mostly, people thought that jinggoy would defend himself and deny the kickbacks/commissions and allegations of plunder in his promised pasabog privilege speech yesterday. but of course he didn’t — whatever his defense, he would be saving that for the ombudsman.
instead, he proceeded to blast COA, media, and other senators, bemoaning the “selective justice” that singled him out, along with enrile and revilla. “We have been vilified in the media. Even some of our colleagues here in the Senate have already passed judgment on us.”
bakit sila lang, he whines. well, some one(s) had to come first, yes? it was just their bad luck / karma that their offices had many many dealings with napoles and her ghost NGOs, and that benhur luy kept records and found the courage to blow the whistle on her. damay damay na. besides, if we waited until every senator and representative (kahit over the last decade lang) who have received kickbacks/commissions for PDAF projects were pinpointed by the DOJ and COA, mamumuti ang mga mata natin kahihintay. meanwhile, business as usual.
this is to say that, except for the newbies, all the senators now investigating the napoles scam in aid of legislation, and all congressmen including reps neptali gonzales, neil tupaz, and mrs butch abad, and all former senators (except joker arroyo and ping lacson) and congressmen for that matter, in and out of government (yes, shawie, including kiko), are themselves under public suspicion of receiving kickbacks/commissions over the last decade. and that we expect the DOJ and COA to be as assiduous about investigating each and every one as expeditiously as possible. because, really, there is no justifying kickbacks, whether 10 percent or 50 percent, whether the NGOs concerned are legit or not, because it’s stealing, plain and simple.
but in fairness, explosive na rin the allegation that senators who voted to convict corona received an additional 50M in PDAF, which means an additional 25M in kickbacks for each recipient? senate prez drilon and dbm chief abad deny any kind of bribery at any time, while ping lacson, who didn’t get any because he always said no to pork barrel, confirms it as “incentive.”
hmm. is it too early to say, tapos na ang maliligayang araw nila?