of Bribes and Scandals
The bribes and payoffs
should have been allotted for social services but GMA defines governance
not as meeting the peoples' urgent needs, but in surmounting her
questionable credibility, escaping new and upcoming scandals and
staying in Malacanang at all cost.
It is utterly condemnable for this shaky administration
to spend at least P120M in cash to get the support of congressmen,
governors and mayors who went to Malacanang last week. The bribe
was intended for the congressmen to support the fake impeachment
complaint filed by Atty. Ruel Pulido. Others said that it's for
the barangay elections, barangay projects and personal allowances.
The reasons in getting the bribe money differ based on the interpretations
of government officials. However, the truth remains that this government
have used the people's money and should be held liable for bribery
and malversation of public funds.
Equally condemnable are the hungry politicians who
got their share and even defended their act, implying that it is
but normal to receive cash gifts from Malacanang. These politicians
have only confirmed the fact that graft and corruption thrives in
the country amid grinding poverty. People must prosecute government
officials who received these 'cash gifts' and demand the return
of the money to the proper government agencies.
On a brighter note, it is fortunate that the Filipino
people have Anakpawis Representative Crispin 'Ka Bel' Beltran who
did not receive the P2 Million bribe. He even exposed the bribery
attempt through a privilege speech. True enough, the people's progressive
partylists such as Anakpawis, Bayan Muna and Gabriela are standing
for the politics of change and resisting bribes is part of it.
Amid this new scandal, we call on the Filipino people
to demand for a thorough investigation of this blatant corruption.
We should condemn this bribery alongside with other scandals involving
the highest official in the land like the National Broadband Network
deal. We reiterate our call for the immediate ouster of a corrupt
regime that is exhausting all means possible including bribery,
fascism and severe puppetry to perpetuate itself in power. #
October 16, 2007