From the condemned to the aggrieved and Janet Napoles has turned the circle without the legislators and the public seeing through the smoke and mirror operations. For how can the seemingly guilty be the one to say, “you have nothing to fear if you are not guilty.”
So many twists and turns have happened and every time a new angle developed, one would think the other party is gaining ground until the Napoles hospitalization and in a bare it all before the operation, Napoles issued a prepared affidavit to the Secretary of Justice who had several hours of conversation with Janet before the following-day operation. Was it a confession before the operation? If so, why were there insurance steps in the process? Documents and unsigned affidavit to former Senator Ping Lacson as well as a set of documents with the president of the Whistleblowers Association, Sandra Cam. Why not pick a religious person such as a priest or a nun to be custodian of the important documents and where a confession is sacred unlike one with the Secretary of Justice? Why pick the Ospital ng Makati when there are several government hospitals?
The scripts of the PDAF scandal were written like telenovelas. The scripts are written as the story unfolds. Problem is the authors do not know what hit them because now it is a live blob that is hitting anyone who played a direct role in the impeachment; who has been a stumbling block to gaining a foothold to one of the 11 vote rich provinces; anyone positioning for 2016. The rest are still covered hoping they will not catch the stench of that thing that hit the fan.
Two live bombs are about to explode this week: Napoles List and the filing of complaint against Senators Enrile, Estrada and Revilla before the Sandiganbayan. Napoles 16 (Senate) and 100 (House) will surely cripple the 16th Congress. The institution should be protected but after the so-called abolition of PDAF and its re-creation as a ghost in the 2015 GAA, and after 27 years since Congress reopened, we have hit rock bottom and May 2016 is crucial in the selection of new members for the 17th Congress.
It has been said time and time again that the PDAF witch hunt was a way of deflecting attention away from the impeachment operations made by bungling individuals not so used to hardball politics but pretending they are machismos and better than the GMA group of operators. The bungling is big time that exit strategies have not been carefully studied and vetted. Some are saying there are no exit strategies and they will just roll their way to 2016 by controlling the Comelec.
So to the people at the gallery, remember the five rules of propaganda: simplification, disfiguration, transfusion, unanimity and orchestration. If you are able to see through the spins then you can see clearly through the propaganda.
Funny, just before the weekend, in a foundation day celebration, a public official was working the crowd but was spreading propaganda on the Napoles List. Interestingly, this person has the title, the office and a huge staff but is not working full time and dabbles with other political accounts and is often seen planting seeds in various political fences. Truly such an appointment and not performing work as required by such an appointment is a political accommodation of the politics of Tuwid na Daan.
Simplification is reducing all data to a simple confrontation between “Good and Bad,” “Friend and Foe,” “Administration and Opposition.” Disfiguration is discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies. Transfusion is manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one’s own ends. Unanimity is presenting one’s view as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: draining the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star-performers, by social pressure, and by “psychological contagion.” Orchestration is endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.
If PDAF is truly a test of the politics of Tuwid na Daan, the mantra has miserably failed. Congress just came back from 49 days of vacation and will go on sine die adjournment by 15 June 2014 or after only 18 session days. And we have not unearthed the Malampaya fund, Use of the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, Public Works Fund and congressional insertions. But just like the AFP Modernization Fund and similar allotments, we have never learned to get the people behind such raping of the treasury answerable and made accountable. In South Korea, public servants resign. In Japan, they commit hara-kiri and in Thailand, a political ban has been meted out to a sitting prime minister.
Indeed, “lawyers can steal more money with a briefcase than a thousand men with guns and masks.” If you know who said that then you know what we are dealing with in Napoles’ Sixteen.