This Little Piggy Went to the Palace…

The chatter on social media that erupted over the surrender of Janet Lim Napoles seemed very much like the roar of a lynch mob.  It’s pretty much a given that the constant stream of “news” about the details of Janet’s supposed involvement in the alleged P10 Billion Pork Barrel Scam has gotten a lot of my friends on Facebook condemning her ahead of her being charged and tried in court.

lacierda-napoles-surrendersIt seems that while many are demanding that Janet be made to answer for allegedly stealing billions of pesos from government or debating passionately about the legality of making her a state witness, not enough people seem to have noticed that she was arrested for  illegal detention — which is actually a different crime from kidnapping and abduction. (If you want to look it up, go to Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention at Dr. Jovito R. Salonga Center for Law and Development and Difference Between Info’s “Abduction and Kidnapping”)

Perhaps, like Corona’s impeachment, what mattered most to the crowds screaming for blood at that time was the public humiliation and the pageantry of the farcical trial that ensued.  It was plain old street justice dressed in taffeta robes where the accusation was the evidence, the trial was governed by a mish-mash of half-understood rules, and the outcome wasn’t determined by principled judgement as much as the largess of bestowed by transactional politics.

Looking back on the Corona Impeachment, I think another thing Yellow Army members can’t get their minds around is the irony of their position now as they call for the scrapping of the pork barrel system.  Corona was impeached and convicted by PORK.

Moreover, without Pork Barrel funding, there will be little or no way to stave off an impeachment complaint against President Noynoy Aquino  in congress should one be filed.

noynoy caught with hand in the jarThing is, what the Aquino Administration looks like to me right now is a monkey caught with it’s hand in jar.

Given all the accusations thrown at Napoles, I’d think that if there is anyone who can considerably unravel the network of corruption in government, it would be her.

Assuming this, I think Aquino has the key to really make good with his campaign promise of eradicating corruption.  If only they can keep themselves from trying to manage and control Napoles.

Just to give you an idea of the extent of what Napoles I hope will unravel, I’ll re-post a Facebook status update from Kris Ablan, whose father is a congressman:

Not to defend my dad or any congressman or senator for that matter, but this PDAF scam is bigger than them. It involves dozens of regular government employees at all levels. To get the “check” you need a lot of paperwork. And who gets this done? The congressmen? No. They’re just one signature. This scam involves people in Batasan, DBM, COA, DPWH, and DSWD to name a few. It’s the little guys who do all the work.

If we want to get anything from this ordeal, it’s for Mrs Napoles to reveal all her contacts in these agencies.

Ang congressmen at senador napapalitan. Pero ang appointed government employee may security of tenure.

What this underscores is the fact that the backbone of the network of corruption in government is more likely comprised of little known members of the bureaucracy who’ve been in position for decades and are experts in the intricacy of government transactions.

Another thing about this is that it tends to run against what Atty. Raymond Fortun said on Facebook against the idea of making Napoles a state witness:

Let’s assume there are 23 congressmen who dealt with Napoles. Assuming that each congressman turned over their entire Php70Million to Napoles’s bogus NGO’s, and the “deal” was that each congressman would get 70% (with Napoles getting 30%), each congressman would get Php49Million (70% of 70M). On the other hand, Napoles would stand to gain a grand total of Php483Million (30% of 70M x 23 congressmen). Do the math — Php49M as against Php483M. Who benefited the most?

In the concept of a grand conspiracy, it is highly unlikely that 23 congressmen from various districts all over the Philippines (including party lists) would get together and instruct Napoles to set up bogus NGO’s so that they can all get 70% of their pork barrel allocation. Rather, it is easier to surmise that NAPOLES separately approached 23 congressmen, told them of her scheme to use bogus NGO’s to extract the congressmen’s pork barrel allocations under a 70-30 sharing arrangement. Under the latter scenario, it is NAPOLES who masterminded the entire scam, with the congressmen being the greedy and willing participants thereto. Suffice it to state that the mastermind CANNOT become a state witness; the mastermind is the MOST GUILTY.

Perhaps Atty. Fortun is assuming that the “services” that Napoles is of the normal sort that can be openly offered to congressmen. In any case, it is equally likely that being an illegal service and prone to all the risks that such deal can entail, Napoles could have only gotten access to other congressmen by being “endorsed” by others who have had satisfactory dealings with her.

Given the number of people whose signatures and cooperation is need to release government funds, I’d think that it would be impossible for Napoles to have corrupted all of these people and organized them into a network — creating the whole system by herself.

That system surely must have existed LONG BEFORE the pork barrel scam.

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libertas
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Barack obama is visiting philippines in october. ( that will be a culture shock in itself!)
Pnoy aquino and the first lady, janet lim napoles, are looking forward to receiving him.

“Janet lim napoles is just an ordinary person – like you and me” kapunan, napoles lawyer.
I nearly crashed my porsche when i heard that on the car radio ( blaupunkt, of course)

JDbroman
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That would have been a better time to do the rally for the million people, that way US media and UN can truly see what is going on in our country.

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

We can focus on Napoles alone, or we can focus on her as part of a larger network of corruption.

JDbroman
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Expose the root of all corruption. We can better do this making an example of the government if we were to show a national leader, US President, what is truly going on in the country. Already we see the UN trying to stop countries from inhuman or criminal activity. By getting our word out like what we did with the walk but this time with more people and with actual seriousness, we can still get a chance…trying to be optimistic but anything can happen from this point.

siomai
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It was during Marcos era that corruption became rampant. It remains unresolved right now because the magnitude is huge.

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

The first Aquino administration sort of democratized corruption. Where before, you only had to pay off one set of people, after the Aquino Admin step in, you had to pay everyone who stretched out their hand.

ChinoF
Member

Siomai, but there was no pork barrel during Marcos’ time, right? It started during Cory’s time. Corruption was magnified a hundredfold that time.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Yes, it was started under Cory’s term.
The truth hurts doesn’t it?

Bjorn
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“….What is truly goin on in the country.”. Do YOU really THINK OBAMA doesn’t know? The entire world(or should it be said, anyone who cares to look at the country for a few minutes.) knows what is going on there, it is the Filipino people who are the clueless ones.

Oh that is funny.

Leb
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Expose the root of all corruption. We can better do this making an example of the government if we were to show a national leader, US President, what is truly going on in the country.
—–
The US president on what’s going on in our country. That’s the craziest idea, aside from those posts trying to be funny but actually corny and annoying, I have read on this blog.

Leb
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Regardless of the reason why Napoles was arrested, for me, it’s good that she’s under custody now. At least, she’s in now and ready to be confronted, aside from the reason she was arrested, with other accusations against her, primarily the billions of pesos on pork scandal.

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

It’s just me, but I prefer that people be charged with the proper crime and get arrested for that crime… Rather than get arrested and THEN finding the evidence for that will be the basis for some other charge.

siomai
Guest

just like GMA?

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

Because of the sloppiness with which they’ve tried to pursue corruption cases against GMA, she’ll be laughing as the court either declares her not guilty or throws out the case completely.

Bjorn
Guest
Yes, that is EXACTLY correct. They purposely put a weak case together so the accused just walks away, home free AND a big heart-felt “FUCK YOU, You fools!” for the people. Look, here is what the situation is: Filipino’s you are all being laughed at by the people who run the country. They steal everything and you all get nothing. They get caught stealing and you still get nothing. They lie to your faces and you do not even get one prison sentence out of the justice system. The entire world knows that the 57 people who got murdered in… Read more »
david
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Fortun’s idea of degree of guilt seems based on the monetary gain. Even if Napoles was the mastermind and the largest recipient, those who are entrusted with public funds should be held to a much higher standard than an ordinary citizen. Public servants and politicians if found guilty of such a breach are also guilty of the very thing they are supposed to ensure doesn’t happen. Its far more important to get a successful prosecution against corrupt politicians and bureaucrats than worry about who got how much.

Aegis-Judex
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In other words, it’s possible that Napoles is merely a pawn in the grand scheme of things, a sacrificial lamb. There are bigger fish to fry, we need only to look in all the right places.

libertas
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Janet lim napoles is being tranferred to an air conditioned bungalow in laguna.( own kitchen, and no doubt maid/cleaner)
The previous ‘home’ of president estrada.
No VIP Treatment!!
Mar roxas and purisima will inspect it to make sure it is 5 star.
If janet lim napoles likes it she will buy it.

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

Erap was eventually transferred to what was once the JE Youth Camp. It’s really nice place where boys scouts and girl scouts used to go for camping trips. It was actually a resort at one point.

It now houses the Erap Museum. You should try to go there.

siomai
Guest

are you the law that decides where napoles will stay?

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

Hey Siomsie… Is it true that Pnoy got money from Janet for his campaign? Har har har!

Gogs
Member

Siomsie, not all of us have the “honor” of “servicing” the President.

siomai
Guest

” I think Aquino has the key to really make good with his campaign promise of eradicating corruption. ”

he has already opened it using that key. corruption is already going down in the philippines

Johnny Derp
Guest

Nah, only retards like you would say that.
It has already been stated that corruption became WORSE under your pathetic president’s “leadership”.
The people are already waking up and are realizing that aquino is not the messiah that they think he is.

Your propaganda has failed you once again.
Your president’s days are numbered

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
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Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

Wow! Do you smoke dogshit man?

Johnny Derp
Guest

He EATS dogshit. That’s why his propaganda keeps blowing up in his face like dynamite.

Bjorn
Guest

“You mean we’re smoking dogshit?”. “Yeah man, I had to follow that mutt around all day.”.

That was pretty funny, back in the day. Who would ever have thought it would be the reality of peoples lives 35 years later?

Johnny Saint
Guest

Is that how your precious President Penoy deals with congressmen? By going down on them?

Aegis-Judex
Guest

That’s what she said!

Gogs
Member

oh!! Rimshot!!!

ChinoF
Member

Here it is again saying the opposite of the truth.

Leb
Guest

Not so fast my friend, nobody has been charged yet and nobody have been sent to jail. What we have right now is only a mum Napoles for you to wave the victory flag in announcing that corruption is going down. If ever, the Napoles arrest has somewhat slowed down corruption. I understand the excitement but we should temper it with objectivity and honesty so as not to confuse reality.

Gerry
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@leb, careful what you say to T.J., he is really sensitive and paranoid. He’ll go home and tell his sister and then she’ll start attacking you.
Uh-OH, better watch out!!! LMAO!BWAHAHAH!

genar
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@siomai o siopao: sabi mo “corruption is already going down in the philippines?” sus maryusep ka siopao utak siomai anong pinag sasabi mo ang tanga tanga mo tlga palibhasa kasi bayaran ka lng kya nag bubulag bulagan ka kahit umaalingasaw na ang pagka worst ever corrupt na abnoy mong Presidente @ mga alipures nya di mo iniisip na lalong dumarami na ang naghihirap na mga kababayan natin.

mackoy31
Guest

NO VIP treatment my ass!!! when can we ever wake up to the reality that we are just being played around by those politicians?

Bjorn
Guest
That is un-likely to happen. It would be a better bet that every one in the country is going to drink arsenic-laced Kool-Aid than the politicians are going to stop stealing. What is happening right now is that they are trying to figure out the biggest unbelievable bull-shit story they can think of and then tell it, and sell it by saying, as they always do:”It is too preposterous to make that up, why would we do say that if it weren’t true, knowing that no one would believe it, but its true!”. and if Filipino’s believe any of it,… Read more »
C4
Guest

I think it could have been worse if Napoles hadn’t surrendered. That or she got killed, all index would be directed at the President, either way.

I hope it won’t be too late before she reveals everything. Who knows how desperate those guys are at this moment.

libertas
Guest

Pnoy aquino – the king of corruption
Pork barrel for congress increased from 7 billion to 24 billion pesos per annum under pnoy aquino
3 times as many projects – no
3 times as much corruption – yes

Pnoy aquino increases his own pork barrel to 500 million pesos

Bribery used as standard practice

Pnoy will not identify how he spent his pork barrel when congressman and senator.

libertas
Guest

erratum – 500 billion pesos

ChinoF
Member

“That system surely must have existed LONG BEFORE the pork barrel scam.”

Hay naku. Pork barrel had been around ever since Cory’s time, with the “system” little changed from then. And people treat it like a new phenomenon. Means most of them had been ill-informed.

Bjorn
Guest

What was it called before that? Must have been some mechanism for robbing state funds. The guy who is in perpetual sleep-death(he must really stink! yuck) took billions of dollars when billions was an enormous sum. How did he do it? u kno, pretty boy and his not so hot wife?

Gerry
Guest

DUHHHHH, Martial Law.

libertas
Guest
One of the ways that politicians pay is compared country by country is as a multiple of the average GDP person in their respective country. Some multiples – source: The Economist Norway – 0.7 times ( also least corrupt country – transparency international) Sweden – 1.8 times ( 2nd least corrupt country – transparency international) France – 2.0 times UK – 2.7 Australia – 3 Germany – 3 US – 3.5 Canada – 4 Thailand – 8 Singapore – 10 Indonesia – 18 India – 68 Nigeria – 116 Although politicians in other countries augment their salaries – stringent rules,… Read more »
Bjorn
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Corona got street justice? What? on butterfly street? Corona was just seen, limbs intact, no bruises on him whatsoever.

Street justice? Any street justice ever witnessed has involved beatings of various serious proportions. Libya’s Quaddafy got street justice: he was hunted down like a dog and murdered. if what Corona got was street justice, the Philippines street thugs are a bunch of pussies.

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

Here’s some clarification to go with your cherry.

“plain old street justice dressed in taffeta robes”

a reference to the farcical impeachment trial.

Bjorn
Guest

You all should have Quaddafy’d his thieving ass. Just do his ass up in the middle of the street. You had your chance the other day and you blew it. Him and all the rest of the thieves, might make others think twice about doing being so arrogant.
and thank you for the cherry, whatever that means.

Obama is going to come there and show all of you who is really behind the thieves in gov’t., huh?
What a blessing for all of you…NOT!!!

libertas
Guest

Janet lim napoles mugshot should be printed on brown paper bags ( bag the mug).

If not in the mood for sex just put the bag over your head. An instant anaphrodisiac ( opposite of aphrodisiac ) – bag the hag and no shag.

LarryC
Guest

I’m in agreement with ChinoF here. It squares with all my experience in government service and in how services like the BIR and Customs operate. Napoles is part of the true face of Philippine governance. This is not an infection turning an otherwise healthy democracy into a sick one. This is its true face. The republic is just a mask of legitimacy.

This cannot be unearthed and then everything will be fine. Nothing less than a reboot of the entire political landscape is necessary to make this stick.

Leb
Guest

Reboot meaning?

Bjorn
Guest

What do you THINK it means? LMAO! it means that if your not going to get rid of the whole system, and be willing to die doing….get out of the country because you are fucked if you don’t. Be careful where you go to! North Western Europe may be cold but they have a good life there, especially if you have a brain.

Leb
Guest

But how do you ‘get rid of the whole system?’ I tell you, getting rid of or abolishing something like the gov’t is a scary proposition.

Bjorn
Guest
Yes, yes it is.and then again No, it isn’t. Reality check: What have you got now? is that a real gov’t.? anyone ,even a casual glimpse into the gings on in the country and two or three visits to the place tells all needs tellin. In Western Europa everyone thinks of the Philippines as a complete shit hole. Corrupt gov’t., polluted cities, some decent beaches and some pretty girls(like every other place in the world). That is really about it. Anyone from Western Europe who ever goes there realizes after they get there that it was probably a better idea… Read more »
Leb
Guest

I don’t see why Western Europe’s thinking would matter in the way Filipinos treat their gov’t. I think no country should even feel that their view of other counties should be given value for purposes of civility and minding your own business policy. What’s rude there is also rude here.

The military seizing power and governing? What Western European country that does that at present? You have one model for it? I asked that because I do not subscribe to such theory.

Bjorn
Guest
Leb, you ask a question, it gets answered and then you call the responder rude? You are the quintessential flip-hole. if you do not see how western Europe’s mechanism of gov’t. is to be considered, well take a look at the Philippine gov’t. it is loosely based on all western gov’t.’s that have existed since 1066 A.D., after the Battle of Hastings, DUH!. the only things that have changed since then are names and technologies. As for a military take-over, it would have to be temporary, and only used to keep the people from destroying to much property. if the… Read more »
Leb
Guest
I don’t think you understood what I wrote. I never called anybody rude. Read it again, please. Western Europe gov’t. is better than the Philippines? Fine, thank you. Good luck and hope European people will continue to be prosperous. However, I’m sure they also have problems like us and I don’t want to meddle on that out of respect and civility. Thank you. A temporary take-over by the military will solve the problem, is that what you’re saying? How temporary is temporary? Would that mean the resolution of the problem would also be temporary? To prevent people from destroying property?… Read more »
Bjorn
Guest

There you go again, same thing!

Leb
Guest

Yes, I call that consistency.

Bjorn
Guest
Call it whatever you want, its what it says it is. In a mass protest to oust the gov’t. a riot could easily turn ugly. the military would have to keep order in that instance. I am not inventing scenario’s or seducing anyone. What is happening in the Middle-East should have already happened in many other places including the Philippines. Greece & Spain ,IMO,aren’t quite sure how to do it, Bulgaria is on the verge. Libya and Egypt had what Syria is going to get but for different reasons than the EU countries. Libya and Egypt as well as Syria… Read more »
Gerry
Guest

a re-boot would be too kind.

Bjorn
Guest

This guy Fortun, he is so full of shit. Napoles did it all on her own, none of the congressmen knew what the others were doing. The lone pdaf robber theory. They only get away with that in the USA. Unless you let them get away with it, and you will. It is in your history to do so.
Filipino’s, you are governed by thieves, common as cow-dung horse-thieves. You apparently like it.

libertas
Guest

Political systems and corrupt politicians – scenarios.

Good system and bad people – a constant battle to beat the system. The system minimises opportunity.

Bad system and good people – motivation to abuse system for personal gain not prevalent.

Bad system and bad people – leads to rampant, systemic and institutionalised corruption. 3rd world. Checks and balances not in place, or ineffective.

Good system and good people – only exists in theory and the next world.

libertas
Guest

I blame the chinese!

“Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. And
there are 5 people in my family, so it must be one of them.
It’s either my mum or my dad. Or my older brother Colin.
Or my younger brother Ho-Cha-Chu.
But I think it’s Colin”
Tommy cooper

Johnny Saint
Guest
Carmen Pedrosa writes in the 31 August 2013 edition of the Philippine Star: “Whatever future actions are contemplated as a follow up to the million march on August 26, a picture is emerging on the logic of events: “First, use pork barrel to get Congress to remove Corona and weaken the Supreme Court. “Second, Smartmatic-PCOS elections to have a 60-30-10 elections to control who should be elected to Congress. “Third, Pork barrel expose of potential rivals to incite public anger against members of Congress. “Fourth, offer solution to appease public anger. “Five, the solution offered is for executive to control… Read more »
libertas
Guest
I had some similar thoughts and had just put it this way Most of the aquino/LP attempt to con the public has now been worked out, and where it fits in the grand scheme of things. Timeline Napoles gathered key staff last week ( as stated by 2 whistleblowers) – offered money if stayed loyal. – ordered all documents to be shredded – said that she was going into witness protection – and that she would be aquitted in 2017 ( significant date in itself) Last week and beginning of this napoles lawyer kapunan negotiated deal via lacierda and with… Read more »
Johnny Saint
Guest

Jojo Binay still has ambitions. And he’s as canny political operator as they come. The Aquinos/LP will have to deal with him. There’s also the possibility Grace Llamanzares might throw herself into the contest. Lovely how that might turn out, mate.

libertas
Guest

I had a dream
A nation characterised by individual decency, community support, national pride.
A spirit of independence, a search for knowledge, and a passion for excellence.
A culture which celebrated diversity, respected human life, and welcomed innovation.

Then i woke up and experienced a nightmare – i was in the philippines

Migs Marbella
Guest

Maybe if you stop being so idealistic and think of the FIRST STEPS towards improvement, then something might be done about the Philippines. I agree the Philippines is a nightmare and this is caused by a deep rooted problem. But first steps matter in reducing this problem. Then from there, proceed more until our country reached a level of decency.

vibeit
Guest

If nothing comes out of this investigation then I say a tax revolt is a must. These politicians need to learn to take us seriously.

BlueStreak
Guest

You read my mind lad. What is the point of giving these leeches our blood? I say fuck ’em. Tax revolt is inevitable.

ChinoF
Member

The real tragedy in all this, is that if only Napoles does get jailed, people will cheer, pat themselves on the back and believe it’s all over. Then they’ll wonder a few months or weeks later that pork barrel is still being misused. What? That’s what I said in my article about Booing Corona. People just ride the bandwagon without thinking. Pork barrel involves not only Napoles, it likely involves everyone in government. If you don’t see it this way, you haven’t read Paul’s article here. Or are just too lazy to think.

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