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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Post Author: Paul Farol

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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)

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.

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.

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.

siomai
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” 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

mackoy31
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NO VIP treatment my ass!!! when can we ever wake up to the reality that we are just being played around by those politicians?

C4
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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
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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.

ChinoF
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“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.

libertas
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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.

libertas
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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
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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.

Bjorn
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

vibeit
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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.

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.