Aquino gave Revilla his P86 M pork after their meeting

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What a liar we have for a President.

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His sidekick Interior Secretary Mar Roxas invites Senator Ramon Revilla, Jr., an impeachment judge, to his famed “White House” mansion in Cubao for breakfast. After arriving there, Revilla is surprised: Roxas tells him they’ll instead have breakfast with President Aquino in Malacañang.

As if in some spy movie, Roxas drives his heavily tinted black Land Cruiser himself and asks Revilla to stay in the back seat, and they drive out of Mar’s mansion.

Revilla later on realizes why he was asked to sit in the back seat as if Roxas were his chauffeur. It was so he wouldn’t be seen by the Presidential Security Guards when Roxas rolled up the window to be identified, so that the SUV would be allowed to enter the high-security PSG compound where “Bahay Pangarap,” a secluded bungalow where Aquino lives, is located far from the sight of Malacañang employees.

I’m sure Revilla smiled ear-to-ear when he saw Budget Secretary Florencio Abad there to join their breakfast meeting with Aquino. Yes, the budget secretary who releases government money.

Mar’s clandestine operation meant: No witnesses that Revilla ever was in the PSG compound at the President’s residence, or at his office across the Pasig. No guest book to prove Revilla was there.

Released May 5, 2012, after his meeting with Aquino. Source: www.dbm.gov.ph accessed Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2013.

Released May 5, 2012, after his meeting with Aquino. Source: www.dbm.gov.ph accessed Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2013.

If Revilla had exposed that meeting at that time when Aquino was at his peak in popularity, it would have been the action star’s word against his. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda would have dismissed Revilla’s claim with his usual tactic of cracking a corny joke.

Deniability was in their minds for that meeting, as they knew it was an impeachable offense — the President meddling in the impeachment trial — when Aquino asked Revilla to vote Chief Justice Renato Corona guilty. With Abad in the meeting, the press would have gone to town exposing the obvious bribery attempt on Revilla. Abad said in that meeting, according to Revilla: “Magtulungan tayo [Let’s help each other.].” That was a clear message, coming from the budget secretary: “If you want your pork-barrel, cooperate with us.”

But Aquino’s incompetence and pettiness have unraveled since that time, and his trust ratings have plummeted and more people would believe Revilla this time. Aquino didn’t have any choice but to admit the meeting took place.

Abad picked on the language Revilla alleged Aquino to have used, that it is not the President’s style to say “Balato mo na sa akin si Corona.” Maybe so. Maybe Aquino instead said: “Do me a big favor and vote to convict Corona.”

Roxas turned his back on reporters when first asked about the meeting. He later on issued a statement that the meeting with Revilla was about the “cityhood of Bacoor and his being head of the Lakas Party.”

What?

Lying hasn’t really been Roxas’ strength, as it usually isn’t for spoiled brats. (Aquino risked being accused of taking over Tacloban from a political enemy, he claimed, in response to videos showing him bullying the mayor to issue documents giving him authority over relief and rescue operations in the typhoon-ravaged city.)

Inconsistent lies
Aquino and Roxas couldn’t even get their fabrications consistent. Aquino didn’t even mention those issues about Bacoor and Lakas Party when he recounted what happened in his meeting with Revilla.

He said the topic was for him “to verify persistent reports that the senators were being pressured by interest groups to influence the outcome of the impeachment trial,” and that he merely asked Revilla to “decide on the basis of its merits.” If the Malacañang press corps had any wits at all, they could have very easily caught Aquino lying by quickly asking him: “Name one of these interest groups.”

All that cloak-and-dagger stuff to bring Revilla secretly to Aquino’s residence, with Roxas and Abad—his two top lieutenants—there in the breakfast meeting just to patronizingly ask a Senator-Judge to decide what’s right? Didn’t he swear to do that as a Senator of the Republic?

It is shocking how Aquino and his officials would assume that the press and Filipinos are so stupid that they’d believe their explanation of the meeting.

UP political science professor Clarita Carlos claimed in a television interview that the President “has the right to try to influence the Senate, and that he does this routinely, for instance in pursuing his priority bills.”

What Carlos forgot though is that the Senate in an impeachment trial, when the meeting occurred, was not the Senate as a legislative body but as a court and the senators were the judges, just like the judges of the Sandiganbayan or even of municipal court.

If a mayor calls the Makati court judge to his residence to tell him that he should convict an accused in a case before the judge—or even just for him to decide “on the merits of the case”—he would be committing a serious obstruction of justice as well as contempt of court. If disclosed in public, that would require a mistrial declaration, and for the mayor to be charged for obstruction of justice.

Revilla’s claims would have been merely a Revilla-claims-Aquino-denies story, if not for revelations in the past several months that the President not only used the usual pork-barrel funds but the dubious Disbursement Acceleration Fund to bribe the Senator-Judges to convict Corona.

How those pork-barrel funds could be huge bribes has also been revealed by the Commission on Audit’s special report and by whistleblowers, that the money can be and had been hijacked by legislators through bogus NGOs.

Pork barrel released
What Revilla understandably didn’t say in his speech—but which would bolster his allegations—is that Aquino released the bulk of his P100 pork-barrel funds for 2012 after that meeting.

On May 4, 2012—after his meeting with Aquino in Malacañang, which was in the last week of April, I was told— Abad released P86 million of Revilla’s P100 million pork barrel for the year. It was on May 29 that the Senate voted to boot out Corona as chief justice. These figures are from the budget department’s data.

It wasn’t just Revilla who got their pork barrel funds on the eve of the vote or right after:

• Senator Jinggoy Estrada, whom Aquino the other day admitted he met to discuss Corona’s trial, got P50 million of his pork barrel money released on a single day before the vote, on May 4.

• Senator Lapid got P50 million released on April 26, and the remaining P50 million on May 8.

Even senators who were in Aquino’s camp or known to be supportive of him played it safe, didn’t believe the President’s promises, and had a show-me-the-money-first mentality.

• Senator Francis Escudero got P50.5 million of his pork barrel also on a single day, on April 18 and P46 million on May 8, two weeks before the Senate vote.

• Senator Alan Peter Cayetano got P57 million of his pork barrel released on a single day on February 17, when the trial went into high gear,

• Senator Manuel Villar got his P50 million released on a single day, May 18, 2012, about a week before the vote and got the remaining P50 million on July 6.

President Aquino must be impeached, if we are to regain our dignity as a nation under the rule of law, if Congress is to salvage what remains of its integrity after being so servile to him in the past three years, and joining him in a conspiracy to put the Supreme Court under his thumb.

Section 2 of the constitution specifies: “The President may be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust.”

It is only treason that Aquino had not committed among these crimes listed as basis for impeachment in his conspiracy to remove Chief Justice Corona in 2012.

Aquino’s impeachable crime is worse than the corruption Estrada was impeached for. Estrada would have been impeached for extorting money from a jueteng lord, a corrupt governor, and the unscrupulous owners of Belle Resources Corp.

Aquino’s crime is that he undermined the basic foundations of our republican, democratic system by attacking the Supreme Court that represents the independent judicial branch of government.

He committed bribery by offering the Senator-Judges the quick release of their pork barrel funds as well as an additional P100 million in such discretionary funds disguised as allocations out of the Disbursement Acceleration Fund.

By doing so he is also guilty of graft and corruption since the Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act deems guilty not only the recipient of bribe money guilty, but the briber—Aquino.

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  1. This is the best article analysis of what went on, please republish so others may also read it….

    Revilla should have not tried to have it both ways, save his skin, and be on Pnoy’s good side….

    Unable to take a principled stand, he only doomed himself…but it’s not too late..

    Confess now and ask for the nation;s forgiveness, admit that he would have voted NO if not for the BRIBE, which he accepted…

    The grateful nation will understand, if it paves the way for a clean government!

    It is not too late, until his arrest order comes out, then all is lost.

    Sen. Revilla, isip-isip din pag may time….kita mo na, pati tatay mo idinadawit ngayon, eh nagpapapogi ka pa kay Pnoy….all out confession na lang!

    Be the WHISTLEBLOWER this time, then Jinggoy and Enrile follow, then all the 17 others who voted YES will have no choice nut to admit the same….

    This is your only chance now…don’t be half-hearted! And you may still be president…

  2. Pinoy Makabayan on

    What makes Noynoy worse among our evil presidents is that he postures as “the good one”. Not only plain evil, but also a deceiver! Satan must be rejoicing!

  3. Corona case have alraedy been like a broken CD, i am so tired hearing much complaints and allegations among politicians, from the scrutiny of Marcos regime down to the worst election results of Arroyo administration… How can our country obtain progress where there is no peace at all.. Haiissttt…:-(

  4. Problem with the opposition right now is that they are all afraid of Noynoy that they even had a coalition with Noynoy at the impeachment trial .Only Miriam, Bongbong and Joker had the guts to go against the tide. The tide was made up of communists (bayan muna, akbayan), pro eraps and noytards. The senators made principle votes during the debates on reproductive health but junked it all away just to crucify a helpless non politician in the name of renato corona. Everybody was caught in the noynoy band wagon that even the binay – erap alliance senators took advantage of the situation by having a temporary alliance with Noynoy to be on his good side in exchange for pork barrel and some points for their political give and take. SO SICK YOU POLITICIANS, As much as love Bong’s tirades against Noynoy and Mareng Roxas still he maintains that his conviction of CJ Corona was a principled vote. The truth is you Bong was loved every minute when Noynoy,Mar and Abad spent time talking to you. You immediately thought of the money concessions as Abad wants you to be a cooperative senator. So how does a senator become cooperative, give him more money. Ask Trillanes and he will say yes yes yes. Trillanes is in this politics business for the money as he led a coup against GMA after being promised money by pro erap businessmen. Indeed what this country needs is to abolish the senate and the house of representatives to save on money. Let us over haul the system and make all the sitting congressmen and senators and those who ran and lost be barred from any position. We need a fresh start. Let the Church appoint a counsel of elders who will see to it that the country is not messed up again.

  5. Bakit sinekreto ang pagpunta ni Bong Revilla sa Bahay Pangarap na kung saan ay nandoon si Noynoy, Abad, at Roxas(ang nagdala)? Dahil alam nila mali ang ginagawa nila.

  6. Corruption, Corruption and Corruption bihira na yatang matino sa Executive, Legislative baka rin sa Judiciary…parang normal lang mag Kurop harap harapan pa…wala na yatang konsensya itong mga taong ito…puro kasi iniisip PERA….Filipino kailan kaya tayo mag babago….Bulok na Bulok ang sistema natin….kaya kawawa taong BAYAN…

    • I agree. Lies lies lies of the vindictive manipulating non performing president. Poor gets poorer with poverty Yolanda unemployments.
      Puro mga mandurugas. Si abad Roxas Aquino Drillon soliman hetong mga linta ang nag accuse Kay GMA ng lahat sila pala ang unang magnanakaw. Impeach aquino. He does not deserve to be our president. Up to this time, dami pang Hindi nalilibing sa Leyte. Ang Sws at pulse Asia ay survey nila abad at cojuangco to manipulate and convince the people Aquino is a good president. So sickening to see how our poor kababayans victims of calamities.

  7. Romeo M. Menorca on

    What kind of values do we teach our children today?

    Very basic, they (the children) are asked to appreciate and put into practice GMRC (Good Manners and Right Conduct).
    In their elementary catechetical education they are told the difference between “good” and “bad”. We tell them “don’t tell a lie, BAD yun” – and Jesus will be very sad if you tell a lie.

    In one of my consultation visits (early December last year) to my friend – doctor we had an interesting conversation about some burning issues of the day – including that of Mr. Aquino’s administration. My doctor, a top-notch cardiologist of Asian Hospital and Makati Medical Center – told me “… Sir you should not tell a lie to your children (and grand children), tell them the truth. Tell them that most people in the government now cannot be trusted – AND THEY ARE LIARS”.

    He ended up by saying that – that was the way he explained the bad issues to his own children – and that if I do the same I would feel better with less medications.

  8. If we just pause a little and look at whats happening to our country we see corruption everywhere in government as well as the private sector. Its a way of life already ang normal na kalakaran hard as it may be to accept. Its sad that whether it is right or wrong no longer matters its just the way it is. While it is not fair to say that corruption in our sociery started with this administration they must admit that they institutionalized it.

  9. A senator shld offer himself to be a state witness then sing bottom line s lahat ng bumotong senator to convict CJ Corona shld resign wala na silang credibility mga mukhang pera at traydor sa bayan

  10. Darkness can only be defeated by light. In this case, I see blurred light and about to succumbed to darkness. What standards do we use to fight darkness brought about by corruption? I pray for a leader who truly believes that to go the “right way” is to do the “right things” the right way. Our country deserves so much more. its our home. We want a Godly, orderly, disciplined, loving and caring home.

  11. Good piece Mr Tiglao. One thing I disagree with your article – you cannot just impeach this sitting president without implicating all those in the executive, legislative otherwise, like a many headed hydra monster it will still be there. Who am I referring too – the 20 senators who received monies to convict the former CJ, the 188 congressmen who impeached the ex CJ, budget sec Abad, the COA official who made that presentation, the AMLC officials who provided that illegal data, et al… Also, the little lady who gave the envelope to that cong. Umali…. So, short of an actual revolution or a coup d’état – nothing’s gonna change… They had to get Corona out bcuz of two impt issues which the SC will be involved in: for Aquino – it’s the HL compensation issue (the amt stipulated is the ruling is too small for the Cojuanco clan) and for Drilon n the LP – resolution of the VP protest in favor of Roxas before the 2016 elections so he can use govt machinery and keep the LP as the reigning political party…

  12. Bonifacio Bangayan Claudio on

    Aquino could NOT be impeached because the legislators who could vote for such impeachment risk exposing themselves as “collaborators” who are equally guilty… likening themselves to the WW2 Japanese collaborators who had “suklob na bayong sa ulo” to hide from public recognition… Kayong mga collaborators na kahalintulad sa mga maka-buddhang-Hapon, KABUDA-BUDDHA-HAN NG !#@?&! N’YO… Lugami na sa hirap at pasakit ang Inang Bayan dahil sa inyong mga collaborators… “SAAN KAYO KUMUKUHA NG KAPAL NG MUKHA N’YO?!!” to borrow a collaborators expression…

  13. Isnt it always like this no matter what official is involved. Corrupting here is inside every single politician as they have grown up with it, it has given them what they have in life so why change, as ive said many times i dont know where this country will begin to get it sorted.

  14. apolonio reyes on

    MERON PA KAYA TAYONG MATINONG ELECTED AT APPOINTED OFFICALS SA GOBIERNONG ITO? SI PNOY ” BOY LAGAY- CC “, SI ROXAS ” BOY HATID -TUTA” AT SI ABAD ” BOY TAGA BIGAY SUHOL-TULUNGAN “, MGA SENATONGS ” BOYS TANGAP-SUHOL ” AT MGA TONGRESSMEN ” BOYS TANGAP SUHOL AT MGA BOY NO READ “. SAAN KAYA KUMUKUHANG KAPAL NG MUKHA ANG MGA ITO, SA PAGHALIK AT SA PERA NA NINAKAW NILA SA BAYAN NA PINAKAKAIN NILA SA PAMILYA NILA? TANONG LANG PO, TAMAAN HUWAG MAGALIT !

  15. Revilla revelation lack substance that would have attract more attention if only he admitted that he voted because of the pork barrel special releases. He should have done what chavit have done on erap. I think pnoy will not stop from influencing Morales to file plunder against bong in the days to come so he will be in jail on a non bailable offence. Sigurado gaganti si Boy ganti.

  16. with all your exposes against Aquino and his administration (along with your other accurate political analyses and opinion), you ought to be the next Phil president. an ambassadorship just wouldn’t cut it for your kind.

  17. Peter Gonzales on

    Now it is very clear that Abnoy bribed senator/judges to impeached Corona. “Karumaldumal and ginawa ng corrupt na presidente at nga mga senadores na bumoto sa pagtangal kay Corona”. Ang kapal talaga ng mga mukha nila. All of them should be ousted whatever means necessary and punished to the extent allowed by law. People of the Philippines wake up and be indignant, regain the dignity that is ours.
    Do not be contented of what you are and what you have today. Do not only think individually what is just good for you but think what is good for the greater good of all the Filipinos who are presently suffering from corruption under this administration. Rise up mga kababayan at ipaglaban ang nararapat para sa bawat Pilipino – sa sarili natin, sa ating mga kapitbahay, sa ating mga magulang, sa ating mga anak at sa mga anak nga ating mga anak. Wake up from our long slumber and rise for the common good of all.

  18. If only his mother (President Cory Aquino) is alive today, she will say – ” Make a Supreme Sacrifice for the sake of the country – Resign”.

    President Cory Aquino, said this to President Gloria Arroyo – “Hello Garci tape”.

    Senator Joker Arroyo said – “the Student Council in Malacanang”. I think it should be “the Students in Malacanang”.

    This is what we got for electing a President who has no ambition to become president. The people put him there – now we all suffer (kayo ang Boss ko).

    Congress should do his job – save the country from the student occupants of Malacanang.

    If congress will not not their job, it is respectfully prayed that the Supreme Court will
    make a “Judicial Review” of the Impeachment of Chief Justice Corona to save the country and its people and our credibility as a nation.

  19. Had Revilla disclosed then of what he knew about Aquino’s meddling in the Corona
    impeachment, the story should have been different. If one facilitate the commission
    of a crime, then he will be an accessory to the principal. True, we knew that Aquino
    is a corrupter in the highest degree, a menace and a national disaster. But if one
    lay his hands and give help to a thief, then he render himself as equally liable. I should
    appreciate Revilla for opening his mouth had he done it at the thick of the fight. But
    if he only does it for his own benefit, that is to even up with his accusers, then he
    is equally as corrupt as Aquino, Roxas and Abad. To all these people, go to hell.

  20. What about Pnoy siding with Malaysia over Sabah claim, causing deaths of our own people? Isn’t that treason? Pnoy committed ALL , to be a candidate for impeachment.

    • Paul J,

      Truth is truth no matter where you got it or who said it. Does it not make you wonder that what you believe as truth might actually be propagated lies ? What a pity ! You let your bias against FPGMA cloud your judgment.

  21. adrian faustino on

    sa daming binigyan ng pangulo ng pork, saan napunta to?? we voted them to legislate laws, check & balance, not money handlers….wheres the money????

  22. Mr. Tiglao, on the eve after Revilla’s privilege speech and during Coloma’s press conference with the Malacanang Press Corps, one reporter asked him the name/s of individuals or groups who Malacanang claimed are lobbying so Corona will not be ousted. He promised everybody that he will tell them the following day (I hope I heard it right) because that reporter was very insistent that he name names. I guess Mr. Coloma should answer who was behind it. Otherwise, nakalusot lang yan.