President Benigno Aquino, in a rare live address to the nation on TV and radio, made it known to the public that he is not a thief.
This, after members of the political opposition, including those implicated in the PDAF scam, have been coming out with statements accusing Aquino of using the presidential social fund and his own Disbursement Allocation Program (DAP) to buy favors from legislators.
“The issue here is theft. I did not steal. Those who have been accused of stealing are those who are sowing confusion,” Aquino said.
“I have never stolen. I am not a thief. I am the one who goes after thieves,” he added.
Aquino further said that, “In the midst of all their extended counter-accusations hurled against me, not once have I heard them say: ‘I did not steal.’
Indeed, this is a fact.
What is strange and farcical about the accusations, however, is that none seemed to have mentioned the name of Janet Lim-Napoles, whose identity is known for being behind the pork barrel scam and whose corrupt mind and illegal activities have been revealed by whistleblowers.
This simply shows that the allegations against the president are nothing but diversionary tactics and political ploy of the accusers so that their own participation in the corruption scandal will receive less scrutiny and the opposition party will be in good graces with the Filipino people.
Unless the Aquino bashers can produce its own whistleblower versions of Benhur Luy, Gertrudes Luy, Marina Sula, Merlina Suña, Arlene Baltazar and Monette Briones, pointing to Aquino’s illegitimate deeds shall I condemn and join the attack. Until then, I will continue putting my trust in the president.
“If you think that this will stop me from going after you, if you think that you can divert the public’s attention, if you think you can get away with stealing from our countrymen, you have sorely underestimated me,” Aquino warned.
This is what I call political will and I hope Aquino won’t waver.
Now come Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. emphatically disclaiming that they, too, did not steal from the public coffers, despite the fact that both are facing plunder charges relative to the pork barrel scam.
This, on the strength of the whistleblower’s confession detailing how lawmakers allegedly colluded with Napoles to funnel huge amounts from their PDAF to non-existent projects set up by bogus nongovernmental organizations in exchange for kickbacks of 50 percent of the project costs.
In fact the two senators are the same duo referred to by the whistleblowers as “Sexy” and “Pogi” when kickbacks were being paid to them.
Since neither Estrada nor Revilla has admitted having defrauded the taxpayer’s money, not even dragging and caring to mention the name of Napoles, who has been tagged as the brains behind the pork barrel anomaly, for fear perhaps of getting them buried more in the muck, who then are the rascals that went in cahoots with Napoles that scammed the country?
The Filipino people?
You gotta be joking!
In fact it has been reported that Revilla has now filed a damage suit against two whistle-blowers and five other people demanding that they return P502 million of his pork barrel that was supposedly given them.
But, that will be another blog material.