Mar Roxas has not formally declared his decision to run for president in next year’s national elections. He has neither won Noynoy Aquino’s endorsement as the administration standard-bearer.
Beset by a talent crisis in his own Liberal Party, Noynoy’s predicament is exacerbated by Sen. Grace Poe’s hesitation to play mascot as Mar’s running-mate.
But Roxas is cheating already, taking undue advantage of his position as secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, using the agency’s full resources in his campaigning for improved ratings.
He is not likely to resign his DILG post despite his clear intention to run next year as he desperately tries to catch up with Vice President Jojo Binay, Senator Grace Poe, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Manila Mayor Erap Estrada.
Mar does not subscribe to the saying, “Kung di ukol, hindi bubukol.”
That is also why Mar is tapping the lump sum funds surreptitiously inserted in this year’s DILG budget for its “housing and health care” programs.
Housing and health programs are not among the DILG’s primary concerns. Obviously, Mar has embarked on an epal program to improve his mass appeal.
This is also clearly a form of cheating, as well as a form of “campaign overspending.”
While this administration’s selective justice picks on political opposition for overspending in their previous campaigning, Noynoy’s cronies like Mar get to use LP’s massive pork barrel in premature campaigning for 2016.
“I suppose this was done because the elections are coming, so that Sec. Mar can operate well,” said Sen. Bongbong Marcos, chairman of the committee on local government.
“During the budget hearings in October and November, we were wondering why there was budget for the DILG for projects that are not in their function. The DILG’s function is to monitor and assist local government units,” Marcos added.
Niluluto ang mga Pilipino sa sariling mantika!
On Monday, former senator and rehabilitation secretary Panfilo “Ping” Lacson uncovered at least P424 billion lump sum appropriations in 11 agencies in the 2015 national budget.
Sen. Chiz Escudero, chairperson of the Senate finance committee chairman, admitted the existence of such pork barrel in this year’s national budget.
Now, whatever happened to the “anti-pork barrel” initiative movement?
Cops must emulate Gen. Leonardo Espina
We salute Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina for his outstanding service in the Philippine National Police.
Espina will step down on July 19 when he reaches the retirement age 56.
“I now stand before you proudly declaring that I have lived the most fulfilling life in service – serving God, the country and the people,” Espina said at the testimonial parade and review ceremony last Saturday at his alma mater, the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City.
Espina has served as officer-in-charge after former PNP chief Alan Purisima was suspended in connection with a graft case in December last year.
General Espina voiced out the sentiment of our nation’s policemen in the wake of the horrifying Mamasapano Massacre in January in which 44 Special Action Force commandos were killed.
He is an officer and a gentleman that the 150,000 PNP members must emulate for the dedication, integrity and leadership qualities he showed though PNP’s darkest days.
Conversely, we welcome newly-appointed PNP chief Police Director Ricardo Marquez with a challenge to seek justice for the fallen SAF44.