MIRIAM ASKS VOTERS: DROP ‘PORK’-TAINTED POLITICOS IN 2016

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THIS early, Sen. Miriam Santiago has begun a blistering campaign for the 2016 national elections—not for voters to give her another mandate but to reject politicians who have been linked to the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam, including those who kept mum on the issue.

Santiago, in an address at the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) in Batangas City appealed to students not to vote for senators and congressmen, facing graft and corruption charges and complaints at the office of the Ombudsman.

The feisty senator also discouraged students from supporting lawmakers who are consistently silent on the pork barrel scam issues or those who are playing safe.

Although every person enjoys a presumption of innocence, Santiago said, if the Ombudsman files a case against a politician for plunder in the Sandiganbayan, this means that she has in her possession enough evidence to allow the trial court to rule in favor of the government.


According to Santiago, the 2016 presidential elections will be a test of leadership during these dark days when government is investigating the pork barrel scandal involving Janet Lim-Napoles, her dubious non-government organizations, and certain politicians.

Voters should also not support politicians who purposely refrain from participating in the national debate on the pork barrel scandal.

Santiago tagged these politicos as cowards, for refusing to take a position for fear of incurring the anger of the guilty ones.

“[Such a] candidate is an opportunist. He does not act out of conviction, but acts out of what is convenient for himself,” she said.

She insisted that a politician who wants to become a wise guy by being friends with everybody—corrupt or not—is not a leader and this should guide voters in selecting their leaders in 2016.

Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr., are among the scores of respondents in the plunder and malversation complaint filed by the National Bureau of Investigation at the office of the Ombudsman last year.

Revilla was recently named by his party Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats as its standard bearer in 2016, while Estrada was reportedly targeting the vice presidential post.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, one of the leaders of the opposition already declared his plan to run as president. He is not implicated in the scam but the vice president is being criticized for not issuing strong statements against the controversy wherein some of his allies are suspected to have taken part in.

Senate majority leader Alan Peter Cayetano, has been raising his concern over Binay’s position against corruption because of his refusal to make strong statements on the PDAF issue.

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  1. Mrs. Santiago impossible po manyari gusto nyo. Maganda po pero impossible manyari. Kasi po 90% ng voters kundi corrupt, stupid, o kaya moron. Ni hindi po nila ini intindi itong mga nakawan nanyayari sa gobyerno. Presidential Form of Government po tayo and ito po mga 90% na ito ang may control sa kinabukasan ng bansa – sa pwersa ng boto nila!! How stupid 10% intelligent Filipinos letting this 90% controls the country!!

  2. Time to be more scrutinize as people of Democratic Philippines, we are the laughing stock of the World, without joking, we are the only countries where tainted corrupt officials can still win in any election. So the most stupid people in the world are Filipinos no kidding aside. Because we never learn from our mistakes. We don’t want corruption but we elect corrupt official. So what kind of Government we want we install. No wonder we are still poor despite economic growth. Choose better and ideal leaders who work and we’ll discipline.

  3. c sen allan caytano what is his criteria he was the asst. b4 ni sen m villar run for pres. cnbhan ci pnoy my kuliling daw ngayn tagapagtanggol na cya ni pres p. own politics nga nman ang mga ganitong tao dapat di na ibinoboto yan kakahiya ano ng manyayari sa ph

  4. IS SENATOR SANTIAGO CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS OF VOTER CYNICISM OR APATHY? LOOK AT OUR PRESENT ELECTED OFFICIALS. MANY HAVE TAINTED RECORDS YET MANAGE TO GET INTO HIGH OFFICE. MAYBE WE DESERVE WHAT WE GET. MY HOPE FOR A DECENT PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT FADES.

  5. MADAM MIRRIAM, SA AKIN LANG, DI MO KAILANGANG SABIHAN ANG MGA BOTANTE PAGKA’T SAWANG-SAWA NA ANG MGA TAO SA MGA SENATONGS AT TONGRESSMEN LALO NA YUON NASANGKOT SA NAPOLES PDAF SCAM. HINDI KO ALAM KUNG ANO PA ANG MAGAGAWA NG DALAWANG PEKENG SURVEY FIRMS, ” FALSE ASIA AT SURVEY WALANG SILBI” PARA ITAAS PA ANG MGA ITO. KAYA AKO NUON NAKARAAN ELECTION, KAHIT NA SINABIHAN AKO NG MGA KAIBIGAN KO KUNG BAKIT KO SI TED CASINO LAMANG ANG BINOTO KO NA LEFTIST DAW, AY SINAGOT KO ” I WILL RATHER VOTE ONE HONEST LEFTIST THAN VOTE 24 DISHONEST DEMOCRATS AND LIBERALS ” AT LALO NG HINDI KO IBOBOTO ANG MGA MIEMBRO NG FAMILY DYNASTIES. HINDI AKO LEFTIST PERO SAWA NA AKO SA MGA GAWA NG ATIN MGA POLITKO. DI BA SEN. SANTIAGO?

  6. I agree 100% with Sen. Miriam S. The voters, most specially the so called “netizens” (supposedly, educated intelligent voters), students, people with good moral values, let us show ourselves, our children, children to be, grandchildren and grandchildren to be, that we really care for them. Let us all agree with Sen. M. Santiago in this particular issue. Let us again show the whole world of a different type of “People Power”, “People Revolution” against Graft and Corruption, against Political Dynasty, against Opportunists’!!! Some may not like Sen. Miriam, but let us be mature and honest to ourselves that there are times Sen. Miriam, is also likeable and the only Senator who can really courageous enough to say what is right and wrong in the face of the person she is talking too. Go, go, go, Sen. Miriam, I am not 100% fan of yours, but when I see that what you are saying is right, I accept it. I hope and pray that you get well soon.

  7. mikhail hieronymus on

    RIGHT ON…..Senator Mariam Santiago. I hope the people will follow your advice. If the people are stupid enough and vote for the same corrupt candidates the Philippines will be nothing but the NUMBGER ONE corrupt government on earth. The nation and the whole population will suffer for decades to come. God Bless the Philippines!!!!!!!@