Bil­lions stolen

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There was a prac­tice dur­ing the Noynoy Aquino ad­min­is­tra­tion to hand earn­ings of gov­ern­ment owned and con­trolled cor­po­ra­tions (GOCC) to the pres­i­dent in a cer­e­mony pre­pared for that pur­pose. The BCDA group gets first row like PAGCOR which re­mit an­nu­ally sev­eral bil­lions and the Land Bank of the Philip­pines some bil­lions too. The other state agen­cies handed their earn­ings and they be­long to what they call the ‘bil­lion­aires club’. This year, Clark De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion will re­mit their earn­ings in 2018 (af­ter ex­penses) P1.7 bil­lion to the na­tional trea­sury, ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­dent Noel F. Manankil, the hard­work­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the state agency.

All those 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. And Sen­a­tor Pan­filo Lac­son is our ‘hero’. For he is re­lent­less in ex­pos­ing the pork laden bud­get, one of the big­gest sources of cor­rup­tion in our coun­try. A dead­lock looms in the bi­cam­eral con­fer­ence com­mit­tee be­tween the two houses. A re-en­acted bud­get is a pos­si­bil­ity.

In the mean­while, I re­mem­ber calling the at­ten­tion of the pub­lic re­gard­ing 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?’

I to­tally dis­agree with lawyers and their clients in­dicted with plun­der and graft cases that the jus­tices of the Sandi­gan­bayan maybe 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. MGA HIPOKRITO. PINAPAPAKAIN SA NAKAW ANG PAMILYA NILA. MAHIYA NAMAN KAYO.

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. 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. There was also then Ro­ge­lio De La Rosa, a ka­pam­pan­gan movie ac­tor who was a sen­a­tor. 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 sen­a­tors didn’t have sticky fin­gers.

As a mat­ter of fact, in the United States of Amer­ica, pork bar­rel is 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.

Those 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.

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