Na-pulis si Napoles (Sweet & Sour Pork)

Do you honestly think that Mrs Janet “Jenny” Lim-Napoles will be convicted of all those charges?

IMHO, NO.  Because she knows TOO MUCH.  She has the frightful potential of being able to bring down the entire Philippine government from President Noynoy Aquino down to the mere barangay functionary.

About 5 years ago, or even more, Jenny Napoles was already the chic-of-the-week byword of property owners and speculators in posh Forbes Park, Makati city, where properties run to the hundreds of millions of pesos.  Residents like the Ls, Ms, Qs, Ss, & Ts, who not only had one, but many properties in South Forbes & North Forbes Park, took quiet notice of her:  “Who is this Jenny Napoles???  She’s obviously very rich…!!!”    At that time, she was one of the first megabuyers — way ahead of Manny Pacquiao — who plonked down unimaginable sums for properties in that impossibly expensive neighborhood.  At that time, Php 150 million was, more or less, the going price for +- 2,000 m2.  One resident remembered her paying up a whopping Php X00 million in cash for a big residential property.

Jenny Napoles replaced “Don” Pepito Mercado as the newest person-to-know in social Forbes Park circles, where venerable, old family wealth and long lineage were slowly but surely evaporating and giving way to the insurgent megafortunes of nouveaux riches from nowhere.  Social Forbes liked attending Pepito Mercado’s parties and enjoying his giveaways, like Mont Blanc “Meisterstuck” fountain pens.

At that time, a Forbes resident gushed:  “Everyone knows Jenny Napoles!  She’s filthy rich and she’s very nice!  She has investments all over the place!  She’s a really good businesswoman!”

“She made her big money dealing in arms & ammunition.”

They also knew her military origins and connections:  “She’s well-connected with Ping Lacson.  Her husband Jimmy & Ping are good friends in the military from way back.”

She was $$$ very rich, and she spread the money around.  Friends spoke about her largesse, her generosity, of her magnificent gifts.  Major items of Hermes, Chanel, Bulgari, Prada, etc   were par for the course.  There were parties where the giveaways for all the female guests were expensive signature bags.   Business contacts were impressed by her splendid gifts.  She did not hesitate to send an ailing friend to the hospital, specialist doctors, treatments, room, and all, everything on her.  Neither did she hesitate to have a dead friend embalmed or cremated, interred or inurned, burial plot or niche, everything charged to her.  Her largesse to those dear to her was “from womb to tomb.”  Among her many traits, Jenny Napoles was a master of the art of giving.

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By all means, the guilty should be charged and penalized accordingly.

But obvious to everyone — except, stupidly enough, to the Philippine government — is that Mrs Janet “Jenny” Lim-Napoles is only a supporting actress in this “pork barrel drama.”  In fact, she is only the sacrificial lamb, the “expendable one” who can be punished, because she isn’t “big enough” politically and financially.

She’s not “big enough” politically and financially.  Which brings us to the question:  Who are the ones BIG ENOUGH politically and financially to elude this “Pork Barrel” witchhunt?  I don’t even need to name them, because you all know who they are.  Same despicable names, same grotesque faces, same “sinverguenzas.”    This whole episode will become the Biblical “This too shall pass…” and they will get away scot-free, yet again.  Yet again.  Again and again.

But not forever.  For there is such a thing as justice in the end.  A justice so exact that it will hit right at the point where it hurts the most.  It’s called karma.  And it’s very real.  They will burn in their personal, bespoke, customized hell for sure.

(The Marcoses are supposed to have some USD $ 30 billion deposited in various secret accounts all over the world.  Undoubtedly, they have access to some of it, because their princely style of life continues to this day, undiminished.  But the fact is they can’t touch most of that purported USD $ 30 billion.  Their shyster bankers in Switzerland, Germany, UK, USA, Japan, Singapore, the Cayman islands, etc will simply not allow them to withdraw the precious capital from their banks.  No way, over their dead bankers’ bodies.  Then what is the use of all those $$$ billions if they can’t have them at their beck and call???  If that’s not “justice,” I don’t know what is.)

I have a different opinion of this fiasco.  While I am fully aware of the purported crimes of Mrs Janet “Jenny” Lim-Napoles, I daresay that I admire her, and in a sense, am even thankful to her.  It took her Simoun-like genius (remember the very rich jeweler antagonist in Rizal’s 2nd novel “El Filibusterismo”), her derring-do, her sheer guts and balls to pander to the insatiable greed of our politicos and it took her great abilities to unwittingly deal the lethal blows — I cannot say fatal, unfortunately — to the careers of our most corrupt politicos.  FINALLY.  It took the brilliant, daring misdeeds of Mrs Janet “Jenny” Lim-Napoles to bring the subterranean hoarding activities of the incorruptibly corrupt Filipino politico to the harsh sunlight for all the world to see.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

A lot of people want her dead.  Or disappeared without a trace.  Specially her former clients and associates, the very ones who benefited, and benefited greatly, from her business genius.  For their protection.  For good reasons, very good reasons.  In the case of Mrs Janet “Jenny” Lim-Napoles’ former clients and associates, there is sadly no honor among thieves.  To each his own now.  Oddly enough, the Filipino people, or Juan de la Cruz, don’t even figure in that equation.

If only poor Juan de la Cruz knows of all the chicanery that goes on in the highest government circles, the way they parcel things out among themselves with that accepted but errant sense of entitlement:  “Tayo tayo lang naman dito…”, he would overthrow this government right now.

The incredible problem with this “Pork Barrel fiasco” is that…   like it or not, practically EVERY TOP OFFICIAL IN GOVERNMENT is involved.

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Do you still harbor illusions about our Philippine government?  Call me a cynic but I don’t and I never have.  It’s never going to change, you know.

The Yellow Dream is so over.  I can’t believe it — being a staunch believer as a 19 year-old during EDSA 1986 — but it is.

To paraphrase Marie Antoinette:  “Let them eat Sweet & Sour Pork!”

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22 Comments

  1. Marina Sanchez said,

    January 25, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    There was the time, some years ago, when friends dragged me to a “Christmas party.” I had no idea where it would be and was really surprised when we entered the gates of Heritage Memorial Park. A big airconditioned tent had been raised beside a big mausoleum and there was improbable, serious partying going on: lavish catered buffet, open bar, live band, singers, fireworks, loot bags, the works! I was very surprised to see famous people there: politicians, businessmen, even Roman Catholic clerics. There was also a group of street children.

    Along with other impressed guests, I wandered into the mausoleum, which was nothing else but a fully functioning house. It had a living room, dining room, den, kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Fully airconditioned. One could actually live comfortably right there. Lucky deceased members of their family!

    At her signal, a well-dressed secretary came bearing two shoeboxes filled with 1,000 peso bills. There must have been at least 2,000,000 pesos in those boxes. She proceeded to dole them out to the guests in varying amounts. The VIPs and the politicians received 50,000 each, the businessmen 30,000 each, the Roman Catholic clerics 10,000 each, the guests 5,000 each, the street children 1,000 each. I declined the considerable cash she was handing to me, and told her to give it to the street children instead.

    Such are “The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”

    Marina Sanchez

  2. Mike Jordana said,

    November 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Jeez, Alicia! You didn’t have to copy and paste the whole doggoned Wikipedia article here! Just post the link… like this… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_Lim-Napoles… and we can go there and read it ourselves. Next time, hah? Sigue.

  3. Alicia Perez said,

    November 6, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Janet Lim-Napoles
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Janet Lim-Napoles
    Janet Lim-Napoles mugshot.jpg
    Janet Lim-Napoles’s official mugshot
    Born Janet Luy Lim
    January 15, 1964 (age 49)
    Malabon, Philippines
    Nationality Filipino
    Occupation Businesswoman
    Religion Roman Catholic
    Spouse(s) Jaime G. Napoles
    Children 4
    Parents
    Johnny C. Lim
    Magdalena L. Luy
    Janet “Jenny” Luy Lim-Napoles (born January 15, 1964 in Malabon) is a Filipino businesswoman who is believed to have masterminded the Priority Development Assistance Fund Scam.
    Contents [hide]
    1 Early life
    2 Business career and government involvement
    2.1 PDAF scam
    3 Personal life
    4 Makati Jail
    5 References
    6 External links
    Early life[edit]

    Janet Lim-Napoles was born in Malabon, then a municipality of Rizal. She was the only daughter amongst five children born of a Chinese Filipino couple: Johnny Co Lim and Magdalena “Nelly” Lim Luy, with her family living in Binondo, Manila until December 1970, with the death of her father.
    The widowed Magdalena thereafter decided to return to her hometown of Maluso, Basilan, bringing her children along. Napoles, who was six at the time, studied at the Maluso Central Elementary School for her elementary education, and later completed her secondary education at the local Claretian school. To survive, the family ran the Luys’ sari-sari store, as well as delivered drinks to workers at the local port.[1] However, some residents of Maluso have claimed that the Luys were a rich family, including owning a fish drying business and plots of land.[2] However, as the security situation in Basilan began to deteriorate—including receiving threats of extortion—the Lim family moved back to Manila.[2]
    Napoles reportedly met her husband, Jaime G. Napoles, on board a ship which traversed between the southern islands of Mindanao,[1] and later married in April 1982,[3] when she was 18. While living in Manila, the couple lived inside Fort Bonifacio, where the young Napoles ran a carinderia.[1]
    Business career and government involvement[edit]

    Napoles’ business interests date back to the early 1990s. In 1993, she solicited for investments in a supposed shipyard in Cebu, promising 5% interest on all investments. It was later discovered that the money was not invested in the shipyard: according to Col. Ariel Querubín, who was a friend of the Napoles family, the money they had invested in the shipyard was reportedly invested in someone else, with Napoles pocketing the interest. While the investment was eventually recovered, Querubín claims that the death of his first wife was caused by the investment.[4]
    In 2001, Napoles and her husband, Jaime G. Napoles, were implicated in the acquisition by the Armed Forces of the Philippines of ₱3.8 million worth of substandard Kevlar helmets, and were charged with graft and malversation of public funds by the Sandiganbayan (people’s special tribunal). While her husband was dropped from the list of defendants in 2002, Napoles herself stood trial, and was acquitted on October 28, 2010 for lack of evidence.[5]
    PDAF scam[edit]
    Question book-new.svg
    This section does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (September 2013)
    Main article: Priority Development Assistance Fund scam
    She is linked with an alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund together with Philippine Senators Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, Gringo Honasan, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Loren Legarda, Tito Sotto and other politicians.
    Some accused fled
    Reported to have already left the country were: Plaza, Reyes, Tuason, Ortiz, Cunanan and Pablo. Cunanan issued a statement saying he left on Friday September 16, 2013 to attend a meeting in the United States of the Junior Chamber International, where he is its incoming secretary general, but would return to answer allegations he was involved in the scam.
    Personal life[edit]

    Janet Lim-Napoles’ husband was a major in the Philippine Marine Corps who participated in the God Save the Queen coup attempt against President Corazón Aquino.[6] Originally a reservist, he later applied for active duty status, and eventually retired from the Marines on December 31, 2004.[7] Together, they have four children, Jo Christine, James Christopher, Christian, and Jeane.[3] Jo Christine Napoles is the president of the Metro Manila chapter of the OFW Family Club party list,[8] and was the group’s third nominee to the House of Representatives until she withdrew her nomination on August 8, 2013.[9] Jeane Napoles, meanwhile, has been heavily criticized in social media for flaunting her lifestyle,[10][11] including, among others, owning a $2 million unit at the Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles while she studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.[12]
    There are conflicting accounts as to the net worth of the Napoles family. While Napoles has most recently claimed that her family belonged to the middle class,[13] acquaintances in Basilan claim that her maternal family had old money,[2] which she confirmed in an earlier interview as having inherited.[14] Her extended family in Basilan, however, has denied her claims of such an inheritance.[15] She has also claimed on other occasions that her family is wealthy, and most of her net worth was due to sound investments,[16] mostly with coal trading in several countries but particularly in Indonesia. [14][17] However, the profitability of Napoles’ business ventures has been questioned: according to disclosures made with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2011 and 2012, the corporations under the JLN Group of Companies reported a total net income of less than ₱1 million,[18] and Merlina Suñas, one of the whistleblowers in the PDAF scam, has claimed that the Napoleses are not knowledgeable about the coal industry.[16]
    In other disclosures made to the SEC, it was revealed that Napoles owns at least 28 houses in a number of cities in Luzon alone, with her other family members also holding property in the United States.[19] She also maintains, according to the Department of Justice, around 415 accounts with seventeen different banks.[20] The Napoles family also maintains a fleet of 30 vehicles, which are all registered under the flagship company of the JLN Group of Companies, JLN Corporation.[21]
    Napoles is a member of the Roman Catholic Church and is known for having close ties with a number of Catholic clergy. She maintains a home for priests in Makati which is run by Monsignor Josefino S. Ramirez,[22] who previously served as rector of the Quiapo Church,[23] where her mother funded the church’s feeding programs for the poor and malnourished.[24] Ramirez reportedly brought the image of the Black Nazarene on a number of occasions to Napoles’ house, where they would hear Mass, and has confirmed that he receives from her a monthly stipend of ₱150,000,[24] and lives in one of Napoles’ houses.[23] The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila has distanced itself from Napoles, saying that the projects she funds are part of Ramirez’s personal apostolate and are not official projects of the archdiocese.[25]

    Makati Jail[edit]

    Janet Lim Napoles in Makati Jail us News
    References[edit]

    ^ Jump up to: a b c Hofileña, Chay F. (September 4, 2013). “‘Madame Jenny’ Napoles, woman in the eye of a storm”. Rappler (Rappler, Inc.). Retrieved September 8, 2013.
    ^ Jump up to: a b c Alipala, Julie (August 5, 2013). “Janet Lim Napoles’ maternal clan is ‘landed old rich’”. Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.). Retrieved August 21, 2013.
    ^ Jump up to: a b Cruz, Louie (April 8, 2012). “A magic carpet ride of a wedding anniversary”. Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.). Retrieved August 23, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Gloria, Glenda M. (August 13, 2013). “Janet Napoles and a tragic past”. Rappler (Rappler, Inc.). Retrieved August 28, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Carandang, Rolly T. (July 19, 2013). “Will Janet Napoles get away again?”. Manila Bulletin (Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation). Retrieved August 28, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Masigan, Alfredo (August 21, 2013). “The Napoles Story: So the entire Philippines will know”. Global Balita. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Romero, Alexis (July 20, 2013). “Napoles hubby in the news, too”. The Philippine Star (PhilStar Daily, Inc.). Retrieved August 23, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Carvajal, Nancy C.; Esguerra, Christian V. (July 14, 2013). “Napoles daughter heads for Congress as OFW rep”. Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.). Retrieved August 23, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Baldo, Gerry (August 9, 2012). “Napoles daughter resigns from OFW Family partylist”. The Daily Tribune (The Tribune Publishing Company, Inc.). Retrieved August 23, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Taberna, Anthony (July 26, 2013). “Napoles’ daughter flaunts family’s wealth”. ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Gutierrez, Natashya (July 26, 2013). “Napoles’ daughter blogs about lavish lifestyle”. Rappler (Rappler, Inc.). Retrieved August 23, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Gutierrez, Natashya (July 31, 2013). “Napoles daughter owns P80M LA property”. Rappler (Rappler, Inc.). Retrieved August 23, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Mangahas, Malou (August 16, 2013). “Janet Lim-Napoles tells ‘Investigative Documentaries': Middle class lang kami” (in Filipino). GMA News and Public Affairs. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
    ^ Jump up to: a b “Napoles insists her money came from inheritance, coal trading”. Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.). August 12, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Rieta, Hadji (August 15, 2013). “Janet Lim Napoles, walang minanang yaman na ipinuhunan, ayon sa kanyang tiyuhin” (in Filipino). 24 Oras. GMA Network.
    ^ Jump up to: a b Cabacungan Jr., Gil C. (August 5, 2013). “Source of Napoles wealth questioned”. Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.). Retrieved August 28, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Sanchez, Korina (interviewer) (July 24, 2013). “Napoles family: Our wealth is legit” (in English and Filipino). Business Nightly. ABS-CBN News Channel.
    Jump up ^ Santos Jr., Reynaldo (August 15, 2013). “Napoles businesses earned less than P1M”. Rappler (Rappler, Inc.). Retrieved August 28, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Zamora, Fe (August 16, 2013). “Napoles owns 28 houses”. Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.). Retrieved August 28, 2013.
    Jump up ^ “Napoles’ 400 accounts are with 17 banks”. Rappler (Rappler, Inc.). August 14, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Diola, Camille (August 15, 2013). “List of Napoles’ cars, plate numbers released”. The Philippine Star (PhilStar Daily, Inc.). Retrieved August 28, 2013.
    Jump up ^ “Napoles: Benhur Luy has another boss, it is not me”. Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.). August 15, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
    ^ Jump up to: a b Gutierrez, Natashya (august 21, 2013). “Priest rents Napoles Forbes Park house”. Rappler (Rappler, Inc.). Retrieved August 28, 2013.
    ^ Jump up to: a b Zambrano, Chiara (august 17, 2013). “Priest explains ties to Napoles family”. ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
    Jump up ^ Tubeza, Philip C.; Esguerra, Christian V. (August 18, 2013). “Archdiocese of Manila cuts ties with JLN charity group”. Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inc.). Retrieved August 28, 2013.
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  4. Alicia Perez said,

    October 31, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Atty. Lorna Kapunan is no longer the lawyer of Mrs. Janet “Jenny” Lim-Napoles, by the client’s/JLN’s “request.”

    Atty. Lorna Kapunan mentioned something to the effect that Mrs. Napoles is used to controlling people, something which she cannot do to her.

    There’s even something about Atty. Lorna Kapunan versus Atty. Freddie Villamor.

    What do you people have to say?

    Alicia Perez

  5. Alicia Perez said,

    October 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Mike,

    Of course, I am being facetious. I am perfectly aware of who Mrs. Janet “Jenny” Lim-Napoles is and what she is supposed to have done. I’ve seen her several times at various gatherings of the political and military sets, to which my husband and I are invited frequently, rather unfortunately. Her friends and acquaintances actually gushed about her, then. Those are certainly not my milieu but I have to keep up polite appearances for my husband’s sake; the things ladies have to go through. I can barely stand the men and women there: despite the ill-gotten millions they have, they all desperately need an education in style. They look “wrong,” period.

    Can you blame me for being sarcastic about this whole thing, about our country? Nothing has, is, or will change. Just the players. Que sera sera…

    Alicia Perez

  6. Mike Jordana said,

    October 21, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I hope you’re being facetious, Alicia Perez, calling Jenny Napoles “fabulous.” She is a THIEF, she is stealing from YOUR pocket as well as those of ALL Filipinos! Or maybe you’re just so jaded by the corruption in our society that resorting to irony and sarcasm is just a way to maintain your sanity. If so, I know how you feel.

  7. Alicia Perez said,

    October 20, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    She really was a super shopper (and doubtless she will be again after this inconvenient episode): At that new, “it” residential tower rising on Ayala avenue, Endika bought one unit, Bonget bought one, Toby bought one, Sharon bought two (after her Php billion deal with Manny P.). Jenny bought four, in cash.

    She’s so fabulous. Really.

    Alicia Perez

  8. Alicia Perez said,

    October 15, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Friends remember a party when Mrs. Janet Lim-Napoles raffled off 6 Toyota “Innova” and 1 Cadillac “Escalade” among other fabulous prizes. Wow.

    Alicia Perez

  9. Ipê Nazareno said,

    October 13, 2013 at 1:46 am

    We can now call the husband of Mrs. Mila Drilon, MILA’S LECHON!

  10. Alicia Perez said,

    October 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I find it very funny, actually hilarious, of Senator Franklin Drilon denying his longtime friendship with Mrs. Janet Lim-Napoles in social political circles: “I don’t know her. I only met her ten times.” Only ten times???!!! LOL It’s like Peter the Apostle denying his association with Jesus the Nazarene. And yet he is the one who protects her from appearing at the Senate.

    Friends remember seeing Frank and Jenny exchanging pleasantries at several parties in the recent past. Even Miriam knows that.

    We all know this “moro-moro” between Frank and Jenny will result in their living happily ever after. Separately of course, Mila.

    What can you say, Boy?

    Alicia Perez

  11. Alicia Perez said,

    October 12, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Only a very few influential people know that, as early as March 2013, Mrs. Janet Lim-Napoles was formally requesting for political asylum in the United States of America, claiming that she was very influential with the government of the Republic of the Philippines.

    NOT, as it turns out.

    But really, dear ol’ Jenny is always ten steps ahead!

    Alicia Perez

  12. October 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    James:

    Thank you. It’s a very interesting read. Noelle d J and I must be more or less the same age.

    Cheers!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  13. James Ong said,

    October 11, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Hi Toto, I have always found your website a great, calming read, and so I thought I should share this long read essay with you; you might like reading it. It’s part of a series of essays called “I lived here” where writers talk about their lives and houses in Metro Manila. This one I am sharing with you is by the writer Noelle de Jesus who talks about growing up in New Manila. Enjoy: http://manila.coconuts.co/2013/10/11/i-lived-here-97c-4th-street-new-manila-quezon-city

  14. Marina Sanchez said,

    October 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Guess whose top-of-the-line but marked-down Hermes and Louis Vuitton bags are making the rounds of social, rich ladies in Forbes Park, Dasmarinas Village, and the BGC???

    No, not Jenny Napoles’.

    The Mistress’.

    Marina Sanchez

  15. Mickey de Castro said,

    September 12, 2013 at 5:09 am

    giving, yes but she’ll expect something in return for all her “generosity”

  16. Alicia Perez said,

    September 4, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Of course, you’re right, Toto. Mrs. Janet Lim-Napoles will live happily ever after. There’s just no other way.
    Of course, it’s not right. But what is right and what is realistic are 2 completely different things. Specially here in our beloved country.
    Truly, it’s more fun in the Philippines!

    Alicia Perez

  17. Nona Pimentel said,

    September 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

    What about the claim of somebody, I forgot her name who said JLN contributed so much for PNoy’s campaign. She said she saw it herself when the money was handed? Is that true?

  18. Jeffrey G. de Leon said,

    September 3, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Sir your blog opens the eyes of the people. Your are in their circle and you have knowledge on some of the ills on some of our rotten high society. I know that this blog can help thanks. More power to you and keep on writing blogs such as these. I relived the glory days of our country whenever I browsed through your blogs.

  19. Ipê Nazareno said,

    September 3, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Sana magising na kayo sa katotohanan that THE PRESIDENT IS PART OF THE PROBLEM: The minute the Million Man March movement was started, I already committed to march to Luneta (last August 26). I am appalled, not only with legislators who misused their PDAF, but more so with our President who has done absolutely nothing to curb the abuses of the Pork Barrel system. PRESIDENT BENIGNO SIMEON AQUINO III IS EQUALLY AS LIABLE. I am disgusted with this administration which caused to release the audit reports for the period of 2007 to 2009 only — periods during the time of Pres. Arroyo when then Senator Noynoy Aquino and his LP allies were no longer in the good graces of GMA. There seems to be a deliberate attempt to hide the figures of legislators who, prior to 2007, were still allied with GMA (like then Sen. Noynoy Aquino and other LP stalwarts). There is also a suspicion that the Commission on Audit did not release the figures for 2011 to 2013 to media — the period when President Aquino was already in power. It is a good thing that media did its assignment and showed to the public that the Pork Barrel Funds of Pres. Aquino is 3 times more than Pres.Arroyo’s. Knowing fully well that the Pork Barrel system is subject to abuse, why does the President continue to refuse to stop the Pork Barrel system? Why do some sectors keep on zeroing on legislators who are in the opposition when, in fact, the the administration is equally liable? Leonor Briones, the Philippines’ former National Treasurer, already said that the President himself has control of almost 1-Trillion Pesos in Presidential Pork Barrel Funds. Still, some sectors allied with the President keep on zeroing in on opposition legislators. It has already been shown that the Department of Budget and Management under Sec. Butch Abad has released one of the biggest amounts of congressional PDAF funds to his wife, Congresswoman Dina Abad — mother of the head of Malacañang’s Presidential Management Staff, Julia Abad! Still some sectors allied with the President keep on zeroing in on the pork barrel funds of opposition legislators who have received much less. The President campaigned on a platform based mainly on stopping corruption in government. He was sold to the people as a crusader against corruption. Some people hold the President blameless for the Pork Scandal. I respect the opinion of these people even if such is contrary to mine. But I ask them a simple question: Why is the President so beholden to the Pork Barrel system which, all of us agree is one of the root causes of corruption?!!! More than half of his Presidential term is over and yet the President has not been able to stop corruption. Miriam Santiago was correct when she stated that the Pork Barrel system must be abolished and not even 1 day later, the President comes out with a statement saying that he is not in favor of abolishing it. A few days after, he releases a statement stating that he will stop the Priority Development Assistance Fund but will replace it with another pork system. He did not even mention about his “Presidential Pork.” If he were truly intent on fighting corruption, he would have stopped it at its very root cause — the Pork Barrel System. I, together with a lot of people, already consider the President and his allies as part of the problem. I do not advocate his overthrow but I will continue to march on Sept. 11 against the abusers of the Pork Barrel system which INCLUDE PRESIDENT BENIGNO SIMEON AQUINO III.

  20. Enrique Bustos said,

    September 3, 2013 at 3:17 am

  21. Edgardo V. Legasto said,

    September 2, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I honestly believed that ‘noynoy is sincere to eradicate the budol-budol gangs in our gov’t however wala siyang bayag to do it … and face the reality that too many , if not all , nang nasa pamahalaan na10 ay may corrupt na kaisipan pag public fund na ang pinag uusapan . ‘Noynoy too is afraid to investigate further who is the real culprit behind the conspiracy of murdering Ninoy … nagsalita na ang mga assassins na kay tagal ng naka-kulong sa Muntinlupa … may roon silang itinuturo kung sino ang mastermind pero sabi ko nga walang bayag si ‘noynoy upang harapin ang katotohanan..

  22. Mike Jordana said,

    September 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Now, now, Toto, don’t be such a defeatist. The Philippines has tremendous potential, and P-Noy has made a good–if imperfect–start in realizing it, unlike past leaders like GMA, Erap, and Marcos. Continuing and persistent public pressure is what is needed to straighten out the endemic corruption in Philippines politics. We have to keep their feet to the fire–the spotlight focused and shining glaringly on the bloodsuckers among us. Don’t give up and walk away and just say things will never change. Especially you, who has a blog that can do its part to keep the heat on these enemies of the people. If you shrug your shoulders and turn away, things really will never change. So do your part! Power to the people!!


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