Den of thieves in the senate and congress-A A +A
Bahin sang Bubay
Friday, September 13, 2013
I AM not imagining things as I watched the late night news on TV last night and seeing the smirking faces of the legislators as they listen to the testimony of Mr. Benhur, the nervous-looking ‘whistle blower’. At this early into the Pork Barrel scam investigation in the Senate, I have that bad feeling that nothing’s going to come out of these entire exercise in the so-called probe into the scandalous deals by the supposedly honorable(s) among the lawmakers.
It looks like it’s one big teleserye again, but this time, the ‘dishonorable’ didn’t have any qualms at all in lying through their teeth without batting an eyelash. But then, they could not care less, as the present crooks have learned so well in the past dictator how to empty the coffers of the nation and stash it away to never, never land, out of reach of the real owner’s grasp. I could not help but seethe at the most despicable sight ever.
Truly, these things are nothing new, as these have been exposed several years ago. But like teleseryes where the plot is oft rehashed so many times such that it becomes so predictably boring, the thievery continues unabated. How right I was that I did not vote for these TRAPOS, although now I am not so sure if at all, my votes for the candidates whom I considered incorruptible were ever counted?
What really bothers me is how could the women involved in all these grand design to bleed the Filipinos dry, allow themselves to be ‘prostituted’ by the ‘honorables’ just so they can have all the wealth and power in the world? It’s not only Janet Lim Napoles who looted the national treasury with hefty sums, such that she had built for herself several edifices outside the country, mind you. Most of the country’s well-dressed and manicured legislators did not hesitate to greedily take enormous chunks from the loot of Napoles and her ilk.
One could not help but be tempted to speculate on how adept Napoles seemed to be in her smooth dealings with senators and the congressmen and women in this scam. But then, the law makers (who are actually law breakers) need no prodding as they are all salivating in anticipation for their sizable share that were delivered door-to-door at that!
My students in sociology liken the Pork Barrel mess to a pig’s dung. Whenever a truck full of swine goes by, everyone could not help but notice because of the stench and the foul smell left in its trail. That is why however hard the Aquino government may want to cushion the impact of this fiasco, it could no longer contain it.
The proverbial cat is out of the bag, and sooner or later the conflagration will totally engulf and consume each one of them, and so I hoped. The problem is that the Filipino masses seemingly have no control over the circus that is now in town. While we, ordinary folks can shout our fury in protest rallies and demand accountability from the legislatures, we can only do as much.
However, if we sustain our protest actions and make the whole world look again at the kind of treatment that we are getting from the supposed servants of the people, then, we can expect results. The important thing is we continue to demand redress, make everyone of those crooks in government pay the price and call not for a total revamp of the bureaucracy but a genuine change in government system.
Meanwhile, we call on every Filipino to make sacrifices and help each other in shedding light into these things that are happening in our midst. We must take a stand and continue with our resolve to call for the scrapping of the Pork Barrel. While it may seem palliative a move, that would certainly be a step forward.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 14, 2013.