I have written about the dictator Marcos – his unscrupulousness, his wickedness, and his being the precursor of what is evil among our politicians cum public servants today.
Now I am writing about Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr’s greed – his involvement in the multi-billion PDAF scam and looking at both of them I can’t help but entertain thoughts that, indeed, ‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Truly, he is a chip off the old block.
I am sure all Filipinos were hoping that with their return and reentry into politics that the Marcoses would have learned their lesson for being exiled, have made amends of their mistakes, and felt the need to serve the people in a selfless and incorruptible manner this time around.
Alas, our collective hopes (collective stupidity?) for them to be magnanimous has come to naught as once again the people have become victims of the son’s greed.
Note that Bongbong Marcos was earlier reported by the COA to have endorsed in 2012 P100 million of his pork-barrel allocation to Napoles’ dummy NGOs—Ginintuang Alay sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc. (P5 million), Agricultura para sa Magbubukid Foundation Inc. (P25 million), Kaupdanan para sa Mangunguma Foundation Inc. (P25 million) and Agri and Economic Program for Farmers Foundation Inc. (P45 million) through the National Livelihood Development Corp.
Although Marcos has been denying involvement in the PDAF scam, claiming that his signatures have been forged in all of the transactions where his pork barrels were said to have been channeled into, a recent report coming out in the national paper, however, confirms otherwise.
It says that documents have been obtained identifying a certain Catherine Mae “Maya” Santos as the conduit between Marcos and detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles in routing millions of pesos in government funds to bogus foundations and ghost livelihood projects.
Santos originally worked as a Senate staff officer of Sen. Loren Legarda and was able to get appointed as an officer of the National Anti-Poverty Commission and the Department of Agriculture during the second term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Santos has since moved to the office of Marcos while continuing to provide support to Legarda under the Aquino administration. Legarda admitted to knowing Santos but claimed that “she is not my staff and is never authorized to handle any PDAF.”
In 2011 after Santos moved to the Senate office of Marcos as his officer in charge, Masaganang Ani para sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc. (Mamfi) received P24.25 million for livelihood projects in Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental supposedly endorsed by the senator.
The transaction was submitted by Mamfi, one of the nongovernment organizations (NGOs) controlled by Napoles, in a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) that year, according to an affidavit by Marina Sula, a former employee of the businesswoman, submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation.
Sula and another whistle-blower, Merlina Suñas, revealed in affidavits submitted to the NBI that Santos was Napoles’ go-between in the offices of Marcos and Sen. Loren Legarda.
The reason why I am stating the salient points of the report here is to call attention on the people that never should we trust a Marcos again to lead this country.
Note that the namesake son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos has ambitions to run for the presidency of this country sometime in the future.
Marcos Sr, during his presidency, screwed us real good holding the nation hostage with his military rule while plundering and leaving the nation rat poor.
Marcos Jr, even as a senator, is starting to defraud the nation with the poor being disadvantaged the most and showing no compunction.
We need the son to be president like we need a hole in our heads.