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Saturday, August 17, 2013
BILE, that bitter taste that rises up your throat whenever you want to puke as I have long wanted to since that pork barrel scam leaked to the press.
And what does the Senator Jinggoy Estrada have to say, he who is among those who were smiling while in a party with the billionaire Janet Lim Napoles? He wants the journalism industry to be regulated and for all journalists to pass an exam like the licensure exams teachers take.
I wonder what license the senator holds aside from driver’s. Bile is now such a familiar taste.
Who believes that congressmen and senators do not really know what NGO they are giving millions of pesos to? They who love to pose at every opportunity, even posing for giving meager funds to needy organizations and ensuring that they get to deliver a speech or two so that what little marker can be made will have their name on it. Now they are claiming they do not know Napoles’ NGOs and never realized they were feeding these by the millions.
The truth is, I have heard so much about corruption, I am by now not prone to letting our blood pressure shoot up because of such news. Yes, corruption is evil as always, but no, I will not die of hypertension because someone else is corrupt.
We’re past that now, we can now control our emotions that’s what I always tell myself, but the corrupt always have ways to infuriate. Now they expect us to believe that they have no idea where their pork barrel goes. No politician who plunks in so much money during elections will just let any money handed over to his ministration fly out to where he cannot even collect patronage from. That is a fact attested to by history and the present. That is, not unless he has already collected his share and patronage is not an issue.
Bile? That’s now the taste of my mouth, it has become that since all these senators and congressman came blustering in their effort to slam the books on journalists and instead hitting their shins. Actually, there are a lot of easier words that I could have written in this article – all of them four-lettered and their variations. All intended to describe the congressmen and senators we have in those evil halls.
No wonder there are movements to march once more, and declare our collective refusal to accept the sleaziness of those in power. We understand so well where the anger is coming from. This is worse than the assassination of Ninoy Aquino, whose death anniversary we will be marking soon.
In Ninoy’s assassination, one man was silenced.
What the senators want in demanding that journalism should come under their powers through legislation and licensing is to gag us all, the people included. Remember, while all these is going on, and while we are sharing and posting all these, the Cybercrime Bill is still there, not yet removed. From Tito Sotto, we now have Jinggoy Estrada.
And yes, I sound like a nincompoop as my thoughts jump here and there. That is what our government want us to be, I’m just obliging.
Believe that Napoles’ billions, 100-plus bank accounts, and 30 luxury cars came from her inheritance and mining business in Indonesia. That’s what we’re supposed to do. Said that way, she makes Davao’s Floirendos and even Makati’s Ayalas nothing but of a class who have to work hard for their money; people unworthy to be visited by the Black Nazarene. Dontchatinkso?
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 18, 2013.