we have heard this before – Philhealth cards were distributed hundreds of thousands of people for the purpose of securing an election win for arroyo during her prediential election fight with fernando poe jr. this issue has been hanging in the air for many years. it is not the only corruption scandal tattooed on the legacy of arroyo, but it is one of the more brazen.
we have also heard it before , the people waiting for charges of plunder to be filed in a philippine court against arroyo. legtal eagle frank chavez is the man who has finally done what many have been waiting for.
we will not lose sleep over this court case. what we will lose sleep on is on getting updates and the latest on this case.
will the truth set arroyo free or to jail?
Arroyo’s plunder raps based on her notes
‘Charge to OWWA,’ Arroyo ordered; P550M misused
By Nikko Dizon
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:33:00 04/27/2011
MANILA, Philippines—For allegedly dipping her fingers into a cookie jar reserved for overseas Filipino workers, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo so disgusted at least three Malacañang insiders that they helped put together plunder charges that she is now facing.
Former Solicitor General Frank Chavez Tuesday filed a 23-page complaint claiming that Arroyo, now a Pampanga representative, misused more than P550 million from the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) from March 2003 to February 2004.
“This was all very well-orchestrated because in all the recommendations made by the respondents, there was always the handwritten notation made by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ‘OK, charge to OWWA funds.’ But the OWWA funds are funds held in trust by the government and they cannot dip their fingers into the cookie jar that exclusively belongs to the overseas Filipino workers,” Chavez told reporters.
Chavez said three mid-level officials photocopied the documents for him, which was why all these he had submitted as bases for his plunder complaint bear Malacañang bar codes.
Chavez’s sources said they pitied the OFWs whose funds were being misused. He said this was in February 2004 before the presidential elections.
He said the original documents could be ordered produced in court and his sources, some of whom remained in government, need not come out in the open. The justice department can verify the documents’ authenticity through the bar codes.
“They are kind-hearted, highly conscienticized Filipinos who could no longer stomach the quagmire of corruption spewed by Malacañang,” he said.
we think the C-5 controversy has taken a very bad turn from something that looks bad to something that can be disastrous for manny villar. as of yesterday, just a few months away from election, the senate is painting villar as corrupt, having manipulated the C-5 road extension project for his company’s gain.
corruption is huge issue in this election. it is one of the legacies of president arroyo as she leaves office and one of the strengths of noynoy aquino that has brought him up to dominant leader in the surveys. aquino has taken a very strong anti-corruption stand. one of aquino’s ads very boldly declared – “Hindi ako magnanakaw.”
villar is doing very well in the polls. he has consistently come up as a strong second and more importantly a growing 2nd placer. it is our view that this election is for aquino to lose and for villar to win. we think at election time, this will be an election between aquino and villar.
with the stage set and the front runner boldly declaring his anti-corruption stance, this C-5 controversy is bound to hit villar down the stretch, the senate it appears will not let this pass. media has put this issues as its headline news. this will not go away easily and certainly not soon.
villar has not been attending the senate debates and hearings on the controversy. we thought it was a wise move. but now we are seeing it as a wise move then, but no longer as the senate is hell bent into giving a lot of time on it.
if it has not done so, the villar campaign should put up a high powered crisis management team to make this go away. we think villar’s options are very limited and whatever effort this crisis management team will do will not be able to remove all of the ill-effects. there will be ill-effects.
Senate says Arroyo must be impeached
Recommends raps vs 11 others in NBN-ZTE deal
By Michael Lim Ubac
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:30:00 11/11/2009
MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is “answerable” for the “stinking” $329-million National Broadband Network (NBN) deal with China’s ZTE Corp., according to a report by a Senate investigating panel led by the blue ribbon committee.
In the report that was made public Tuesday at a press conference by blue ribbon chair Sen. Richard Gordon, the joint committee sought the impeachment of Ms Arroyo and the prosecution by the Ombudsman of 11 others, including her husband Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, for allegedly conspiring to defraud the government in exchange for “kickbacks” from the since scrapped contract.
Asked what impeachable offense Ms Arroyo had committed, Gordon said she had violated her oath of office which was a “culpable violation of the Constitution.”
He cited Section 5 of Article 7, which provides that the President must “preserve and defend the Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man.”
She should have “control” of all executive departments.
“Her acts in this case reveal that her performance of presidential duty has been wanting. Unfortunately, you can see the litany of errors of the President. Apparently, she wasn’t able to crack the whip on her people,” said the senator.
Gordon said Congress could still impeach Ms Arroyo to strip her of immunity from suit as President.
“She has to explain and answer at the proper time,” he said, pointing out that Ms Arroyo could be held accountable even “after her term.”
Gordon told reporters that Ms Arroyo was liable because she did not stop the signing of the contract even after she had been informed of a bribe offer by Romulo Neri, at the time Ms Arroyo’s socioeconomic secretary.
Gordon said: “She did not stop all these people from continuing on with their nefarious activities. Neri had already informed her [of the bribery attempt], she should have ordered an investigation immediately. She should have called all those involved. The President did not do anything. That is very glaring—there was no action taken by the President on all these.”
alam na natin ito na may corruption na nangyari sa NBN-ZTE deal. hindi mo kailangang maging isang abogado o senador para malaman ito. ang tanong na lang talaga ay kailan mabibigyan ng hustisya at kailan makukulong ang mga may sala.
we have admired escudero for two things – he seemed to be a very principled man and he has a way with the Filipino language. we at times fall asleep before he finishes his elegant filipino, but we still enjoy hearing him, at least on the parts we manage to hear when we manage to be awake.
this one we read at PDI. so this one we got the whole picture and we understand it well. well okay, we are still confused.
here is where we are confused — escudero says he will not partner with manny villar because of the C-5 road corruption charge on villar. that tells us he does not like to associate with the corrupt and the criminal.
in the same news article, he says he does not mind partnering with erap estrada. and that is what confuses us. estrada is a convicted criminal. estrada was judged a plunderer of government money by the courts. he is only free because president gloria macapagal arroyo gave him a presidential pardon for his crimes. the pardon does not change the fact that the philippine courts did convict erap of a crime.
why then is escudero telling us he is principled and will not partner with the corrupt that he will not join with villar while he says he will partner with erap who is in fact a convicted of a crime, that of corruption?
villar’s case is still being debated in the senate and has had no court judgement to it while it has gone to trial for erap and in fact convicted for the crime – what is it, then? double standard, hypocrisy or self-serving politics?
Escudero: Yes to team-up with Estrada
By Orlando Dinoy
First Posted 15:07:00 09/09/2009
DIGOS CITY, Davao Del Sur — Senator Francis Escudero on Tuesday said he would be open to teaming up with former President Joseph Estrada for the 2010 elections but not to a tandem with Senator Manny Villar in 2010.
Escudero, who was guest of honor during the city’s 9th founding anniversary, however, clarified that he was not making any formal announcement about his intentions for higher office before his 40th birthday.
“When I reach 40, my decision will be made known,” he told reporters here in Filipino.
But if ever he made up his mind, Escudero said there was zero probability of him teaming up with Villar due to the C-5 double funding controversy the former Senate president was embroiled in.
Escudero declared his commitment to good governance and added he would not tarnish such a pledge by associating with Villar whose involvement in the anomaly has become clear.
“Based on the evidence I saw, based on the (pieces of) evidence presented to the Senate in connection with the C-5 controversy, the case against him is strong,” he said.
Escudero said his conscience would not allow him to team up with Villar.
He said he would rather run with former president Joseph Estrada, who supported his candidacy for the Senate in 2007.
Estrada was convicted of plunder in September 2007 and he accepted a grant of pardon from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo a month later that freed him from a 20-year prison term.
But for Escudero, “Anuman ang hugis, anuman ang hitsura, ano man ang porma ang importante magkasama sana kami (Whatever the shape, look, and form of the team-up, what would be important is we are together),” Escudero said.