Before I went under the knife for knee replacement in March, I was kind of satisfied the way things were going with the multi-billion peso congressional pork barrel scam probe, that there seemed to be a looming scene where three incriminated politicians cum skunks in the Senate were heading for the calaboose. Finally I thought that the 2016 elections will be an event where lessons have been learned and changes for the better be made with the right people being voted upon.
Now I realize how wrong I had been.
Thanks to Janet Lim Napoles and her much taunted ‘NapoList’, more politicians/skunks/scoundrels are being unmasked and much to the dismay of the Filipino people they are all, understandably and slyly, disavowing their knowledge and more so their participation in the scam.
Shamed, disgraced and curtailed freedom by incarceration, Napoles’ health has taken a turn for the worse. She was bleeding and after consultation with the doctors it was recommended that she undergo hysterectomy. This was in April and, perhaps, entertaining the inevitable idea that if something happens to her she wanted to make sure that she was in good graces with the Lord, Napoles decided to confess all to the DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima what she knew and the additional personalities involved in the scam.
But in the same token the chronically scheming Napoles also politically thought that if she comes out still breathing, her act of telling all will endear her to the public and sway their opinion into making her a state witness, thus saving her skin.
Napoles’ confession, however, did not bode well for her, for the more politicians/skunks/scoundrels she has gotten embroiled, the deeper she has gotten herself also mired in the mess and the guiltier she has become.
The scam has become so ugly, muddled and complicated that one is not sure anymore if anyone of those who allegedly participated in the scam by defrauding the government and receiving whopping kickbacks in return will ever go to jail.
The pathetic thing about all these revelations is that we don’t even know if we will see the end of this investigation in our lifetime and get the satisfaction that we have seen the rascals wearing the orange uniform of a prisoner with the letter “P” printed on it.
But for sure we will see many of them still around continue disguising as public servants, trotting like peacocks, innocent looking and smooth-talking as ever.
I wouldn’t be surprised if those young upstart senators aiming to run in the 2016 presidential and vice presidential race are doing it because of their sole motive to forego the PDAF scam investigation – if they win.
The more that I wouldn’t be surprised that sooner than later these young upstarts will stop supporting PNoy or bolt out from the LP or the alliance and support the opposition for obvious reason.
To me, and like many Filipinos, the most agonizing and distasteful experience in the PDAF/ Malampaya and other related scams is that the mind-boggling amount lost could have been our ticket for a more developed, cohesive and progressive Philippines with strong army, air force and navy to boot that could at least take a stand against a bullying nation and not owning ‘proudly’ a dilapidated navy ship LT57 BRP Sierra Madre that can’t do anything at all to secure our seas.