• Senators and their DAP loot

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    Part 2
    Many readers, friends and colleagues, in reaction to my previous column (“Supreme Court decision documents Senators’ acts and their incentives,” Times, July 29), have anxiously written and asked:

    What happens now?

    Will the bribed senators get away scot-free?
    Do they get to keep their loot?

    How about the treasury and the people?

    Will they get the money back?

    Will the Senate go on with  “Business as Usual”

    Those who raise these questions are concerned  about retribution and punishment in the face of rank bribery and misuse of public funds.

    In  part 2 of  this series, I will try to answer these questions with the help of some lawyers and concerned citizens, and  the hard lessons provided by advanced democracies.

    My focus here will be on the senators and their loot, especially because they have been assiduous in proclaiming their innocence of wrongdoing,and  in putting up misleading stories and inquiries, and in attesting to the beneficence of the DAP.

    Citation by name and loot in SC decision
    Being cited by name and loot in the Supreme Court’s DAP decision is already one kind of retribution for  all the senators who were bribed in the Corona impeachment trial.

    According to legal practicioners and scholars, this is a very big deal. The decision  is destined to be remembered and studied as one of the greatest decisions in Philippine jurisprudence. Every senator named is assured that his posterity will learn of his or her ignominy.

    Since they are politicians, who will likely seek reelection or even higher office, it’s prudent  to list them down here, along with the sums they received from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

    Senators and their DAP funds
    (In the order listed by DBM)

    1.Antonio Trillanes     (P50M)
    2. Manuel Villar     (P50M)
    3. Ramon Revilla     (P50M)
    4. Francis Pangilinan     (P30M)
    5. Loren Legarda     (P50M)
    6. Lito Lapid     (P50M)
    7. Jinggoy Estrada     (P50M)
    8. Alan Cayetano     (P50M)
    9.Edgardo Angara     (P50M)
    10. Ralph Recto     (P50M)
    11. Koko Pimentel     (P45M)
    12.Tito Sotto     (P50M)
    13.Teofisto Guingona     (P44M)
    14.Serge Osmeña     (P50M)
    15. Juan Ponce Enrile     (P92M)
    16.Frank Drilon
    (October 2012-PIOOM)
    17. Greg Honasan     (P50M)
    18. Francis Escudero     (P99M)
    19. Pia Cayetano     (P50m)
    Total:  P1.06 billion

    Atty. Raymond Fortun on case vs bribed senators.

    With the explicit ruling by the SC  against the DAP, its declarative citation of the senators, and the loud public clamor for indictments , most  lawyers would probably shy away from their defense.

    But these are also the kind of cases that could attract them, like moths to a flame—because of possible fringe benefits in the form of publicity and political patronage.
    President Aquino’s centrality to these cases as the source of  the bribes could assure handsome funding, at least up to the end of his term.

    Noted trial lawyer Raymond Fortun  posted  online his assessment that there may be enough circumstantial evidence to establish the crime of bribery in the cases of the senators who voted to convict  CJ Corona.

    He wrote:
    “No senator in his right mind will admit that he voted YES to convict CJ Corona after he was promised additional pork. Such an admission would be catastrophic for his re-election bid, and will be the basis of a bribery complaint that could land him in jail

    “But lawyers will agree with me that several proven facts put together constitute  CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE that can establish guilt beyond reasonable doubt. What are the proven facts?

    “1. Noynoy admitted that a number of senators were called to Malacanang to inquire about the impeachment case during the trial. The complainant having a one-on-one meeting with the judge? Very bad.

    “2. Bong Revilla said that he was asked to vote YES during said Malacanang meeting. This meeting was clandestine i.e. Nobody knew about it. His proof? A photograph he took while inside Boy Pick-up’s car, with the license plate detached so nobody would know whose car it was that was used.

    “3. Butch Abad admitted that Php1.1 Billion was farmed out as additional pork barrel funds for the projects of the 20 Senators who voted YES to convict CJ Corona. Those who voted NO got nothing.

    “4. Nobody knew about these additional pork barrel funds until Jinggoy Estrada revealed it on Sept 24,2013. Nobody also knew about the DAP until Sept 29—because Abad was forced to explain where the additional funds came from.

    “5. The Senators already had Php200 Million each in PDAF. There was nothing which would justify giving the 20 YES senators P50-100M each—except as a “reward, bonus or incentive” for voting YES.

    “6. PDAF has been proven to be the vehicle by which legislators got kickbacks from the “projects” they propose…

    “7. COA admits that Php17 Billion of PDAF funds went to Napoles’s NGOs. And we all know what Napoles’s NGO’s did with the money, right?

    “8. Ben Hur Luy confirmed that DAP funds were coursed through Napoles’s NGO’s. He has the digital files to prove it.”

    In summary, the 20 yes senators (minus Ping Lacson) face long, sleepless nights ahead of them.

    Former Senators  Angara,  Villar and Pangilinan could face indictments  for the part they played in the story  of how President Aquino bought the Senate to secure the conviction of CJ corona.

    Legal experts say that the cases of the bribed senators  should now go to the Ombudsman for appropriate action. The ombudsman, an independent constitutional office, is mandated to act promptly on complaints  filed in any form or manner against public officials or employees of the government. on any act or omission that “appears to be illegal, unjust, improper or inefficient.”

    In the normal order of things, it should be the Department of justice that should bring the complaints to the Ombudsman. But under this administration, and with president Aquino as the  source of the bribes, we must doubt  whether Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will be proactive in filing complaints against the senators.

    But  ordinary citizens and  civic groups can also file complaints. And the ombudsman  is  bound by law to act on them.

    How about the recovery of the loot?
    In Article XI of the constitution, which deals with the accountability of public officers, Section 15  explicitly asserts that “the right of the State to recover properties unlawfully acquired by public officials or employees, from them or from their nominees or transferees, shall not be barred by prescription, laches, or estoppel.“

    The staggering amount of P150 billion has been cited in many accounts as the total sum of money that was siphoned into the DAP and freely dispensed by President Aquino and Butch Abad.

    In the case of bribery in the Corona impeachment, the senatorial loot  from DAP was P1.06 billion. It gets much larger when Drilon’s extra helpings are included.

    The challenge of recovery will be formidable, but not impossible. Some experts say that there can be no “good faith defense” for bribery and malversation of public
    funds.

    And the “operative fact” doctrine may be inoperative here.

    The nation must not lose sight of the ball, because this case gives us the precious opportunity to prove the seriousness of our declarations against corruption, and our resolve to cleanse the Senate.

    The damage to the Senate
    In the twin scandals of the DAP and the PDAF, no institution has perhaps  been more damaged  than the Senate.

    You could argue that the DAP has been like a tsunami for the Aquino Presidency.
    For the Senate, PDAF and DAP have been the equivalent of two big typhoons. And they have lashed its leaders and its members, without fear or favor.

    Once regarded as the nursery of future Presidents, the Senate has sustained grave institutional damage, and  colossal reputational damage.

    The senate leadership of the 15th Congress (the senate president and the president pro-tempore) are now  facing plunder charges in the graft court, and are in detention, along with another senator. Their cases have to do with the misuse of the senatorial pork barrel.

    The new Senate leadership of the 16th Congress labors under  the weight of complete domination by the executive, and complicity in the implementation of the DAP.

    Senate President Drilon holds the record of enjoying the most DAP fund releases, P720 million.  Senate president protempore, Ralph Recto, and Senate Majority leader Alan Cayetano, are tainted by their willing acceptance of the impeachment bribes.

    The pork barrel used to be the obsession of  the House of Representatives, whose members literally fought for pork to bring home to their districts.

    But ever since the introduction of senatorial pork, and the creation of a ceiling of P200 million per senator,  avarice has deranged almost every senator.

    In these circumstances, they became easy prey for the likes of super-corruptor janet lim napoles.

    they proved even more vulnerable to the Machiavellian Butch Abad,who will stop at nothing to advance his strategic political goals.

    And they were especially vulnerable to a president  who knows nothing about governing, and has no respect for the independence of the other branches of government.

    It’s no accident that Aquino’s four years at the helm have coincided with the senate ‘s institutional decline  and loss of  identity.

    A former senator, Aquino has made the chamber worse than subservient. As Joker Arroyo has charged, Congress was raped by Aquino with consent.

    Since Aquino came to power, the Senate has not tackled legislation of  moment and importance.

    Executive  initiatives in defense and foreign policy take place without the chamber being consulted.

    There is little loyalty to and pride in the Senate as an institution today.

    That is the tragedy.

    yenmakabente@yahoo.com

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    48 Comments

    1. To avoid jail term like his predecessor the only viable excuse of P’noy of any liability for anything and everything he has committed during his term in office would be a plea of INSANITY.

    2. Andre James Garcia on

      Simpleng tao lang ako, Simpleng Pilipino. Hindi gaanong nakapag-aral. Kaya simpleng lohiko lang ang nakikita ko. Suhol! Sa magkabilang panig. Sino ang maniniwalang hindi nagsuhol ang kampo ni CJ Corona sa impeachment trial? Pare-pareho lang sila, hawa-hawa. Kahit yung may sariling paninindigan (kuno) ay mapipilitang pumanig at tumangap ng suhol dahil sa maraming mabigat na dahilan. Ex: Partido, utang (na loob) sa eleksyon etc.. Walang solusyon kundi ang pagbabago nating mga Pilipino sa pagpili ng ating iboboto!

    3. Sarap buhay ng mga porky senator, tiba tiba sa pera ng bayan. Habang million ang naghihirap at namamatay sa hirap ng buhay, saan kaya kinukuha kapal ng mukha nila?

    4. Nabasa ko po lahat ang mga comment nyo. Ito lang po ang masasabe ko .Hanggat PERA.ang umiiral sa pagpili natin ng mga kandidatong mamumuno sa ating bansa , Hindi tayo magkakaroon ng,matapat at matinong mamumuno sa ating gobyerno. Kaya sana lang tayong mga voters ibuto natin ang kandidatong alam.nating magiging tapat sa tungkulin hindi ang kandidatong nammimigay ng pera o nambibili ng boto. At sana po bago natin husgahan ang kasalukuyang pangulo natin ngayon pakasiguraduhin muna natin na totoo nga itong binibintang ng mga senador na ito. MANGIBABAW SANA ANG KATUTUHANAN ALANG ALANG SA KINABUKASAN NATING.MGA FILIPINO.MABUHAY TAYONG LAHAT.

    5. As long as PNoy and these bribed senators and congressmen are in power there is no way that they can be indicted and convicted. There will be no honest to goodness court trial. They and their cohorts in the govt bureaucracies should be removed first and install a care-taker government that will bring them to the wheels of justice. This is the only way I think for the Filipino people to obtain a true court trial..

    6. they defend the administration but still a long road ahead of them. Tie this yellow ribbon round the bicutan tree.

    7. The solution of all these problems now is perhaps akin to surgery in medical term. We cannot just file impeachment cases. We cannot just file cases with the Ombudsman of the DOJ. The situation has become hopeless as all of the actors of the crimes against the people could be like puppets all together. In the end, all will be but horse trading. A senate which has lost its purpose out of you say avarice, to judge a president being their corrupter? And SEnators being investigated by the DOJ and Ombudsman who are under the influence of the president? What an unlikely situation….
      There is a need I suppose for a more rational action and that is to implement a change in the government system itself. Get rid of the Senate and the House and put in place a better form which has been tested in many civilizations. Let go of too much freedom for the Filipino. Look at what we have, the powerful had all but proven that the institutions which are symbols of democracy can be manipulated as such and doomed to self destruct! Something must be done and it should be now. Revert to parliamentary system after ousting the president.

    8. Let’s show these senators and congressmen that we had enough of their pa niloloko sa bayan… Pls encourage people to file a case against them… Let’s us join hands with the scrap the pork movement and concerned religious leaders, organizations , academe and private citizens in filing a class suit against these politicians… Enough is enough!

    9. The DAP is the Greatest Crime of The Century in Philippine History. I hope the Defenders of the State will stand up for the Filipino people and not for the yellow liberal party. The yellow people were the ones shouting against culture of impunityduring GMA’s presidency, now let us see if these people will also cry out CULTURE OF IMPUNITY against their prince.

    10. renato rentoza on

      These cases will simply be dismissed. Just like in the PDAF misuse (fake NGOs) that implicated 200+ legislators. That is why it is also illogical to say that 3 senators + their associates are masterminds of this scam. The heart of this scam is no other than Napoles+ RUby Tuason (who used napoles as financier) + the implementing agencies who look the other way as JLN carts away the legislators funds.

    11. Larry Ebersole on

      Now we can ask ourselves where are those supposedly idealistic groups that had been professing their good intentions to bring a better governance; the street parliamentarians who had been shouting about better ways or even the left leaning group who says the present system is bad and need to be changed. Where are they? this is their big chance to prove themselves is it not?
      Where are our group of concerned citizen?
      these groups should now be spearheading the case against these senatongs and tongressmen; filing the case in the courts but it seems that they are all mum now; is it because they are also benefiting from these politicians ?
      I JUANDER where we are going with this dirty politics of ours from top to the most bottom where even the SK has been corrupted or trained to be corrupt.

    12. Ty sa list.,mga kapanalig sa bundok sila na ang bahala. Mabuhay ang pakikibaka. Mga peste kayong salot sa lipunan,.lipulin

    13. If a Senator happens to be a Lawyer, he must be disbarred..
      those who are not Lawyers, barred from any future government
      position or employment.

    14. Mr makabenta ako po ay nagtataka kung bakit parang siguradong sigurado kayo na ginamit ang dap sa pang bribe sa ibang mga senador…paano ninyo po nalaman ?? bakit nandoon po ba kayo ng nagbigayan ng pera? or binayaran kayo ng mga nasipa na corrupt na senador upang ikalat ang ganitong mga panghuhusga ng wala naman pong basehan. Si Jinggoy po ba ang nagbulong sa inyo pagkatapos kayong bayaran upang lalong maging magulo ang issue sa dap? Kung wala po kayong proof/ basehan na mailalabas ay huwag po kayong magbintang…unless kaya ninyong ilabas si jinggoy na isa sa nabigyan din ng bribe na galing sa dap…lolz.

      • wala man dun si makabenta e re cord ng supreme court ang nagsasabi sa kanya na ang dap ay napunta sa mga senador at me listahan pa dimo ba nakita? May batayan siya kahangahanga siya at nagiisa ang manila times na nagbibigay ng mga puna na dahil sa kahirapan ng buhay e hindi na kayang isipin pa… Kudos Mr. Makabenta!

      • Mr. Pinoy ako,

        Ang batayan ni mr. Makabenta ay mga official documents na hindi puwedeng i- fake . Documented nga, official at hindi sikre-sikretong gawa gawa . Ibukas mo ang iyong mga mata sa katotohanan . Handiyan at nakatingin sa iyo. Kung ahas yan, natuklaw ka na ay hindi mo pa nakikita !

    15. The problem with us human being we are not perfect and always surrounded by temptations because of the desire to be comfortable in life. Though the people has the knowledge about good and evil, many people does the evil in order to serve the good and to look good in this hypocrite society. Some people say weather-weather lang, do you mean to say that whenever we make the change the same practice/ system is again followed with another formula? No, when we have the change, we should act with the change for the benefit of the whole Philippines not for ourselves but to consider our fellowmen though we could not have the abrupt change at least the change start from everyone of us. Only Pres. Marcos made the abrupt change when he declared Martial Law, in the beginning it was very good but due to ambitions of others then backsliding occurs so this another test for us all.

    16. Alejo Rosete on

      No need to make my comments. Very well said Yen.

      At least we know what is going on. If not your expose’ how will we know all these. So these Senators (Sena”tongs”) are bribe takers to convict Chief Justice Corona?
      What about those Congressmen (Tong”gressmen”)?

      Sana, huwag na nating Ibuto sila sa darating na election.

      Mabuhay ka Yen.

    17. We call on the nationalist PMAers’ and military personnel who love this country so much to lead the revolt against these senators and congressmen and arrest them all including cabinet secretaries who conceptualized DAP. However its not yet too late to rectify and ask for forgiveness and starts again. All we have to do is to accept mistakes and learn from this after all we are human and living in unperfect world. Lets put our pride out of our life. And finally put our selves to our Lord Jesus Christ and the rest will be all good.

    18. jose hernani m. parco on

      for the same reason that those who deal in illegal drugs are put to jail, then it follows that those who deal in illegal dap,pork ,pdaf and the likes should be put to the slammer!

    19. muriel magtanggol on

      Butch Abad had the gall to say on national tv and in front of the senators that he never touched the money…money never passed through his hands. Yes, but he did not say who were the recipients of those monies. Who were the NGOs…who were the Napoleses? That is the missing link, and that is how, ladies and gentlemen, the money from our treasury got into the pockets of our politicians and probably into Abad’s and his partners up and down and sideways!

    20. All of this people commented on this article gained my respect as i read your comments i know you are on top of whats going on …you people understood the big picture of the philippine problem of corruption…senate , congress,,, supreme court and the executive branch you do know and lost your trust on all of them ,,, like me i know that you know this is on going in the philippines system of government thats why there was no progress…the only one who progress are those politicians who got rich from this corruptions and kickbacks……its seem so hopeless we do not trust anybody who is running the government. When i was younger i thought it will take a recolutionary war or like combodia ..kill all the imtellectual and leave the young one and start from scratch….but that is inhuman…..There is a way …..no one will get killed and no officials of the government will be jailed…we have to stop digging on this corruptors and forget about recovering those stolen funds and stop bickering each other or try to impeach this president for if we dont stop .we just all going down on this quicksand and all your children and grand children , s future is doomed as what every one of you think..it is doomed if we dont stopppppppp…..very simple solution …all citizen must be aware ….its all about money ……..IN and Out….. Transperancy …honest auditing…. Smart spending….prioritized progjects….all of this can be achieved if the people work as a team …start clean and watch everybody as a hawk…..mAke them report every year where the money went and completeness of the prodject…..punished the wrong doers heavily…thats where everybody should start pressuring the government to do…Start clean and work as a team for if not…..you and your children and grand children are dooomeddddddd….Pres pinoy start to fight corruption lets support him and lets all fight corruption…give him a chance …he is not perfect he make mistakes…but one thing we know he…

      • The FOI has not been acted upon by this government. Why? It is perhaps a bill that can curtail all the corrupt practices in government. If we are to follow what’s in your mind, it is probably next to impossible. It’s good if you do nothing for a living that you can devote all your time watching or guarding the public funds. How can you do it. Otherwise we shall all be on a work holiday and spend all our time peeking on every document that these officials prepare to spend the people’s money. Think about it?

    21. With the obvious direct connection of DAP going to only Senators who voted to convict Corona, where should the crime be procecuted and by who? I look forward to ridding ourselves of these untrustwothy elected officials.

    22. I hope and pray that another Sin will emerge and help us Filipinos get out of this predicament, with the Thief Executive, Abad, Drilon, Escudero and all the other senators in the list going to jail.

    23. What you say makes a lot of sense but you also miss things out. I think the most important reason corona got convicted was the P180,000,000 in his dollar account. Remember also that he did not declare it in his saln, in any of his saln’s. Why not as a government employee he is supposed to declare all monies in his bank accounts. Then look at his properties, some declared some under declared & some not declared. there was evidence enough for any man to find him guilty I would ask the 3 senators why they found him not guilty. Remember the case of the government employee who didnt declare her market stall on her saln, corona came down on her with the full weight of the law & she lost her jod, banned from ever working in government again & lost all of her pension rights & everything. Now her salary was nothing compared to coronas & to his benefits & allowances but still he chose to hide all that ill gotten money in his bank account. He didnt show not 1 shred of evidence that that money was his & all legally, not a single shred. Yes he made a long emotional speach but he as supreme court chief justice knows more than anyone how you need to show evidence & if what he had was all legal im sure he would have declared it in his saln.

      • Dustin, haven’t you realized by now that those Senators and Congressmen who voted (after receiving DAP, illegally declared by SC) to impeach CJ Corona cannot even show any proof that they filed their SALN at all , which is normally required of any candidate to run for any gov’t office.. With the recent disclosure of the Napoles scam involving many sitting elected politicians those same Senators and Congressmen acted like they are honest and can be trusted during the impeachment trial , grandstanding and yet everyone of them are involved in the PDAF and DAP scam. All the SC justices filed their SALN incldg CJ Corona .Anyone whose SALN called to be audited , anyone has every right to amend and correct the error or discrepancy and pay what taxes maybe due and CJ Corona is doing exactly what is legal .CJ was born very wealthy and so is his wife and as he said most of their wealth accrued from being frugal all their life. he is being castigated by this President in revenge due to his role in Hacienda Luisita SC ruling, awarding the land to the poor farmers who are the legal beneficiaries.

    24. Since congress and the senate have allowed themselves to be castrated of their powers to check the executive on its use of the nation’s finances, LET US ABOLISH THE CONGRESS AND THE SENAT AND GIVE PRESIDENT AQUINO “EMERGENCY POWERS OVER THE USE OF THE NATIONAL BUDGET FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS with the proviso that the savings from abolishing the salaries and maintenance of these politicians’ offices be set aside to “PROVIDE MEDICAL TREATMENTS TO ALL THE POOR AND SICK CHILDREN NEEDING EXPENSIVE TREATMENTS DURING THE NEXT 2 YEARS.”

    25. armando flores on

      The people should send LETTERS to each and everyone of those senators demanding an accounting of the amount they each received from malacanang with supporting documents and to return to the national treasury whatever remains unspent. Their reply should be in the form of an Affidavit or Sworn Statements of the use of such funds. Failing to render an account for the money is malversation of public funds. The spent portion must be verified and validated to prove or disprove such spending. COA cannot be expected to send notice of disallowance to malacanang and to these senators as COA itself was a recipient of the illegal DAP funds. Apart from this malversation of funds, aquino and these senators should be charged for betrayal of trust since they connived in unlawfully ousting Chief Justice Corona.

    26. BantayKurapsyon on

      A pro Filipino mass movement with the help of rank officers and enlisted military will ensure the removal, arrest and outright incarceration of these senators, congressmen, executive department secretaries and the Chief Executive is the only solution to our problem. A Call to Unity and mass action, now!

      • muriel magtanggol on

        I agree! Time for change and dissolution of the inutile Senate and Congress.

      • We call on the nationalist PMAers’ and military personnel who love this country so much to lead the revolt against these senators and congressmen and arrest them all including cabinet secretaries who conceptualized DAP. However its not yet too late to rectify and ask for forgiveness and starts again. All we have to do is to accept mistakes and learn from this after all we are human and living in unperfect world. Lets put our pride out of our life. And finally put our selves to our Lord Jesus Christ and the rest will be all good.

    27. The evidence is overwhelming that President Noynoy Aquino authorized the spending of billions of public money without the authority of congress for which he can not escape liability from being criminally charged when once he is out of office as President of the Philippines, as a consequence of which, by way of poetic justice he will have to suffer the same suffering that he has unjustly inflicted on former President Gloria Arroyo.

    28. Is there still a people’s power that can bring charges to all the bribe takers Senators? Somebody should do something, otherwise what’s to become of our “Pilipinas Kong Mahal”.

    29. The senate completed its self-destruction with the acceptance of the Corona bribe from Pnoy. Meanwhile, the executive branch looks at the senators as mendicants who will do its bidding for crumbs from the budget. Big crumbs, though. The respect each branch of government used to accord each other is gone. The executive now treats the other two branches as its underlings. All this because Pnoy wants to be the king.

    30. I hope all Pilipino Lawyers will all be united for the sake of our country to prosecute all those Senators and Congressmen, plus the President, Abad, Almendras, and Roxas for the commission of bribery to convict Chief Justice Corona.

      All Pilipino lawyers by being united to bring out the truth will be an opportunity for them to be considered as the crusader for our Country in putting to jail those who committed the crime of plunder.

      I am sure by this time they know the result of their united action will bring lessons to those corrupt Politicians. The result will cleanse and deodorize Congress and the Presidency. It may also be the beginning of our dream to have a great country to live in.

      Their success will bring an endless benefits for our Country and to its Citizen.

    31. Juan Pagbabago on

      Why don’t you tackle PDAF first and after it is done and over, let’s discuss DAP. The subject matter should be first-in-first-out isn’t it? That should be fair.

    32. Yen, tama lahat ng isinulat mo. Paano mabawi ang pondo ng bayan ninakaw ng mga senador at congressmen na mismomg preidente ang nanuhol. Nakakahiyang maging pinoy sa administration na ito. Subalit ano ang gagawin natin,sino ang babalingan natin para matigil ang mga pagnanakaw at takipan na ito?Sino ang magpro-proteksyon sa atin,tayong ordinaryong mamamayan? Ganuon na lang ba talaga, tatanggapin natin lahat ang pahirap na ibinigay sa atin ng administration na ito? Sino ang may kakayahan at pwersa para ipagtanggol tayo sa mga magnanakaw na ito, kailan natin makakamit ang hustisya, ganuon na lang ba talaga? Ano na ang gagawin ng SC kung halimbawang patuloy ang pagnanakaw ng mga elected officials? Ano ang gagawin ng kapulisan, hinde ba ang tungkkulin nila ay pangalagaan tayo laban sa mga kriminal at magnanakaw? Ano ang gagawin ng AFP,ganuon na lang ba talaga,mas dapat ba siang loyal sa namumuno o sa constitution,at bandila? Ganuon na lang ba talaga tayong mga Filipino? Paano na ang mga susunod na mamumuno, ganuon din kaya sila?Ganuon pa din kaya ang sapitin natin sa susunod? Ganuon na lang ba tayo talaga na wala ng pag-asa? Ang Pilipinas ba naubusan na ng magigiting at makabayangg sundalo para ipagtanggol tayo sa mga maduming gawaing ganito?
      Yen, nagtatanong lang po ako, ganuon na lang ba talaga?

    33. True, the Senate is now a damaged institution, with members forgetting about their jobs and responsibilities because money and power. Unless the Senate as well as the Lower House is completely revamped and the charter changed to stop the legislative from raping the funds of the public courtesy of the Thief Executive of the land, we will be having a government of thieves, not civil servants. How long can we bear this misery caused by the same people we trusted to govern with only one direction, to make peoples lives better. They are the same people who abuse us, the citizens.

    34. Yen, tama lahat ng isinulat mo. Paano mabawi ang pondo ng bayan ninakaw ng mga senador at congressmen na mismomg preidente ang nanuhol. Nakakahiyang maging pinoy sa administration na ito. Subalit ano ang gagawin natin,sino ang babalingan natin para matigil ang mga pagnanakaw at takipan na ito?Sino ang magpro-proteksyon sa atin,tayong ordinaryong mamamayan? Ganuon na lang ba talaga, tatanggapin natin lahat ang pahirap na ibinigay sa atin ng administration na ito? Sino ang may kakayahan at pwersa para ipagtanggol tayo sa mga magnanakaw na ito, kailan natin makakamit ang hustisya, ganuon na lang ba talaga? Ano na ang gagawin ng SC kung halimbawang patuloy ang pagnanakaw ng mga elected officials? Ano ang gagawin ng kapulisan, hinde ba ang tungkkulin nila ay pangalagaan tayo laban sa mga kriminal at magnanakaw? Ano ang gagawin ng AFP,ganuon na lang ba talaga,mas dapat ba siang loyal sa namumuno o sa constitution,at bandila? Ganuon na lang ba talaga tayong mga Filipino? Paano na ang mga susunod na mamumuno, ganuon din kaya sila> Ganuon pa din kaya ang sapitin natin sa susunod? Ganuon na lang ba tayo talaga na wala ng pag-asa? Ang Pilipinas ba naubusan na ng magigiting at makabayangg sundalo para ipagtanggol tayo sa mga maduming gawaing ganito?
      Yen, nagtatanong lang po ako, ganuon na lang ba talaga?

    35. As you go along with this article YM, I can not help with a cracking voice…river of tears about to roll down as i see the choral sisterly act about to implode from the overbearing weight of….monster sucker DAP. Heavy on melodrama, too much riding on with the inflatable raft of crafted statistical gibber, but Short on substantial truth…a real disappointing tearjerker. And here we are, a revival of One Flew Over the Coup-Coup’s Nest, for public viewing and distraction, courtesy of Trilla-Nest and the Magdilaw,

    36. P. Akialamiro on

      The senators in the Corona impeachment were equivalent to a panel of jurors in the American system. If they were bribed, the case against former CJ Corona should be reveresed. Not satisfied, the former CJ is now being investigated by the IRS despite the bribery. It’s quite clear that he is being “persecuted”, instead.of prosecuted. In fairness to him, all of the corrupt government officials which, I am sure, abound in the government, should at least be prosecuted.

      What’s the use of all those required SALNs? I bet you, majority of all government officials are corrupt, from brgy. head, congressmen and senators (a given) to cabinet officials, even judges, etc. This explains why we see T-shirts stating why one is poor; which is true! If not, why won’t those officials mentioned protest? Might as well get rid of the ‘SALN’ if it’s being used selectively.

      There was also this allegation that a wife is willing to ‘divorce’ her husband if it can be proven that he received a bribe or DAP money. I wonder if this wife is now considering her ‘threat’?

      I just hope that the listing made in this column will be printed every now and then, espcailly during elections as guide for voters. While the DAP money might have been used for the common good, the ‘usurpation’ of the power of the purse by the executive branch to me, is a ‘bigger deal’ and dangerous in a democratic country that no good intention can justify it. The Machiavellian theory should always be subservient to the Constitution. No wonder, someone acted as if he was ‘King’ when he had been succcessful wielding the power of the purse!

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    37. gabriela silang on

      we’ve been taken for a ride all along. the cookie is crumbling and all to himself searching for way out. no rhyme nor reason for these treacherous senators and congressmen. we’ve been sold down the drain. i hate to think that ours is a hopeless case but at the rate things are going it seems no one leaves the room unscathed.please tell me we’re not doomed.

    38. The DAP AS WELL AS PDAF money distributed to the senators MUST, EMPHASIS MUST, BE RECOVERED FROM THE SENATOR PLUNDERERS INCLUDING PRIVATE COHORTS. RECOVER THEM FAST AND SOON.