Netizens throw mixed reactions on Napoles' surrender-A A +A
Friday, August 30, 2013
THE surrender of Janet Napoles and the way how Malacañang reacted have drawn mixed reactions among netizens in the social network platforms Thursday.
Many netizens who posted on the Facebook page of Mata na CDO (Wake up CDO), the local anti-corruption page, saw nothing wrong with the handling of President Benigno Aquino and Malacañang of Janet Napoles who surrendered to them late Wednesday night.
“What if, nagsurrender sa presidente, gipaadto sa crame og pag-abut didto gipatay si Napoles... Unsa man atong ipuna kang Pinoy??? Di ba ato siguro siya ignon nga tanga, niabut na ang pinakadako nga ebidensya sa 10b scam wala pa gyud gisiguro nga masafety... In other words , sala sa init, sala sa lamig.,” Gladis Naduma said in her post.
Melan Uayan Garley also shared her thoughts in Mata na CDO: “Ok ra mana as of now, ga protektahan gyud ni PNoy si baboy kay unsaon nalang sa isang iglap patyun man gyud na si napoles dili na maka reveal sa iyang mga kauban ayahay kaau cla, after mang gawas tanan baho POBRE pana sa ok-ok bartolina ang padunggan ana.
Napoles, the central figure in the multibillion pork barrel scam, surrendered to President Aquino Wednesday night after hiding for several days after a court in Makati City ordered her arrest for the alleged kidnapping of her aide who had turned whistleblower.
Accompanied by her lawyer, Napoles surrendered hours after President Aquino dangled a P10 million bounty for her arrest. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, citing security risks, said President Aquino went to Camp Crame to ensure that Napoles will be safe in the custody of the PNP.
As of 8:30 in the evening on Thursday, Napoles has yet to be remanded to the Makati City jail. Her lawyers have opposed the transfer by filing a seven-page motion reasoning that Napoles’ life would be in great danger if she would be transferred to the Makati City prison jail.
Journalists who usually are reserved in their personal opinions on the issues they covered took to the social networks to voice their disgust over what they said was Aquino and Malacanang’s alleged special treatment of Napoles.
Jason Phillip Gutierrez of Agence France Press posted his Facebook wall: “Pumunta sa White Space (gallery), tapos sa Heritage Park bago pumunta ng palasyo. Nag sightseeing pa, bago dinala sa palace. Hinarap ng at least apat na officials bukod kay presidente, at inescort pa ni presidente sa crame. Wala nga namang special treatment. Klaro.”
Gutierrez continued, “Kung may concern sa safety, why did the president escort her to crame? Pumayag ang PSG? Tanong lang.”
Local journalist BenCy Gerona Ellorin, now working as an editor noted in his postings on Facebook that President Aquino did not show any interest when a cargo ship collided with a passenger ferry of 2Go company that already claimed 80 lives and rescuers still searching for the 50 persons still missing.
“Pero kay Janet Napoles, pinasundo at hinatid sa Crame. In the words of Lacierda, si presidente pa mismo nag inspect sa room -- kung safe ba -- where Napoles spent the night,” Ellorin said.
Journalists and other netizens also took their rage to their twitter accounts.
Chino Gaston, reporter of GMA 7, tweeted “ Hanggang sa pagkakaaresto privileged pa rin.”
Nonoy Espina, editor of TV 5 Interaksyon also tweeted “Mas bagay ata 'to na headline: 'Napoles is safe... and so are we' – Malacañang.”
“Security escort ni Napoles si PNoy. Ato President pa ang advance security detail to sweep Crame,” Espina continued his tweets.
Aquiles Zonio, correspondent of a national daily posted: PNoy is demeaning the presidency, serving as security escort for the queen of pork barrel scam.”
Danilo Agoncillo posted an edited photo in his tweet showing President Aquino and Napoles in the iconic pose of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the 1997 movie “Titanic.”
“What a rescue! Damsel in distress,” Agoncillo said in his tweet. (Froilan Gallardo of Mindanews)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 30, 2013.