No thieves-A A +A
Friday, November 1, 2013
IN A speech that preempted prime-time television Wednesday night, President Noynoy Aquino declared: “I have never stolen. I am not a thief.”
Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., in response to PNoy’s “I-am-not-a-thief” declaration, said: “I am not a thief and I never stole anything from the national coffers.”
Now we know there are no thieves. No Sir, none at all.
That reminds us of a joke about a congressman’s wife who was awakened by strange noises in the kitchen in the middle of the night.
She tried to rouse her husband from deep slumber and whispered to his ear, “Honey, there’s a thief in the house.”
The congressman, still half asleep, whispered back, “Darling, there’s no thief in the House. In the Senate, perhaps.”
PNoy defended his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which he distinguished as separate from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations which went into fake non-government organizations and ghost projects.
His critics branded the DAP as another pork barrel and made him “pork barrel king.”
But there are no thieves. And that my friends, is very reassuring.
PNoy’s allies defended his DAP, a part of which was coursed through senators and House members, saying that elected representatives knew what projects were needed on the ground.
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad earlier said 20 senators who voted to convict former Chief Justice Renato Corona received from P50 million to P100 million in additional pork from the DAP.
But Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone said the President should be given some leeway when it came to disbursing public funds.
“The President is our omnipresent steward, the prime pusher of growth, the chief responder to crises. He should be vested with budgetary flexibility. We should not cripple the presidency,” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 02, 2013.