Monday, August 26, 2019

Bzzzz: Changing prosecutors: show the evidence

WHO’S RIGHT? Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña suspects that Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II changed prosecutors to get Banco de Oro (BDO) off the hook on the charge that its branches in the city have been under-paying their taxes.

First, did Aguirre have the authority to transfer cases handled by prosecutors? Second, did he abuse that authority to favor BDO, for which, the mayor suggested, the DOJ head received a bribe?

Making allegations is easy. It’s producing evidence to support the allegation that’s tough, especially on alleged corruption.
And often both parties in a dispute fail in that, with the public left hanging on which to believe. Lawsuits take forever to help inform public opinion.

Joy is part of...

NOT OF TEAM SUYOP. Cebu City Councilor Joy Pesquera says she is not a drug user, denying the allegation of Mayor Tomas Osmeña who has been repeating and repeating the message that former mayor Mike Rama and some of his Barug Team Rama members are into drugs. Tomas is squeezing to its last drop the still unsupported accusation. But President Rodrigo Duterte publicly said twice or thrice that Mike was on his “narco” list.

Joy hits back by implying Tomas must be an addict too: of morphine that the councilor says he reportedly takes to relieve pain from his illness. Tomas denies he’s taking morphine.

Again, no evidence from each side. Just a swapping of charges between political rivals.

Ah but Joy Pesquera says she is a part of “Buhing Kalbaryo,” a lent activity in Barangay Guadalupe this week. That she does not deny.

Common bets

Both Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez have common candidates for the Senate, whose names they already announced this early.

Noticeable is that among those they picked, there are persons who are not widely known: such as Sajid Mangadadato who? and Albee Benitez who? There are also persons recognized as household names but may not yet deserve to be senator: such as Mocha Uson why? and Bong Go why? And there are a few who are neither known nationwide nor deserving. A common description of the choices: they are close to the President and/or administration stalwarts.


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