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Friday, October 4, 2013
THERE is no gainsaying what one might do when he or she finds power is within reach and may be used at will. Such a circumstance occurred in the governance of this country some years ago, according to President Benigno C. Aquino III.
He said that “the administration of then president Macapagal-Arroyo could have misused more than P1 trillion...”
This was pointed out by PNoy during his breakfast talk before the Brotherhood of Christian Business and Professionals at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The President accused the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of manipulating “several mechanisms in government to make sure that she remained in power for almost ten years.”
As pointed out in the presidential revelation, some of the mechanisms may have been through the rice imports, the congressional insertions, the use of Malampaya fund, or in the reenactment of the national budget.
These may have possibly been some of the convenient mechanisms that the previous administration employed to have access to more funds to use in its efforts to perpetuate itself in power.
How was it done in the rice imports? As pointed out in the President’s speech, there was “gross over-importation at higher prices."
In fact, so it is said, the National Food Authority (NFA) was indebted to the tune of P12 billion “from the time of president Ferdinand Marcos to then president Joseph Estrada’s administration and ballooned to P177 billion under the past (Gloria) government.” But what makes the matter worse is that P123 billion was incurred in only 2 years.
Just think, in the assessment of the current situation where the national leaders who are now in control of the reins of government, at least P23.33 billion of the Malampaya fund was also used by the past administration for other purposes, not to fund for other energy-related projects.
And to think that during the last ten years, the national budget was almost 1 trillion. Thus, would it not be possible for the past to accumulate an equivalent amount to keep as the national budget?
On the whole, looking at the general circumstance on which the governance of our country has existed since the beginning, as a presidential democratic structure, there should not be a surprise at all that whoever has control of the influential political power could not possibly resist using it to perpetuate itself in office.
This is a matter that could not be denied to human beings like we are regardless of how morally strong we might be.
The burden, eventually, of putting on reforms for the country so it would be able to follow a straight and narrow path to goodness and moral reforms, alas, lies on the shoulders of the present national leader. But the big and great question is, can he do it?
The answer: your guess is as good as mine.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 04, 2013.