If the disclosure of President Benigno Aquino about the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s (Pagcor) alleged spending of P1 billion for coffee wasn’t revealed in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2011, I would have taken it as an incredibly silly comment not deserving a second thought.
But, PNoy is no stand-up comedian and SONA is a serious business that is very self-explanatory.
Being so categorical and blunt about the accusation, PNoy and his government sleuth must have uncovered more irregularities in Pagcor, on top of the many scams already discovered happening during the time of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) and her erstwhile Pagcor handyman, Efraim Genuino.
“Isang bilyong piso po ang ginastos ng dating pamunuan ng ahensya para sa kape. Sa isang daang piso na lang po kada tasa, lalabas na nakakonsumo sila ng 10 milyong tasa,” he said.
“Baka po kahit ngayong iba na ang pamunuan ng Pagcor ay dilat na dilat pa rin ang mga mata ng ga umiinom ng kapeng it. Hanapin nga po natin sila at itatanong ko: “Nakakatulog pa po ba kayo?” he added.
It boggles my mind, and am sure it does yours, too, imagining how 10 million cups of coffee looks like! How big a heap is P1 billion worth of ground coffee!
This is simply outrageous that deserves not only a second look, but the culprits truly deserving of hanging by their balls!
One could just imagine how far the P1 billion could have gone if it was used for the homeless, the hungry and the sickly among the poor people in this country.
One could just fantasize how beneficial it would have been if this huge amount of money were donated to charitable institutions of different causes all over the country.
One could just picture out how relieving and heartening it would have been for parents to see their kids going to school with enough classrooms and adequate chairs instead of having multiple classes in one classroom, while some pupils have nothing to sit on, but on the floor.
There could have been a million worthwhile uses for the billion wasted for self-gratification.
In exposing Pagcor’s coffee anomaly, PNoy was not persecuting GMA and her previous administration. He was simply exposing the insensibility and indifference of man, or woman, for that matter.
PNoy used the SONA 2011 as the vehicle so we may know and we deserve to know.