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Sunday, November 3, 2013
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III, in a rare live address to the nation on TV and radio, made it known to the public that he is not a thief.
This, after members of the political opposition, including those implicated in the pork barrel scam, have been coming out with statements accusing Aquino of using the presidential social fund and his own Disbursement Allocation Program in currying favor with some lawmakers.
“I have never stolen. I am not a thief. I am the one who goes after thieves,” Aquino declared.
I don’t think anybody can dispute that because Aquino is about the only president this country has ever had who is seriously on the warpath against those blatantly enriching themselves at the expense of every struggling Filipino, so we can move forward and be respected as nation and people.
World leaders in different capacities have started acknowledging Aquino’s resolve to turn around the economy and stump corruption with his able leadership.
However, not long after Aquino’s declaration denying that he is a thief, Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. came out public, emphatically disclaiming that they, too, are thieves, despite the fact that both are facing plunder charges relative to the whistleblower’s confession detailing how they allegedly colluded with Janet Lim-Napoles to funnel huge amounts from their Priority Development Assistance Fund to non-existent projects set up by bogus nongovernmental organizations in exchange for kickbacks of 50 percent of the project costs.
In fact the two senators are the same duo referred to by the whistleblowers as “Sexy” and “Pogi,” respectively, when kickbacks were being paid to them.
Since neither Estrada nor Revilla has admitted having defrauded the taxpayer’s money, not even blaming for it Napoles, for fear perhaps of getting them buried more in the muck, who then are the rascals that scammed the country?
The Filipino people?
You gotta be joking! --Jesus Sievert
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 04, 2013.