Retired Sen. Joker Arroyo recently lashed out at the PNoy administration saying, “Look at yourselves at the mirror first before criticzing others.”
Arroyo was referring to the witch hunting activity of the current administration in going after members of the former administration suspected of being involved in graft and corruption.
The veteran lawmaker noticed that while PNoy is quick in going after former officials suspected of pocketing millions of government funds, he is very slow in running after his own corrupt and scrupulous men.
Sen. Arroyo’s observations were absolutely right.
PNoy condones his wayward men that instead of firing them, he puts a blind eye and says he still trust his man.
I wonder if the President is really serious in cleaning up the system.
One thing for sure though, he is full of baloney!!!
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Is dpwh afraid of one of its Scrupulous contractors?
After announcing a few weeks ago that it is looking for its missing P30 billion in infrastructure projects, the Department of Public Works and Highways [DPWH] has yet to file charges against certain contractors.
Public Works Sec. Rogelio Singson admitted earlier on a TV interview that P6 billion of the missing funds went to Edwin Gradiola, a contractor from Batangas.
Based on the records of the department, Gradiola was awarded almost P6 billion worth of infrastructure projects during the time of former Pres. Arroyo.
Out of the said amount, P100 million supposedly went to Gradiola’s hometown in Mataas na Kahoy for a concrete road construction, Singson said.
Surprisingly, inspectors from DPWH reported that no road construction has been done in the area up to this point leaving most of the roads in the area either muddy or full of potholes.
Mataas na Kahoy Mayor Jay Manalo suspects Gradiola just pocketed the money since there were no road constructions in his town even before he assumed office in 2010.
If Mayor Manalo’s suspicion is right, then the funds given to Gradiola went to “ghost projects”.
Now, the question is what is DPWH waiting for that it has not filed any case against Gradiiola before the Office of the Ombudsman?
Is Gradiola a sacred cow, Sec. Singson???