ARE there still honest public officials in our country? I will answer my own question. Maybe there are some. Very, very few, as a matter of fact. The headline the other day in a national newspaper said “House Pork Insertions Stall Budget”. Of course everybody knows the pork barrel of solons is very much abused. Source of corruption. Many of them got rich and fed their families with ill gotten money. And they have no qualms about it. Mahiya naman kayo. Mga kapalmuks talaga! These lawmakers who abused their pork barrel funds are all smiles because they were able to seek refuge with their own lies and justifications.
Remember the impeachment case against then Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona? Those dirty money spread by the former dispensation caused the downfall and death of the poor Chief Justice. I remember three senators who refused that dirty money, Senators Joker Arroyo, Bongbong Marcos and Miriam Santiago. The rest? I am speculating, some of them stuffed their bank accounts with so much cash.
The reports said a share of P200 million from the Development Acceleration Program (DAP) to some senators and less than a P100 million for congressmen courtesy of Malacañang. It reduced congress and the senate to subservience.
Sometimes I get the feeling that the citizenry is so unresponsive and seemingly don’t care to listen to legitimate issues and gripes. The election season has just began and I predict at this early we will be electing mostly the wrong leaders. Leaders who show and speak of ‘genuine public service’ while in the hustings. Labas sa ilong .This is true all over and not confine to one town, a province or a city. Another question can be asked. When will this end? All the good and qualified men in our country will not join elections until many of the voters will stop asking money, donations, etc.
TIDBITS: Clark Airport to hit 2.5 million passengers mark in December, Clark International Airport President Jaime Melo said in a press release. (BTW In case you don’t know, this young fellow is the son of retired Supreme Court Justice Jose Melo. Jimwell as he is called by friends is a chip of the old block). With Atty. Lorraine Inton and the rest of the CIAC Board, the best is yet to come....If you want some gift items for your kins and friends, I suggest you go to Oriental PX shopping Center in Clark. All markdown prices. Clothing items are bargain basement prices. I did some shopping there last week...Traveling now the Angeles- San Fernando MacArthur Highway stretch is like negotiating EDSA. Too many cars. And no traffic enforcers to manage traffic on some intersections. Talking about EDSA, this time it is the attention of City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago aka EDSA we seek. May we request for him to send traffic enforcers in Barangay Calulut and order them to man traffic on the intersection going to the NLEX toll plaza in Mexico. Too many heavy trucks and cars passing through this road now...Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde is a native of San Fernando and also maintain a residence in Angeles City. He will be still Chief of the PNP until November next year. For your legacy to your province, General Albayalde please effect the fielding of highway patrols in the whole of the province and order the establishment of substations on strategic places to put order.