The Art of Concealment

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By Jun Ledesma

Sunbursts

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


HOW do you conceal foul odor like “putok” and bad breath? TV and radio commercials tell us how and why manufacturers of cosmetics spend billions not only on their products but also in promoting their respective brands.

In juxtaposition there is a perceptible attempt in the high segment of our totem pole of power to cover up the scum in the “matuwid na daan”. The legislators as well as those in the Executive Department of course are conversant with this. In their case however it is a matter of how to divert the issues or employ squid tactics to cover up the stinking magma of corruption. They have, for example, creatively magnified the issue of rice smuggling. They are so inured to it anyway, besides the chink-eyed sacrificial goat here does not have a Chinaman’s chance of proving his grand inquisitors wrong.

For certain he will face the jury and eventually the wildfire fanned by the senators and the boys in the Palace by the Pasig River will eventually die down. In the meantime a David Tan Bangayan will have to be fried by those who are supposed to be fried along with him.

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Haven’t you noticed that with all these razzmatazz the more explosive issue involving Janet Napoles and the irregular disbursement acceleration program (DAP) had been conveniently swept under the rug? We have to give it to the genius of Malacanang propagandists. They have succeeded in steering the public’s focus on rice smuggling thus removing the heat from the Napoles caper and DAP which all involved the tenants of Malacanang and the senators.

Now we know why the senate investigation on rice smuggling drags on in spite of the fact that they have positively identified the brain and the head of the smuggling cartel. And they want to invite Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to add more spice to their dramatics? Naaahhh! Well, it is all up to the mayor to attend or not. I heard it from the grapevine that he will be present in the Senate Hall on February 3.

Since they had invited Duterte to the Senate hearing they might as well order DA Sec. Proceso Alcala and NFA Administrator Calayag to be there too. If there are accountable personalities involved in the issue of rice smuggling they are Alcala and Calayag. We want to know for example why farmers cooperatives were given allocations by NFA to import rice. It does not stand to reason why farmers will be importing rice when they are supposed to be planting and harvesting rice. Is it now the policy of the DA to simply import rice or abet smuggling instead of helping our farmers to be more productive?

There is more to this brouhaha than the lynching of Tan aka Bangayan. I hope that the Senate will give our mayor the opportunity to ask questions to make his presence in the senate worthy of the time spent. As a former prosecutor he might be able to extract and unearth more facts from the mysteries in the batasan and the senate halls, the Palace, the Queen of scam Napoles and the smuggling king Tan/Bangayan.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 28, 2014.

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