Filipino Diplomat on Pork Barrel Scam: "Napoles was not the mastermind, the Yellow Cult’s pillars were."

Janet Napoles, Antonio Trillanes, Leila de Lima, Franklin Drilon (CTTO)

Fresh News: Rigoberto Tiglao, a Filipino diplomat and writer, shared his very gallant opinion regarding the very controversial P10-billion pork barrel scam that imprisoned Janet Napoles, an unknown businesswoman from Basilan and other government officials.


In a column on one of the top news media outfits and newspaper in the Philippines, Tiglao questioned the ability of Napoles to have masterminded the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) Scam, which according to Tiglao required a profound and point by point learning of how Congress truly functions and how to circumvent government's tangled bureaucratic procedures.


Image of website where article was posted (CTTO)

As per Tiglao, only someone that could discover details to bypass Congress' budget law, could have thought of and unquestionably executed the pork barrel trick and not a person, like Napoles who actually did not even reach college and was never in government.


Tiglao then pointed out that even Napoles had embroiled Senators Franklin Drilon, Antonio Trillanes, and Leila de Lima and also Aquino's budget secretary, Florencio Abad, in the pork-barrel scam that included siphoning government reserves into lawmakers' pockets, the yellows still was able to broke all records of legal action process.


Senators Franklin Drilon, Antonio Trillanes, Leila de Lima and Aquino's budget secretary Florencio Abad (CTTO)

All of these according to Tiglao was simply because of the intense media that upheld Aquino in those years that the conspicuous could be covered: The Aquino administration then needed her put in prison as quickly as time permits.


The writer additionally said that there were bits of gossip that Aquino, Florencio Abad and Franklin Drilon were long-term friends of Napoles herself. There were actually pictures of them together to prove such gossips.


Napoles and daughter Jeane with Aquino (left photo), and then (right photo) Napoles as a guest in Malacañang in 2013.

Senator Franklin Drilon with janet Napoles (CTTO)



Tiglao further identified some of the facts on why the whole pork-barrel scam would be uncovered completely by the Duterte administration, with Napoles as state witness.


He likewise pronounced that he strongly agrees with Justice Secretary Aguirre for believing that it's not Napoles who is the most liable in the pork barrel scam, but the stalwarts of the Yellow Cult are.


Tiglao then ended his article by saying that he is confident that the present administration and President Rodrigo Duterte will at long last uncover the culprits of the grand theft of the people's tax money.


Below is Rigoberto Tiglao's full article:


"C’MON, do you really think that Janet Napoles, who grew up in Basilan and didn’t reach college, who was never in government, was the mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel scam, which required a deep and detailed knowledge of how Congress really works and how to go around government’s labyrinthine bureaucratic processes?


Do you think that she even knew, before she was recruited into the scam, what an “NGO”—which became the venue for siphoning off state funds—meant and was?


Only somebody or some group that could find technicalities to evade Congress’ budget law, as they did in the case of the Disbursement Acceleration Program scheme, could have thought of and confidently executed the pork barrel scam.


Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd as early as last year had claimed that Napoles’ lawyer had informed him that she had implicated Senators Franklin Drilon, Antonio Trillanes, and Leila de Lima as well as Aquino’s budget secretary, Florencio Abad, in the pork-barrel scam that involved siphoning government funds into politicians’ pockets.


The acquittal in May 2017 from kidnapping charges of Janet Napoles, whom the Aquino regime and the media it controlled had painted as the mastermind of the mammoth pork-barrel scam, was the start of the unraveling of the Liberal Party’s second biggest crime, the first being its political assassination of Chief Justice Renato Corona.


The justice department’s taking her in as a state witness last month accelerates the unearthing, finally, of this colossal crime. This is a bold move as Napoles has been demonized so much by media, especially the Philippine Daily Inquirer to which the Aquino government in 2013 gave exclusive access to the alleged whistle-blower Benhur Luy.


Broke records


Napoles’ trial for allegedly kidnapping her longtime assistant and relative Luy—the government’s star witness in fingering opposition politicians—broke all records of litigation speed. After just a year of trial, she was sentenced to life imprisonment. That doesn’t happen even in the most advanced nations on earth with the most efficient legal systems.


It was only because of the powerful media that supported Aquino in those years that the obvious could be concealed: The administration wanted her put in jail as soon as possible.


Why? Obviously since in jail, she would fear for her life and keep silent on the real story of the pork-barrel scam. She would not reveal that Aquino’s top lieutenants and most of his Liberal Party congressmen and senators had in fact amassed hundreds of millions of pesos in such government funds.


There were rumors that Aquino himself, his ideologue, then budget secretary Florencio Abad, and his top political operator Franklin Drilon were longtime friends of Napoles herself.


Indeed, how could Aquino, Abad and Drilon, who had been in Congress for more than two decades and major players there, not have known about the pork-barrel scam and Napoles herself?


Aquino’s selfies with Napoles


When “selfies” weren’t yet popular, Aquino himself had such photos with Napoles, and smiling from ear to ear not only with her, but with her husband and daughter. For an alleged big-time swindler, it was even Aquino’s spokesman Edwin Lacierda who fetched Napoles, who had gone into hiding, from a rendezvous point and brought her to Malacañang itself to confer with Aquino and his budget secretary, Abad.


It was the President of the Republic and his heir apparent then, Mar Roxas, who accompanied Napoles—the three riding in his official limousine—to her first detention cell at Camp Crame. Aquino even inspected Napoles’ cells, and reportedly gave instructions to the warden.


Why?



The Yellow cultists of course thought that Filipinos are so gullible they wouldn’t see through what they were doing: Aquino and his officials were making sure that Napoles was never out of their sight, from the moment she surrendered to her incarceration, where of course she could have met some accident. Aquino accompanied her to assure her that no harm would be done to her. As long as she cooperated with them?


Here are some of the facts on why the entire pork-barrel scam would be exposed fully by the Duterte administration, with Napoles as state witness:


• Very conveniently, the Commission on Audit (COA) special audit covered only the period from 2007 to 2009, or during President Arroyo’s term in 2009. There were reports that the COA had another audit to cover the three years from 2010 to 2012, or during Aquino’s time. Duterte should make this report public.


• Very strangely, most of the congressman (of course not all) implicated and charged for graft because they pocketed their pork barrel were not of the Yellow horde. Were those who swore fealty to the Yellow Cult just coincidentally the most upright of congressmen?


• Very coincidentally, the three senators charged with pork-barrel graft in 2013 were the then leading lights of the opposition, two of whom—Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla—were considered to have the potential of running for the presidency or vice presidency in 2016. I am certainly not a big fan of these two former actors, but still, why just them and not other senators and congressmen?


The pork-barrel scam exposé was in the mold of a Yellow plot, as its removal of Chief Justice Renato Corona was: Under the guise of undertaking a noble cause, upholding the matuwid na daan, the Aquino regime with the help of media, was pursuing its own selfish agenda.


In Corona’s case, it was for the Aquino clan to get P5 billion for putting under agrarian reform its Hacienda Luisita and to control the judiciary. In the pork barrel scam, it was to weaken the opposition that it won’t have any chance in the 2016 elections, so that another Yellow president would take over.


Justice Secretary Aguirre is certainly, obviously right: It’s not Napoles who is the most guilty in the pork barrel scam. Stalwarts of the Yellow Cult are, and Duterte, I am confident, will finally expose the perpetrators of this grand theft of our tax money."




SourceManila Times


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1 comment:

  1. sa tingin ko lang ha,hindi nmn ggawin ni napoles yan kung walang nagddekta sa kanya?Ang tanong jan kung cno???alangan nmn c duterte???hahaha

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