In light of the allegations of previous Solicitor General Florin Hilbay on the bogus portrayal of realities composed on Marites Vitug’s book entitled “Shake Solid: How The Philippines Won It’s Maritime Case Against China”, Vitug composed a long reply on Hilbay’s claims.
Absolute bottom: In a post she shared on Facebook, Harvard University graduate, veteran columnist and writer Marites Vitug exposed that Hilbay often dismisses as “fake news” those events that put him in a bad light. Vitug further said that Hilbay has his own rendition of reality, and all the others are lies.
“He trumpets his version of the truth—and everything else is false. Indeed, Hilbay has reached rock bottom,” Vitug wrote. The Facts: Vitug scrutinized the way that Hilbay labeled her book as containing bogus narration of facts yet he declined to be interviewed by Vitug when she was making her book.While trying to incorporate Hilbay’s adaptation of reality in her book, Vitug welcomed him for a meeting, however Hilbay declined.
Read Hilbay’s email below: “Dear Marites, thanks for the invite. appreciate it.
fyi, though, i (w/ justice francis) am also writing about the same topic. our efforts, though, are much more limited to our role as agents in the case so we can deliver a more personal, first-hand narrative. i hope you understand my (i don’t know about j. francis) preference to narrate the (for my part, predominantly positive) experience myself. if you want to read parts of our individual accounts, you might want to check out the special issue (March 2017) of the ateneo law journal on the award. i look forward to your book, as always. and congratulations in advance. best, florin
Vitug also claimed that Hilbay is trying to hyperinflate his role in the maritime case when he said “I consider my treatment of Itu Aba as a significant contribution to the case I helped win as its official representative,” but according to the foreign lawyers representing the Philippines in the tribunal, Hilbay was nothing but a “figurehead agent” that contributed nothing to the case both in content and strategy. “In an email in 2016, one of the key foreign lawyers of the Philippines described Hilbay as a mere “figurehead Agent,” having “contributed absolutely nothing to the Philippines’ case” both in content and strategy. It turned out “he did not write a single word” in the submissions,” Vitug wrote.
Humility Is A Virtue: Vitug went on and rebutted all the allegation hurled by Hilbay, arguing that all the information in her book were checked from multiple sources, and was verified to be true. In her final statement, Maritess Vitug accused former SG Hilbay of lacking the humility to accept his errors and admit his mistakes.