“Transparency and accountability” has been a favorite catch–phrase of the Noynoy administration since 2010, professing to observe those principles in its so-called Matuwid na Daan program of self-governance.
Ironically, we know now how crooked the Noynoy’s path in governance has been.
Since 2011, Malacañang hideously implemented the unlawful Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) fleecing the national budget by diverting congressional appropriations.
DAP was literally kept secret from the taxpayers while Noynoy and his bagman, Budget Sec. Butch Abad, illegally cornered funds intended for unfeasible projects only they themselves on their own had approved.
Namayagpag ang dalawang makinis na bitlog. It might even have seemed to Noynoy, anything he touched turned into gold!
It was not until Sen. Jinggoy Estrada exposed the P50 million payoff made to each senator who voted to convict former chief justice Renato Corona in May 2012.
So, how could we expect the Congress, both the lower and the upper house, to go after Noynoy and Butchoy when they, too, lavished on their batchoy, the Presidential pork barrel?
No amount of protest from the House minority bloc and the progressive bloc could spur debate or discussion on the DAP issue. Not then, not now.
Like Malacañang, our “lawmakers” also have much to cover up or whitewash as in during Gloria Arroyo’s administration.
The fiscal dictatorship, the abuse of the national budget and the impunity goes on.
So much for transparency.
In the wake of the Masasapano, the Maguindanao killing fields, we are given another proof that Noynoy has nil sense of accountability.
The Commander-in-Chief refused to take responsibility for deploying three platoons of Special Action Force (SAF) in a Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) controlled territory.
Didn’t it occur in this nincompoop’s mind that he and suspended Director General Alan Purisima literally led the SAF men into a death trap surrounded by hundreds of MILF and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters?
They were surrounded like sitting ducks from dawn till dusk that day.
Now, that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed the identity of terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, then Noynoy and Purisima may have the bloody $6 million reward money for themselves.
Meanwhile, the MILF and the BIFF murderers and bomb-makers remain free and in control of the “Maguindanao killing fields.”
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As part of this column’s public service, I would like to call the attention of concerned agencies regarding the complaint of one Antipolo, Rizal resident, who is being harassed by her former employer.
Josie Peralta recently worked at the administration department of the company that operates Red Panda Restobar, David’s Tea House and Cybertizing along Quirino Highway, Bgy. Talipapa, Quezon City.
Peralta worked for the said company owned by one Eugene Go until she could no longer bear the daily toil from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with no overtime pay.
The mother of three had to get up very early in the morning to get to work on time, and didn’t make it back home until late night because of the perils of public transport.
Peralta also complained that employees were being unjustly charged the costs of undelivered and spoiled foods.
After expressing her grievance and intention to leave the company, she started experiencing maltreatment including being mistreated by a security guard.
She also got intimidating text messages from the company’s HR head John Lapso.
Much that I would like to get the side of Eugene Go or his company spokesperson, neither one could immediately be reached.
Our staff at the TV5 field office, therefore, will assist Peralta in getting competent legal assistance with her complaint about the harassment, and will be referred to the Department of Labor and Employment on labor issues.
Perhaps, we can also request the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Quezon City business permits, health and sanitation to check a few other things.