• Lists confirm Aquino’s political assassination plot

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    Nearly for a year since the pork-barrel scam was exposed, we were barraged with one message: The five senators who stole taxpayers’ money through alleged mastermind Janet Napoles’  scheme were Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon Revilla, and on a lesser scale, Ferdinand Marcos and Gregorio Honasan — all opposition figures.

    Top criminals of course  have aliases, so the first three were dubbed, “Tanda,” “Payat,” and “Pogi, ” respectively by a disrespectful BenHur Luy, allegedly the main whistleblower.  Strangely, though, Luy could not claim that he had ever met personally the three senators, much less hand over to them the dirty money.

    Lists got longer and longer.

    Lists got longer and longer. (Click image to enlarge.)

    Obviously to correct that weakness in Luy’s testimony, another “star” witness.  Ruby Tuason—now from the upper class, unlike Benhur—testified that she herself had delivered the graft money to Estrada himself at his Senate office and to Enrile through his chief of staff lawyer Jessica “Gigi” Reyes.  Enrile in effect confirmed he knew what was going on when he fetched Reyes at the restaurant where she met with Tuason for the pay-off.

    The barrage of alleged details on the amounts received by the three as their lions’ share in the scam in the Senate hearings was aimed at debunking the three accused’s defense: That these exposes were merely President Aquino and his camp’s plot to politically assassinate them to stop them from running either for the presidency and the vice-presidency in 2016.

    Justice Secretary Leila de Lima tried to debunk that claim  by saying that her office and the Ombudsman would “soon” file charges against a second batch of legislators involved in the scam. Indeed, de Lima released information on the involvement of members of the House who were also involved in the pork-barrel scam, such as Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon when he was Muntinlupa congressman.

    But so many months have passed since de Lima made those claims. The game plan seems to be to delay the filing of those new charges until the 2016 election season, with Enrile, Estrada, and Revilla so damaged that the latter two won’t dare run for office.

    But as that famous quote goes, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.” Or in this  case,  make that rats and men.

    For some reason, the operator of the pork barrel scam, or at least one of the operators, Janet Lim-Napoles, just before her hysterectomy, summoned Justice Secretary de Lima and revealed to her in the course of five hours more details on the scam, and all of the politicians who were her accomplices and mentors.

    The public of course didn’t know of that secret meeting.  But we a have a blabbermouth of a justice secretary, because as revealed only the other day , she plans to run for the senate in 2016.  She called the reporters covering her, and claimed that Napoles revealed to her — and only to her — a list of politicians involved in the scam, and how much they made.

    De Lima said Napoles even signed an affidavit on what she revealed to her.

    De Lima ran to her boss Aquino right after her meeting to report to him Napoles’ revelations. I can imagine she told Aquino: “Now I know something that could embarrass you, but I could be very cooperative, and sanitize the Napoles list. What do you want me to do, Boss?”

    De Lima of course was being played by Napoles, who apparently had a copy of her affidavit, although unsigned — together with the list — given to Senator Panfilo Lacson by her husband a month earlier.

    Lacson of course jumped at the opportunity of being in the limelight by telling the world that he seems to be such an honest man as to be trusted by Napoles’ husband with the list. Just a bit of public pressure, and of course Lacson jumped to  publicly disclose the list and gave a copy to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

    Hey guys, we were the ones who scooped everybody, and had the list before anyone heard of a pork-barrel scam, the newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer seemed to say.

    The newspaper’s Nancy Carvajal, who has suddenly become the country’s top investigative journalist with her exclusive pork-barrel exposes,   reported that Benhur’s family gave her  a copy his computer’s hard-drive on April 27, 2013,  more than a year ago,  which contained the details of how much was given to whom in the pork-barrel scam. Based on the data in the hard-drive, Carvajal came up with new list of incumbent and past senators involved in the scam.

    Not to be outdone, de Lima the next day claimed that the National Bureau of Investigation she heads was also given a copy in May 2013.

    Aquino himself proved to be a blabbermouth. Asked about the list, he said in a press briefing May 12 that the one given to her by de Lima had discrepancies from the one given to her by Napoles when she surrendered in August last year, or eight months later.

    De Lima and Aquino’s revelations brings us to the incontrovertible conclusion:

    Based on the data that they were given so many months ago (Luy’s hard drive data in de Lima’s case, and what Napoles gave to Aquino last August) the two had knowledge of the involvement of at least 20 other incumbent and past senators, and about 90 congressmen, which included the President’s allies and supporters. Napoles also would have most likely told them of Abad and Alcala’s complicity.

    Why didn’t Aquino and de Lima release this serious package of information to the public? Why did they focus only on the five opposition senators as if they were the only persons involved in the enormous pork-barrel scam?

    Was this the reason why Aquino  had to meet with Napoles  personally  in Malacanang when she surrendered  in August, to tell her she will be taken cared of well if she didn’t reveal to the public his Cabinet members, especially budget secretary Florencio Abad,  and his  allies in the Senate who were her accomplices in the pork barrel scam?

    Locked up in a dingy room in a police camp for nine months and deprived of medical service she required and  can pay for, did Napoles feel that Aquino had not complied with his part of the deal, and therefore she had all the right to rat on the president’s people involved in the scam?

    A yellow journalist in a TV talk show defended Aquino and de Lima, claiming that the three senators were just unfortunate to have been included in the first batch of legislators to be charged. But that plan for succeeding batches to be charged has not materialized at all after so many months.

    Another argument is that the three earned the biggest loots out of the scam, and against whom a lot of  evidence were available.

    But do we really know that, given that the reports publicly released  could have been tampered with, and we do not have access to Luy’s files given to de Lima and the Inquirer? Does the anti-graft law discriminate as to the amounts stolen from taxpayers’ money?

    I don’t think it has dawned yet on Aquino and de Lima that what they did — not disclosing the names of legislators and Cabinet members Napoles accused of involvement in the pork-barrel scam — is, by our Penal Code, a criminal case of obstruction of justice.

    For that de Lima not only could be removed form office but even disbarred from ever practicing law. For Aquino, his obstruction of justice is a case of culpable violation of the Constitution, for which he can be impeached out of office.And he thought he it was a brilliant plot to jail the corrupt at the same time perpetuating his power.

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    17 Comments

    1. It is clear that Public Funds in the form of PDAF must not be trusted to be provided to our Senators & Congressmen inasmuch as this elected officials themselves are not in any way admitted to be accountable
      for purposely wasting this Public Funds. Let them focus on legislation ….NOTHING ELSE!!!!

    2. renato rentoza on

      Mr. Tiglao: Sec Delima’s (a lawyer and the boss of our NBI) instinct on meeting with Napoles was to call a presscon to announce that Napoles has named the Enrile, Estrada and Revilla. the givernment has no “legal” or ” intelligence” strategy — they are intent on winning this war by publicity — thus the harassment, thus the unqualified yet “sensational” state witnesses, the soundbites. PNoy is he worst you can get — a hypocrite, and a slacke, and worst of all utu-uto.

    3. Pls. settle the discrepancy in these media statements. Pres. Aquino is “vindictive” but the “son disinterested in father’s murder”. From these you can sense the media is equally playing the public. Too bad that all these “analysis” do not contribute to building the Philippines. (I do not mean that media should coverup wrong in the government.) That the Philippines politics is focus only on the personalities without regard to the implications to the whole country and the ordinary people. If the country is perceived as it is, it is because of the media’s slant in presenting the events, all for the purpose of attracting attention. Then it is bringing everyone down.

    4. Guys, you are overlooking the fact that the house of representathieves are starting now deliberating Cha cha that will allow Pnoy to maintain his power as the leader of our country.

    5. Where is Transparency?
      A year ago these Lists were released to certain persons and why only now
      these people claim they had the list?
      The faces are familiar in Philippine politics. Nothing new.
      Herd them to jail. We too many laws already. Give them
      the recess for life.

    6. I can’t agree more with this analysis. That’s why the “daan matuwid” will not succeed because it is exclusive only against the political oppositions.

      When will our political leaders learn that many if not most Filipinos are more discerning than they’re willing to give them credit for?

      When will our political leaders learn that political affiliations and alliances are all temporary in the PH?

      Until then, “weather-weather” lang talaga!

    7. Rag tag & bobtail. Wow this country, who on earth can be trusted. Not a single person it seems. Ive never seen such incompetence at all levels. You pinoys must be the laughing stock of the world. Other politicians in other countries when reading this must surely be having a laugh & think what a stupid race the filipinos are..It seems all are corrupt & not a single one is competent to do anything about it. My god i just dont know what to say as when i keep reading things like this words or adequate words fail me. Thank god im a foreigner & know wonder the government keeps pushing for pinoy pride as no one else sees anything this country has to be proud of. I feel sorry for the lot of you.

    8. The panicking PNoy has just completed all the basis for impeaching a Philippine president, to wit:

      1. Treason – by giving a Phillippine territory to the enemies of the state. The MILF is an enemy of the state and it is sponsored by Malaysia, a foreign country. Bangsamoro simply means Muslim country. It will have it’s own independent government, police force, mode of taxation, and will not be obliged by the Constitution since nowhere in the draft organic act specifically mentions that it should follow the Philippine Constitution;

      2. Direct bribery – by giving 50 million from DAP funds to each senators to facilitate the impeachment of CJ Corona; and,

      3. Finally, culpable violation of the constitution and betrayal of public trust – by suppressing evidence thereby obstructing justice as proven by his own admission that he received a copy of Napoles’ original list of crooks yet, hiding the fact from the eyes of the public. Instead he used it to conveniently and selectively hunt for the necks of three opposition senators. Obviously, he admitted this closely guarded secret in his desire to muddle the issue and discredit all other sources of information including JLN company’s credible computer records. Realizing that he just committed an irreversible blunder. he desperately washed his hands the following day and asserted that “he just glanced the list and gave copies to his underlings including De Lima.” Of course, this only further worsened their predicament because it shows that De Lima was also knowledgeable of the whole story yet followed an illegal order to prosecute only three opposition senators. Worse, De Lima further worsened the situation for herself when she admitted in media that she has a copy of Luy’s computer printouts since May 2013.

    9. TAMA ANG PANIWALA KO NA NAGCOMPARE NG MUNA NG LISTAHAN SILA DE LIMA, PINKY LACSON AT PNOY KUNG NA-POLISHED NA ANG NAPOLES LISTS AT NGAYON AY INILABAS NA NILA. TAMA DIN ANG PANIWALA KO NA MERON MGA KKKK NA HINDI PAPAYAGAN NI PNOY MAKASUHAN, DI BA PINKY AT D5?

    10. The Filipino public is being hoodwinked by these so-called “public servants” aka “public thieves”.

      So Aquino and de LIma knew MORE characters who stole money from the public , yet they kept the info from THE PUBLIC!!!!..? WHY?

      They should all be hanged or brought before a firing squad!!!

      We have a government RAN LIKE HELL!

    11. Bill Planes on

      What are you waiting for then Mr Tiglao ? File case of obstruction of justice. Better still file a disbarment case…and file an impeachment case against Pnoy..

    12. What a clever tactic of politicians (ex. this President) to smear his opponent like Marcos , Santiago, Gordon , Villar top contender for 2016 and appointing 2 more SC Justices , in doing so will secure any impeachable offense there maybe against him after he leaves office ( illegal “DAP”) and JLNapoles exposee.

    13. No one can trust this gov’t anymore, no matter what they do, if we are to believe this made up scenarios , then we might as well considered all of us as Morons,

    14. nelson z. valles on

      Ang irony nito eh iyong the same people power na nag upo kay Cory ang siya ring mag tanggal kay Noynoy.

      Si de Lima ay naging kakutsaba ni Noynoy sa pag cover up ng mga kaalyado niya. Si Noynoy na dapat executive function lang ay nakikialam sa judicial function.

    15. mikhail hieronymus on

      This article makes sense. So…where are the “legal eagles” who should pick up the slack and take these people to court?