Connect the dots and you will come to realize that the latest ”plunder” charges against Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. are the brainchild of no less than President Aquino Benigno 3rd and his circle of factotums who not surprisingly had been herded to their own political slaughter by the country’s cluelessly pathetic leader.
The so-called complainants in what is clearly seen as yet another attack on Marcos, at this writing a frontrunner in the vice presidential race in the May 2016 elections, belong to an obscure group calling itself IBalik ang Bilyones ng Mamamayan (iBBM), which actually is the group Akbayan, which passes itself off as a youth group.
They are after the “return” of the P210 million in Priority Development Asssistance Fund (PDAF) that the senator allegedly diverted to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) run by the now imprisoned businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
Expectedly, the Office of the Ombudsman entertained iBBM’s “complaint,” despite Napoles—the alleged architect of the P10-billion PDAF or pork barrel scam—having submitted to the Senate blue ribbon committee several months ago a judicial affidavit clearing Marcos of any involvement in the racket that had also implicated at least three high-profile senators.
According to a newspaper report, the top official of Akbayan is Risa Hontiveros, a senatorial candidate of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), whose standard-bearer in next month’s polls is former Interior chief Manuel Roxas 2nd, who for the most part is a tail-ender in past and recent surveys.
President Aquino, of course, heads the LP.
Hontiveros, an also-ran in past senatorial derbies, is also a board member of PhilHealth who had been appointed to the juicy post by the President.
Pardon the nitpicking but she hardly qualifies as a youth to justify her heading Akbayan.
The spokesman for the LP campaign is Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez and some iBBM members are volunteers of Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, Roxas’ running mate, who, like the party’s presidential candidate, is languishing at the bottom of the surveys.
Did we miss anyone or anything?
Yes, we did, that two of Bongbong’s rivals for the country’s second-highest post–Senators Francis Escudero and Alan Peter Cayetano–whom Napoles said transacted “business” with her have been conveniently spared by iBBM of plunder charges.
The iBBM seemed to have also glossed over the fact that, in their haste to derail the bid of Marcos for Vice President, they are asking him to give back “billions” when they had said that the senator has to account for only P210 million.
‘Ano ba talaga, mga Kuya at Ate?’
Better make up your mind, or Aunt Risa’s hair would turn gray faster than you can say “Morales.”
That the fish gets caught by its own mouth is no truer than when iBBM member Marlon Cornelio unwittingly spilled the beans in a Freudian slip or in a moment of lying to the teeth on the plunder to-do against Bongbong.
Hidden somewhere in an 18-page complaint citing nine special allotment request orders or SAROs that were sourced from Marcos’ PDAF and then transferred to Napoles’ NGOs was the real reason behind the filing of the “plunder” charges against the senator.
Cornelio spelled it out, saying, “He [Marcos] doesn’t understand that the Filipino youth will not sit idly by while he vies for the second-highest position in the country.”
Lagot ka kay Aunt Risa, Marlon!
He obviously had not been coached enough but we concede that anyone can lose himself in a tangle of lies and get caught in the web and die.
Death would come naturally to iBBM, just like it did in the case of another anti-Bongbong group, the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang (Carmma).
Carmma, led by aging former martial-law leftist activists, had stormed the Marcos camp, demanding that the senator “apologize” for the alleged martial-law sins of his father and namesake.
With guns blazing, the group shortly took ads in two broadsheets and a few tabloids but along the way got caught in the act that it was actually after stopping Marcos to even get near Malacañang.
Inexplicably, nothing has been heard of Carmma since a few months ago when it self-righteously sought contrition from Bongbong in behalf of his dad.
It would be no different for iBBM, or for any other anti-Marcos group that will be sent by Malacañang to spoil Bongbong’s victorty party for Vice President.
They don’t have much time to sabotage Marcos with just over 30 days left before Election Day but if they think they still do, they had better come up with something brilliant, not fleeting as disposable shell organizations like iBBM and Carmma.
Or go the way of all flash.