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The Internet: Keeping Philippine Politicians Honest

n January 20, 2014 Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., delivered his long-awaited privilege speech to refute the charges and allegations leveled against him regarding the misuseSenator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Unfortunately, the senator’s speech was light on facts refuting the charges, and heavy on counter-accusations and theatrics. Revilla’s speech was a throwback to the pre-social media days when politicos easily got away with half-truths and high drama.

People were all a bit more gullible and less jaded back then. Today, netizen comments on Facebook, Twitter, and online blogs cut through the rubbish and refocus people’s attention on the core issues. In Revilla’s case, it was his alleged signing over millions from his PDAF account into Janet Lim Napoles’ string of questionable or non-existent organizations. Like Senator Jinggoy Estrada before him, Revilla’s speech failed to convincingly counter the allegations against him, and instead relied on bombshell accusations in a futile attempt to ‘turn the tables’ on his accusers.

And, like Estrada, Revilla seems to have damaged his chances for a run at the presidency in 2016. In his speech, Revilla came across as accusatory, petty, vindictive and at times overly dramatic.

Still under wraps. A peek at a house in Ayala, Alabang purportedly being built for Senator Bong RevillaSadly all the chest-thumping that both senators resorted to when faced with accusations of malfeasance, ring hollow when framed against the backdrop of the luxury mansions both are constructing worth hundreds of millions of pesos each. Given the pervasiveness of corruption in the Philippines today, people will find it hard to believe that every centavo used in the construction of those mansions is on the up-and-up. In addition, such ostentation in a country where the vast majority live on less than a dollar a day is simply unconscionable to most people.

Filipinos can still give both these senators the benefit of the doubt. But they need to hear something more than just blanket denials and counter-accusations. With the blogosphere now all wound up and ready to spring into action, these politicians need to choose their next moves very carefully. Published 01/22/2014

Selected Comments

Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: SOMEWHERE
IP Address: 108.183.75.178

Comments

Revilla's advisers, foremost of them Ramon Sr., the baby manufacturer must have advised him not to worry about the educated, discerning Filipino. "Wag mo ng pansinin yon. Konti lang yon," he might have been told. And so he played to his ever loyal constituency - the squatter crowd. Remind them you are "Ang Panday" (which incidentally he ripped off from the late FPJ, the original Panday). And the public was treated to the spectacle of Nardong Putik weeping fictitiously and Ang Panday bellowing to the Bakya Crowd his "ina-api" role. Based on radio talk Revilla got the Bakya sympathy. Why? Because this squatter electorate are ignorant. It's as simple as that.


Name: JVV123
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 47.54.138.130

Comments

Here's a true picture of the country. Billions of public funds were diverted for private use, and the Bureau of Customs or some other agencies were ran for personal pecuniary interest, the presence of the NPAs, and other militancy created tension and undermined an idyllic peace and order situation in the regions. Add to this picture the presence of illegal drugs sexual exploitation of children, and other ongoing evil acts and you see a country on the pricipice of destruction and yet is still ambivalent as to what action to take.


Name: DOMINADOR AGUSTIN
City/State/Country: PHILIPPINES
IP Address: 125.60.156.150

Comments

Ang mga botanteng Filipino ang dapat sisihin sa pagkakaroon natin ng mga pulitikong gaya ni Revilla, Estrada et. al.. Kung hindi magbabago ang mentalidad ng buong populasyon, from religion to politics to all aspects of life, wala talagang maaasahang pagbabago sa Pilipinas. Pagtuunan dapat ang edukasyon, kung may free quality education, may quality populace, walang bobo na boboto ng mga artista, hindi nabobola ang taong malalim ang kaalaman at pag-iisip. Gustong gusto ng mga pulitiko na maraming mahirap, marami silang nabobola, this is reality dito sa Pilipinas. Solution lang talaga is quality free education to all citizens.


Name: GFJ
City/State/Country: California
IP Address: 67.188.19.40

Comments

Most of these lawmakers, senators like former archaic style movie actor of a by gone era, senator Ramon Revilla, think he can defuse the plunder charge by shifting from himself et al, the spotlight, and focusing it on PNoy and the administration's inadequacy, to no avail. Netizens are no longer grounded. Netizens are constantly networking, resourcing, fact finding, at rapid scale, these lawmakers are only playing catch-up.


Name: JRH
City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada
IP Address: 70.83.179.172

Comments

Moro-Moro & Zarzuela politics dominate the floor of the senate. A few months ago, we witnessed how two aging senior senators hurled mud & crap at each other with gusto, no-holds-bar accusations & complete & utter contempt to each other, accusing each other of misdeeds and dishonorable behaviors. Now, a new player emerged, the Honorable Senator Bong 'the actor' Revilla who wants the 'best actor' award in his dismal performance in this drama...complete with toy-trucks loaded with papers aided by TV- Audio feeds for emphasis. In short, it was a short docu-drama to win friends & influence Filipinos to his side of the issues but the argument was weak & full of holes. It was entertaining though.


Name: George G
City/State/Country: Los Angeles
IP Address: 99.59.234.98

Comments

Bong Revilla is really a damned actor. There is nothing in his speech to change what the Pilipno people think about. He did not prove anything. He is guilty as hell. There should be a law that will put to DEATH those guilty of plunder -- mga magnanakaw.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 98.112.130.24

Comments

Re: Enrile (JPE) Jinggoy Estrada & Ramon" Bong" Revilla JR. What have these 3 senators in common..They would be facing plunder & Anti-graft Charges in connection with their pork barrel..The problem with Bong Revilla is like Jinggoy he is an actor. However, if they are convicted they are facing jail terms.. JPE is fine because judging the length of trials in the Sandiganbayan by the time the case is filed JPE might already be gone (tepok) He is now 89 years old..The 2 young senators both have under construction gargantuan mansions.. the money did not come from acting but from Pork Barrel. Is that libelous? That's okey, I'm just repeating what I read in the dailies.


Name: Ding
City/State/Country: Illinois,USA
IP Address: 76.23.68.192

Comments

Bong Revilla made use of his speech in the senate to cover up his involvement in the Napolese scam. For sure the truck load of documents from the witnesses can not vindicate his corrupt practices. No way a smart Filipino will believe him. He is just using his acting skills in the belief that many Filipinos are gullible because he is an "artista".


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: SOMEWHERE
IP Address: 108.183.75.178

Comments

Revilla delivered his Teleserye speech like a movie script. Konting lungkot dito, konting iyak doon by his sex maniac father and the squatter crowd is convinced. This guy sees the PHL as a big Squatter country. And just to complete the fantasy, his entire greedy family showed up to give him (Im)moral support. There's a news report that said 55% of Filipinos are still hungry. Well, I'm surprised they have not yet starved to death, considering the people they elected to office. What did they expect? The money meant to suppress their hunger had already been stolen by the very people they elected.


Name: dusty
City/State/Country: dasmarinas cavite
IP Address: 49.145.204.157

Comments

It was just the same as Renato Corona, he never gave a single piece of evidence in his defense, they think everyone is stupid, but they are corrupt & I for one am glad they are slowly getting caught out.


Name: JVV123
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 142.134.140.77

Comments

The Filipinos don't need another EDSA uprising. The graft and corruption drive by Pres. Aquino has barely scratched the surface and he is just midway in his term. It's impractical and unwise to change horses midstream. So the country should give its full support with the him but demand for accelerating its prosecution of the corrupt politicians and demand for a concrete example of a guilty one in jail, illegal wealth confiscated and the key thrown away. If done, the country will be breathing a different air and singing, Alleluia!


Name: George G
City/State/Country: Los Angeles
IP Address: 99.59.234.98

Comments

Bong Revilla is a con artist. He is now suing everybody. His hands were caught in a cookie jar. But he is a very good actor indeed. Inutil pa rin. GAGO KANG MAGNANAKAW.


Name: JRH
City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada
IP Address: 70.83.179.172

Comments

This is a Phil legacy of never-ending political battles of division & discord or the politics of endlessly blaming each other with charges & counter-charges galore. Perhaps, it's time that our elected officials should take a pause & examine what's really happening. Courtesy & self-respect seems missing in today's political encounters. Honesty must prevail, not constant denials, lies, & deceptions. Note; the wow-factor in Sen Revilla's speech of 'Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus' or what a pathological liar says every time he opens his mouth. It's more like 'Et tu Bruti' or his character is being assassinated by charges of plunder. Time to go to court.


Name: PICK THAT UP
City/State/Country: PHILIPPINES
IP Address: 122.52.231.85

Comments

He should have exposed this meeting with Pinoy right after or during the Impeachment Trial, but then he chose to exposed it now, when he was included in the PORK BARREL SCAM! BE HONEST?! HE SHOULD HAVE DONE IT BEFORE!


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: SOMEWHERE
IP Address: 108.183.75.178

Comments

Bong Revilla filed plunder charges against the whistleblowers led by Benhur Luy. The nerve of this guy! Again in full view of the nation he is displaying his callousness and bad intentions. He now wants to use legal technicalities to delay his prosecution, at the very least. He will use this plunder charge of his as a "Prejudicial Question" to delay any progress in his prosecution. Now the "weder weder lang yan" expression can be replaced by "talagang walang hiyaan lang yan" retort.


Name: George G
City/State/Country: Los Angeles
IP Address: 99.59.234.98

Comments

Bong Revilla should back up his accusation of Aquino's sister and the brother -in-law otherwise he is in serious trouble. The Aquinos should sue this big-time senator to shut him up and go back to his acting career.


Name: JVV123
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 142.134.140.77

Comments

Without any big corrupt politician in jail, the cynicism of the Filipinos will persist and the corrupt practices with their related problems will remain. The country will continue to hang on as a third world nation but sadly, beset by destructive circumstances commonly found in a developed or developing world.


Name: Manuel C. Diaz
City/State/Country: Montclair CA USA
IP Address: 76.90.62.96

Comments

"Keeping Philippine Politicians honest" is, as the saying goes an oxymoronic statement.


Name: Marie
City/State/Country: Batangas
IP Address: 94.245.225.182

Comments

Noon pwede pa style ni Bong Revilla na bumanat ng bumanat ng pagatake sa kalaban kasi hindi pa uso ang katotohanan. Ngayon, uso na at wala ng takot na ibulgar at kasuhan ang mga magnanakaw at sinungaling. Sya ay nasa senado at wala sya sa entablado na nangangampanya para kalabanin ang presidente. Hindi naman si Pnoy ang dahilan kung bakit lumabas ang kaso. Ay naku Bong, pinasisikat mo lalo ang kaso mo at malamang ang mga hidden mong yaman lalong lalabas at baka di ka pa nagbayad sa BIR ..tapos ka na naman. Malakas loob mo sa ngayon kasi si Janet ay may amnesia at parang naloloka, walang ibang sagot kundi "hindi ko alam". Pero, pagwala kang naibigay dyan lagot ka.


Name: Jorge Villanueva
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 142.134.140.81

Comments

I hope the internet can make the politicians honest, but I seriously doubt it. If they face the nation on the so called privileged speech and without batting eyelash deny that they are involved with the pork barrel fund (when the majority of the countrymen fully believed they are), then it's hard to be convinced that the internet can make a difference in their character.


Name: Piolo
City/State/Country: sta Clarita, Ca
IP Address: 76.169.81.29

Comments

Bong Revilla's drama bringing along his paralyzed father is an attempt to replicate GMA's drama of always wearing a neck brace for pa-awa effect. Is this how we are supposed to judge these liars? Instead na magmaka-awa at humingi ng paumanhin ay nagpapa-awa, tayo pa tuloy ang may cargo de conciencia. With GMA: bishops are lining up to visit Gloria. Tama lang dahil tumanggap sila ng mga Montero from her.


Name: JRH
City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada
IP Address: 70.83.179.172

Comments

'Senador ang porma, artista ang dating'. Nowadays, Pinoys browse in the internet for the latest & current events in the Phils. Most of the news items are followed by numerous comments from Filipino netizens. When you read most of the comments & posts, most or majority are not favorable in Sen. Revilla's speech. The impressions are he wasn't able to convince our people that he's actually innocent of the charges against him. To implicate the president about the Corona case was like beating a dead horse. The question now is..'is he really being honest?' Most Filipinos doubt it. Let's wait until this case go to court. The whole truth will be revealed by then.


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: SOMEWHERE
IP Address: 108.183.75.178

Comments

PNL wrote that because of the accusations against them Estrada's and Revilla's chance for 2016 seems to have been damaged. To me this is nothing but a minor setback. Reasons: Filipinos have a notoriously short memory. And then again they can always buy the votes. Even if convicted a friendly President, like Binay could be elected. Or if not Binay, Erap. And it's as if they themselves have been elected. Do not underestimate the stupidity of the D & E Classes. Unless and until these class of voters are disenfranchised the country will not find peace.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 98.112.130.24

Comments

Re: Politicians in the limelight due to abuse of spending people's money.. Janet Napoles became notorious when she was exposed by the COA.. The problem is that she has been doing the same modus operandi for a long period of time.. Except for that big rally in the Quirino grandstand in Sept of 2013, it seems that the voting population does not have enough outrage..One Senator former actor Bong Revilla is even counter suing the whistle blowers who have turned state witnesses. Sen. Revilla the people are fed up with your antics. You would be better off if you resign now.


Name: Reynaldo DeGuzman
City/State/Country: Houston, Texas, U.S.
IP Address: 98.196.129.181

Comments

He should explain why he said that he doesn't know Janet Napoles. . . .it's unbelievable that security guard will not take a look at the car passenger . . .what if there's a gun pointed to the driver. . . .the speech was long but well delivered. Bong is a good public speaker, that's something he learned being an actor.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 98.112.130.24

Comments

RE: Sen. Bong Revilla (through lawyers) file a motion with Ombudsman to suspend the Prelim Investigation citing he civil case he filed in the RTC of Cavite to declare the documents in the Ombudsman case Null & Void..Would the Ombudsman suspend its Case against him? Absolutely not.. If the Ombudsman suspends the case then a warrant for his arrest won't be issued. That civil case is absolutely without merit. It is plain & simple dilatory tactic. If you don't want to be arrested please disappear now ala Lacson.


Name: mockingmaya
City/State/Country: taft avenue, manila
IP Address: 67.182.75.243

Comments

The cold-blooded (or spiritless, vicious, shrewd, etc.) privilege speeches of Senator Revilla Jr. Senator Estrada would underscore the nightmare revelation of systemic corruption under President Aquino's slogan: "Ang Tuwid Na Daan." What kind of public servants who are far removed from ethical-moral standard of public service? I do believe that the entire dialectic of political corruption begins with accumulations of ill-gotten wealth of every Filipino politician to perpetuate his lust for power. Is there a severe punishment for theft? And any civilized society will not encourage & legitimize misused of public wealth. The politicians who exploited their positions to enrich members of their families MUST be INCARCERATED.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 98.112.130.24

Comments

Re: Sen. Bong Revilla -according to him the fact that the Pnoy "meddled" in the Impeachment trial of the ex CJ Corona is an impeachable offense.. Senator Bong you seem to be smoking something as you can't grasp reality.. You are in deep trouble as the Ombudsman is about to issue an arrest warrant for your participation in getting kickbacks out of your Pork barrel. The Pnoy would still be President because he is not a thief. Your RTC case pending in Cavite won't help you at all. You see senator Bong when you are detained your lawyers will still go back to their law offices.


Name: JRH
City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada
IP Address: 70.83.179.172

Comments

Sen. Revilla's dramatic performance in his privilege speech was an example of the wrong kind of leadership when our elected officials deny that they did not misuse public funds via DAP, PDAF, etc. Most politicians (trapos included) seek reelections cuz they're aware that a lot of perks go with the job. Pork barrels are big perks that could easily be abused or misused as in the case of the 3 senators. Most of the time, finances or major funding for our people are routinely diverted elsewhere & often times go to their pockets. Our gov't must reverse this inequality in this poor system that victimizes the poor & the needy. These porky politicians should stop stealing the money of our people. So mote it be.


Name: ADG
City/State/Country: Seoul
IP Address: 210.222.22.133

Comments

Bong Revilla and his likes should go to jail for sins against the poor Filipino people. He was caught his hand on the cookie jar which is enough for him to be punished to the fullest. That should serve as lesson for our government officials not to steel but instead be part of the stream of good folks for the building of the future of this country.


Name: 1 UP
City/State/Country: GOTHAM CITY
IP Address: 72.229.243.105

Comments

Many elected officials and private citizens escape scrutiny from the BIR. What the country had lost in corruption and waste were never offset by increases in tax revenues. We would have done a lot of infrastructure projects for the 21st century, expanded health care to many, improved our educational system, provided more jobs and economic opportunities, upgraded our military capabilities etc. We could have built more prison houses to accommodate erring public officials. WE SQUANDERED TIME AND MONEY!


Name: banong
City/State/Country: ncr
IP Address: 120.28.127.8

Comments

Filipino politicians---- honest.... wow di ako maka-relate.


Name: Entenginamo
City/State/Country: sydney
IP Address: 123.243.63.244

Comments

Kahit ano pa ang kaso ni pogi, walang mangyayari dahil sa lakas ng anting-anting niya. Kamag-anak siya ni Nardong Putik di ba?


Name: mockingmaya
City/State/Country: taft avenue, manila
IP Address: 67.182.75.243

Comments

It may be a fact that most Filipino politicians who continue to use their positions to enrich themselves & aggrandize the ill-gotten wealth of different political dynasties are the creations of a herd of ignorant & fanatic Filipino voters. There is a self-evident axiom that the State should require or compel every Filipino child or citizen a good education. The primordial problem is that Filipino politicians continue to steal & hijack the bright future of Filipino children to perpetuate a corrupt form of political power: stealing public fund will create an educational crisis or dilemma.


Name: JRH
City/State/Country: Montreal, Canada
IP Address: 70.83.179.172

Comments

Had Sen. Revilla presented pure facts & exact figures in his speech, he could have made a convincing presentation. Instead, he played the victim just to get symphaty from Filipinos. In any argument or debate, the side that present strengths in its presentation & truth will win. On the other side, a fake presentation is weak & will surely not win the case. Sen. Revilla took a risk but in the end lost the argument. In short, dishonesty doesn't pay. The next step now is what our govt will do, sometimes it's called 'due process' that will last for a long time.


Name: CedricmMontanes
City/State/Country: Puerto Princesa
IP Address: 49.144.212.219

Comments

All the comments here cannot be wrong. They see the Politicians as a bunch of thieves. They deserve to be arrested and jailed instead of prolonging there stay in office. Listening to them is wasted effort and of no benefit to all Filipinos. Lies and denials is all they can do like most people of ill repute which they are in truth. How long are we going to ignore the actions done by some Senators ? Hang them if necessary.


Name: Herman Liloan
City/State/Country: BatanesTry not to br
IP Address: 49.144.212.219

Comments

Try not to break your head thinking of how to expect any changes in our government. While there are Politicians , there can be no good government. It is an undeniable fact that the Politician is in there to make money for himself. Actually it is not the Politician that is at fault. Most if not all who work for our government knows that easy money can be obtained from many sources. They know it. But the greedy rich officials want to stay there permanently to be able to steal more of it in time, and they know it too. This is the secret on why many want to be a politician, but nobody says anything against it, especially the dynasties, the Senate and Congress. Don't we all my fellow Filipinos?


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: SOMEWHERE
IP Address: 108.183.75.178

Comments

No amount of condemnation by anyone, media, civic/church groups, netizens, etc., will even make a dent on these Thieves. In their mindset they were just recovering what they've spent buying votes in the last election. And they must prepare for the coming elections. So it is crucial that Charges be filed soonest and then these scammers be jailed (because Plunder is non-bailable). Jail is the operative word. For as long as they are in jail they can file all kinds of dilatory papers or go into all sorts of antics. Their incarceration will serve as encouragement to the good Filipinos. And once they are in jail not even the visits of the Archbishops could help them.


Name: expat
City/State/Country: Belgium
IP Address: 91.182.216.110

Comments

Shame on you..wala na bang pwedeng gawin ang mga politicians kundi mangurakot?..ang kapal ng mukha to run as president..bakit kulang pa ba yong nakukurakot as senator or as governor?


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 98.112.130.24

Comments

Re: The Pork Barrel Scam.. By the title itself as written by news people, this discovery by the COA should have resulted it at least some of these congressmen and senators resigning from their government jobs. But has there been anyone who has resigned? Our public servants seem to lack shame. Imagine one congressman from Quezon City, he did not have any participation in this Napoles scam. The reason is he controls his own NGO. Named after his father, Foundation Inc. The Foundation is being run by his wife and his children. According to the COA about 99 million of the pork barrel went to the foundation. There are no documents to prove that the money was spent in some kind of a project


Name: George Cuneta
City/State/Country: Pasig
IP Address: 49.144.212.219

Comments

What does it take to rouse the people to stop being the so called "resilient people" who encourages hate in the mind of most individuals. We are acting like a bunch of slaves, looking helpless and pitiful being pushed into a den of lions to be eaten alive. What does it take to show our rage and anger towards the state of our Government ? Are we all in the category "OF MICE AND MEN" Are we the proverbial MICE?


Name: George G
City/State/Country: Los Angeles
IP Address: 99.59.234.98

Comments

Mr. Bong Revilla, please explain how you spent the pork barrel funds. We all know in a corruption case the principal is never present. It is your assistant the details, that is why the signature is forged. We are not dumb Mr. Senator (actor). You are a poor actor. Damn you.


Name: John Paul
City/State/Country: U.S.A
IP Address: 108.84.156.16

Comments

I was thinking of retiring in the Philippines at mag-invest pero hindi na siguro at hindi ko masisikmura ang mga garapal na moral values ng mga politician na kagaya nitong si Bong. Sasabihin pa niyang tamaan ng kidlat, mababalitaan na lang natin one of these days. I hope na bago matapos ang term ni Pres. Noynoy na makulong itong mga trapo na nagpapahirap sa ating bayan. I feel sorry sa mga mahihirap, kawawa naman sila....


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: SOMEWHERE
IP Address: 108.183.75.178

Comments

Ombudsman Conchita Morales said that in 2013 alone 969 cases were filed against accused government Thieves. This is up 145% from previous years. My, in any language that's impressive. Which is why it is very, very important that whoever succeeds Aquino must be someone that would pursue all these cases to their conclusion. Given the nature of PHL trial procedures it is doubtful that they could be resolved during Aquino's term. It would be great if Gloria Arroyo and the Pork Barrel Thieves receive a sentence before Aquino steps down and the Bishops can visit them in a real jail. But we know that's not going to happen.


Name: american pinoy
City/State/Country: loma linda, ca 92354
IP Address: 76.94.170.218

Comments

It's been a while when will these bunch of crooks be arrested. Pls. Pnoy send Ping to do the job. The supreme court is crooked also. ampatuans, binay's estrada, enrile, revilla, marcoses etc. etc. etc. I check the news everyday if this arrests be happen but I'm tired of waiting.


Name: mockingmaya
City/State/Country: taft avenue, manila
IP Address: 67.182.75.243

Comments

I do agree with the PNL editor (101 %) that in a contemporary world, we are increasingly linked with each other through technology, language, politics, commerce, media, & so on. In fact, we also shared common concerns about corruption, justice or injustice, terrorism or violence, & human rights violation that threaten our world. Moreover, even our shared thoughts, experiences, frustrations, & helplessness about the institutionalized corrupt practices of Filipino public servants can also unite or divide us.


Name: Sam Juan
City/State/Country: Pinas
IP Address: 125.212.121.50

Comments

Bong Revilla (referring to DILG chief Mar Roxas): Si Boy Pick-Up sinundo ako at dinala sa Bahay Pangarap Jinggoy Estrada (Referring to DILG chief Mar Roxas): Si Boy Daldal dakdak ng dakdak sa lamesa nung nag almusal kami. Mar Roxas (referring to both Bong and Jinggoy) : OO si Boy Palusot Kawatan at si Boy Magnanakaw sinundo ko at dinala sa Bahay Pangarap.


Name: Vik
City/State/Country: TARLAC CITY
IP Address: 110.54.141.84

Comments

There are are two undisputable facts of this article: !. Sen Bong Revilla diverted his pork barrel to his preferred social associate/biznez collaborator JLN. 2. Boy Sisi Aquino used DAP Funds to bribe Sens and Congs to convict SC Corona. The rest of the article is a symptomatic of a rotten Philippine system, the only Christian nation in Asia, hypocrites as well.


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: SOMEWHERE
IP Address: 108.183.75.178

Comments

The Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales Scores again!…by dismissing Bong Revilla's motion to suspend the preliminary investigation of his Theft. What's more The Ombudsman told him that anymore motions will not be tolerated as the case is "imbued with public interest". Thereafter Revilla's plunder charges against the whistleblowers were also dismissed thereby depriving Revilla of using it to delay the prosecution of his case. This is just me, but how I wish all govt. officials are as honest and dedicated as Conchita Carpio-Morales.


Name: Puff D' Magic Dragon
City/State/Country: the Land of Cee
IP Address: 70.54.43.211

Comments

The Internet may indeed keep people (not only politicians) "honest" because it is easier and faster to disseminate "news" (either good or bad) about the activities of people (e.g. Politicians.) It is also difficult to suppress "stories and other news item" (either true or false) from being posted in the cyber world! Too bad for the likes of Revilla et al--the cyber world makes a life of secrecy, suppression of truth and distortion of facts a tad more difficult to do!


Name: Jorge Villanueva
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 142.134.108.188

Comments

The belief that a public official has to be above suspicion of any wrong doing or illegitimate acts to continue serving the public is a paramount and sacred bond in progressive societies.. It's not an unheard of situation for an official to resign or step down from a mere hint of a serious scandal. The Philippine society certainly does not belong to that league yet for its pork barrel scandal has not alienated or dissuaded the suspected senators from cavorting or seemingly enjoying their privileged status despite the allegation. If they have teeth in their administrative procedure then they should have been suspended or the public should have done more by demanding congress to strengthen its rules.


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: SOMEWHERE
IP Address: 108.183.75.178

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The latest News is that Ramon Revilla, Sr. (the Production Manager of the baby Factory), is also being implicated in the Pork Barrel Scam. His involvement was revealed in his 2004 Pork Barrel endorsement. The same old Napoles connection and style of stealing were used. Isn't it only appropriate that these people be called Crime Syndicate, instead of Dynasty? To those ignorant masses who repeatedly elected these people and their entire family to positions where that could raid, rob and loot the money meant for them, all I can say is BUTI NGA SA INYO! At pa di pa kayo natuto talagang kayo ang sakit ng bayan. You do not deserve any sympathy.


Name: Berdugo
City/State/Country: Slaughter Creek , TX
IP Address: 198.228.200.176

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It is a fallacy to say that the internet could make politicians honest. Honesty is about telling the truth. If I withhold the truth I am still lying. When reporters or journalists become vigilant they are quick to expose the shenanigans of these " smart" politicians. The internet simply assist facilitate the spread the nefarious acts of these public officials. Our smartphones become a useful device.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 98.112.130.24

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Re: Sen. Bong Revilla's Motion for the Ombudsman to stop his Prelim Investigation because of the RTC pending case filed by Revilla in Cavite was denied by the Ombudsman. As I wrote in an earlier blog the Civil case of Revilla didn't help him at all ..His lawyers of course will now appeal the dismissal of his Motion.. So Revilla would again be charged by his lawyers attorneys fees for the appeal to a higher court maybe the CA?.. In the meantime as I wrote earlier it might be time for Revilla to resort to a disappearing act as what another senator did when he was subject to a warrant of Arrest. Abangan


Name: 1 UP
City/State/Country: GOTHAM CITY
IP Address: 72.229.243.105

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Generally, people in the Philippines are not interested in listening to senators or to their representatives. Congress is an empty hall. Congress people are mere furniture to make it appear that some people stay in Congress (but hardly work) and that the place is "furnished." I would not be surprised if someday Congress becomes a haunted house.


Name: mockingmaya
City/State/Country: taft avenue, manila
IP Address: 67.182.75.243

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I think every Filipino corrupt public servant must remember that the late corrupt General A. Reyes's (Ateneo University alumnus) hypocritical code of honor: "Life without honor is a tragedy" is a sham. I do believe that a man with a sense of honor is also an honest man worthy of respect. He is not tempted to steal or lie or cheat because to do so is wrong. In fact, "a virtuous man or moral excellence" is better than an honorable man, for example, the richest & noblest upper classes can behave like a beast. In short, the late General Reyes could have a sense of honor without virtue. It is no different from every corrupt Filipino politician's title: Honorable Senator Revilla Jr., Honorable Senator Enrile, etc.


Name: armor onerom
City/State/Country: vancouver, canada
IP Address: 24.84.73.44

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Mr. Bong Revilla like his father are both crook politicians. While many people in our country are poor this politicians make their riches by stealing supposed to be for the Filipino people. Mr. Revilla where will you spend Eternity? Seek God now repent your wrongdoing and help the Pilipino poor people..


Name: Marie
City/State/Country: Batangas
IP Address: 94.245.232.2

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Sinong maniniwala sayo Bong Revilla na hindi kayong mag-ama nangurakot? Siguro yong mga hindi pa pinanganganak ang pwede nyong lokohin. Ngayon ninyo ilabas ang inyong anting-anting.. kung kaya mong mapaniwala ang taongbayan at gawing mga tuod para ligtas ka. Alam na ng taongbayan kung sino sino ang mga switik sa pera. Sa susunod na eleksyon alam na ang dapat iboto at mawawala na kayong lahat ng gahaman. Matitira ang nasa tuwid na daan. Ituloy na ang laban sa mga kurakot. Iboto natin ang kasalukuyan para maipagpatuloy ang laban. Magpatuloy pa rin tayo sa pagdarasal para makulong na ang dapat sa kulungan. Sa kasalukuyan, Unti unti na nating nadarama ang tulong ng Dios.


Name: mockingmaya
City/State/Country: taft avenue, manila
IP Address: 67.182.75.243

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The privilege speeches of Senator Revilla & Senator Estrada are a shocking revelation that the Filipino voters are not interested in voting for upright or dignified or honest men. The institutionalization of a dog-eat-dog politics through PDAF or pork barrel scam is a brutal proof of Philippines dearth of decent or dignified public servants. This is a nightmare of the class of Filipino leaders who are not concerned with discovery & pursuit of truth, justice, transparency, accountability, moral excellence, & other virtues indispensable to democratic political leadership.


Name: 1 UP
City/State/Country: GOTHAM CITY
IP Address: 72.229.243.105

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JRH commented: "Had Sen. Revilla presented pure facts & exact figures in his speech, he could have made a convincing presentation. Instead, he played the victim just to get sympathy from Filipinos." Had he did that he would have shot his foot with a gun. All that government has to do is to show to the people that there was a spike in his bank deposits after receiving the PDAF commission from Janet. BIR must do a TAX audit on Estrada, Enrile, and others involved with the PDAF scam pronto (including Janet’s).


Name: mockingmaya
City/State/Country: taft avenue, manila
IP Address: 67.182.75.243

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Senator Revilla's self-inflicted privilege rhetorical barbarism is a symptom of an underlying deeper cause of social pathology: corruption, poverty, illiteracy, mass blind political loyalty or fanatical political dynasty, & so forth. This is the weapon of choice for Filipinos who don't have the moral courage to put political charlatans behind bars. The defenders of the status quo are aware that their ill-gotten wealth can preserve corrupt political regime & finance terrorism in Mindanao.


Name: 1 UP
City/State/Country: GOTHAM CITY
IP Address: 72.229.243.105

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The internet does not make politicians honest. It only makes them aware that some actions of theirs could be exposed and broadcast (go viral). Lying is related to honesty and honesty is identical to integrity. But the definition of truth is misleading because we know that there is such a thing as full truth and half truth; there are times when we have to withhold the truth. A classic example of that is not telling a relative that his life is coming to an end in 45 days because of cancer (stage IV). This is brings us to the very familiar phrase “mental dishonesty.” Are you listening [someone]?


Name: TJS
City/State/Country: Philippines
IP Address: 124.6.181.52

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Well, basically its the poor uneducated people who decides the future of our country cuz they are the ones who keep on voting to those imbecile politicians.


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 67.244.141.97

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In the news: "Return Pork, 4 Solons Told". According to the news report, the Commission On Audit (COA) sent notices to Enrile, Estrada, Revilla & Honasan to "return" the pork "surrendered" to NGOs. I believe the COA can not take a "short cut" and "amicably" ask the 4 to return the pork. And what? Everything is forgiven? Assuming they did turned over the DAFP to Napoles' NGO, it will be assumed they believed it was "legit". If the finding of the COA was the contrary (of which COA said), then charged them with misappropriation and if convicted sentence them to jail plus restitution of the money to the govt.


Name: 1 UP
City/State/Country: GOTHAM CITY
IP Address: 72.229.243.105

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Says [someone]: " I do agree with the PNL editor (101 %) that in a contemporary world, we are increasingly linked with each other through technology, language, politics, commerce,..) " But that is essentially the upside of GLOBALIZATION. Are you the last person to know about that?


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