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Sunday, June 22, 2014


MORE MONEY -- I was once invited to Malacanang together with my fellow officers at the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) to hand a remittance of more than P2 billion to President Benigno Aquino III. All government owned and controlled corporations (GOCC) hand their earnings to the president in a ceremony prepared for that purpose. The BCDA group gets first row like PAGCOR which remit annually close to P10 billion, the Land Bank of the Philippines around P7 billion and other state agencies handed their earnings and they belong to what they call the 'billionaires club'.

For its part, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) handed P110 million while Subic May Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) handed for the first time in ten years P185 million. Not bad.

WHERE THEY GO -- The billions of pesos remitted by these GOCCs to the president in that ceremony goes afterwards to the national treasury for both houses of congress, the House of Representathieves, er I mean Representatives and the senate will pass upon the national budget. That's where 'disasters' happened.

When you see on TV documentaries about children crossing rivers because of a lack of a connecting bridge in going to their school. When you see a classroom filled with kids and the classrooms had already seen better days, when you see no dryer for the palay harvest, when you see an almost impassable road with passengers crowded on top of a jeepney,you may scratch your head and ask yourself: ' Nasaan napunta ang pera?'

JAIL THEM -- I totally disagree with lawyers and their clients indicted with plunder and graft cases that the justices of the Sandiganbayan may be swayed by public clamor to jail the guilty. It is for everybody to see how they dipped their hands on the money intended for the public, and them feigning innocence would want you to throw up.

If as alleged that Janet Lim Napoles pocketed something like P15 billion, then how much money lined up the pockets of these thieves in government. The kind of money stolen in the past many years I believe can even make a concrete road of all the rice paddies in the country.

WHO's TO BLAME? -- We have nobody to blame but the people themselves. These solons are there in congress and in the senate because you voted them to office. In the early years, when I was still in high school, the people then voted for senators like Jovito Salonga, Jose Diokno, Lorenzo Sumulong, Benigno Aquino, Ambrosio Padilla, Arturo Tolentino, Lorenzo Tanada, Soc Rodrigo. Compare these names to the present occupants of the senate, and you can arrive on a conclusion. Yes Virginia, there was pork barrel already in those years, but the senator didn't have sticky fingers.

As a matter of fact, in the United States of America, pork barrel are given each congressman and senator each year, and was a matter of right by each for past many decades. Not a single cent was pocketed. That's why they have a strong democracy.

SO NAÏVE -- The three senators and the hundreds of congressmen suspected of pocketing millions of the people's money must be rich even before Napoles thought of the pork barrel scam. Why then they got involved in this illegal and immoral undertaking? You are some kind of stupid if you can't smile a rat when you are offered fifty percent commission? They fell into it, because love of money is a bottomless pit.

So naive to steal more money, when you already have bundle of them, which in ten lifetimes cannot be exhausted. Each one of us have only one lifetime. No one lives forever. And the good lesson to remember is that the only money you have are the money you spent.

Spending the remaining years of your life in jail is so tragic.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 23, 2014.

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