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How could they not have known that the Napoles NGOs were fake?

ith Senator Bong Revilla already in police custody in Camp Crame and Senators Jinggoy Estrada Sen. Bong Revilla delivers a fiery privilege speech, denying he stole millions, wearing thousand-dollar Cartier-framed glasses (as pointed out by a Philnews forum contributor)and Juan Ponce Enrile set to join him any day now, people need to start asking tough questions going forward. The privilege speeches of the senators along with the histrionics that accompanied them are thankfully now over so we can all address this issue more objectively.

And one question we find ourselves coming back to again and again is: How could these senators not have known that the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) they were funding with millions of pesos from their Priority  Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) accounts did not really exist? Did they ever pay a visit to the offices of those NGOs? Organizations with names that tugged at one's heartstrings like: the Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay sa Masa Foundation; the Gabay at Pag-Asa ng Masa Foundation; and the Kasangga sa Magandang Bukas Foundation. It turns out these and hundreds more like them existed only on paper. Sen. Jinggoy Estrada in his privilege speech insists "hindi ako magnanakaw" (I am not a thief)They had no physical offices, no actual staff, and no ongoing projects. Again how could these senators not have known this?

Based on the statements of some individuals who testified during senate hearings on the matter, the senators in question seemed eager to get their funds disbursed as quickly as possible. Dennis Cunanan, who served as director general of the Technology Resource Center (TRC), told the Senate blue ribbon committee that he was personally admonished by Revilla and Estrada for "not expediting the processing of their PDAF-funded projects." So we know these funds were important to the senators. But why is it they never bothered to fully vet the organizations they were pouring millions into? At the very least, this is criminal negligence on their part. The funds after all are the Filipino people's money. And the average Filipino can in no-way be classified as rich—they need all the help they can get. So are we saying then that for years these senators dumped millions of pesos that poor and destitute Filipinos so desperately needed into a "black hole" because they never bothered to do any "due diligence" and make sure that the funds they were entrustedSen. Juan Ponce Enrile argues that he is too old and frail to be sent to jail. Enrile turned 90 this past February 14th with were used properly? If that is indeed the case, then the sheer stupidity of these supposedly intelligent senators is mind-blowing!

However, if the court concludes that these senators knew all along that the NGOs were fake but kept quiet about it because they were in on the scam and were getting millions in kickbacks, then life in prison is too mild a punishment for them.  They ought to be hanged Iran-style, lifted up from a big construction crane high above for everyone see. Because they were entrusted with millions of pesos to help the indigent and the downtrodden, but instead they kept it for themselves. That is unforgivable. Published 06/21/2014
 

Archived Comments

Name: Paco Sa Cruz
City/State/Country: Vietnam
IP Address: 14.164.27.122

Comments

If we apply the principle of "the best and the brightest" to serve in the government, nobody in the congress and senate would qualify because they are ALL corrupt and those who seem intelligent would still not qualify simply by being a member of a corrupt chamber that they tolerate.


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

This Senator Revilla after surrendering at Crame was already complaining that his detention cell was hot and that he was having migraine. This is the arrogance that people hate to see among politicians once they get in trouble with the law. They felt they deserve respect and entitlements. They think they should be treated as special prisoners who could choose their own kind of detention cell. Let these rascals suffer for their sins.


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

Comments

Re: President Bong Revilla.. If he is elected president. he would be the only President with out any formal college education..Erap went to two colleges Ateneo & Mapua Institute of Technology, he didn't get a college degree but Bong Revilla never went to college. He can't speak English either, he speaks Taglish. I don't know how he will address the U.S. Congress or the United Nations. Members of the U.S. Congress I'm the only President of the Philippines na hindi naka tapak ng College... but I can sing and Act.


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 66.66.203.16

Comments

If you'll ask me, I think this senatong Revilla thinks all what's happening to him is a bad script for the leading man (played by him) because he is ending up in jail. Although he is optimistic, just probably like in the movies he starred in, he'll beat them all. It's all in his demeanor; in his speeches. But it is not meant to be this time. This is reality.


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

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Re: Sen Bong Revilla--.His Atty filed a Motion to determine probable cause..Well the Sandiganbayan Division 3 immediately finished the determination in one hearing. So he should already be detained together with JPE & Jinggoy. This case is simple it is a simple case of kickback. Cash was received. He had these rallies with many of his supporters. kulong ka pa rin Binulsa mo yung pera. Kulong Ka. Atty Bodegon said: Walang kasalanan si bon Revilla? Bakit kulong siya. me paiyak iyak pa.U lol


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 66.66.203.16

Comments

I'm calling again for the govt: compromised with all the accused. Walang mahihita ang govt. if they insist on prosecuting these criminals. Barred them from holding public office elective or appointive for life para huwag nang makapagnakaw uli. I will repeat it all over again for the umptenth time, over the years easy trillion ka pisos were probably stolen and made the Philippines poorer but the Philippines survived. Why not get the Philippines richer by, say, half a trillion by forfeiting (or voluntarily if they must) all the assets of these crooks?


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

Whenever politicians get into trouble with the law, they become spiritual. They visit the Holy Land and invoke the name of God. Revilla uses this cheap tactic to win public sympathy. While Revilla had his hand deep in the cookie jar, he was insensitive and impervious to the consequences if caught red-handed.


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

Among the tres amigos, Revilla got the most count of graft. He allocated over 200 million of his PDAF. I hope God is watching and say something!


Name: Belly Laugh
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 108.233.145.10

Comments

Those rotten political families has no other intentions than to steal and become wealthy like the Binays, Revillas, Estradas, and Enriles. Watch, these SOBs' still have the nerve going around and pretend like a saints swearing they're not crooks. Well, good journey and sweat it out in jail. Mabulok sana kayo sa bilangguhan 'til death. Your kids has something peculiar to say to their friends, "MY FATHER IS A CROOK AND PLUNDERER". Revilla's & Estrada's kids has also something to sing in school, "yaya- ya-yaya my father is in jail because he stole money from the government". How embarrassing!!!!Are u for real? Even ur families knew you're stealing monies from the government way beforehand. This is it, jail cells in lieu of mansions from PDAF.


Name: mockingmaya
City/State/Country: taft avenue, manila
IP Address: 76.20.124.138

Comments

Why the Supreme Court, the Ombudsman Court, the Department of Justice, the Sandigan Court, & the Judiciary per se are critical to the survival of democracy? Why is it important to punish & jail corrupt Filipino politicians who are guilty of pork barrel (ill-gotten gains or wealth)? What is the essence of the preamble of the Philippine Constitution? Again, the Filipino people must force & demand the Supreme Court jurists, the legislatures, & criminal professionals or officials to obey the same law (equality before the law) & uphold the Constitution: "Decency, liberty (or freedom), security alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizens (the Filipino citizens-voters)." Plain & simple.


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

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Re:6/20/2014-Bong Revilla has been arrested and is now detained at the PNP Detention Center. Watching GMA News on 24 Oras. The senator was even smiling when he was being fingerprinted. But he had migraine attack. His wife Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla requested to allow an air cooler (Air-conditioner) inside the detention cell but was denied as only the Court (Sandiganbayan) can authorize that. Special cell as the Sen. can't be mixed with ordinary criminals for his own safety. Now the Senator is fully awake it is not a script, you are now in a detention cell. You do bad things you go to jail. Even If you are a "contender" for the Presidency.


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.39.188

Comments

SOBRA. Reading the minute by minute, blow by blow account of Revilla's surrender you'd think an action adventure saga is unfolding. If you see and hear his followers and his family you may even be moved to tears. Then there is the "fare thee well" with the ailing Ramon Sr., the baby manufacturer. And the teleserya is complete. Tanong: OO nga, malungkot ang makulong at malayo sa familia. E papano naman yong mga pobreng Pilipino na ninakawan? Sila ay habang buhay na nakakulong sa hirap. This whole thing is about a no talent actor who was elected Senator and was consumed by hubris. Now he is paying the wages of sin. That should be the media focus. None of these dramatic, naka-ka-i-yak scenes. It should be a "Crime does not pay" message.


Name: mockingmaya
City/State/Country: taft avenue, manila
IP Address: 76.20.124.138

Comments

I do believe that the decisions of the Ombudsman, Sandiganbayan , & other criminal justice officials to uphold the fundamental law, or the law of the land, the Constitution, or the laws of the Republic of the Philippines against plunderers of public funds are the triumph of democracy. I think it is for the national interest of the Philippines to maintain law & order, peace, harmony, accountability, transparency, & legitimacy. One of the great scholars, philosophers, educators & founders of Western democracy once said: "It is better to keep the wolf out of the fold, than to trust to drawing his teeth & claws after he shall have entered...It is time to guard against corruption & tyranny."


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

Comments

re: "How could they have not known that the NGO's they were dealing did not exist".. The NGO did exist but they knew the projects were fake because they knew the Modus Operandi as they were co- conspirators to defraud the Filipino people. JPE , Jinggoy & Bong Revilla knew because they had an earlier agreement with Napoles how many % of their PDAF would come back to them individually in cash.."bags of money as described by Mrs. Ruby Tuason. The Sandigan 1st Division denied the dilatory tactic of Bong Revilla.. The Motions for Certiorari in the SC would also be denied. There is already a snowball effect. the 3rd & 5th divisions are looking at exactly the same documents already decided by the 1st Division. Warrants of arrest would be issued against JPE & Jinggoy.


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 49.151.68.119

Comments

There is no respect one could demand if arrested for a crime against the state. These three senators sould not negotiate or bargain for leniency. They could not demand VIP treatment because 15 or 20 million voters put them in congress. They do not deserve celebrity status. Revilla had the gall to complain that his detention cell was steaming hot. He deserves to stay in HELL!


Name: Armando de Guzman
City/State/Country: Seoul
IP Address: 1.232.120.183

Comments

The despicable deeds of stealing money from the pocket of poor Filipino people is a sin that can not be forgiven. Throw all these thieves in jail and let them rot through out there life. The money they had stolen could have save lives of the destitute poor people who are all victims of the greed of these guys. The monies are due to the sick, hungry and homeless people but robbed by these scoundrels. May God throw these guys beneath the deep ocean of oblivion.


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

Comments

How did we get into such a mess? When we were young, our parents & elders keep reminding us of palabra de honor, delicadeza, katapatan kaayusan, pagkamasinop, at kagalingan. The first & foremost that our folks use to emphasize repeatedly is katapatan (truthfulness) cuz it's a virtue of righteousness in deed & thought. In a person, this virtue strengthens him against cheating & lying. Most of those accused forgot the value of being truthful. What they did was to cheat & lie. It's that simple.


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

Senators are not interested in knowing whether these NGOs are in existent or not. That is supposed to be the responsibility of the chief of staff to check their performance record. I would assume the senator's chief of staff is aware that some NGOs are fake and therefore the rebates are much higher. The chief of staff is on the take here, no doubt about that. It would be too naive to exclude the chief of staff and take less of the blame and punishment in this PDAF scam. This recent article is right on point!


Name: jay seldera
City/State/Country: fontana, wi usa
IP Address: 71.82.252.189

Comments

hang them all. hang them high


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: AMERICA
IP Address: 74.77.39.188

Comments

I came across this observation: "In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of Thieves the only final sin is stupidity." There you are. The Plunderers in the PHL are criminals. Theirs is a secretive world where a wink of an eye or a furtive glance could be a signal to move mountains of the govt's money into their hidden bank accounts. They talk in whispers and use codes for words. They will never admit anything unless they are threatened with execution.


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.39.188

Comments

Denying their knowledge of fake NGOs is but one of the many, many defenses that would be raised by these Plunderers. It is not what they are admitting or denying that is really important. It is what the evidence against them proves. And what PHL society believes. I expect these Thieves to question everything, grammar and punctuation included to delay the resolution of their case. These are seasoned and powerful criminals being confronted by a naive, abjectly poor community of people.


Name: Junior
City/State/Country: San Diego, CA
IP Address: 198.228.216.17

Comments

Please send your editorial to all Philippine newspapers so that some of them might republish your article. So fed up with corruption there. These crooks will continue to play the victim card, self pity effect and will buy time for their release. Just think about the corrupt Estrada who shockingly is now the mayor of Manila. Pinoys never learn their lesson and are always easily being fooled. Hope that the new generation has the stamina & courage to change the decades of bad political culture that has been going on in this country.


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

Comments

RE: The Janet L. Napoles group of NGOs. The Senators , I'm referring to JPE, Jinggoy & Bong Revilla had to know what they were getting into. This was not accidental that they were dealing with JLN because they had control as to which NGO to use. There was already a prearrangement that for example they had a certain amount of millions allocated for their pork barrel some definite % was coming back to them in cash. No one can plead ignorance as they knew how the system works. The three should get the maximum sentence including perpetual disqualification to hold Public office.


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

Congress people failed the nation by the abuse and misuse of developmental projects of communities; their chiefs of staff were complicit in the whole developmental program. The executive branch failed miserably in the exercise of its oversight function. It released scarce resources to fund non-existent projects and bogus NGOs. The law should not be spared to punish everyone big and small players alike. These rascals should be housed with the general prison population. The argument of providing security for erring senators using special detention cells creates two classes of citizens and two kinds of justice.


Name: Belly Laugh
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 108.233.145.10

Comments

Lani Mercado fears that her husband would be humiliated by Pnoy SONA. Well congresswoman, you should be worried before when you're enjoying stealing money from the poor. My advise to you is, don't do what your husband did or you may join him in hot cell w/ cockroaches and rats. You've lived w/ a cockroach and rat anyway, so you should be familiar by now. Quit those innocence acts acting like you didn't know that your husband was stealing money. Stop that bullsh*t.


Name: BYSTANDER
City/State/Country: mORENO, CA
IP Address: 162.205.68.86

Comments

Enrile and Estrada are employing high-priced lawyers. Why can't the government hire big name lawyers also. Rene Saguisag who is pursuing and wasting time fighting EDCA should instead volunteer his services in a more meaningful and patriotic endeavor. Deans of Law schools should do likewise. If EDSA revolt did not make a lasting change to our politics, this one will. This a clash between good and evil. The die is cast. . .


Name: Sylvester leChat
City/State/Country: Winchester TN USA
IP Address: 68.110.155.23

Comments

Filipino voters, please learn from you mistakes. Vote intelligently for the right candidates you believe is honest and capable of solving the difficult problems our coutry is engulfed for so long. Never sell your votes. Do not vote because a candidate is famous actor unless he is college educated. Voting for a name-sake is dumb --we still have the Marcoses, Estradas Arroyos, Revillas etc.


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

Comments

When you receive large sum of money from the gov't supposedly for a public project, you are responsible for that money. You are accountable. Why did you request for speedy release of the money. WHY WHY WHY .


Name: wdc
City/State/Country: california
IP Address: 66.214.227.230

Comments

Is this only a "Big Show" and the main actors are Enrile, Revilla and Estrada? The Filipino people are tired being fooled. If Nonoy is sincere, hang these THIEVES in public.


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

There was a sad and tearful goodbyes shown on TV when madaramBONG Revilla voluntarily gave himself up to Crame. He was smiling and exuding confidence while undergoing the usual mug shots and fingerprinting. But then he complained of extreme heat where he will remain while awaiting trial. But isn't he aware that committing a felony he must take the heat? The people who suffered from PDAF scam were giving Revilla the MIDDLE FINGER salute. People will be rejoicing when Jinggoy and Enrile join Bong. From Arroyo to Napoles plunderers get medically sick., Revilla gets migraine , Enrile gets incontinent, and Estrada will get GI issues.


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

Accelerated disbursements should be subjected to careful scrutiny because there are so many bogus projects. Many projects are overpriced and their benefits are questionable. Their costs far outweigh their benefits. Many administrations in the past had behaved like a drunk sailor spending hard earned money like crazy!


Name: Johnny Deng
City/State/Country: Rosario Cavite
IP Address: 99.187.242.78

Comments

Let's say; These Senators until now; did not figure out, that they were scammed for many many years. Why are they not filing a case against Napoles? These people are stupid. They should have not been trusted with the high office of senator. But because they thought people are stupid to not know the truth, they got surprised of the big mess and did not even thought of the right action they would have done in this eventuality. Kaya HULI, Buking. These criminals should be hanged so that no one will copy them. Especially JPE before he dies of old age.


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.39.188

Comments

WHY? In the statements given by the accused Plunderers and their families and friends they blame Aquino for their predicament. They assign all sorts of motives why Aquino was doing this. TEKA MUNA. It was NOT Aquino who blew the whistle on them. It was BenHur Luy and the others. It was NOT Aquino who revealed the extent of their crime. It was the PDI. It is NOT Aquino who is prosecuting them now. It is the Ombudsman - an independent entity. So, bat puro Aquino? Well, the answer is right there. Because Aquino has the power to make their problem go away. BUT Aquino would not. Aquino could compromise with them - "quid pro quo", but he would not. So in their eyes it's all Aquino's fault. He is the opposite of his predecessors, the transactional thieves.


Name: Sam Juan
City/State/Country: Pulo ng Haka Haka
IP Address: 38.88.177.203

Comments

Editorial asked-" How could these senators not have known that the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) they were funding with millions of pesos from their Priority "--They have to know-- or else- they are guilty of incompetence and gross mismanagement of people's money! If they keep on insisting they do not know-- then they should pay for their negligence and for dereliction of duty to protect the country's interest.


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

In the criminal justice system, ignorance of the law excuses no one, neither is there distinction between juvenile and adult offenders. Enrile is an adult offender. He was well beyond the age of reason. There was a woman in Florida who was 96 years suspected of murder. We could not invoke age. We could only provide human compassion but never leniency for the crime committed. We have a weird criminal justice system that is why people have no faith in it. Our system is a big JOKE.


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.39.188

Comments

De Ja Vu? The arrest of Jinggoy Estrada is like a circle completing its full turn. DeJavu, they call it. There he was with his father and co-accused sometime ago, for the same crime-plunder. To me it is not DeJa Vu. It is recidivism. The markings of a habitual criminal. That he is a Senator is the unkindest cut of all. But that's not his fault. It is the fault of those who voted for him. If it even occurred to these people that there is such a thing as DeJa Vu they should learn their lesson. But honestly, I don't think they will. In their hearts what they were watching was their Hero being roasted by the "Bandidos" but in the end will triumph, just like in the movies. Just like his father he will be elected to office again and all this plunder affair will be distant memory.


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

Comments

Re Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla- She fears that her husband would be humiliated during the Pnoy's SONA Congresswoman Lani what you should fear is the conviction of your husband because he admitted his signature on those Projects with the JLN NGOs. Those were not forged so it is a matter of believing the Records of Mr. Luy the Whistleblower. The Pnoy would mention them in passing without naming names. Your fear of humiliation is the doing of your husband. I still believe in the adage that a person is the author of his own difficulties most of the time.


Name: Sam Juan
City/State/Country: Pulo ng Haka Haka
IP Address: 38.88.177.203

Comments

Ed asked- "How could these senators not have known that the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) they were funding with millions of pesos from their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) accounts did not really exist? " Answer in Pilipino-- " Wala ng higit na hindi makakita sa isang taong nagbubulag bulagan!"


Name: Belly Laugh
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 108.233.145.10

Comments

Jinggoy says, masakit daw specially his youngest daughter. Of course, she's still young but when she grows up she would be fully aware that her dad is a criminal, a plunderer who stole money from the people. During Onggoy tenure as senator, he's assuming he is untouchable w/ free hands in a cookie jar. Never learned a lesson from previous jail time an embarrassing situation to the whole world and specially his own family. Well, senator this is it, your cell full of cockroaches and rats is waiting for you. You look so pitiful. Stand up like a man, like you stood up when stealing money from the poor people. STOP PRETENDING LIKE YOU'RE INNOCENT, EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU'RE A CROOK EXCEPT YOUR YOUNG DAUGHTER. MABULOK KA SANA SA BILANGUAN!


Name: Vic Torey
City/State/Country: Los Angeles
IP Address: 112.208.201.228

Comments

Enrile in the the past boasted about undergoing "fresh-cell therapy, a form of stem-cell treatment" -and the result, you can see it how he handles the "Corona case"; but, now being involved in pork barrel scandal, is making his age an excuse!!! Revilla in the past never been seen that he is active in Church activities or Evangilization, but now he showing that God is with him!? humingi na lang ng patawad! LINK


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

SOMEONE: What everyone saw on TV leading to the voluntary submission (putting it mildly) of madarm BONG Revilla was carefully scripted or choreographed. The crying in the Bacoor mansion of the Revillas was meant to draw public sympathy. The smiling Revilla in Crame, however, was a mere facade. The smile was meant to mask the arrogance of an unrepentant senator. He is joined by his wife Lani to boycott Aquino's SONA to express her protest husband's arrest. She was peeved by the lack of A/C for her husband's comfort. But is she paying for the cost to detain her husband with five-star hotel amenities? The taxpayers will madam!


Name: wdc
City/State/Country: california
IP Address: 66.214.227.230

Comments

Let Enrile stay in prison without delay and let him die there.


Name: elda sarmiento
City/State/Country: los angelws ca, usa
IP Address: 172.56.31.87

Comments

These senators need to rot in prison for the rest of their lives. Sen Enrile. Ang tada mo na. Campon ka ni Satanas


Name: Herman
City/State/Country: Germany
IP Address: 89.144.225.192

Comments

Rep. Lani Mercado said that the coming SONA of Pres. Aquino will surely be focused on her husband. Why so worried about it? A sudden shame feeling, uh? Didn't Sen. Revilla challenged, blame and teased the president? "... gin. pangulo di po ako natatakot..." ?? Sounds like a cry for help... And what will JPE and Jinggoy tell the public as next camp Crame vacationers? I wonder how this Zarzuela will end up. Greed, nothing but greedy public servants! The end justifies the means.


Name: Dalisay
City/State/Country: Makati
IP Address: 14.201.66.31

Comments

Since Enrile was born out of wedlock, he must have made sure his family will forever be wealthy. Among the pork barrel criminals, he would be the richest since he's been in the government for so long not forgetting his power during Marcos time. "The greatest trick of the Devil was to convince the World he does not exist".


Name: Sam Juan
City/State/Country: Lupa ng Haka haka
IP Address: 38.88.177.203

Comments

Editorial posed : "Did they ever pay a visit to the offices of those NGOs? " Of course not! As they said and asserted (as a defense) it is not their duty and responsibility to do the "due diligence" check on those NGOs. That is how "responsible" they were in treating the people's money! By that admission alone--- they deserve to be jailed! After all they did campaign to become ELECTED OFFICIALS OF THE LAND WITH SWORN DUTY TO SERVE THE COUNTRY---NOT TO PLUNDER AND RAPE IT!


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.39.188

Comments

AFRAID. Jinggoy's lawyer revealed his fear of cockroaches. In fairness, cockroaches are creepy, revolting, stomach-churning creatures, especially when they fly. And when a room is infested with them it's causes feelings of terror with the sounds they make in the dark. Is this poetic justice? Karma? To be exposed 24/7 to something he has a phobia of is unbearable. But there is no law or ordinance that bans cockroaches. All Estrada could do is grin and bear it. Just like the wretched poor in the PHL whose money they are accused of stealing.


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

The most guilty party are the NGOs who are supposed to implement any government project. DBM ( Dept of Budget & Management ) releases the SARO (special allotment release order). Most of these NGOs were controlled by JLN (Janet Lim Napoles) . It goes without saying Janet got the most. Senators have to wait for their rebates from her. Some of these NGOs have unknown addresses and are therefore labeled " fake ," The money trail must be traced for the prosecutor to win its case. This is the strongest argument indicted senators will use in their defense and extricate themselves.


Name: Lord Gago
City/State/Country: Sun Diego GoGo
IP Address: 12.162.79.178

Comments

Pinas people are victims of extreme cruelties exercised by charlatans and demagogues who hold dubious wealth and power, preying upon their indigence and ignorance. They consider these impostors as masters and not servants of the nation. The nation turns into a casino of votes buying and selling, electing the very same people who inflict pain and suffering upon themselves. Unable to stop the cycle of corruption, the status quo remains preserved and perpetuated, People suffering are self-inflicted.


Name: Brad
City/State/Country: L.A.,CA. U.S.A.
IP Address: 112.209.71.116

Comments

Why do they allow the wife of Bong Revilla to bring food at her husband at the jail and why do they give them a beautiful jail. Kawawa naman ang mga mahihirap na nakakulong at siksikan sila sa kulungan. Even Revilla 's wife does not help the poor of Cavite.


Name: John
City/State/Country: Angeles, PH
IP Address: 72.207.35.23

Comments

Someone did not want to be arrested at his house because members of the family will in TRAUMA. Guess what? The family members were all there when he went to jail. Who will believe in this person?


Name: SOMEONE
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.39.188

Comments

POOR JINGGOY. He had been having a mansion built in ritzy Wack-Wack and must have been looking forward to living in there in luxury. But fate intervened. Suddenly, he is in a unbearably hot cell crawling with rats and cockroaches. Ang buhay nga naman!


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

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Re JPE's defense through counsel that there is no direct evidence to prove that he received the converted pork barrel cash..The Chief of Staff is the alter ego of the Senator. Considering that after the money is given to Atty. Reyes by Mrs Ruby Tuason, sometimes she (Mrs.Tuason) would have a face to face conversation with JPE that proves that in fact the transaction has been completed. The law evidence does not require direct evidence circumstantial evidence is always acceptable if it is reasonable in the scheme of things. A warrant for the arrest of JPE for plunder should be forthcoming from the Sandiganbayan


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

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RE Plunder. RA 7080 Enacted July 12, 1991..Sec 5 Rule of Evidence.."For purposes of establishing the crime of Plunder,it shall not be necessary to prove each and every criminal act done by the accused in furtherance of the scheme to amass, accumulate or acquire ill-gotten wealth, it being sufficient to establish beyond reasonable doubt a pattern of overt criminal acts indicative of the overall scheme or conspiracy... JPE's motion to Dismiss should therefore be denied. The warrant for his arrest should be issued.


Name: Dodie Payat
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

The plunder case against the three senators is in jeopardy if prosecutors keep amending the Ombudsman's original plunder charge. Bear in mind that the original information was the basis in establishing the probable cause to indict. Don't be surprised if these senators will just walk away. Crooks will always be thumbing their noses. DOJ's De Lima with all her bluster becomes the butt of the joke; PNoy a certified weakling!


Name: Jorge Villanueva
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 47.54.128.245

Comments

This is the most crucial crossroad between those who want to maintain their hold and forever keep the country out of the loop of economic and cultural progress and those who are feed up with corruption and want to give the country a chance to be among the emerging nations of the world. The country is in the midst of uncertainty and total anxiety, hoping for the best but concern for any untoward result. I'm viewing it from afar but the emotion is no less diminished by the distance for the hope and the wish for a better Philippines will remain in every Filipino's soul. I'm praying for the best.


Name: gerry canero
City/State/Country: Buyagan, La Trinidad
IP Address: 94.99.21.165

Comments

What they show is arrogance and a thickening face just like a leper. Nobody shows remorse for what they did against the Filipino people (Enrile, Estrada, Revilla, Napoles, etc.). Please recover every loot of these thieves asap, lock them up in jail, show no mercy and prohibit them to hold public office for the rest of their lives.


Name: Todo
City/State/Country: Lanao del Norte
IP Address: 121.54.47.69

Comments

How did the DBM fail to know the bogus NGOs?


Name: Jorge Villanueva
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 47.54.130.77

Comments

Only the accused politicians, their cohorts, lackeys and relations blindly support their innocence but the rest of the country are firmly convinced of their guilt. This sad episode has gone on for such a long time Filipinos wonder if the nightmare ever ends. The only consolations lies in the fact that when the dusts are cleared, convictions pronounced, the road is clearer and much smoother for the country's future.


Name: Ramon C. Balde
City/State/Country: Oxford, Michigan
IP Address: 96.35.75.194

Comments

Were these suspected criminal allotted prison garbs that suspected criminals and prisoners usually wear? If not, then the rest of the prison population all over the country should revolt and demand that they do so. It's only to show no disparity among suspected and convicted criminals. It also shows that the prisoner detention process is rightfully enacted. And please, Senators, don't complain about the accommodations. It is what it is. Everybody else in the same population live with it. Eat what they eat, shower where they shower, etc. Maybe they will see a little bit of integrity and courage in you. Just maybe.


Name: Daniel B. Laurente
City/State/Country: Quezon City, Philipp
IP Address: 83.110.73.77

Comments

What a stupid question...


Name: Jorge Villanueva
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 142.134.182.188

Comments

It is undeniable that the success of the climatic onslaught against corruption rests on the successful conviction of the Big Three politicians, Enrile, Estrada, and Revilla jr. They have unequivocally become the poster boys of corruption in the country. They are evil personified; stealth, callous, conspiratorial, immense and injurious. Any failure to complete prosecution or diminution of penalties or any other consideration will be critically received by the people as farcical and a wasted effort.


Name: mockingmaya
City/State/Country: taft avenue, manila
IP Address: 76.20.124.138

Comments

I do believe that the mind-boggling ill-gotten wealth, ignorance & stupidity of corrupt Filipino politicians & military leaders are the reasons why the Philippine Navy will remain an obsolete branch of the AFP in an era of modern naval warfare (see US-guided missile ship say about PH sailors). The AFP will never excel in power because the Filipino people don't have a strong faith in the noble future of their country. Most Filipino leaders are greedy (or greedy fish: "he/she sees only the lifeless balance sheet & takes the human side out of money, etc.") & not visionary. In other words, "the Philippines will remain a mere base at the door of all the East."


Name: Jorge Villanueva
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 142.134.182.188

Comments

I assume that Philnews.com accepts all blogs except for censorable comments. If the blogs represented the educated segments of the Philippines then I am confident majority of Filipinos fully believed in the guilt of those accused of the pork barrel scams. 50 years ago it was almost impossible to guage how the nation feels about certain topics as the media and public opinion surveys were inadequate to offer fast and accurate reporting. With the advent of modern and advance communication devices a better picture of the nation's pulse into current topics are readily available.


Name: PINOY
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 96.41.48.254

Comments

I would agree that these three senators, or other politicians, if proven guilty should be sentenced to the death penalty. They are like termites that eat the foundation of the house that make it unstable. And the owner of the house should get the best exterminator available to extinguish the culprit. I hope that justice will be served to the Filipino people.


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 66.66.203.16

Comments

Now that the two "hambogeros" pleaded "not guilty", the full force of the law should be meted on them when they are finally found guilty. That means no pulling of punches in punishing them. If calls for life without parole, so be it. With their plea of not guilty, they are in essence challenging the law to "come and get us!"


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

At 90 Enrile has not exceeded the AGE OF CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY like his co-accused in the PDAF scam with the crime of plunder and graft. JPE had the capacity to appreciate the wrongful nature of his actions. This means a wrongful act could get him indicted, arrested, detained and even incarcerated if found guilty. Sparing Enrile to endure the harsh condition in a detention cell for a serious crime against the state creates a two- layered kind of justice. CBCP is wrong to beg for compassion for Enrile while turning a blind eye for inmates committing a lesser crime or misdemeanor who are housed in deplorable detention conditions. JUSTICE must be applied equally to all kinds of suspects. housed in a squalid prison cell.


Name: Marie
City/State/Country: Batangas
IP Address: 46.57.94.102

Comments

Accdg. to De Lima, strong ang evidences sa 3 senators... but pagdating sa Sandigan, may mga laban ang depensa. Mas matalino ba ang taga Sandigang bayan? Mukha yatang nagkakaroon ng circus/ hokuspokus. Kung tutuusin, sa ph uso ang tapalan sa mukha ng salapi. Maraming posibleng magawa sa mga kaso. Pwede pakagatin ang mga tao sa posibleng drama from Ombudsman to Sandigan. Kapag ang 3 bilyonaryo ang kumilos, maraming justices ang magiging bilyonaryo din kung kukunin ang lagay. Walang kwenta ang maging totoo sa Ph kundi magiging poor ka lang. Yan ang pwedeng sabihin. Hindi naman sila hawak sa leeg ng mga taong matuwid.


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

If the plunder cases filed against the three senators were dismissed, the fault rests on Conchita Carpio Morales of the Ombudsman. The cases were rushed so that PNoy had something to brag aout during his SONA. De Lima would be embarassed for being a "motor mouth" as SOMEONE describes her.


Name: Gene
City/State/Country: Ontario
IP Address: 76.67.135.5

Comments

Don't put words into my mouth. I told you this before but I guess you're starting to have Dementia. Did I say Sen. Jinggoy P. Ejercito is an "honest man"? I said, he has every right to defend himself and say things to correct enemies statements. Have you read the 2nd article of Mr. Tiglao of Manila Times about the 3rd cover up? BTW, SC, CJ Serena would not like the name of Solicitor-Gen. Jardeleza included in the JBC nominee left vacant by Justice Abad so that Pres. DAP's choice Grace Pulido-Tan will have a good chance to get the position. It was also mentioned in the media Sol-Gen. Jardeleza made a comment DAP is unconstitutional.


Name: Ding Dong
City/State/Country: Dongon, Samar
IP Address: 121.96.239.220

Comments

Someone got confused here between the Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Law. Both laws were designed to protect the confidentially of bank deposits by depositors. It is true that financial institution transactions of 4 million pesos are required to report to the Central Bank. But CB will never verify if the money was clean or dirty. That money has to be challenged in court if it were dirty to finance terrorism, evade taxes or to engage in other illegal activities. Please put this in your kokote Deo that PDAF money is not dirty yet. laundering law was passed to prevent the country from being used as a money laundering site like the Cayman Island. PDAF money acquired by Napoles and members of congress have yet to be identified as "dirty money" by definition.


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 66.66.203.16

Comments

In the news: "Estrada Refuses To Enter Plea". The only regrets of these scambags (Enrile, Estrada, Revilla and even Napoles) for this matter is they are indicted of allegedly plundering "petty" sums of money. Those amounts do not even commensurate to their status as senatongs. They are not petty criminals; they are big time crooks.


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 66.66.203.16

Comments

In the news: "Napoles Pleads Not Guilty On 2nd Count Of Plunder". She is charged for plundering P183 Millions of PDAF! Just like the 3 senatongs, Napoles is also felt insulted and offended! What's she? a petty crook? That's all she scammed a measly P183 Million? She probably said "I can do better than that!" It could as well be true! You know the value of her (correctol) assets so far discovered from Pinas to the 'tates.


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 66.66.203.16

Comments

In the news: "Joseph Estrada: Jinggoy Estrada Will Be Acquitted Just Like Before". Not this time Erap. But you should not have been convicted of plunder for accepting/receiving jueteng money. Corruption may be but not plunder which is more serious crime. After all jueteng money was not government funds, plunder law covers public funds. Even keeping the commission of SSS money invested in a venture was not plundering public funds but a "wrong mistake" thinking the commission belongs to you. After all, Plunder law should even be questioned because it covers several issues considered as crime. Each law is supposed to cover a single matter that constitute crime.


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 66.66.203.16

Comments

In the news: "Jinggoy (Estrada) Expecting Bail After Ombudsman Drop Stronger Case". Although the stronger was not "dropped" as what the counsel of Estrada contended, the "wrong mistake" (attempt) to "revised" the charges against Estrada, the prosecution should be a "little bit" concerned that it may go the way of O.J. Simpson's. Remember the prosecution was doing well, until they made a crucial "wrong mistake" when they let Simpson try the gloves on WITH LATEX GLOVES! Of courses everybody knew the expression "fit like a glove" until you try to wear it will latex gloves you'll be lucky if your hand will go in half-way through. Well, you know what I mean.


 

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