THANK God for Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago. She has urged the Senate in a resolution she filed recently to probe corruption in the Department of Justice’s prosecutorial service.
In the front-page report we published yesterday, reporter Jefferson Antiporda, wrote that Sen. Santiago, in her proposd Senate resolution, cited the admission of Prosecutor General Claro Arellano that corruption does exist among the ranks of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The Santiago resolution also states that “Arellano’s admission shows that corruption is rampant in all levels of the government, especially among high-level civil servants.”
Last month, on November 15, NBI agents in an entrapment operation arrested Quezon City Assistant Prosecutor Raul Desembrana. He was caught accepting an P80,000 bribe from Dr. Alex Montes, one of the so-called “Morong 43” group of health workers whom the government military detained after raiding a house in Rizal province.
The raiding military men claimed that the arrested doctors, nurses, midwives and first-aid givers were holding a New People’s Army meeting. The raiding party alleged that bomb-making apparatus and other subversive material were found in the farmhouse. These allegations were denied by the “Morong 43” who counterclaimed that evidence was planted against them. They stoutly insisted that they were just a humanitarian group devoted to giving health care to people who are otherwise unable to receive proper medical care and professional advice.
Senator Santiago’s move cheers us in The Manila Times. We have deservedly received encouragement from distinctly upright Filipinos, including Catholic and Protestant churchmen, for telling the truth about the hypocrisy and corruption of the Aquino administration, including its highest official, President Aquino himself. Similar encouragement has come our way from numerous paragons of honesty in Asia, America and Europe.
Yet, our exposes — in accurate and rigorously researched news reports and opinion pieces — are rarely answered seriously and in detail by the high officials concerned. And no matter how earthshaking and undeniable these exposes, the more influential newspapers and primetime TV rarely comment on them or widen the knowledge of these malfeasances that prove President Aquino’s claims of pursuing Matuwid na Daan (Righteous Path) governance to be nothing but a hoax.
The crookedness of the Aquino administration officials — except a notable few — and their untruthfulness, most alarmingly President Aquino himself, can only be denied or ignored by the most perverse and criminal consciences–or by the utterly naïve and ignorant.
The senators, congressmen, cabinet members and the writers, reporters and editors of the large media organizations are not at all naïve and ignorant. But they all pretend that President Aquino, in all these more than four years he has ruled our country, has been an upright and honest top official.
Even Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has not spoken in appropriately wrathful tones about the President’s mendacity.
Yesterday’s Inquirer banner story — “DSWD failed storm victims, says COA” — was a rare display of interest in exposing the large-scale corruption of the Aquino regime.
May God have mercy on our nation and move more leaders and powerful media to reveal how cynically subversive of the Philippine Republic and corrupt President Aquino, his closest officials and his administration are.
May more leaders, like Senator Defensor Santiago, prove that not all Filipinos are brain- and soul-dead about the corruption of the Aquino regime.