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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
THE ground shook Tuesday when a magnitude 7.2 temblor hit Carmen, Bohol, Cebu and other parts of the Visayas and Mindanao, leaving scores dead and over a hundred injured.
It has the force and impact of the porcine scandals involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
But earthquakes, seismologists tell us, remain unpredictable. In fact, it’s as unpredictable as the end of the pork barrel system.
Seismologists counted more than 200 aftershocks after the main tremor struck at about 8:12 a.m. Tuesday, with the epicenter in Carmen, Bohol.
Workers from offices, even patients from hospitals streamed out from the buildings into open spaces at I.T. Park, Fuente Osmeña and elsewhere.
Risk reduction managers tell us aftershocks are dangerous. Aftershocks, such as in the pork barrel scandal, may even cause a drop in popularity ratings.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that while an overwhelming majority of Filipinos remains supportive of President Noynoy Aquino and his agenda, the Palace recognizes that the increase in the number of dissatisfied people reflects the depth of public anger and disappointment for those who steal and misuse public funds.
“Those who have wronged us will be held accountable. Those who wish to bring us back to the old ways will not succeed,” she said.
In other words, jail those who fatten themselves in pork barrel.
The ten members of the Cebu Provincial Board who are slated to go on a study tour at Capitol expense in New York to learn about drug rehabilitation have decided to put off the trip.
PB Member Arleigh Sitoy, however, will pursue the trip at his own expense.
It’s now clear, there’ll be no more “Suroy-Suroy USA.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 16, 2013.