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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?

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Reply #135 on: Aug 29, 2013, 12:23 AM
sya naman ngayon ang bida!
humanda sila!!!!!


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Reply #136 on: Aug 29, 2013, 05:45 PM
Magaling sa SQUEALLING yan. Nasa lahi.

Pero kung ako lang LITSUNIN NA YAN AT IPAKAIN SA MGA NAGUGUTOM DAHIL SA MGA KAGAGAWAN NYA !!!!


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Reply #137 on: Sep 05, 2013, 11:31 PM
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TO ALL FILIPINO CONCERN CITIZENS: Give time to read, may cinasabi c ANONYMOUS na wla sa news. para atleast maiintindihan natin- d worst Philippine Politictian Pork Barel Scam.

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Monday, August 5, 2013
ANONYMOUS SPEAKS: Pork Barrel Scam (Updated)
I was reading my news feed at Facebook when I chanced upon a blog shared by my niece. Her only comment was "COMMENTS SECTION".

As curious as a cat, I clicked the accompanying photo (above) and read the blog first, written by MommyJ.
She wrote her opinion on the Pork Barrel Scam involving the wealthy Janet Napoles and family. What took me by surprise are the various comments from Anonymous which are like bombs that shattered my peace.

I am not pretty sure whether Anonymous (the first one who fanned the flame) is the same person who revealed classified information all throughout MommyJ's blog. For convenience, let me treat Anonymous as one and the same.

Anonymous' first comment (Tagalog version here):

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 1, 2013 AT 6:43 PM
Janet Lim Napoles has strong ties before with the late Emilia Boncodin, DBM Secretary. Emilia is the one that keep Janet in the loop whenever a budget or SARO is approved and to which senator or congressman.

Gringo Honasan is a dear friend of Janet’s husband, Jimmy Napoles. I was surprised when I read somewhere online when Honasan was interviewed and he said that he doesnt know the Napoles family.
During the coup in Cory’s time, Jimmy napoles was driving a tank on the way to camp crame when he’s tank was hit by a mortar.Jimmy is operating the .50 caliber machine gun and the soldier driving the tank died during the blast. Jimmy survived and was jailed along with Honasan. If you can get clear photos of Jimmy Napoles online, you will see that part of his face and his arms show burn marks.

Their wealth started to build up during the late 90′s when they engaged themselves with mayors based in zamboanga to use them as a front for a Foundation that will implement projects or deliver farm materials. With connections at COA, they were able to arrange “completed projects” without delivering anything. They established JLN group of companies sometime in 2000 and they moved to their new office from AFPOVAI to Discovery Suites on the 25th floor.

Soon enough, they were able to develop deep connections with more legislators in congress and numerous senators. What JLN Group Of Companies do and their sub-companie, Jo-Chris Trading (named after their eldest child, Jo-Christine “Neneng” Napoles) – they use their foundations as the implementing agency for the funds of congressmen or senators. You see, congressmen and senators have budget, PDAF or the “pork barrel”, but these politicians do not have direct access to their funds and they can never touch it. So what they do is the politicians will create a project (common one is “fertilizer distribution” to farmers) and will ask DBM to set the budget. Then, there will be a public bidding to be held by DAR. The outcome of the bidding is already fixed and it’s Napoles foundation wins. The fund or SARO will be released through Janet’s foundation and the congressmen/senators will ask 70% of the whole amount. So if the project is 10M, Janet will give 70% of that. Usually Janet’s nephew, John Francisco Lim is the courier of the money, they will meet at Podium or at a parking lot. The money are stored in plastic bags or paper bags.

So, whatever is left from the budget, 30% goes to Janet. They usually cash-in the cheque they get from DBM at Landbank in Greenhills and the manager there is part of Janet’s payroll. Janet also need to pay the inspectors from COA and whoever is involved in DAR.

This is their workflow.This is what they do for more than a decade. This is how the senators and congressmen make money. This is why theses politicians have so much and working class filipinos almost have nothing. This is not only Janet’s fault. The greediness of the senators and congressmen are the driving point that keeps this system operating. It is also amazing that if Janet’s family and her company goes into trial, the people who will try them – judges, senators, congressmen, are also part of this. I fear for the life of Benhur and Merlina as whistleblowers. Soon enough they will die. The people of the philippines should protect them. NBI or the witness protection program cannot do anything about it. Because they are keeping the whistleblowers alive for their own use only. Once Janet give payments to the NBI and once Revilla, Honasan, Arroyo, Pichay, Ducut, Pineda, Lim, Estrada, Soto, Lapid, and almost all the congressmen who were in post for the past decade, step in – there’s nothing benhur or merlina can do. They are as good as dead by now.

Please post this on your social media and share it to the world. It is time to stop this madness and remove the pork barrel and protect benhur and merlina.

I was like, "What???" And I reposted MommyJ's blog in my FB wall, asking my friends whether it was true. The succeeding comments in MommyJ's blog contained warnings, words of caution, more expression of disgust to corruption. Some urged him to go to Philippine media to which he responded:

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 1, 2013 AT 8:06 PM
No, i will never talk to philippine media. local media is rubbish. we can ask noli de castro about that. and i am very sure that he too will say, “i havent heard janet napoles or met her before…” Of course, why would he tell the world that he knows janet after he earned hundrer millions of pesos through her company? We can also ask noli who lives in his villa in tagaytay highlands. Oh, i forgot, i think it’s one of his mistresses.

nevertheless, the napoles has been moving their money the past few weeks so most of their money are not in the country anymore. the people need to ask the female manager at metrobank binondo, she’s related to janet napoles brother, ronald “bullet” francisco lim. “Bullet” is also one of the incorporator’s of janet’s countless foundations. the people of the philippines should also ask the manager at landbank greenhills. Maglanque holds a post before at DOTC, and the Napoles’ made a lot of money by providing countless transactions through DOTC using numerous congressmen and senators between 2002 – 2011. Zenaida Ducut, previous congresswoman in one of the provinces in Pampangga made a killing through Janet’s company. They also have strong ties with the Ampatuans in the south and yes, they also benefited from Janet’s company. Previous PNP chiefs during the Arroyo administration also used JLN Corporation as the foundation to supply communication radios initially valued at Php5,000 only to be listed in the receipt given to COA valued at Php65,000 each.

Let’s stop and reflect, if the local media publishes these facts, do you think that the current government CAN do something? NO. even if noynoy wants to punish Janet and even if he’s the president of the country, he can only do as much because our constitution does not allow the president to tackle these crimes. because that is not included in his job description. It’s a pity that people accuse the president of doing nothing. Yes, he cannot do anything about it because our law doesnt allow him too. You want something to be done with this issue? If noynoy declares martial law and will have complete authority over these issues, yes, he can hang all the senators and congressmen. But will noynoy declare martial law? No. not because the people of the country doesnt want to – its because noynoy wont bring back the years that caused his father’s death.

The current situation in the country has reach an impasse. unless the people do something about this, we will remain right where marcos left off – corruption everywhere and escalation of poverty.

It was overwhelming now for me. Though some informations were incredible, many were amazed by the details contained in Anonymous' narration. One thought that Anonymous is an insider to the Napoleses' lair. Others questioned his anonymity while others hailed him for his exposé.

Anonymous dropped some more bombs. This time, the name of one well-known media personality was mentioned.

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 1, 2013 AT 10:11 PM
I saw an interview of janet, jimmy and two of their children, jo-christine and his younger brother. The interview was conducted by Korina Sanchez. I was amazed how Korina played on the set and in a very sublime manner, projected the Napoles family as a victim.

Let me explain.

Korina is married to Mar Roxas. Mar is from Iloilo and he has a cousin, Johnny Roxas. Johnny stands 6’2, fair, brown hair and brown eyes. Johnny is a good looking male and a mestizo. Johnny used to work at JLN Corp. and he used his connections through Mar when he was still “Mr. Palengke.” Johnny earned significant amount of money by closing deals and getting the SARO of some congressmen and mayors and governors with the help of Mar. But Johnny had a fallout with Janet when some some cash commissions were not equally divided to him. He was also hoping to have a Mercedes Benz as a incentive from one of his successful transactions from a congressman based in Samar, bur Janet failed to deliver the car to him. Johnny soon left the company upset. Nevertheless, Johnny left JLN with few million pesos richer, and Mar Roxas a few million above 10M richer. Johnny Roxas became visible again in the political arena when he joined the campaign camp of Fernando Poe Jr. He was always visible on TV appearances and newspaper photos sitting or standing beside or behind Poe. With this said, Mar Roxas has ties with Napoles and that explains the interview with Korina that appears to be biased with the Napoles’. And you now know the reason why.

One commenter has this to say:

M230 says:
AUGUST 4, 2013 AT 11:15 AM
If you know your stuff, Mar Roxas does not have a cousin named Johnny Roxas. He only has 1 cousin and Johnny is not the name.

The Araneta-Roxas clan is worth so much more money, what is 10 million pesos to them? Magnanakaw ka na lang, bakit yang kakapiranggot pa na hindi man lang mararamdaman ni Mar. Magkano ba kinikita nila sa Araneta Center pa lang, sa Pizza Hut, sa Dairy Queen, sa Cibo, Cafe Bola, Sachi?

I believe there was a scam, but I don’t think you should drag other people in this controversy. If you really do know so much stuff, why not be an anonymous source for the NBI?

But Anonymous is so sure of himself:

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 5, 2013 AT 5:15 PM
Hanapin mo at tanungin mo si johnny kung ginagamit pa ba niya yung ford expedition at honda crv niya na galing kay janet at yung Cartier na relo na binili nila nung nag macao sila at pinabigay para kay Manuel matapos papirmahin yung mga mayors sa negros?

At kung hindi kamaganak ni Manuel si Johnny, sino yung laging sumasali sa mga pa-derby ng sabungan sa araneta na mestiso na matangkad na kamukha ni manuel aber? sa palagay mo ba madaling mag pa interview sa tv kay korina sanchez kung wala silang direktang koneksyon at tinatago? magkano airtime sa abs cbn para magpalabas ng mahabang interview ng walang ganansya?

i-screen capture mo itong sagot ko tapos pakita mo sa mga amo mo na roxas at pag hindi lumaki butas ng ilong nila pag binasa nila ito, tsaka mo ako balikan dito at sabihin mo na sinungaling ako.
ang hirap maniwala na malaking consipracy theory ito pero sa mga naglilitawan dito, sila sila, kayo kayo, lahat corrupt at magnanakaw. pagmamalaki mo pa sakin yang pizza hut nila di naman masarap tapos ang mahal mahal pa. pwe!

Poor Pizza Hut.

Things are now heated up. Anonymous is not done yet.

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 2, 2013 AT 8:36 PM
I dont have social media presence nor in the internet. My only platform is through this blog – your blog. I don’t even know you and perhaps you will never know either. As long as i am still alive, I will post on this blog if you dont mind. Thanks for doing sharing your blog to your social media nonetheless.

This news is slowly fading away and only a couple of local media outlets are currently covering it. The Revillames and Estradas are already preparing their speeches should this issue reach the senate. Some speculations in the current congress thinks that this issue is bigger than the corruption of Gloria Arroyo itself so everything is carefully planned out for the next step. There are extreme suggestions within the congressmen involved to create mass hysteria and stimulate “terrorism” activity in the city. They are planning to set off explosives in public places soon and will blame it to the Reds (CPP-NPA) organization.

Do you think that the Ayala Mall explosion before is an “accident”? How about the recent explosion in one of Ayala’s apartments in The Fort? Has anyone of you heard the case again and its updates? None.

It doesnt make sense, does it?

The Napoles lives in Ayala Alabang. Their house is adjacent to Ping Lacson. When Lacson bought the house in Alabang, this was the time when he and Erap were throwing accusations against each other. There was a news clip before of an interview to Lacson and he consistently denies that he does not have a house in an exclusive village. The Napoles’ was laughing hard because the family was the one who recommended that house to Ping.

As you can see, a significant number of residential owners in Ayala Alabang have sits in congress, senate, supreme court, mayors and governors. The Ayala’s are not in the position to deny these individuals who belong in the government from buying properties.

Imagine that at this very moment you are reading this and all the houses with owners that have sits in the govt disappear in thin air – how many house units will be left in Ayala Alabang? Let us say that ayala alabang will be like empty plots of land like in Fairview or Rizal. That is how significant these home owners are to the Ayalas.

How about Forbes? The Napoles have properties in Forbes Park as well. Who developed Forbes Park in the 70s? The Ayalas. And the same home owners in ayala alabang can be found in forbes park. The explosions in the ayala properties were no coincidence. They used it as a platform to divert the attention of the masses so that local media will cover the explosion news instead of corruption expose’ involving key individuals from the congress and senate during those times.

Now they will do it again soon. But this time, it will be exactly similar like the MRT bombings and bus bombings like before – they will bomb the public. Once this happen, all news will be focused on the bombings and slowly the Napoles and all the congressmen and senators, and judges, and secretaries, and undersecretaries will slowly crawl in the dark, away from all of us, together with all their wealth.

Oh, havent i mentioned that Jenny has already moved her money from landbank, metrobank, bpi, banco de oro and consolidated all of their accounts to HSBC hong kong recently? Ooooppss.

Never mind the typos in his narration. He wrote an errata. At this point, some readers have written their own blogs about the blog just like what I am doing now.

I am thinking. How much does a Senator earn from all of these? I am clueless until Anonymous posted this:

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 2, 2013 AT 9:27 PM
Those facts of blowing up buildings, bombing public transport and killing innocent civilians in the process is outrageous. Yes, it is beyond me how they do that. At what cost? Let’s do the math here and lets figure out why the philippines is still poor and why the congressmen, the senators will go as far as killing us all.

Currently, the philippine senate and congress is already drafting the budget for 2014 and it’s roughly Php2.3trillion. Yes, that is our country budget and that is made up of all the taxes that everyone paid. That is almost US$57.5B. That is a lot of zeros. Every year, the pork barrel allocates Php200M for EACH senator and Php70M for EACH member of the congress. There are:

24 Senators with 6-year terms maximum of 12-years
288 Members of Congress with 3-year terms maximum of 9-years
1 Senator x Php200M x 6yrs = Php1.2Billion per Senator for his full 6-year term.
1 Congressman x Php 70M x 3yrs = Php210M per Senator for his full 3-year term

Because all senators and congressmen are very patriotic and want to serve our country to their maxed out terms, let us do the math again:

Php1.2B x 2 = Php2.4B in 12-years pork barrel per senator
Php210M x 3 = Php630M in 9-years pork barrel per congressman

These are the amount of each senators and congressmen allocated to them in their respective tenures. Imagine the market value of this sector – the way Janet imagines it.

Because of companies like Janet, all the people that you vote use similar corporations like of Janet to steal money from the people’s coffer – from you, from us. Just imagine the huge amount once they’ve get a hold of their budget. Now think deeply why our country is still a mess. Can you now see the whole picture why our country is still poor? Why you, the reader of this blog, works so hard yet you save nothing?

This has been happening since the times of Marcos. The only difference is, during Ferdinand’s time, he’s the only thief and his cronies so the effect is the country doesn’t notice that they are “poor”. When Apo was ousted, EVERYONE sitting in power is a thief. Now the country can definitely feel poverty.
The figures listed above remain as the key motivator to Janet Napoles. That is why she is reach. That is why ALL members of the congress are filthy reach, That is why ALL senators are filthier. The sad fact is, there are numerous companies similar to Napoles that operates as we speak. Then why is Janet so popular? Because her company is generous to the greedy congressmen and senators, her company is the only one that can afford to give as high as 85% cash-on-hand off from their allocated budgets. Other companies similar to Jo-Chris Trading and JLN Corporation can only go as high as 65%.

Close your eyes now and imagine a senator gets 85% of Php2.4B. Now think about why ramon revilla – bong revilla, the arroyos, enrile, lacson, estradas and all of them are still in power, one generation to the other.

Open your eyes and reach to your pocket – how much do you have?

It hurts damn bad.

Anonymous addresses the skeptics. He reveals some more of the plans and the events that he foresee. Here, we get the idea how informed he is of the inside of Janet Napoles's lair:



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Reply #138 on: Sep 05, 2013, 11:34 PM
paalala lang po: MAHABANG BASAHIN (continutation)...
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REPOST LANG PO (credit from: ANONYMOUS INCORPORATED page)

TO ALL FILIPINO CONCERN CITIZENS: Give time to read, may cinasabi c ANONYMOUS na wla sa news. para atleast maiintindihan natin- d worst Philippine Politictian Pork Barel Scam.

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Anonymous says:
AUGUST 2, 2013 AT 9:54 PM
People in the internet challenges me if i have proof. No i do not.

But i can tell you that there are two metal safes inside JLN Corp.’s office at 2502 Discovery Suites in ortigas. One safe is inside Jimmy Napoles’ office and the other one is in Janet’s office. Their office also have a small storage room where all previous invoices and receipts that were never use during the past few years are being kept. If you, the reader can magically teleport yourself in that room, you will definitely find all the answers to your questions.

There is also a 5-drawer filing cabinet (metal and beige in color) in front of Janet’s office door where all files of each congressman, senators, mayors, governors, secretaries, undersecretaries, are nicely filed and named. Each folder contains copies of cheques, cash vouchers, petty cash vouchers, receipts of cash advances and bank account details for each transaction.

If by any chance that this blog has reached the Napoles family, they will move these safes and drawers outside their office ASAP. They will use the utility elevators located in the back of the building to transport the cabinets and all its contents. Once they reach the carpark, they will go to carpark slot number 1 to load these things. Janet owns carpark numbers 1, 2 and 3 at Discovery Suites. It is a good thing to also ask Jun Pareno, one of the big bosses of Discovery Suites, how he helps the Napoles family all throughout these years conducting VVIP services to some congressmen and senators as part of Janet’s perks to them using the hotel services.

Going back, those drawers will be moved in binan laguna in one of their houses there and everything will be burned. This has not happened yet. And if you, the readers, do nothing, once those drawers are out of the streets, there goes your evidence. Don’t let the local san juan police raid their office because that is part of their plan – to have the police storm their office and make it appear that everything is being seized. Of course, what safer way it is than to transport the cabinets escorted by law enforcement officers only to be burned after.

Clever. Very clever Janet indeed. Was it that Jinggoy’s idea or Gringo?

Now it appears to me like a script of an unfolding crime story. Another Anonymous person was compelled to share what little he knows:

Anonymous says:
AUGUST 2, 2013 AT 11:31 PM
I would like to contribute to this blog.

The Napoles speak fluent Chabakano.

They are rich because they do business in both sides – opposition and coalition. They started poor in the 70s – 80s selling packed lunch (similar to jolly-jeep) at the premises of AFP since Jimmy is a Marine. Officer.

I don’t have a single clue where the f*ck they get the idea that they are into the coal mining business.
Janet and the female owner of AM-Europharma are BFFs. That explains their mansions in Laguna because AM-Europharma’s factory is in Laguna.

Eddie Badeo is effing naive. Everything she said is spot on and correct. But, all martyrs die in the end.

There are three siblings in the Lim family, Ronald Francisco Lim, Janet Francisco Lim, Reynald “Jojo” Luy Lim. “Jojo” is a half brother and Benhur Luy is related to Reynald. That’s why they could not kill Benhur when they still have a chance. But now they all wish him dead.

Jo-Christine Napoles is a graduate from St. Benilde. Her brother, James Napoles is also from Benilde.
Benhur is as guilty as Janet – they both became rich helping politicians steal from us.

Merlina Sunas is still poor and helpless. Janet used her all throughout these years. Save Merlina and let Benhur die.

Patayin na natin lahat ng mga kongressman at senador! at bantayan na ang mga airport dahil tumatakas na sila isa isa!

This is just one of the many calls for murder and the likes. I do not subscribe to this idea but for the sake of telling the story, I am reposting. There were suggestions that they tell what they know to Rappler.com, CNN, and other trusted media personality.

Our collective curiosity was upped by the revelations. Who are involved? Who are robbing us of our taxes. Anonymous answers:


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Reply #139 on: Sep 05, 2013, 11:47 PM
mahaba pa po.. basahin na lang dito sa link na ito...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=706154699411274&set=a.585729051453840.153733.100000502516849&type=1&theater

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siguro naman yung iba ay nakita o nai-share na yung link na iyan...


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Reply #140 on: Sep 07, 2013, 02:21 PM
Di pa tapos ang laban.

Meron pa sa September 11 EDSA Vigil
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Reply #141 on: Sep 07, 2013, 07:09 PM
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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Reply #142 on: Sep 10, 2013, 01:19 PM
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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Reply #143 on: Sep 16, 2013, 12:45 PM
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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Reply #144 on: Sep 17, 2013, 05:33 PM
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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Reply #145 on: Sep 18, 2013, 04:05 PM
@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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Reply #146 on: Sep 18, 2013, 05:02 PM
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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Reply #147 on: Sep 18, 2013, 05:08 PM
scrap...all politico cannot be trusted...


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Reply #148 on: Sep 19, 2013, 11:25 PM
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)




« Last Edit: Sep 19, 2013, 11:41 PM by AMARANTH »


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Reply #149 on: Sep 20, 2013, 09:33 AM
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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