By: Elena Grace Flores
Reading pork barrel articles and interviewing politicians about the pork barrel scam, it is very obvious that the public have different perception about it’s nature than the people in the public service. While many Filipino citizens are disgusted about the plight of popular senators, the senators themselves knew that this is just a political move to prevent them from running for higher office or vice versa.
Clearly, the pork barrel is not about the senators stealing money – because if you study the distribution channel, they actually do not have access to these loads of cash. These are mere figures that the executive office can play with to gain power by influencing senators to where they want the government to advance to. In short, the pork barrel is the executive office’s tool for getting support from the Senate to realize their intentions for the Philippines.
The pork barrel scam is about crediting and discrediting those who are vulnerable at their slightest unpopular or popular move. Here are collections of articles if you want to analyze this case yourself: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/napoles-pork-barrel-scam
It is unfair to judge our senators because of their alleged involvement with the pork barrel scam. They are just being manipulated by the highest office. They can only deny the accusations and accept that this is the price that they have to pay for being senators! Remember, it’s not the money. It’s trial by publicity and the verdict is their success or failure in the upcoming election.
By: Elena Grace Flores
I heard over the radio that the most awaited interrogation of Janet Lim Napoles, a Filipino businesswoman who allegedly masterminded the 100 billion pork barrel scam happened just recently – and the outspoken Senator, Miriam Defensor Santiago, has done her best to squeeze Napoles out for some juices but she continually invoked her right to self incrimination by keeping mum about the allegations. Should she confess? Read this blog:
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has recently suggested that Janet Lim-Napoles should start confessing truthfully everything she knows about the controversial P10-billion pork barrel fund scam, in view of the supposed threat on her life due to her knowledge on the alleged involvement of powerful people. http://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/a-call-for-napoles-to-start-her-confession/
Now I understand why she went to the trial without a lawyer. This is some sort of strategy to delay or even avoid the process. Nevertheless, she can’t still sleep at night and her fluctuating heart beat and blood pressure continue. Is this not enough torture? Maybe not for splurging the money owned by the impoverished Filipino tax payers – but what can we expect to come out from this? Any views?