Day in and day out, the public witness mulcting traffic aides prey on motorists amid the perennial traffic mess, which is actually a microcosm of the corrupt government we have.
Public officials at both national and local levels are no different from the traffic enforcers who extort from drivers they flagged for the most frivolous citation.
Conversely, the rampant kotong or hulidap racket is no different from the pork barrel scam and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) pulled off by Noynoy Aquino and his shrewd bagman Butch Abad.
After the May 9 elections, another six-year term will have been over, and one that failed to deliver its promise of good governance under the sham matuwid na daan (straight path).
Capitalizing on his mother Cory’s demise, Noynoy substituted for the unpopular Mar Roxas and ran on a campaign promise, “Hindi ako magnanakaw!”
So far, the President has delivered exactly the opposite, massive irregularities and plunder of public funds by his closest aides and cronies, particularly congressional appropriations.
Noynoy’s self-styled political dynasty and nepotism smack of graft and corruption, even surpassing that of his predecessor and teacher Gloria Arroyo.
No less than Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has condemned the “super number” of corrupt public officials still serving in the government.
A total of 1,092 cases alleging corrupt practices of local officials were filed last year.
Another 600 more were lodged against police officers.
You and I know that these numbers are an understatement because Noynoy administration is guilty of selective justice.
He went after his political and personal enemies in a shameless vendetta, targeting first then-Chief Justice Renato Corona, less than a year after the Supreme Court ordered implementation of agrarian reform in Aquino-owned Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac.
Noynoy has jailed three senators linked to the pork barrel scam or the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), which Janet Lim-Napoles herself said actually involved a number the President’s allies in Congress.
There are those notorious Cabinet members, who have figured in massive irregularities, including Budget Secretary Abad, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Transportation and Communications Secretary Jun Abaya, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman and Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina.
They have remained in office and fleeced the country’s treasury despite their clear incompetence in the performance of duties.
There are also those faceless cronies in government-owned and -controlled corporations, who have profited personally, like those greedy officials of the Social Security System (SSS) and the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB).
No wonder that the Philippines slipped 10 notches to 95th in the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2015.
On a score of 0 to 100, with 100 being “the cleanest,” the Philippines was given a score of 35, losing three points from the corruption index in 2014.
The culprits are wallowing in loot especially this election year while we drown in unprecedented national debt.
And just like what Arroyo did, Noynoy will leave a bloody mess that now threatens to aggravate national security.
Instead of striving for an inclusive peace effort for Mindanao, he carried out a compartmentalized deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which coddled international terrorists and massacred 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troops, shuttering chances of lasting peace altogether.
Noynoy and his cronies are fortunate that plunder and war crimes do not entail the death penalty just yet!
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