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Sunday, June 1, 2014


SHOULD Cebu heed the call to rally for the resignation of our so-called honorable officials who are involved in the Napoles pork barrel scam? Of course!

After months of cursing by ourselves or in our Facebook status whenever we read updates about the scam, the time has come for us to physically show how disgusted we are.

No, we are not asking these officials to commit hara kiri, although that should serve the country better. Even a Reyes-style suicide is too honorable an act for people known to Janet Lim-Napoles as Pogi, Sexy, Bonget, Bigote, Dahon, Bigboy and Tanda.

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To spice things up for Cebuanos, the Napolists and Luy’s hard disk files also linked incumbent and former Cebu legislators.

We have enough of their denials and demands for proofs of involvement. We have enough of their squid tactics. We have enough of their pork games.

All we want them to do is resign.

They can frame the resignation as keeping the dignity of Congress and the Senate intact, not necessarily because they are guilty.

With all the mud flying around, we do not know who is truly guilty anymore. I suppose it would be better even for the innocent to also do what is honorable. Step down.

The 6/12/14 indignation rally should be our means of letting these men and women we call honorable to do what real men and women with honor would do.

Members of the Cebu Coalition against the Pork Barrel System are now discussing online the details of the Cebu leg of the mass action. You can join the discussions in Maghisgot Kita’g Politika, Bay and the Pork Barrel… in Facebook. Use #CebuAgainstPork, #abolishpork and #scrappork as hashtags in Twitter.

We shall be announcing soon the details for the rally as well as updates on our preparations for the Aug. 23, 2014 People’s Assembly to push the abolish pork barrel via people’s initiative.

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I like to urge media colleagues, especially those covering the pork scam in Metro Manila, to also look into the SALN of these officials and see, for instance, how big their bank accounts are and if they reported new properties.

I like to reiterate the point. During the anti-corruption campaigns against then president Estrada and CJ Renato Corona, the media were so enthusiastic in looking into the properties of these officials. In the Napoles scam, however, it seems PR money coursed through familiar names listed in Luy’s files has done some effective ops.

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Discussions online on rooting for the lesser corrupt evil worries me. They say corruption is the reality. Hence, our choices depend on who we believe is the lesser evil come 2016. As of the moment, we have a frontrunner who relies on allies mired in the pork barrel scam. A growing number has begun rooting for the son of a former dictator. When people say Bongets is also corrupt and in fact is in the Napolists, defenders say he is the lesser evil. Can’t we frame the 2016 election as a battle between good and evil?

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Closer to home in Talisay City, a security guard working for an agency hired by the City Government has yet to be paid last month’s salary. But that is not what raised my eyebrows.

It seems the agency has a problem with SSS compliance. According to my source, the SSS has not issued the agency a clearance. Despite this, the agency won a bidding last week at the Cebu Provincial Government.

I could have heard wrong. However, it would not hurt if Gov. Junjun Davide would check the winning bidder’s documents in a post-qualification process and inform the media about the results. It should not be difficult to check if the documents submitted by a winning bidder are genuine and not fake. Lisud na kon malutsan ang Kapitolyo ug ulahi na masakpan kay madaot ta ini, guv.

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Another Talisay resident complained, not with government, but about his “nightmare” cable service. Sigi ta’g bayad apan nagkadaghan sab ang ilang commercial lupig na ang mga local TV stations.

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Local manufacturers of mosquito coils are waiting when the local customs district would forfeit in favor of the government a shipment of mosquito coils from China that did not pass BFAD. In the Port of Manila, customs authorities forfeited four container vans of anti-mosquito repellents for having been misdeclared.

The indiscriminate entry of such China products is not only killing a local industry, it is depriving Filipinos of jobs.

(@anol_cebu on Twitter)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 02, 2014.

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