Small wonder that the satisfaction rating for President Noynoy and his administration’s performance has plunged drastically, and pollster groups are not even telling truthfully how much lower it is now.
Just a little over a year left with his agonizing six-year term the public has decided this “matuwid na daan” program of governance is all a sham.
Malacañang has consistently underestimated the public opinion and even defended Noynoy’s cronies, who have been implicated in massive anomalies.
Secretary Proceso Alcala of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is one of those in Noynoy’s immediate official family who has repeatedly figured in scandals at DA and attached agencies.
But Noynoy’s selective anti-graft and corruption drive has shamelessly spared Alcala and the likes of him in the Cabinet.
Noynoy has backed this crony of his, who over a year ago even aspired to be vice president, as Mar Roxas’ running-mate in the 2016 elections.
The DA has served as a luscious green pasture for the diversion of public funds through anomalous projects since Alcala took over in 2010, even worse than the agency’s previous administration.
Of late, the Commission on Audit (COA) has disclosed that Alcala squandered more than P14.4 billion in 2013 in questionable projects that DA implemented despite violations of laws and regulations.
In its scrutiny of DA’s transactions, COA discovered DA and its attached agencies’ misuse of public funds through the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Apparently, Alcala and his cohorts took advantage of PDAF and the DAP even after these schemes were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
The COA said DA channeled funds through several non-government organizations (NGOs), including one set up by detained Janet Lim-Napoles.
Alcala and his alleged bagman, a certain “Boyet,” are in Napoles’ payroll, along with other Noynoy’s closest allies in LP and the administration coalition.
Unfortunately, only political rivals get to be investigated and prosecuted, with rare exceptions.
COA’s report came in the wake of the Sandiganbayan’s conviction of Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr. to up to 10 years in prison for graft. Umali is LP’s bagman or treasurer.
State auditors also found out that some attached agencies of Alcala’s department, such as the National Agricultural and Fishery Council (NAFC), implemented projects that were not part of its mandate.
Quite a number of projects were never completed despite the release of allotted funds.
The DA spent the biggest amount for the construction of 1,079.2 kilometers of road networks under its Farm-to-Market Road Development Project (FMRDP).
The COA said the department allocated P7.8 billion for the infrastructure project in 2013, but it only completed 270.4 km worth P1.7 billion after a year.
COA’s report said the remaining P6.1 billion for farm-to-market roads
were “either not yet started or implemented,” still ongoing or “no status provided.”
“Boyet” allegedly serves as the contact man between Alcala and contractors. Boyet also serves as the “bagman” for Alcala, who receives huge commissions or kickbacks from DA projects.
Needless to say, Alcala and Boyet at DA were not without the help of those crooks at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the rural road construction projects.
They should be charged with plunder all together.
Likewise, his accomplices at the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) must be held liable.
So, Alcala and other Noynoy cronies, who have proven the matuwid na daan nothing but a charade, account for the President’s sagging performance ratings.
No encore to Noynoy’s moro-moro!
Now, we are verifying reports on the full identities of Alcala’s cohorts, particularly his alleged bagman “Boyet” at the DA. That will be in our Monday issue.