TRUTH—“truth”—will not set pork-greedy officials of the BS Aquino administration free. In fact, it will send them on a tuwid na daan (straight path) to jail.
With this reality staring them in the face, the officials are expected to hide the truth from the public. The Daily Mirror had revealed that some of the digital files of whistleblower Benhur Luy in the hands of the National Bureau of Investigation have been deleted (sanitized?) Yesterday came a report from the Manila Standard Today identifying the files that have been deleted, based on what the NBI submitted last Wednesday to what is now the yellow ribbon committee of the Senate.
The titles or descriptions of the deleted files were very revealing: PINOY Request, Entry Modified, P200M_Sexy_Ochoa, 2012-200M Ochoa, two letters addressed to Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., Abad Letter, and BIGBOY.
The President is called PNoy. “Abad” may refer to Budget Secretary Butch Abad. And BIGBOY? It may be coincidental but Senate President Franklin Drilon went by the nickname “Big Boy” when he ran for reelection in 2001.
With the deletions, truth may have been suppressed. I note that Luy had denied before the yellow ribbon panel of the Senate that anybody from the Department of Budget and Management had any hand in the pork barrel scam. (To me, this dented his credibility.) Sen. TG Guingona, the panel chairman, admitted that the scam wouldn’t have prospered without any participation from the DBM and the Commission on Audit. He added that nobody had linked DBM and COA officials to this venality so he didn’t pursue this angle any further. If he’s really searching for the truth, why didn’t he?
Malacañang had said that a group is muddling the issue and is trying to burn the whole house down by coming out with different lists of those allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam. There may be no muddling of issues but there’s definitely an attempt to hide the truth from the public as evidenced by the deletions in Luy’s digital files. One need not be smarter than a First Grader to deduce who would benefit from the deletions.
The question now is: Will the public allow the suppression of truth? Definitely, the truth isn’t expected to come out of the Senate, not while its supposedly prime oversight panel is headed by Guingona who believes Aquino cannot do anything wrong. Not while majority of its members are suspected of involvement in the pork barrel scandal.
A week ago, the yellow ribbon was scheduled to inquire into the Malampaya Fund scandal but deferred it so as not to wash the country’s dirty linen in public while the World Economic Forum on East Asia was ongoing. Well, that forum is already over but the inquiry remains deferred. The schedule of committee hearings for next week doesn’t include that item either.
Will the majority accept as Gospel-truth everything President BS Aquino says? Ah, but pollsters and the yellow media continue to shout that majority support the administration. (These same pollsters said that majority acclaim the response of the President to Yolanda.) Will those who have been religiously paying their taxes and contributions to the GSIS, SSS, Pag-IBIG and PhilHealth allow their hard-earned money to line the pockets of government officials?
Half a loaf is better than none. However, the same couldn’t be said of half-truths. What’s true is that there have been deletions in the Luy list. It’s also true that the Philippines is the only country in the world whose president is a true BS.
Licensed to quote
Incidentally, the Luy digital lists affirm that the whistleblower had been signing letters in the name of legislators. This may sound far-fetched but I’m likening this “authority to sign” to the “license to quote” given by some politicians to favored newsmen.
A senator was once asked by a reporter to comment on a very hot issue. The senator, who’s no longer a member of the chamber, replied: “Ikaw naman, pinag-iisip mo pa ako. Ikaw na ang bahala sa sagot ko (You’re making me think. You take care of my answer.)
Then, there was this congressman who was very pleased about a news report written by his favored reporter authorized to quote him. “Gumanda ang English ko! (My English improved!)” enthused the congressman who was not known for his prowess in the English language.
Those reporters could get away with their stories about the politicians who had authorized them to write stories without interviewing them. Well, not this one who had extensive quotations from a high official of the legislature. That official was out of the country for a medical checkup when the supposed interview took place.