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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sangil: Two stories about pork

THE Duterte administration is going on its seven months. The promised change seems to be true, particularly in the fight vs. the drug problem. Another one is the promise to increase the Social Security System pension. Yet to be redeemed is the seemingly solemn promise announced repeatedly regarding the doubling of salaries of policemen and soldiers. And of course the vow to rid corruption. The general public seems remarkably optimistic that it can be done with the strong willed Duterte. But wait. Anti- corruption? Duterte is not succeeding. Sorry to say that Mr. President. As long as the despised pork barrel is being availed and abused.

The devil is in the detail. The eagle eyed Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former top cop that he was knows from where he speaks of. Many are inclined to believe Senator Ping Lacson about the insertion of huge amounts 2017 executive budget for the senators and congressmen's Priority Development Acceleration Fund( PDAF) aka pork barrel. Of course everybody knows that the biggest source of corruption is the pork barrel.

It is insulting to hear Senators Koko Pimentel and Frank Drilon explaining that there is nothing wrong about the solons proposing projects in their areas. As if they want the public to believe that they have nothing to do in the implementation of projects.

For the benefit of the two senators all projects proposed by a congressman or a senator the concomitant SOP is still a definite part when the 'rigged' bidding will be conducted. It is called SOP because that's the standard procedure. Easily from 20% to 30% is deducted from the total amount of the project as share of the congressman or the senator who proposed such during budget deliberations in Congress.

Please don't pull the legs of Juan De La Cruz. It's open knowledge. All contractors, public works officials particularly regional directors, district officials and Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) know the real score. The tax money of Juan de La Cruz is being stolen every time there is a prosecution of infra project in your neighborhood.

My Tweets

+ 44% of our countrymen consider themselves poor. Meanwhile, 8 men as rich as half of the world.

+ It is a case of too many to the few and too little for the many.

+ The DOLE, Bureau of Immigration, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, CDC, PAGCOR pounded heavily on Jack Lam's Fontana. What about the other foreign run casinos inside the Clark Freeport whom I suspect are violative of many laws?

+ Start with Widus Casino. Many are telling maybe some people in some of those government agencies are on the take. If not why aren't they investigating? President Duterte, please kick their asses.

+ The two mayors in the hog sale issue should know better. Any disposal of properties should be done properly. Bidding under the procurement law.

+ The health of the livestock cannot be made as defense, neither the health of the public. Bidding is still required. This is another pork story.
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