choice; it was his moment of truth. He was then the incumbent congressman of the 1st District of Rizal. The easiest thing for him to have done was to collaborate with President Marcos which almost everyone did at that time or just coast along, ride with the tide, in short, stay on the sidelines and do nothing after all fence sitting was the most fashionable then. It was convenient for most and very safe.
But that was not Nep. In character and in form, Nep took on the mantle of the …