Aquino spent at least P50B of our money for his BBL fantasy

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President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd spent about P50 billion of taxpayers’ money on his campaign to get the insane Bangsamoro Basic Law enacted into law, documents as well as sources in government disclosed.

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The money was spent on efforts to convince the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to agree to the BBL, generate support from traditional Muslim politicians and for Congress to pass it into law before Aquino steps down from power.

“With that kind of money, we thought BBL was unstoppable,” a source in government said. “But even the legislators we thought were already deep in our pockets found the Mamasapano massacre a perfect excuse to withdraw their support,” he added.

What’s P50 billion? Consider that as a 20 percent equity for a project, which means it could generate a further P250 billion. With that amount, we would have enough funds to build, for example, two MRT-3s in Metro Manila, establish a Manila-to-Batangas commuter hourly train, or two international airports.

What a criminal waste of taxpayers’ money then that it was spent on a drive to get the BBL passed, all because of this President’s naiveté that the MILF would lay down its arms, the hubris that he could ask the body politic whatever he wanted, and megalomaniac greed that he would win the Nobel Peace Prize that eluded his mother.

The breakdown of the P50 billion that went down the drain along with his BBL delusion is as follows:

First, the P10 billion hijacked from the 2011 Budget through the so-called Disbursement Allocation Plan (DAP), which according to a Malacañang October 2011 press release would be used for what it termed “Comprehensive Peace and Intervention Package.”

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib in Malacañang for MILF pact in 2014: Mediator or architect and financier?

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib in Malacañang for MILF pact in 2014: Mediator or architect and financier?

Some P8.6 billion of this was used to fund the “Transition Investment Support Fund.” This was ostensibly to “fast-track the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao’s (ARMM) development,” to prepare for the setting up of the Bangsamoro. In reality, these were pork-barrel type of funds given to both MILF-linked, as well as traditional, Muslim leaders to get support for the BBL.

The TISP was unusually huge that even ARMM politicians could not come up with enough projects to justify the money they were receiving, that Aquino scolded them in a speech in Davao City on June 2012: “Gusto ko ho sanang maibalita sa inyo ‘yung mga accomplishments. Pero dito po sa status, as of May 31, 2012, napakarami po dito ay ‘not yet started’ or ‘ongoing,” (“I had wanted to report the accomplishments of the Transition Investment Support Plan. But based on its status report as of May 31, 2012, so many of these have not been started or are reported as ongoing.”)

The P10 million individual checks were released directly to each governor and mayor in ARMM, and sources said these politicians had little experience in inventing ghost projects of that scale, that they could easily be charged by the Ombudsman with malversation. “You have to understand the situation in 2012, Aquino was so popular and had so much political support that they thought he had the power to distribute those checks,” a politician from Mindanao claimed.

Second, P30 billion in pork-barrel funds given in 2014 and 2015 to a select group of members of Congress for them to rush the hearings over the BBL. Given the Supreme Court ruling in November 2013 declaring the pork-barrel unconstitutional, the funds were disguised as expenditures under the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) system. In 2015 for instance, BUB funds for Camarines Sur’s 3rd district totaled P119 million, according to documents from the Department of Budget. The district representative is vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, who had voted for the BBL.

ARMM governor Hataman distributed P10 million checks to his provincial governors and mayors in January 2012 for their support of the BBL.

ARMM governor Hataman distributed P10 million checks to his provincial governors and mayors in January 2012 for their support of the BBL.

Third, about P2 billion was coursed through the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), funded both through the DAP and OPAPP, ostensibly for the setting up of “peace centers, Pamayanan Program, strategic roads,” and shelter in “conflict-areas.” Sources said, in reality, these were used to bribe MILF communities to strictly keep the peace and support the BBL.

Fourth, some P8 billion were sourced from DAP allocations and the regular budget for pork-barrel type of projects and other infrastructure undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Agriculture and other agencies, with Muslim and MILF leaders directing them where those projects must be located.

A huge component of the funding for the BBL, though, may not have come from taxpayers’ money. Various sources have claimed, although I have not received confirmation of this at this point, that the Malaysians gave P10 billion in funding both to Aquino and the MILF to agree and work together on getting the BBL passed into law.

The funding source, according to one claim, was from the $700 million that was transferred from the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1 Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB) to the personal account of Prime Minister Najib Razak, according to findings by the Malaysian authorities. However, Malaysian Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali two weeks ago cleared Najib, claiming that the money was a donation from Saudi Arabia’s royal family.

Last week, though, the Swiss Attorney General shocked Malaysia — and the world — by issuing an official statement that $4 billion had been stolen from Malaysian state-companies linked to 1MDB, and transferred to Swiss accounts owned by former Malaysian public officials.

Could that have been the biggest source of grease money used in the Philippines to try to enact the BBL into law? I have written in many columns that the BBL will ultimately create a Muslim independent state at the heart of Mindanao, which could declare later on that it prefers to be part of nation whose state religion is Islam — Malaysia. *

When Malaysian Prime Minister Najib was here in 2014 to witness the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), which the BBL was to implement, was he merely a mediator, or the architect and financier of the scheme?

[*Paragraph 3.(1) Part I of Malaysia’s Federal Constitution: "Islam is the religion of the Federation.”]
 
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  1. Atty.Jun Paredes on

    Thank you Mr. Tiglao. My suspicion of the transaction behind the BBL is now confirmed. This will be my topic in my radio commentary tomorrow in Agusan del sur.

  2. Doon p[o sa manga taong gusto at nagtutulak na mai pasa ang BBL…at lagi nilangh gamit ay kapayapaan….sana pag nag talumpati kayo –kumpletuhjin nyo……kung gusto nyo ng kapayapaan, then bakitg hindi nyo rin sabihin kung ano ang ipapalit nyo para makamtam namin ang kapayapaan…Pero hindi nyo kayang sabihin, kung ano talaga ang tunay na laman ng BBL…..at ang maikling sagot ay???? PANANAKOT !!!!

    dahil maliwanag na ang gusto nyong BBL, AY payamanin kayo, gawin kayong manga millionario, galing sa dugo,pwis at hirap ng lahat ng pilpino…

    napakarami ng tao at grupo ang nag bubuo, para ubusin kayo–kaya iqbal,tuloy nyo lang ang kababuyan nyo–dahil sa dami ng grupo pag naka timing lang ang dalawa dyan …. naku po !!! kayo ang manganga ilangan ng military at SAF ng tulong…

  3. Sir, kindly have your documents ready. We should immediately file appropriate case to ALL OFFICIALS INVOLVED.

    Aquino is quite strong to be put on wheelchair… I look forward on seeing him behind bars, if there is truth in this matter…

  4. It is time to remove aquino out of the palace and remove every effin one of his crook allies and give them the retribution they all managed to shun and walked away from.

  5. Sana pan dagdag na Lang sa budget ng SSS para man Lang makatulong sa araw araw na gastos at gamot ng ating mga reteradong mamamayan.

    • i stopped hoping. Even the promised govt employees salary increase supposed to be this January 2016 has not yet been granted. According to Abaya, there is NO BUDGET for that. What more for SSS.

  6. The column is nothing but Monday morning quarterbacking. There are 2 sides to the issue but only the negatives were presented. OK, let’s scrap the BBL and accept it as a bad attempt to have peace in Mindanao. But at least, propose an alternative solution. Do nothing or keep the status quo? Is that what you want? Who will be accountable for more death both our soldiers and Muslim brothers alike if fighting breaks out again? Talk is cheap. The prudent thing is to keep your mouth shut until you can come up with an alternative to the problem..

    • I’m sorry but I don’t think you know the meaning of the word prudent.

      He’s a journalist, and the “prudent” thing to do is to make people aware of these kinds of situations, for in doing so allows for a well informed population. To make a proposal for an “alternative solution” is the job of the people in power, but, by basing on the numbers reported above, it’s as if the administration has no plans of making an “alternative solution”.

    • there was more than a proposal,Sen Marcos made BBL better and constitutionally firm,but the MILF refused and stood their ground,as if its really gonna happen….

    • I was born and raised in zamboanga.if u want solution on the peace and order in mindanao? Surrender all the firearms wether ur a christian or muslim. Simple as that. . Nothing less nothing more. . I can assure u instant peace and order will be attained in that area. . Meaning the military snd police must implement the law. . No excuses. . Thats all. .

  7. I am not pro-BBL. but your kind of thinking, and I quote:..

    “What’s P50 billion? Consider that as a 20 percent equity for a project, which means it could generate a further P250 billion. With that amount, we would have enough funds to build, for example, two MRT-3s in Metro Manila, establish a Manila-to-Batangas commuter hourly train, or two international airports.”…

    is the very reason why Mindanao, after several decades is left behind in terms of infrastructures, including agricultural, which is desperately needed by the people in the region. YOU ALWAYS THINK OF METRO MANILA, OF LUZON!!! May I remind you that Mindanao is also part of the Philippines. That any money that could be saved from corruption can also be used for projects in that area!.. MRT MRT KAYO DYAN… KALSADA NAMIN MAALIKABOK SA TAG ARAW, MAPUTIK SA TAG ULAN KAYA WALANG PUMAPASOK NA TRANSPORTATION KUNDI HABAL HABAL!

    • Ikaw na rin nagsabi na maputik at maalikabok mga daan sa inyo. Di mo rin ba naitanong sa sarili mo kung bakit maunlad mga lugar dito sa manila compare sa inyo considering all LGU get the same share of the ERA from the natl govt? Bakit di niyo tanungin mga matatakaw na pulitiko na ibiboboto ninyo dysn kung bakitganyan mga kalsada ninyo? It was said that 20Billion was given for infrastructure project when aquino ask for it eh asan? DBM said “Not yer started, on going” pucha! Kasalanan ba namin kung bakit ganyan mga kalsada niyo eh pinaka currupt mga politicians sa inyo!

    • Kaya nga dapat federalism na tayo. . Kanya kanya tayo. . Para pag maalikabok ang daan natin. Alam na natin sino pokpokin natin. Yong mga congressman governor at mayor natin. . Di ba?

  8. Asshole talaga itong abnormal na presidente ng pilipinas. after your terms you should be prosecuted moron..Magnanakaw ng pera ng bayan. inuuna ang kanyang interes at hindi ang bayan.. mabuti na lang at nadiyan si BBM na talagang sumalungat sa BBL. and now the winner is the filipino people…

  9. “.. this President’s naiveté that the MILF would lay down its arms..” True.

    Just like Butz Aquino and Pres. Cory Aquino who brought back from abroad Nur Misuari and gave Misuari big propaganda and publicity, by meeting him for the so-called peace talks. Misuari was surrounded only by few heavily armed bodyguard rebels.

    Now Misuari has hundreds of armed rebels and maybe thousands of supporters because of the big propaganda he got because of the so-called peace talks.

  10. Iba talaga ang husay at galing ang pinapakita talaga ng ating Pangulo. Iba eh! Palakpakan naman jan!!!

    • Don’t forget the deplorable Orthopedic Hospital where patients endure inhumane condition, Thus is Dang Matuwid?

  11. Also, let us give credit also to Sen. BBM, who stand alone and boldly rejected this anomalous BBL., and without him, this illegal BBL, passed unanimously by this administration. That is why this Abnoy Administration treated BBM is a villain for absolutely rejecting and thereby not passing this treason act, and in return , they perpetuated rewind negative comments and poison the people’s minds that the Marcos family were corrupt.

    This coming EDSA 1, celebration, I am very Sure, this yellow army are going to portray, BBM is the villain.

    • BBM threw a spanner in the BBL and it seems we are going downhill in Mindanao peace and order. If war breaks out again could BBM save the many lives of Filipinos and not just billions but trillions of pesos. He should be fully aware of the neglect of the former regime (including his father) during the outbreak of war in Mindanao. People in Mindanao are tired and let’s put to bed this BBL. If everyone is happy on its current form then the Senators and Congress should convene immediately and get this ratified or sign. BBM has to explain to the other party the changes he made.

  12. Why isn’t anyone or any group raising a howl on this? Where are the cause-oriented groups, the militants, the jeepney drivers, the student activists? Why aren’t they flooding the streets in protest? They cannot line up the streets to protest 50B pesos worth of lost taxpayer’s money, yet they can protest over a .50 centavo pay hike, a jailed US marine or simple visit from a US Navy Vessel.

    • Mas galit kasi ang mga bobong Pinoy sa P130M jueteng payola ni Erap at sa $12M ni CJ Corona

      Pero kahit bilyon-bilyon ang waldasin ng Aquino, walang pakialam ang ang mga bobong Pinoy.

    • Virginia varilla on

      Those who joined Edsa rev. Were paid. They realy did not have the honest cause in their hart and mind why they join the March. They were motivated by move of the crowd who were provided with overflowing goodies and the day and night long festivities. It was something unusual and many just wanted to be part of it. It was a useless event in history considering what our govt is doing now at the expense of the people. This coming EDSA comemoration will unlike before will be the cry of the many protesters of people who were demeaned by this government.

  13. Danny Cascolan on

    XAquino is also guilty of Treason and recruiting other officials into Treason and betrayal of the Constitution and Nation.

    • Si BBM na pilit parin nilang pinapabagsak. Manang mana si pnoy sa tatay nyang traydor din sa bayan.dapat silang managot! isa itong bangungot. dapat maging matalino na ang mamamayan sa pagboto.

  14. Bert O. Romero on

    Your article brings to light the claims of a former political ambassador who is now frequently seen sitting or standing right next to Chairman Iqbal that (1) he has enough wealth – cash and property, including luxury cars – to more than triple the compensations – retirement lump sum, monthly pension and the bogus claim for Iraq war damages; and his purchase of a 50- ha land in Jolo on which he constructed a palatial all- marble mansion cum basement shooting range !

  15. President Joseph Estrada is convinced that MILF are traitors and cannot be trusted. I do not know why this administration is so scared with what terrorist actions these people will do. They have been terrorizing Mindanao via kidnapping, road bombings and remember the Zamboanga siege headed by Nur Misuari. He was pardoned by Arroyo for Misuari crimes to get their votes . If we have a weakling president like the last 2. Arroyo and Pinoy, our country will not go anywhere. We will always rely on our OFW and gambling casino earnings.

  16. william M. Taburnal on

    This part is worth as summary- “What a criminal waste of taxpayers’ money then that it was spent on a drive to get the BBL passed, all because of this President’s naiveté that the MILF would lay down its arms, the hubris that he could ask the body politic whatever he wanted, and megalomaniac greed that he would win the Nobel Peace Prize that eluded his mother.”

  17. So much money spent to lobby the pet project of Pnoy. What will the pensioners feel with this kind of useless spending while the increase in pension which would entail less to bail out SSS. Its apparent now if there is a will their is a way. How sad the way are mishandled for a lousy purpose

    • If there are monies involve the greed will overpower the will….. and the straight path can be crookedly sideswipe to find a way….

  18. GRABE NAMAN KA MR. ABNORMAL PRESIDENT, YOU ARE TRULY INCOMPARABLE TO OTHERS, PGMA IS NO MATCH TO YOU FOR BEING THE NO. 1 CORRUPTOR, YOU ARE REALLY HAVE NO MATCH, YOUR FEAT AS BEING THE NO. 1 IS AMASING WORTHY FOR THE BOOK OF GUINNESS.

    YOUR BEING THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF ALL THE ARMED FORCES INCLUDING THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE AS TRADITION DICTATES EVEN YOUR MINIONS SAYS YOUR ARE NOT THEIR C-I-C.

    NGAYON, BAKIT HINDI KA MAN LAMANG NAGTANONG ANO NA BA ANG NANGYARI SA MGA SAF44 BAKA NAMAN NAGUGUTOM NA ANG MGA IYON NAPAKAIN NA BA NINYO KAWAWA NAMAN SILA NAPAINOM NA BA SILA NG TUBIG, KAHIT IYON MAN LAMANG O.K. NA SA AKIN. PERO ANONG GINAWA MO TINANONG MO LANG OK NAKUHA NA SI MARWAN AT ALAM MO NA ME BAKBAKAN NAGAGANAP WALA KA MAN LANG GINAWA NA MAGTANONG NA BAKA MA AGRABIYADO ANG SAF 44 NATIN.

    GRABE KA MR. ABNORMAL PRESIDENT KAHIT ANONG GAWIN MONG PAGTATAKIP ALAM NAMIN NA MALAKI ANG PANANAGUTAN MO.

    SANA NAMAN NAG SABI KA O.K. SIGE, PARA HINDI MA COMPROMISO ANG BBL AT PEACE TALKS ANG SAF 44 NATIN TULUNGAN KAHIT WALA NG 1 BATTALION NG ARMY, KAHIT WALA NG FIGHTER BOMBER O HELICOPTER GUNSHIP, KAHIT WALA NG 105MM HOWITZER CANNON DAHIL WALA NAMAN TAYONG MAPA AT FIRE DIRECTION CONTROL. MAG PADALA KAYONG NG 7 KATAO 1 SARGENTO, AT 6 NA TAUHAN NITO, ISET-UP AGAD AGAD ANG TWO (2) 81MM MORTARS O KUNG WALA KAHIT IYON MALIIT LANG TWO (2) 61MM MORTAR, ITO LANG HINDI NA NATIN KAILANGAN NG FIRE DIRECTION CONTROL KITA NAMAN SA HIGHWAY ON TOP OF THE ARMY TRUCK AND LABANAN, MAG PAPUTOK AGAD NG 2 BESES PARA MA DETERMINED AGAD ANG ENEMY POSITION AT FIRE FOR EFFECT 2 TO 3 MINUTES LANG SANA PARA MAKA ALIS NA ANG ATING SAF 44 SA KILLING FIELDS.

    MERON KA BANG NAISIP NA GANITO MR. ABNORMAL PRESIDENT AT ANG MGA GENERAL MO MERON MAN LANG BA NAGSABI NG GAWIN NATIN ANG GANITO GANYAN MR. ABNORMAL PRESIDENT. PURO GRADUATE IYAN SA ARTILLERY DOON SA FORT BRAGS SA U.S.A.

    • Kaya nga paulit-ulit nina Aquino na isinisigaw na “kurakot” si Marcos para mapagtakpan ang totoong kurakot na ginagawa nila ng nanay nyang santa

    • tama..pero wala syang naisip na ganon…nilihim nila ang operasyon…and parang totoo talaga na dahil ito sa nakapatong sa ulo ni marwan…kawawa ang mga nasakripisyo at hanggang ngayon wala pa rin ang mga benipisyo na dapat na matanggap ng mga naulila…pano na sila lalo na ang kinabukasan ng mga anak?

  19. Ganyan katraydor si NOytard,gaya lang ng kanyang mga ninuno(lolo niya ay ‘collaborator’ ng panahon ng mga hapon).Sira-ulo talaga ang putana-inang si ABNOY. Mantakin mong ubusin ang 10bilyong [piso para lang sa sariling ambisyon.

  20. AbNoy, Deles, Coronel, Iqbal and everybody else involved in this debacle must be jailed. Did you know that this Najib of Malaysia is as corrupt just like a pinoy trapo? He is implicated in a million dollar scandal in his own country.

    • laguatanlawzen.com on

      Goddamit what is the logic of involving Malaysian Prime Minister Najib in all the peace process? This is crazy if not IDIOTIC and downright STUPID. Are ABNOY and other Presidents before him have hidden agenda to surrender our sovereignty to Malaysia? God forfbid!

    • My son who now lives in the U.S. mentioned that Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia launders his corrupted money in California in several U.S. banks and trust companies. He is said to have a huge land and a mansion with only one of his sons living in the same with a harem of women and maids and bartenders and said to have a huge ranch in Wyoming. The man have more than a dozen cars in his garage which can accomomdate no less than 2 dozen various automobiles. This son is said to have not finished school and living like a king, frequenting several Beverly Hills and Hollywood casinos. Najib is more corrupt than Razak it is claimed. And he is a good friend of PNoy.