Battle of sinners-A A +A
By Ben Emata
From Across the Seas
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
THE ongoing fight between and among some senators is actually giving some sort of benefits to the taxpayers since they display in public what were hidden in years.
Honestly, I enjoyed reading stories about the quarrel between Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago and Sen. Johnny Ponce Enrile because I learned a lot of things that could not be publicized before. Miriam is courageous to expose the sins of Enrile. Sen. Pamfilo Lacson had fired cannons too to Sen. Santiago like the latter paying her husband’s salary and allowances as well as renting an office in a building she owns, out of pork barrel funds. And now everyone knows who really is Sen. Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and a lot others. People are enjoying watching at the battle of sinners.
I have now a panoramic landscape of how our country is being squeezed mercilessly by the honorable ladies and gentlemen of the Senate. Even the poor market vendors, the sidewalk vendors, the tricycle drivers, the matadors and everyone else know of this great battle. According to the department of justice, a total of 38 people are facing criminal cases arising from this scandal. The problem stems from the slow or utter delay in the criminal justice, some of the respondents have already left the country. This make it more complicated and I hope the wheel of justice grinds a little bit faster and put to jail those who deserve to be behind bars.
Further allegations revealed that more pork barrel scams are being uncovered at this moment. I wish to see a lot of thieves in the government thrown to jail and let them return the money they have stolen so we can build more school buildings, bridges, paved highways and other public works projects that are needed in the countryside.
If we can send to jail ordinary criminals like the pickpocket artists, the kidnappers, rapists and others, we should take more action on the people who robbed us of millions of pesos. We should react with dispatch and precision to be able to achieve our goal of cleaning this republic of corrupt public officials.
And on this score, I am blaming millions of Filipinos who sold their votes during elections. This is the result of selling our votes. We got professional gamblers who know how to play the game unmindful of the ugly consequence thereof. They are experts in the game but as the saying goes, crimes does not pay. We should be grateful a way was given to us by which such misbehavior of public official had been unearthed. I believe this thing has been happening for decades without us knowing anything about it. Imagine billions of our money had been mishandled in so short a time. How about the years before this matter came out in sight? No wonder a lot of politicians live in exclusive villages or subdivisions and enjoying the comforts of being billionaires.
The next thing to do is to abolish in its entirety the so-called pork barrel. The senators and congressmen should receive only their salaries and wages plus whatever allowances, no more no less. Funds for various projects in their areas of responsibilities should be delivered directly to the people in charge of such projects. We have district engineers who design such projects and they should be responsible for the distribution of funds. The funds should not be coursed through the legislators who are supposed to be busy drafting bills and laws.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 01, 2013.