THE corrupt purchase of defective helicopters that was our P1 headline yesterday, and is followed up with more details in today’s P1 banner, is just another proof of the corruption and hypocrisy of the BS Aquino administration.
One of the lies of de facto president BS Aquino and his collaborators in corruption and hypocrisy is his brazen claim that since he took office he has effectively and resolutely combatted graft and corruption. The conscript media have been silent about the many cases of corruption exposed by whistleblowers and we in The Times have published stories about. Worse, by echoing BS Aquino’s claim of probity and determination to fight corruption, the conscript media have abetted and encouraged corruption.
Their praise of the Aquino regime as a great and effective anti-corruption machine, despite the contrary evidence, has wrongly and wrongfully exalted the misplaced reverence for Aquino of millions of unthinking, unobservant and fanatical followers.
The conscript media’s praise also makes foreign media, ambassadors and foreign government leaders repeat the lie that BS Aquino’s regime is treading the “Matuwid na Daan” [the straight and righteous path].
But they cannot be markedly untruthful all the time. So, some of the conscript media have of late been publishing occasional criticisms of the Aquino Administration, especially in relation to the Mamasapano Massacre.
But they have not yet decided to tell the truth about graft cases in the Aquino regime, the truth that BS Aquino has abetted his allies and friends’ corrupt activities, and the truth that corruption remains rampant after years of his so-called Tuwid na Daan (straight righteous path) which in fact is horribly baluktot [crooked.].
This is why the public has now largely forgotten these scandals:
• More than 2,000 containers lost from Customs as if by magic in 2011. Smuggling in the four years so far of the Aquino administration has increased three- fold from the average smuggling of the previous Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo administrations.
• Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz’s jueteng bribery charge against Aquino shooting buddy and then-Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno and then-National Police Chief Jesus Versoza. Jueteng today has proliferated to more than double what it was under Ramos, Erap and Arroyo. Some jueteng operators claim that pay-offs go as high as the Palace by the Pasig.
• BS Aquino buddy Rico Puno’s sudden resignation from DILG after the exposure of the overpriced billion-peso PNP rifle bidding he supervised.
• Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa’s rumored P40-million White Plains mansion
• Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima’s reported failure to file income tax returns
• Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala’s alleged pork barrel anomalies
• Political Adviser Ronald Llamas’s firearms and pirated DVDs
• Rice smuggling under Aquino’s food czars Lito Banayo and Orlan Calayag
• Corporate meddling and gambling by Land Transportation head Virginia Torres
• Repeated Bilibid scandals, starting with Aquino’s first prisons head Ernesto Diokno. The authorities’ indulgent attitude toward wealthy convicts who have lived in princely luxury in the national penitentiary where they continue to run their illegal businesses outside and in the Bilibid.
• P400 million lost by state casinos to illicit foreign gamblers allowed to flee abroad
• Israel and Macau junkets by Puno and casino czar Cristino Naguiat Jr.
• $30 million demanded from Czech company Inekon for it to get Metro Rail Transit deal
• DOTC bosses’ okay of MRT maintenance contract for a firm linked to top MRT and transportation officials
• Resigned PNP Chief Alan Purisima’s anomalous “White House” residence, P2.5-million car discount, and sprawling Nueva Ecija mansion.
• The failure to quickly provide aid and proper shelter to Haiyan/Yolanda victims, despite billions being allocated for this task, is not only a case of incompetence and neglectfulness. There must be some corruption in this too.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has noted Aquino’s “selective prosecution” of the pork barrel scam and his use of corruption charges to remove from office and put in prison political opponents while he has refrained from going after the grafters among his KKK– Kaklase, Kakampi and Kabarilan (classmates, allies, and shooting buddies).
Involved in the corrupt defective helicopter deal are his beloved top men of the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Sadly, we predict that BS Aquino will tell prosecutors who want to do what is right and go after the guilty parties to stand down.