Napoles or napulis?-A A +A
Questions that Matter
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
AUGUST was one of the spiciest months in the year 2013. There were lots of happenings and actions in the month. Typhoons devastated the country while the “tig-kiriwi” was not felt much. There were revelations that placed the country once again in the spotlight of the list of “corrupt habitats” in the worlds.
Today, the one who blew the whistle hid under the wings of the eagle and continue to shout to the crocs that had not paid her what they agreed. Janet Napoles is now a superstar and an underdog. She is a victim of circumstances. She was exploited by many who wanted to get a share in the tasty Philippine pie. She is one which the world would pity for her humility of going to the President of the Republic and surrender. She is an icon of a penitent sinner. She is a very courageous woman.
On the other hand, Janet had been painted well by media. She stole money from the coffers of the government. She was an instrument of corruption. She is named as an icon of the corruption in the Philippines. She is the Mother of bogus non-governmental organizations (NGO) She is the “queen of all fraud”.
These are the two schools of thought going around the country today. Do we have to pity her or condemn her? What shall we do? Where are we now?
This is very simple. She was an instrument and she should be stopped. She was responsible for diverting the people’s money. But who gave out the money? It should not only be Napoles in jail but all those who have in one way or another been connected with the scam – the heads of the bogus NGOs; the legislators; the government officials; and other staff members. These are people who are within the web of Napoles. Those inside the web shall be made to answer to the people. My silly mind even is now telling me that the President and his men are somewhat involved here. This might be the reason why all the civic honors had been given to Napoles, and even to the extent of having the president and his men bring Napoles to the authorities.
In this country, we give honor to those who steal from the people’s money. We call them honorables and your honors. Look at them enjoy the money while we pay our taxes. They ride in luxurious cars. They gamble our money. They travel abroad once a year for vacation and attend seminars abroad at the expense of the peoples’ money from the coffers. While the majority of the Filipinos are eating one meal a day, the politicians are eating and wasting the peoples’ money on expensive food and beverages. While their children ride in luxurious cars and attend exclusive schools, the children of the majority are walking barefoot and could hardly even buy a pair of scissors. Shall we continue to allow this?
How many more Napoleses are there in the dark corners of the Philippine Congress? How much money are we spilling to bogus NGOs? Shall we just allow this to continue? Can’t we do something concrete?
St. Ezekiel Moreno, St. Lorenzo Ruiz, St. Pedro Calungsod, Blessed John Paul II, Monsignorii John Liu and John Su, and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 03, 2013.