I understand that to be corrupt is also to be immoral.
It is for this reason that I am qualifying immorality in sexual terms so it could be apart and distinct from one who is dishonest, untrustworthy and fraudulent in conduct by those in power, especially for an elected official like Sen. Leila de Lima, when it comes to money matters.
We all know why former senators Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and even Juan Ponce Enrile, for that matter, were arrested and to this day detained, except for the latter who gained back his freedom for being old, sickly and wily.
And the public also know that Estrada, Revilla and Enrile were much heralded gigolos in their own rights.
You can say whatever you can about these public servant’s love lives, but one thing sure is that they were not arrested on the strength of their love life or sexual immorality, if you may, but because they are corrupt. They are accused of spending billions of pesos of their “pork barrel” funds on overpriced or non-existent projects through a host of bogus non-government organizations in exchange for kickbacks from contractors amounting to hundreds of millions of pesos.
On this premise alone, and after hearing the melodramatic and oftentimes outrageous questions asked by the congressmen of Ronnie Dayan about his relationship with de Lima, one can only deduce that the answers given by the latter’s driver, bodyguard, bagman, and lover are, indeed, nothing but satisfying the “frailties of a woman”.
Whom are they fooling anyway? At best they all seemed to be self-righteously pious individuals, especially the men, and at worst, they were nothing but eager beaver newsmongers.
So what am I saying here?
What I am saying is that the lawmakers probing de Lima’s culpability or guilt should take her to task instead on her integrity or incorruptibility and do her in based on the testimony made by Dayan relative to the drug money that de Lima supposedly received to finance her 2016 senatorial bid, which she won.
De Lima seems to be unfazed about all these serious and scandalous accusations, as if those pointing the fingers at her as the receiving end of a drug lord’s money are all out of their wits and that she alone is sane.
There may be inconsistencies or conflicting testimonies relative to dates, amounts, the number of times and locations between those given by Dayan and Kerwin Espinosa, when the latter was also grilled by the senators during the probe conducted on the death of his father, Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa, who was gunned down at the Baybay City provincial jail, but nobody can deny that the same drug money both were talking about ended up in the hands of de Lima.
In the same manner that President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drug continues relentlessly, it is also hoped that the lawmakers would pursue tirelessly de Lima’s alleged involvement, by benefitting from the drug trade, so that corrupt government official will no longer be able to serve the public but rather be prosecuted to the hilt.