• Widespread corruption lingers under PNoy’s watch

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    Atty. Dodo Dulay

    Atty. Dodo Dulay

    The recent Social Weather Station (SWS) Survey of Enterprises on Corruption showing that more than one in every two businessmen believed there was “a lot” of corruption in government – a 13-point or 30 percent increase from the 2012 level, more than three years into the Aquino administration – proves that PNoy’s “tuwid na daan” policy is driven more by rhetoric than concrete action.

    Malacañang tried to put a positive spin on the dismal survey results saying that the uptick in perceived graft is balanced by the perception that the government is taking steps to eradicate corruption.

    The survey results, however, show otherwise, with more Filipinos saying that the Aquino administration’s efforts to eradicate corruption became less effective.

    Not a few observers trace this perceived rise in corruption to the Aquino administration’s suspicious reluctance to pass the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill – a campaign promise of PNoy – that has been languishing in Congress for the past ten years.

    Despite the overwhelming clamor of businessmen and ordinary Filipinos who believe that the passage of a strong FOI law will greatly reduce corruption, the Aquino administration adamantly refuses to certify the bill as urgent.

    Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma , Jr. claims that “the President has always been circumspect in the use of this [certifying]power” because “certifying bills [as]urgent is only allowed under specific instances.”

    By that, Coloma is referring to the provision in the 1987 Constitution stating that the President can only certify bills as urgent in order “to meet a public calamity or emergency.”

    But if that is so, why did PNoy certify the reproductive health bill and sin tax reform bill as urgent?

    What public calamity or emergency is the Palace trying to meet by controlling the country’s population growth, or reducing the number of smokers or smoking deaths, or increasing government’s revenue from “sin products?”

    Are Filipinos multiplying like gremlins or are smokers dying in droves or has the country become bankrupt so as to constitute a public calamity or emergency?

    Moreover, is the Palace saying that a birth control or revenue-generating measure is more important than reducing corruption or upholding the people’s constitutional right to information and to transparent and accountable governance?

    The Aquino administration has clearly got its priorities twisted. That or its touted anti-corruption platform was really just a bad campaign joke lapped up by a gullible electorate.

    House proclamation scandal
    I’ve been getting a lot of requests from readers and friends for the full text of the letter that I sent to House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte questioning the inclusion of An Waray’s second nominee in the House of Representatives’ roster despite not being proclaimed by Comelec.

    Here it is:
    “Dear Speaker Belmonte:

    “This refers to the inclusion of An Waray partylist’s second (2nd) nominee as a member of the House of Representatives (HOR).

    “In our recent interview with Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Sixto S. Brillantes Jr. on our radio program “Karambola sa DWIZ” (transcript attached), we were informed that the COMELEC had not issued a Certificate of Proclamation to An Waray for a second seat in the House, in compliance with the Supreme Court’s order to reserve seats due to the pending Abang Lingkod partylist case.

    “It is elementary in election law, and recognized by the Rules of the House, that only candidates – or in the case of partylist groups, nominees – who have been officially proclaimed and issued a Certificate of Proclamation can take his or her oath and assume the office of a representative of the House.

    “Since An Waray’s second nominee, Victoria Isabel G. Noel, had not been proclaimed and/or issued any Certificate of Proclamation by the COMELEC, we would like to respectfully inquire what legal basis was used by the HOR for authorizing or allowing her to sit in the 16th Congress. We understand Ms. Noel has also been designated as an Assistant Majority Leader of the HOR.

    “It is our humble opinion that WITHOUT the necessary Certificate of Proclamation from the Comelec en banc, there is no legal basis for Ms. Noel to sit as a member of the HOR.

    “May we, therefore, as a taxpayer and a public interest advocate, ask the House leadership to rectify this grievous error by revoking the oath of office administered to Ms. Noel and dropping her name from the roll of members of the House?

    “Moreover, we would also appreciate it if you could provide the undersigned with the list of salaries, allowances and other monetary benefits given to or received by the office of Ms. Noel in the 16th Congress since it is also our view that if she illegally assumed the office, all fund disbursements made by her office are void ab initio and should be returned to the public coffers.

    “We would appreciate your prompt response to the above matters.”

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    12 Comments

    1. teodorico asuncion on

      Hindi na magtatagal ang mga corrupt na mga opisyal ay kakastiguhin na ng ating mahal na Ama sa kanyang ikalawang pagbabalik dito sa lupa.Paibalik lahat ng ating Ama ang mga ninakaw nilang kaban ng ating bayan at silay kanyang parurusahan sa kanilang kasakiman.Kung mayroong kayong takot sa Diyos ibalik na ninyo ang mga ninakaw ninyong salapi ng ating bayan bago makabalik dito sa lupa muli ang ating Panginooon para kayoy may panahon pang humingi ng kapatawaran sa mga nagawa ninyong mga kasalanan bago mahuli ang lahat.Hindi ko kayo tinatakot paalaala lamang sa inyong mga corrupt na mga opisyalis ng ating gobyerno magbago na kayo para kayoy patatawarin ng ating mahal na Ama.Hindi ako nagbibiro nasabi na sa akin ng ating mahal na Ama na lahat ng nagnakaw ng kayamanan at salapi ng ating bayan ay mapaprusahan ito ang nasabi ng ating mahal na Ama sa akin.Sige lang sabi ng mahal nating Ama apurahin ninyo ang paggawa ng kasalanan at matitikman ninyo hagupit ko sa aking nalalapit na pagbabalik.

    2. Noy is irrelevant.
      He did not win the elections, Cory did.
      He is not running the country, the Liberal Party is running him.
      Arroyo’s cabinet and spokesmen took the hit for her, Noy takes the bullet for his.

    3. Is Victoria Noel the sister of Bem Noel, Abnoy and Kris’ annointed one, who ran for Tacloban mayor vs Romualdez? Bem Noel’s wife, Josephine Lacson-Noel, is also a congresswoman representing Malabon, isnt it?

    4. I honestly think that if a person does his job welll there will be many criticisms. I am not bothered if there are many report of corruptions. In fact this is good sign that we as a country is maturing. Corruption is everywhere by the way.

    5. Wala naman repormang ginawa si Pnoy mula nang pagkaupo nya para masugpo corruption. Kakasuhan mga corrupt ganon lang. Pero wala namang reporma sa mga department para hindi maka corrupt mga nasa gobyerno. Itong huli lang yun CASHLESS TRANSACTION – maaring ito makatulong para maibsan corruption pero kulang pa iyon.

    6. Hindi kasi hand on si Pnoy palagi na lang ma advisers niya ang kanyang sinusunod at pinaniniwalaan, hindi niya nakikita ang tunay na nangyayari sa kanyang paligid dahil blocked siya ng mga asungot niyang mga kurakot, napaniwala siya na maganda ang kanyang governance, kulang siya sa kanyang pagiisip para ianalyze ang nangyayari sa bansa, naniniwala siya sa dalawang survey company na ayos ang pamamalakad niya, dapat idilat ni Pnoy ang kanyang mga mata at isipan at gumising na siya sa kanyang matagal na pagkakahimbing bago mahuli ang lahat.

    7. john c. jacinto on

      ang mahalaga sa ay hindi nagnanakaw si PNoy. upakan niyo muna sina Pogi, Tanda, Sexy, Napoles atbpang mga pork scammers bago niyo babanatan ang pangulo na hindi naman nangungurakot.

    8. Jose A. Oliveros on

      “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” was PeNoy’s campaign slogan in 2010. But since both SWS and Pulse Asia, whose top honchos are closely identified with PeNoy, can no longer hide the fact that based on their latest surveys there are more poor Filipinos today, then the reverse of PeNoy’s 2010 campaign slogan is: “Maraming corrupt, kaya maraming mahirap.”

    9. joebert banderas on

      Matagal na yang corruption na yan panahon pa ni marcos ngayon lang may lakas ng loob ang mga testigo dahil tiwala sila sa government na tutulungan.Hindi naman talaga kaya ng isang tao pagsugpo ng kurapsyon lalo na makapangyarihan din yang mga yan at ang dami nila mula sa barangay level hanggang sa pinakamataas na agency ng pamahalaan, magwawakas na lang ang mundo lalala at lalala yan kasi ang ugat nyan nasa religion na namayani sa pinas.Hindi nyo ba naisip pag may mga scam na involve ang malaking pera kasama yang mga leader sa religion?nasa hula yan ni san pablo sa panahon ng kawakasan ang tao ay maibigin sa salapi kasama na religious leader at minsan sila pa nangunguna.