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PORK BARREL in the Philippines: Scrap or Retain?

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WITH THE WIDE SPREAD ABUSE OF THE PORK BARREL, DO YOU THINK IT'S TIME TO SCRAP IT?

YES
23 (92%)
NO
2 (8%)

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kobabear

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Di pa tapos ang laban.

Meron pa sa September 11 EDSA Vigil
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Palace: No guarantee cases stemming from ‘pork’ scam won’t drag on


http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/325438/news/nation/palace-no-guarantee-cases-stemming-from-pork-scam-won-t-drag-on



See this headline, and this is why I had been advocating a continuous shame campaign on all involve officials including their family and kins who have positions on our the gov't thru all types of media such as facebook, twitter, blogs until the pressure is unbearable.

If that does not stop them then we make sure non of them and their entire families would ever set foot on any positions no matter how small till three generations down their line.

In the end it had always been up to us the common citizen whether they stay in power or not.

Kung pwede lang sana makiisa ang publiko na tuwing Makita mga ito sa pampublikong lugar tapos sabay e "BOO!" o kaya sabihin "pera namin yan pang grocery mo!" sila maslalo na kung kasama buong pamilya.  Siguradong malaking impact yan para magsibitiw sa kahihiyaan. 
« Last Edit: Sep 07, 2013, 07:26 PM by AMARANTH »


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Ako'y nakaupo sa loob ng kotse habang nagaantay sa aking anak, may dumaan na nagtitinda ng saging at dala ang anak(mukhang 3yrs old), ako'y napatingin at sabay sabi sa sarili:

"Mga hayup na politician ang titigas ng mukha niyo! Mga walang puso! Mabuti pa itong nagtitinda ng saging nagsisikap!"



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QC councilors have P40-M pork each!!!  :eek:
By Neal H. Cruz/Philippine Daily Inquirer

Do you know that Quezon City councilors have their own pork barrel, P40 million a year for each of them? There are 36 QC councilors. Multiply that by P40 million, and that would be a whopping P1.4 billion a year! Wow! See what the evil congressional pork barrel has done? The rot has spread, and is still spreading like a malignant tumor to other public officials. Now even barangay officials in QC are demanding their own pork.

The P40-million pork per councilor was given in the past administration. It is more than that now because the amount is a percentage of the city’s income. The bigger the income, the bigger the pork. That is why the new councilors, as soon as they came into power, added a 5-percent “housing tax” to the regular real estate tax. Easily, that’s several billion pesos in additional income for the city government, meaning, the councilors’ pork has also increased.

The additional 5-percent housing tax is supposed to be for the construction of housing projects for squatters, but three years have gone by and there is no mass housing for QC’s squatters. Where is all that money going? Obviously to the councilors, at least a part of it.

Although the additional tax is an additional burden to them, QC property owners pay the tax through the nose, thinking that with mass housing for squatters, their properties would be freed from the grip of squatters who have effectively stolen them. They thought wrong. The term of the current officials will end in less than three years and not a single hollow block of the mass housing project has been put in place. I ask again, what are they doing with all that money?

Worse, while City Hall is very slow in giving back the services that taxpayers ought to get in exchange for the taxes they pay—such as protecting their properties from illegal settlers—it is very quick in seizing and selling at public auctions properties that are delinquent in real estate tax payments. Curiously, the same group of buyers keeps winning in these auctions. They seem to have advance knowledge of the auctions. Not surprising, since they have been seen to be very chummy with top QC officials in control of the auctions.

City Hall is quick in seizing and selling at auctions the parks in private subdivisions. While it is the developers who are delinquent in the payment of real estate taxes, City Hall goes after the homeowners in the subdivisions, knowing that they have no chance in hell of paying the tens or hundreds of millions of real estates taxes that the developers did not pay through the years.

Not only that, City Hall lets the delinquency of the developers accumulate to tens or hundreds of millions of pesos without letting the homeowners know. Then suddenly, a buyer will turn up and tell the homeowners’ association that he has bought the subdivision’s park and will subdivide it into lots and sell them.

Under the law, the owner has one year to redeem the property sold at public auction. But how can an association of middle class homeowners pay for hundreds of millions of pesos in real estate taxes that a subdivision developer failed to pay? If a “Janet Lim-Napoles” is a homeowner in the village, maybe they can, but how many subdivisions can have a Janet Lim-Napoles in their midst? I advise all homeowners’ associations to inquire at City Hall if their developer is paying real estate taxes on their open spaces.

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Back to the P40-million pork barrel of each QC councilor. What are the councilors doing with all that money? The districts of every councilor are small and already developed. And we see no projects at all except the “road reblocking” by contractors of the Department of Public Works and Highways, which consists of tearing up the concrete of newly constructed streets and then pouring more concrete into the holes. Then an inch-thick layer of asphalt is laid over the concrete. The asphalt easily peels off with one heavy rain and flood, necessitating another multimillion-peso project for the contractor. The work never ends; the financial hemorrhage never ends, the taxpayers keep bleeding. On the other hand, the contractors and their partners in the DPWH keep laughing all the way to their banks.

Those road reblocking works are paid for by the DPWH, not by the district congressman nor councilor. So back to the question: What are the councilors doing with the P40-million pork for each of them every year? Is that fund being audited by the Commission on Audit (COA)? A special audit should be done by the COA, not by the internal auditors.  The internal auditors usually share in the spoils. If the city council or the board of directors of a government corporation give themselves new cars paid for by taxpayers, internal auditors also get cars. COA should make a lifestyle check on their auditors.

In the past, the councilors’ pork went to waiting sheds with the name of the councilor painted in big, bold letters on the roof of the shed. Or to the concrete pillars at the boundary of each district, with the name of the councilor carved in concrete as if it were the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses. The pork also went to basketball courts erected in the middle of streets. And to barangay halls erected on sidewalks, thus denying pedestrians sidewalks to walk on.  And to epals, those posters and tarpaulins with the names of councilors on them,  greeting the people with “Happy Fiesta” and “Congratulations graduates” and “Happy Birthday Ka Erdie.” With Christmas fast approaching, expect a flood of “Merry Christmas” greetings, from councilors, to pollute our streets again. All those  epals  are paid for with taxpayers’ money, not by the councilors whose names are advertised.

 :mad: :rant:

Derived from: http://opinion.inquirer.net/61217/qc-councilors-have-p40-m-pork-each#ixzz2f1kMOEwK


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Another twist. please verify.

NAPOLES HAD LUNCH AT PALACE BEFORE SHE SURRENDERED TO PNOY'

 By Francisco Kit Tatad | Opinion


 | Manila Standard Today
.September 16, 2013 at 8:30am


These are some of the questions:

What is the real relationship between the President and his trusted Cabinet members with Napoles?

 How long has Aquino known her and been dealing with her? The photographs showing Aquino with the young Jeanne Napoles and with the Napoles family—purportedly taken in Cebu—may not mean very much on their own, but they tend to assume some evidentiary value in light of the six-hour meeting, the state-guest treatment, including a “handcuffs-free” arrest, of Napoles during and after her “surrender.”

 Is Aquino a beneficiary or a benefactor of Napoles or both? How true are reports that she contributed P500 million to his 2010 presidential campaign, and at least P100 million to the Liberal Party 2013 senatorial campaign? Does Malacanan control Napoles, or does she control Malacanan?

 Is Lacierda in particular Napoles’s real handler and protector? Although Lacierda has tried to make the public believe that his contact with Napoles was only through Atty. Kapunan, her lawyer, she appeared in Malacañang for the closed-door meeting with Aquino, Roxas and the others without Kapunan, but only with the presidential spokesman.

 Does this mean Lacierda had direct access to and contact with Napoles during all the time she was supposed to be in hiding? Does it also mean that Lacierda guaranteed Napoles legal advice, in the absence of Kapunan?

 Why was Secretary De Lima kept out of the “negotiations” on Napoles’ “surrender”? Wasn’t she the first one to officially suggest that Napoles might in fact surrender and act as a “state witness” in the expected cases of plunder? Is there any reason to suggest that Malacañang was, in fact, pissed off when the NBI decided to build a case against Napoles, with De Lima’s full approval?

 What about the P10-million bounty? Wasn’t it merely a ploy to make it appear that Malacañang was intent on having Napoles arrested, even though she was free to sit in private conversation with the President and his trusted advisers?

https://www.facebook.com/#!/notes/denice-alison-sundiam/napoles-had-lunch-at-palace-before-she-surrendered-to-pnoy-by-francisco-kit-tata/10151575271671780



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@r4k3t_m4n: Heto daw ang comment ni JLN tungkol sa QC pork...

According to Inquirer columnist Neal Cruz, each councilor in Quezon City receives 40 million pesos in pork barrel funds per year. And Janet Napoles was like, “Syet, bakit hindi ako na-inform?!?”

More at http://professionalheckler.wordpress.com/


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Another twist. please verify.

NAPOLES HAD LUNCH AT PALACE BEFORE SHE SURRENDERED TO PNOY'

 By Francisco Kit Tatad | Opinion


 | Manila Standard Today
.September 16, 2013 at 8:30am


These are some of the questions:

What is the real relationship between the President and his trusted Cabinet members with Napoles?

 How long has Aquino known her and been dealing with her? The photographs showing Aquino with the young Jeanne Napoles and with the Napoles family—purportedly taken in Cebu—may not mean very much on their own, but they tend to assume some evidentiary value in light of the six-hour meeting, the state-guest treatment, including a “handcuffs-free” arrest, of Napoles during and after her “surrender.”

 Is Aquino a beneficiary or a benefactor of Napoles or both? How true are reports that she contributed P500 million to his 2010 presidential campaign, and at least P100 million to the Liberal Party 2013 senatorial campaign? Does Malacanan control Napoles, or does she control Malacanan?

 Is Lacierda in particular Napoles’s real handler and protector? Although Lacierda has tried to make the public believe that his contact with Napoles was only through Atty. Kapunan, her lawyer, she appeared in Malacañang for the closed-door meeting with Aquino, Roxas and the others without Kapunan, but only with the presidential spokesman.

 Does this mean Lacierda had direct access to and contact with Napoles during all the time she was supposed to be in hiding? Does it also mean that Lacierda guaranteed Napoles legal advice, in the absence of Kapunan?

 Why was Secretary De Lima kept out of the “negotiations” on Napoles’ “surrender”? Wasn’t she the first one to officially suggest that Napoles might in fact surrender and act as a “state witness” in the expected cases of plunder? Is there any reason to suggest that Malacañang was, in fact, pissed off when the NBI decided to build a case against Napoles, with De Lima’s full approval?

 What about the P10-million bounty? Wasn’t it merely a ploy to make it appear that Malacañang was intent on having Napoles arrested, even though she was free to sit in private conversation with the President and his trusted advisers?

https://www.facebook.com/#!/notes/denice-alison-sundiam/napoles-had-lunch-at-palace-before-she-surrendered-to-pnoy-by-francisco-kit-tata/10151575271671780



I just don't trust Tatad.
I don't believe in this holy hypocrite and Marcos minion.


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AMARANTH

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I got this from a post in facebook, interesting.....




Mula po kay MS. IVY LISA F. MENDOZA

https://www.facebook.com/ivylisa.mendoza


"Should people believe a person like Kit Tatad who could lie with a straight face for Ferdinand Marcos during his years as Macoy's Information Secretary? In his column today that ''recounts'' the alleged six-hour lunch meeting of PNOY with Napoles, Tatad wrote "On Aug. 28, between 2 pm and 3:30 pm, Aquino stepped out three times to meet some official callers, then finally left for an unknown destination.'' This person is obviously lying because on August 28, I was in Malacanang to receive my Gawad Apolinario Mabini Award, together with many others, and PNoy was with us the whole time from about 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. --unless it was Willie Nepomuceno who handed out our awards!! Boohooo, try again, Mr. Tatad!!"




Prior to the pork scandal,  manila standard also has RIGOBERTO TIGLAO as a opinion writer who is very critical to the Aquino administration, now if anyone can still remember him he is an arroyo spokesperson during her term like lacierda does now. 



Under the Arroyo administration Rigoberto Tiglao held the following positions:

Presidential Spokesman/Press Secretary (2001–2002)
Presidential Chief of Staff  (2002–2004)
Presidential Management Staff (2004–2006)




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My curiosity got the better of me after I heard about this from the radio, so I googled this opinion piece written by Manila Standard EIC, Jojo Robles. (The paper, btw, also published Kit Tatad's controversial column.) Not sure what to make of this, but it does raise a number of disturbing questions.

I think it makes sense for the Senate to continue its hearings on the pork-barrel scam even though there are those who argue against it now that the case has been filed with the Ombudsman. I really wish we'll get to see Janet Napoles take the stand and hear what this woman  has to say about this can of worms she unleashed.

http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/09/19/jennys-work-for-noy-1/








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@r4k3t_m4n: Heto daw ang comment ni JLN tungkol sa QC pork...
According to Inquirer columnist Neal Cruz, each councilor in Quezon City receives 40 million pesos in pork barrel funds per year. And Janet Napoles was like, “Syet, bakit hindi ako na-inform?!?”
More at http://professionalheckler.wordpress.com/

Mam Prospera, super natawa naman ako dun sa link na binigay nyo ("Exclusive: Napoles Breaks Silence") as well as the other articles in the blogsite lol.  As in ang galing ng pagkakasulat! Share lang naten ung ilang excerpts from the Pork ng Ina Nyo (O, Loko) article:

ON SEPTEMBER 16, Monday, 38 people were charged with either plunder, malversation of funds, direct bribery or graft and corrupt practices. Again, that’s 38 people. Secretary De Lima called the day “historic.” Defense lawyers called it “job fair.”

Juan Ponce Enrile did not show up at the Senate last Monday. According to Jinggoy Estrada, the 89-year-old lawmaker was hospitalized. Estrada said it was high blood pressure. The public suspected it was a ‘dry run.’

Reports say around 750,000 pages of documents and evidence were turned over by the Department of Justice to the Office of the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman vows to file charges before the Sandiganbayan as soon as possible. President Aquino’s term ends in two and a half years. They don’t have much time. To which Enrile said, “Lalo naman ako!”


 :hihi:   :rofl:


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I just read a newline that pnoy plans to reveal the financier of the zamboanga siege after it is over.  I won't be surprise if any of those implicated in the pork scandal had something to do with it.  The rumor had been circulating around the net for a while.


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I hope the WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT. Di lang pag nakakasira sa opposition bilis ilabas pero pag involved ang administration personalities, tahimik agad malacanang. The truth will set us free.


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Ang suspetsa ng lahat ay nangyayari na: start na ng laglagan!   :hihi:

Gigi Reyes: Betrayal of Enrile’s camp
By Juliet L. Javellana / Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 22, 2013

Lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, the once powerful former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile expressed hurt over the statement of Enrile’s lawyer that showed his camp was distancing itself from her role in the pork barrel scam.

“THE WORST BLOW HAS JUST BEEN DEALT UPON ME BY LESS THAN THE CAMP OF SENATOR JUAN PONCE ENRILE—THE MAN I SERVED WITH FULL DEDICATION, HONESTY AND LOYALTY FOR 25 YEARS,” an ABS-CBN report quoted what it said was Reyes’ statement posted in her Facebook account. That portion of the statement was in all caps for emphasis. “If indeed these statements are sanctioned by or coming from my former boss, then nothing can be worse than this kind of betrayal.”

Enrile’s lawyer Enrique de la Cruz had said earlier that Enrile did not give his blessings to what Reyes had done in the releases of his pork barrel funds. Enrile was among the three senators whom the National Bureau of Investigation had charged for plunder in the P10-billion pork barrel scam engineered by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

Reyes, who had been called the 25th senator because of the power and influence she had when Enrile was Senate President, was also charged by the NBI with plunder.  She left the country on Aug. 31 before the NBI filed the cases in the Ombudsman. Reyes, according to the report, said “this very tragic development is beyond my comprehension.” Reyes was quoted in the report as saying the last time she spoke with Enrile was from abroad and that he told her they would face the charges together.

“He maintained that he will stand by the authority he issued to me and that all I did was faithful and pursuant to his instructions. He even told me to be strong; that we will fight together to prove the accusations against us are false and fabricated,” Reyes was quoted as saying in her Facebook post. “I never once thought that this day would come. I never stepped on anyone’s toes nor abused my position in all the years I served in the Senate. But I have earned the bitter ire and enmity of some people by and large because and in defense of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile,” she said. Enrile had described Reyes, who served him for 25 years, as his eyes and ears.

Reyes said she left the country “to seek some peace and quiet amid the barrage of adverse and downright insulting publicity and commentary against me in the mainstream and social media.” She hit the Inquirer for allegedly having an “ax to grind” against her and for being “especially cruel.” Reyes resigned as Enrile’s chief of staff in late January after the Inquirer exposed Enrile’s distribution of extra cash gifts to senators friendly to him. Enrile later resigned the Senate presidency himself after defending himself from that controversy.

Letter from Reyes

Inquirer had obtained a copy of a letter of  Reyes, then chief of staff Enrile, dated Feb. 4, 2008, addressed to then Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap informing him that Enrile had allotted P25 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to National AgriBusiness Corp. (Nabcor).

“The PDAF is for the implementation of various agribusiness, livelihood projects in different municipalities as per attached special allotment release order,” Reyes said in her letter.
“We wish to implement these projects through Nabcor as attached agency of DA (Department of Agriculture),” she said.

In the same letter, Reyes said that her deputy chief of staff, Jose Antonio Evangelista, was assigned the authority “to sign and follow up the project to ensure proper and timely implementation.” Another document showed Evangelista’s letter to then Nabcor president Allan Javellana informing him that Enrile’s office was designating the People’s Organization Progress and Development Foundation (POPDF) as the implementing NGO for the project that would be financed with Enrile’s pork.

The letter said the POFDF, an agency controlled by Napoles, was “a duly registered nongovernment organization” and should be “your conduit in the implementation of the said project.” A stamp on the document showed that Nabcor received Evangelista’s letter on Feb. 11, 2008, and was paid on March 11, 2008. A handwritten check number appears on the lower part of the letter.

This sad, sad political drama will continue..

 :boxing:

Derived from: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/492343/gigi-reyes-betrayal-of-enriles-camp


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Its a bit unrelated to the topic but this piece of news is just one of the many reasons why politicians such as enrile, Belmonte and not to trust those pretentious religious organization using gods name to self promote themselves as his authorized representatives needs to be remove as soon as possible and politicians most hated bills like anti dynasty law and FOI needs to be passed.

Remember port Irene from the illegal black sands mining issue that cant be resolve or years ago the issue of illegal importation of hot cars?  are also controlled by the enriles.

3 Kings’ of customs dethroned in revamp


September 27th, 2013

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/496017/3-kings-of-customs-dethroned-in-revamp



may look like a promotion but 27 senior officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC)—among them the “Three Kings”—are not really happy about their transfer from the country’s major ports to the Department of Finance’s (DOF) revenue generation group.

This was disclosed to the Inquirer on Thursday by at least two collectors as well as an aide of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.

The sources asked not to be identified for lack of authority to speak to the media.

According to the sources, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima has forwarded a customs personnel order (CPO) for Biazon’s signature assigning all collectors 5 and 6 to the DOF cluster on revenue generation.

The cluster is headed by Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares.

The move was sanctioned by Malacañang and is part of the reform program at the BOC, according to the Inquirer sources.

Powerful backers

“But there’s a problem,” one of the collectors said. “The Department of Finance made it appear the latest personnel reconfiguration was Commissioner Biazon’s idea, who had no recourse but sign the CPO.”

Among the district collectors covered by the DOF directive are the so-called “Three Kings”—Rogel Gatchalian of the Port of Manila, Ricardo Belmonte of Manila International Container Port (MICP) and Carlos So of the customs office at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The three revenue collectors have been dubbed “kings” reportedly because they have three powerful political backers.

Gatchalian is supposedly backed by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and So by Iglesia ni Cristo. Belmonte, on the other hand, is the brother of House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

Mother units

As of this writing, Biazon was in a closed-door meeting with several customs collectors at the BOC headquarters in Manila’s South Harbor.

Biazon earlier issued a CPO directing the district collectors, including Gatchalian, Belmonte and So, and other agency personnel to return to their mother units.

Gatchalian was supposed to remain as collector at the Port of Manila, his mother unit. Belmonte and So were supposed to move back to the Port of Cebu and MICP.

Earlier, Biazon announced that three other district collectors would be retained at their posts. They were Tomas Alcid of the Port of Batangas, Fidel Villanueva of the Port of San Fernando, La Union, and Elvie Cruz of the Limay and Mariveles ports in Bataan.

Palace nominees

Last week, Biazon welcomed “any new Malacañang appointees” to the bureau, saying he was ready to work with them anytime.

Previous reports said Purisima had recommended retired Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Jessie Dellosa and four others for deputy commissioner posts at the BOC.

Purisima reportedly endorsed Dellosa to be customs deputy commissioner for intelligence and enforcement.

Purisima also nominated Trinidad Rodriguez, executive director of the National Tax Research Center, and Myrna Chua, director of the Department of Budget and Management, to replace deputy commissioners Peter Manzano and Juan Lorenzo Tañada.

Two others, Agaton Teodoro Uvero and Primo Aguas, have been recommended by Purisima to take over the posts currently held by Prudencio Reyes, chief of the BOC’s assessment and operations coordinating group, and Ma. Caridad Manarang, chief of the BOC management information system.


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The good news in connection to the above post!



27 customs collectors moved to ghost office



By Jerry E. Esplanada
Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:06 am | Saturday, September 28th, 2013  8 665 639





“Shocked, at a loss and very disappointed, to say the least.”

This was how two senior customs officials described how they felt on learning about their impending transfer to what they called the “non-existent Customs Policy Research Office,” or CPRO, at the Department of Finance head office.

“All 27 of us are actually being placed on floating status,” one of the collectors said, adding that the CPRO “has no budget, no staff, no objectives, and no guidelines to speak of.”

“In effect, it’s a demotion,” another customs source lamented. “Imagine, from port revenue collection managers, we’re now being tasked to do research work,” added the source who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authority to speak to the media.

Twenty-seven senior district collectors of the Bureau of Customs—including the so-called “Three Kings”—have been reassigned from the DOF-attached agency to the CPRO.

 


‘Out of sync’

The Inquirer on Friday tried but failed to reach Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon for comment on the issue.

The BOC head was described as being “out of sync” and seemingly frantic and confused (hilong talilong) about the BOC reshuffle.

According to sources, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima forwarded for Biazon’s signature a customs personnel order (CPO) assigning all collectors 5 and 6 to the DOF cluster on revenue generation headed by Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares.




No recourse

Sources said the move was sanctioned by Malacañang and was part of the reform program at the BOC, but that “the DOF had made it appear that the (revamp) was the idea of Commissioner Biazon who had no recourse but sign the CPO.”

Transferred were Rogel Gatchalian, Carlos So, Eduard de la Cuesta, Ricardo Belmonte, Adelina Molina, Ronnie Silvestre, Macabantug Mandangan, Priscilla Bauzon, Imelda Cruz, Ma. Sonia Togonon, Lilibeth Sandag, Raymond Ventura, Teresita Roque, Ma. Liza Torres, Maritess Martin, Arnel Alcaraz, Tomas Alcid, Ma. Lourdes Mangaoang, Francis Agustin Erpe, Rogelio Villagracia, Marieta Zamoranos, Juan Tan, Carmelita Talusan, Arefiles Carreon, Rustum Pacardo, Romalino Valdez, and Talek Pablo.


 
Powerful backers

BOC insiders dubbed “Three Kings” Gatchalian, So and Belmonte, district collectors of the Port of Manila, the BOC office at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Manila International Container Port, reportedly because they have powerful political backers.

Sources said Gatchalian was backed by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, while So and Belmonte had the Iglesia ni Cristo and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, respectively, behind them.

Said the BOC source: “The question now is who will take over our posts? Those next in rank?… There’s talk some people from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, if not appointees of Purisima will take over our posts… Let’s see how this (revamp) would affect the bureau’s revenue collections and the BOC service in general.”

Reports said Purisima had recommended retired Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Jessie Dellosa and four others to the deputy commissioner posts at the BOC.

Aside from Dellosa, the finance chief also endorsed Trinidad Rodriguez, executive director of the National Tax Research Center, director Myrna Chua of the Department of Budget and Management, customs and trade expert Agaton Teodoro Uvero, and Primo Aguas.

The BOC was among the three government agencies called out for their lackluster performance by President Aquino during his State of the Nation Address in July, along with the Bureau of Immigration and the National Irrigation Administration.

The President however did not accept Biazon’s offer to resign after the scolding.

In the CPO, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer, Biazon quoted Section 3 of Executive Order No. 140, series of 2013 as the basis for transferring the senior port collectors from the BOC to the CPRO under the DOF.



Power blocs

Biazon had earlier told the Inquirer that the customs revamp “will not be influenced by politicians and other power blocs.”

The customs chief added: “The reshuffle’s other objective is to remove port collectors from their comfort zones… It will not be limited to port collectors but would also cover deputy collectors, appraisers, examiners and people involved in cargo clearance operations,” among others.

Last week, Biazon said he welcomed “any new Malacañang appointees” to the bureau and was “ready to work with them anytime.”



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As they are fully aware and knowledgeable in all technicalities as far as customs operations is concerned, then research is the best place where they can brainstorm in order to minimize corruption.

That is, if they would cooperate. Kasi sa laki na ng kinita nila, most likely kahit mag resign na sila, hindi na sila maghihirap.


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Hindi na sila maghihirap kung
a. ma-manage nila ng maayos pera nila
b. hindi bawiin sa kanila yung mga nakurakot nila

Good to see you back, Sir ric! (are you back or simply lurking?)


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May Pasabog daw si Sen. Dinggoy!

Ayun sumabog nga --- sa mukha nya.

Naghahanap ng kadamay sa senado at palasyo para mabaling yung atensyon ng isyu ng PDAF sa iba! Isiniwalat yung DAP.

Akala nya kasi yung DAP personal na suhol sa kanya, kaya ibinulsa (gaya ng PDAF nya), inakalang ganun din ang ginawa ng ibang senador, tapos isiniwalat sa publiko - akala nya may kadamay na sya --- yun pala sila pa rin (nina Revilla, Marcos at Sotto) ang bumulsa!

I give him an A - for Eyfort and being consistent!


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Breaking:
SC voted 14-0-1 declaring PDAF unconstitutional.

SC directs gov't to investigate, prosecute officials, individuals for possible criminal offenses related to misuse of pork barrel funds

^nangangatog na mga itlog nila tanda, pogi at sexy... ;)
« Last Edit: Nov 19, 2013, 02:01 PM by vicces »


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MANILA, Philippines—Voting 14-0, the Supreme Court on Tuesday declared as unconstitutional the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel.”

In the decision authored by Associate Justice Estela Perlas Bernabe, the high court declared as unconstitutional the entire 2013 PDAF.

The high court also nullifies “all legal provisions of past and present Congressional Pork Barrel laws, such as the previous PDAF and Countrywide Development Fund (CDF) articles and the various Congressional Insertions, which authorize/d legislators-whether individually or collectively organized into committees—to intervene, assume or participate in any of the various post-enactment stages of the budget execution.”

At the same time, the high court also nullified the laws that provided lawmakers lump-sum allocations to fund their chosen projects.

“All informal practices of similar import and effect, which the Court similarly deems to be acts of grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of discretion,” are also declared void.

“Accordingly the Court’s temporary injunction dated Sept. 10, 2013 is hereby declared to be permanent. Thus, the disbursement/release of the remaining PDAF funds allocated for the year 2013, as well as for all previous years…are hereby enjoined,” the high court said.

The high court ordered the Department of Justice and the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate and file the needed cases against all government officials as well as private individuals involved in the improper disbursement of PDAF.

Among those who separately petitioned the court to scrap the PDAF system are losing senatorial candidates Samson Alcantara and Greco Belgica.

Petitioners pointed out that the system on discretionary funds of both Congress and Malacañang violated the constitutional limits given to the executive and the legislative because they were able to spend money beyond what was approved by Congress “since these are lump sum funds.”

On the other hand, the government through the Office of the Solicitor General said the high court has upheld the constitutionality of the PDAF system in previous cases, including LAMP vs. DBM.


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Sen. Enrile just delivered his privileged speech this afternoon.. akala ko naman may pasabog sya tungkol sa PDAF.. bubweltahan lang pala si sen. miriam.. sasagot daw si Miriam next week... yun na lang yata ang purpose ng priv speech, to have a captive audience for their word war... and they are getting paid taxpayer's money just to slander each other? :taaskilay:

http://raissarobles.com/2013/11/27/senator-enrile-delivers-a-vicious-factual-speech-against-his-colleague/


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If it keeps the issue alive im all for it.

It would be bad if the public lost interest on this which is what distractions like the zamboanga siege,  the dap issue and the blame game on the administration slow reaction response on the typhoon incident is all about.  To have the publics attention away from these thieving senators.

   


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Dear Senator Jinggoy


Dr Margarita Holmes

 01/06/2014



I am sorry if this piece, responding to your September 25 privilege speech last year, is later than many written more eloquently, better steeped in political history and much sooner than this. (IMHO, any on the subject written by Dr Randy David in his “Public Lives” column, or by Conrad de Quiros in his column “There’s the Rub.”)

But perhaps my timing isn’t all that bad either. Misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF seems to have followed the pattern of so many other political scandals in the Philippines: enough outrage to make a difference, but before anything substantial can get off the ground, another story gets all the attention. It’s as if we have energy for only one indignant groundswell at a time.

Take this latest Binay brouhaha. It almost seems like you got the entire Binay PR machinery to work for you instead of for them!! Or was this just the proverbial manna from heaven?

Admittedly, the Binay story has legs and will probably go round the block a few more times. And yes, that’s a mixed metaphor. But my excuse is, the hodgepodge you have deliberately made of your contribution to the PDAF scandal (not to mention the contribution to what is suspected to be your groaning bank accounts) is an even bigger mixed metaphor than that.



Selective justice?

Take one of your most quoted statements from that speech: “And selective justice is no justice at all.” I have 3 questions regarding your use of the word selective.

Do you mean selective in the way selective prosecution is defined by Wikipedia: a “procedural defense in which a defendant argues that he should not be held criminally liable for breaking the law, as the criminal justice system discriminated against him by choosing to prosecute. In a claim of selective prosecution, a defendant essentially argues that it is irrelevant whether he is guilty of violating a law, but that the fact of being prosecuted is based upon forbidden reasons. Such a claim might, for example, entail an argument that persons of different age, race, religion, or gender, were engaged in the same illegal actions for which the defendant is being tried and were not prosecuted, and that the defendant is only being prosecuted because of a bias.”

A bit ironic, that. With all due respect, I would go so far as to say that if ever selective prosecution were involved in the past as far as you were concerned, chances are it would have worked in your favor. You were elected as a lawmaker, and like many of your fellow lawmakers, could attempt, if you wished, to more easily massage existing laws to your own advantage.

But I hope the evidence dug up by the Commission on Audit (COA) will be enough to defeat any of the lawyers you hire. What evidence do I mean? Well, for starters, that among all the lawmakers’ fund releases, including PDAF, from 2007 to 2009, the allocations under the names of Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla, and Estrada repeatedly went to NGOs that Napoles runs either directly or through dummies and that 3 lawmakers alone – Senators Enrile, Revilla, and you – have already given a total of P1.23 billion to these same Napoles NGOs. (Source: COA special audit of lawmakers' releases, including PDAF, from 2007-2009)

Wow. What could a billion pesos, released for this country's betterment, have done kaya if actually used as intended? Made some public schools equal to, if not even better than, private schools? Funded a hospital or two so that people from far-flung provinces no longer have to walk over an hour to get help? Implemented laws more effectively so that people like the Ampatuans, Macapagal-Arroyos, Joc Joc Bolantes would actually be tried and even perhaps convicted. As far as I can see, all the Napoles NGOs you allegedly put your money in have done nothing with it except line the pockets of those who ran it and whoever they may have rewarded for such bounty.

I don’t see why the COA, justice department, and Office of the Ombudsman should be accused of being selective just because it started by indicting all 3 of you first.



Limited

This brings me to my second point: All justice is selective. If truth be told, everything is selective if you want to achieve anything at all. A basic tenet of cognitive psychology is that a person’s attention is a limited resource.

Anyone with the slightest knowledge of neuroscience will tell you that every cognitive effort requires energy. Too much effort disbursed on too many things leads to brain fatigue; and brain fatigue causes problems in making correct decisions and making sure evidence, and not strong feelings of outrage (while perfectly understandable given your supposed theft, is the basis for prosecution).

The alleged magnitude of your 2007-2009 actions is staggering enough. Can you imagine the brain fatigue the COA, Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Office of the Ombudsman would have if they simultaneously tried to indict all of you, plus all the other senators and congressmen who allegedly diverted funds the way you allegedly did. If indicting the 3 of you first is the best way to make sure justice is achieved, well, why not?

Finally, there is my 3rd point, which I bring up if only to show that you yourself are guilty of what you accused others to be. To paraphrase Asian Institute of Management professor Edilberto de Jesus’s brilliant article, you missed the chance “to confront the evidence” (which you claimed you wanted to do from the get go).

You could have explained why you selected the Napoles NGOs to receive your (or rather, our) funds. Not only were you unable, you did not even bother to confront the evidence by giving the reasons you selected the Napoles NGOs. You selected not to try and convince us that these NGOs were outstanding in helping your constituents, rather than outstanding for their generous kickbacks.

If you had used your privilege speech the way you had said you would, confronting the evidence and thus making mincemeat of the COA special audit of lawmakers' releases, hells bells, many of us in the million dollar march would’ve cheered, instead of reviled you.

Instead, your selected strategy was distraction: “Maybe if I threw enough dirt on others, people would forget my own.”



No aim

To use a cultural analogy, your privilege speech was like the urination of a man with an uncircumcised penis (supot). According to folklore, one of the major reasons to be circumcised is that women do not like men who are supot; and a major reason for that dislike is that bathrooms become more difficult to clean as supot men cannot, as the Brits would say, effectively “point Percy at the porcelain.” Instead, supot men spray pee everywhere.

Among all the many people you could’ve accused, you selected a choice few, including President Aquino. A good move, that. By selecting PNoy, you derailed many from focusing on your alleged criminal liability.

You were sensible enough to choose PNoy because, as is well known, any criticism of a sitting president is a publicity magnet. This is a tried and tested method to deflect criticism. Any president makes good copy. In addition, and there are many people who dislike PNoy, for reasons with and without basis.

But whatever you say about the Aquino government, it was only his administration that made it possible for the COA to submit their findings, for the DOJ to file plunder charges against you.

Oh yes, you may distract with the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the P50 million for each “convict” decision in the Renato Corona case, etc. And you may well be right that all this must be looked into and questioned. And if heads should roll the way yours might, then so be it. But selective justice not being any justice at all? I say selective, schmelective.

It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. We Filipinos have to start somewhere. Indicting the three of you is, at least, taking the first step in trying to deal with the monumental corruption in our government. Making sure you 3 get punished, the way an ordinary person would were justice not selective, would be an excellent second step. – Rappler.com


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