Why comparing pork barrel scams and natural disasters during Arroyo’s and Aquino’s terms is ultimately pointless

2010_april9_noynoy_psych11Sometimes, you’ll see things on your timelines (FB and Twitter) that you don’t expect to. Apparently, a few people think that it is a worthwhile exercise to compare former president Gloria Arroyo and current President Benigno Simeon Aquino III (BS Aquino), in terms of pork barrel and natural calamities faced. But then again, should we really be surprised? Both the issues with the pork barrel and how Filipino society copes with natural calamities have been persistent issues for years.

With regards to the pork barrel, comparisons between the two presidents started coming up especially after the latest Commission on Audit (COA) report was released. What critics of BS Aquino’s government seem to have noticed is that the report covered only the period from 2007-2009, which coincide the last three years of Arroyo’s term. “Why was the period from 2010-2013 not covered?”, asks, for example, the Daily Tribune.

If you remember, though, one of the responses Aquino had, when outrage was first gaining momentum, to direct everyone’s attention to the fertilizer scam that supposedly happened during Arroyo’s time. However, he did not mention the P10 billion figure, instead he used the P90 million figure associated with a bogus deal of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

With such responses, one would get the impression that BS Aquino is trying to say that compared to Arroyo, he’s not as bad and therefore there’s nothing to worry about under him. However, doesn’t that miss the point? A scam is a scam regardless of the amount, and that something still happened despite it already being well into BS Aquino’s term tells us that either he hasn’t been effective in controlling corruption, or that he’s actually making it worse.

Now, speaking of the recent Habagat 2013, comparisons with Habagat 2012 and Ondoy in 2009 are inevitable. For data collection, for example, it would be appropriate to measure the amount of rainfall, which is what scientists did. To elaborate, Ondoy dumped 455 mm, Habagat 2012 472 mm, and Habagat 2013 600 mm, according to the report.

If you ask me, the only trend I can see is that it’s getting worse; but we didn’t really need to know the amount of rainfall dumped to conclude that. Although I haven’t heard BS Aquino directly say that Ondoy is still worse because it happened during Arroyo’s term, I wouldn’t put it past him to actually come out with a statement something like that in the coming days.
Under pressure on two big issues, it makes you wonder: is the Aquino government looking for more straws to grasp at in order to divert attention from how it responds (or does not respond, as may be deemed appropriate)?

Ok, so Aquino would like to believe that he’s still doing better than Arroyo. So What?

Ultimately, such comparisons between the Aquino and Arroyo administration are pointless. Why? Because the problems still persist, and the people still don’t seem to care that they do.

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BS Aquino had campaigned on the premise/promise that he was going to be everything that his predecessor was not. Yet at the start of his term he did not do the one obvious thing that would really differentiate him: abolish the pork barrel. Until now, he hasn’t, after making that statement he added that disbursements would be suspended until a probe by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is completed.

If he eventually does get to abolishing the pork barrel, then it will perhaps be one of the best things he’ll ever do as President. Why relinquish control over the one thing that gives him control of both houses of Congress? Because it’s the right thing to do, if, indeed, “kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.”

No matter how much BS Aquino would like us to believe he was justified in axing the Laguna Lake Rehabilitation Project because it was “tainted with corruption”, it only served to further highlight how incompetent and narrow-minded he was. First off, it showed that: more than the merits of the project, that it was associated with Arroyo was the apparent prime consideration in canceling it, and thus depicted a vindictive and narrow-minded way of thinking. Second, by dismissing the project as one that would “just dump silt to be recovered to another portion of the lake”, he showed an unwillingness to listen to advice from experts in a field wherein obviously he is not one.

The project above is just one casualty. There was another P1.9 billion in flood control projects also cancelled by BS Aquino, seemingly arbitrarily.

Mr. President, whatever flood control plans you have for the nation, they were needed yesterday.

The Filipino people, however, are not blameless either. They are, to a certain extent, responsible too for why things turned out the way they did. And the problems are getting worse. I’m not going to say “before they get better.” Why? Because if Filipinos keep repeating their insanity over and over, it’s definitely not going to get any better.

Whoever between Arroyo or Aquino did less damage, the significance of it all shrinks when put side by side with the gross negligence that the Filipinos have been practicing towards electing their leaders, keeping them accountable, taking care of their surroundings, and generally practicing discipline and restraint as a people.

With that in mind, should we expect to see the same scandals and catastrophes in the coming years, even beyond BS Aquino’s term? What will it take to finally wake Filipinos up and realize that “we have a problem”?

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Gogs
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Noynoy lacks the maturity to make an apples to apples comparison. All he ever cared about is looking better than Gloria. By hook or by crook. Someone like that tends not to priotize the proper things .

siomai
Guest

He is better than Gloria even before he was proclaimed president. It is seen by his performance in the government now.

WinterSoldier
Guest

TROLL.

3 years and still NOTHING. Please stop this propaganda crap and do something new, will ya? Or maybe I’m just talking to a robot… 😛

Only Yellow Zombies like you who would said that. Take your PROPAGANDA somewhere else. 😀

Punta
Guest

Troll
This is 3 years is nothing
-Peace & Development in Mindanao
-10 billion scam and other scams being exposed, and accused being hunt
-Gloria under house arrest
-Gloria cronies impeach
-Angelo Reyes took suicide because of guilt
-Credit ratings getting well
-Corruption is being cleaned
-Projects for development were under construction
-Peso getting stronger and stronger
-Fuels getting cheaper slowly

Of course you won’t wont feel it Winter Soldier. Get a life first.

Johnny Derp
Guest

@punta

TROLL FAIL

Obviously, you are completely brainwashed by the yellow media. That’s what they want you to be. Unfortunately for you, that no one will believe your lies.

Fact is that your president has done diddly squat. Those “achievements” that you mentioned are not worth bragging about.
3 years have been wasted in prosecuting his political enemies and lining his kkk’s pockets with wealth.

Of course,you won’t be replying because everything that I’ve said is true.

You lose.

joeld
Guest
@ punta Idiot! Wake up! 1. He is part of the 10 Billion scam 2. Gloria hasnt been proven guilty of any charges up to now. 3. Corona was just removed from office for his own interests. 4. Watda….. 5. Feed your family some credit ratings. Tell that to those jobless people…millions of them. 6. Corruption is worse than ever 7. He, in fact cancelled projects which could have helped a lot, especially in alleviating floods. 9. You think that’s good? Tell that to all the OFWs who are among the ones keeping the Philippines afloat. 10. Last time I… Read more »
WinterSoldier
Guest
Punta is a Yellow Troll just like the robot siomai: This is 3 years is nothing -Meh. How come sooner? Let’s see if the rest of Mindanao are at it. -And that includes the CURRENT administration. Your point? -Gloria under house arrest. And for what? Most of the cases against her are based on HEARSAYS and she is acquitted one by one. -Right, and instead of a fair trial, those supposed ‘cronies’ got a TRIAL BY PUBLICITY while Abnoy’s cronies just got a pardon and never tried. -Angelo Reyes Angelo Reyes DENIED the allegations against him, up until the very… Read more »
Johnny Derp
Guest

Why am I not surprised of the malacanang troll’s silence whenever we totally DESTROY their pathetic propaganda?

Yellow totally suits them since they are complete COWARDS.

Punta
Guest
-Peso is getting stronger and commend to private companies? Well maybe Trust rating is getting better and better. -About the 10 Billion Scam, so it just happened under his administration? We’ll a lot of corruption has being seen under his administration, and your corrupt bosses are getting caught. -Peace in Mindanao, lets see if the rest of Mindanao had it, well if you dont trust your own countrymen. I’d work for it, there are still rebel groups and you know its not that easy to eliminate them. And this peace process is not even funded by our government. This project… Read more »
Johnny Derp
Guest

Nope, still won’t make a difference since what you’re posting is still propaganda.

Your arguments are weak just like your president.

TROLL HARDER

Punta
Guest
Propaganda? I’ve work for both President’s Projects but I dont work for the government. I work from a private company. I knew a lot of their projects specially in mapping and planning and development cause I’m a remote sensing specialist. Well, I defend the president cause he’s a good one and I knew that our country is moving forward. A lot of people may see it but you experts dont but at least I know were at the majority. I have a lot of friends, former school mates, friends from work, neighbors, acquaintances and no one even like Gloria Arroyo.… Read more »
WinterSoldier
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@Punta: And now you make assumptions that I’m working for my so-called ‘boss’. Cite me some sources and I will believe. Or maybe you and your friends are a bunch of idiots who know nothing at all. You keep on saying about corruption is solely on GMA but that’s sole hypocrisy if you ask me. You keep on saying that she ‘stole’ YOUR money (which is the government’s money to begin with) while you’re not surprised about Noynoy has the biggest pork barrel of all the presidents? Or how about Hacienda Luisita (good thing that it went under way)? And… Read more »
Johnny Derp
Guest

Haha, this idiot thinks im working for someone. Nope, it seems that you are still in denial.
Is that really all you guys from malacanang can do now? Is that all you have to throw at us?
Pathetic

Ironic that you have proven yourself to be another stupid troll like your fellow idiot, siomai

TROLL HARDER

Punta
Guest
@ Winter Soldier – Do I have to site you a sources if you in yourself already knew who you are. Do you question yourself for you to believe? I never say corruption is solely on GMA. Why there’s a lot of corruption here in our country. She have a lot of people. Oppositions and the Majority members have corruption. Most of the people get into politics to do business not public service. Noynoy has the biggest pork barrel from all the president, well so what? Do the accounting and if there’s corruption impeach him or wait for the next… Read more »
Johnny Derp
Guest

P.S.

What you are posting is still propaganda.
Don’t even try to deny it.
It is as clear as the nose on your retarded face.

Fact is that if your president was really performing well, he wouldn’t need to hire idiots like you.

It seems that you are the one that should get a life and grow a brain.

WinterSoldier
Guest
@Punta: Long post but totally misses the point. -Corruption is not only on one individual but a group of people or even a system. Actually you turn to a GIRLY MAN and whine about putting away one corrupt politician and not realizing the full lengths of the corruption. And yes, I cite Hacienda Luisita because despite of the process of giving it to the farmers, he and his family are trying to get away with it. And you’re totally wrong about pork barrel anyway. “I’m a troll? No I’m not, I dont have to. I can take care of myself… Read more »
Punta
Guest
@Winter Soldier Corruption is not only on one individual but a group of people or even a system. Actually you turn to a GIRLY MAN and whine about putting away one corrupt politician and not realizing the full lengths of the corruption. Yes just like what I say when you read the 2nd & 3rd sentences in my post. In Hacienda Luisita, well he’s just one of the owners and he wouldnt have much power if the majority don’t want to give their property. We all know the tensions in their family. We all knew that they were not united.… Read more »
joeld
Guest

@ punta

Remote sensing specialist? Really now? If the government really had you on payroll, then I am really worried.

Can’t Malacanang pay a better troll?

Punta
Guest

@joeld – To tell you the truth right now. Hope the government is paying me in doing this shit with you guys.

WinterSoldier
Guest
@Punta: Another point-misser post, ladies and gentlemen. “You call me bias while you dont see yourself bias smart man. Your the one who talks a lot Gloria if you review your posts. Whored about media. I dont think so. I have more around the country from pave to unpaved roads, more than you’ve been. I have traveled in different municipalities than you had been and saw changes from what is good and what is bad.” And yes you are BIASED because you keep on demonizing an ex-president and yes we live in a government which is whored by media for… Read more »
Punta
Guest
@Winter Soldier -Well self proclaimed smart guy, please revisit all my post and yours and open your eyes, I keep on demonizing the ex president while you keep on demonizing the previous president. Then I’m the only one who’s biased. Unemployment is still high right now. Well everyone knows that. I believe the administration is doing its job to lessen it. That’s why they have to get credit ratings and trust ratings high in order for more investments and businesses will open here in our country. For the OFWs, I never call them dumb. They just have to live with… Read more »
WinterSoldier
Guest

@Punta:

“To tell you the truth right now. Hope the government is paying me in doing this shit with you guys.”

Well, you did already. And that is none other than the typical emo nonsense known as the ‘anti-Gloria hate bandwagon’.

Deal with it.

joeld
Guest
@ punta The guys here have been sited facts which you answered unsatisfactorily with only your gut feel and your emotions. Now answer these if your, oh-so-precious president is really that sincere , what does he do with his share of PDAF and his own Special fund? Only after a clean scrutiny of his cost accounting can I bow down and say, “YES! DAANG MATUWID!!!!” This thing you call shit, has opened up more yellow minds like you than you think. And to tell you the truth….people here also have lives but we do our share enlightening people like you… Read more »
Punta
Guest

@joeld – Regarding on your question, you know facts are not yet released and investigations are still being done. From what you were asking me, only the President can answer that.

WinterSoldier
Guest
“I keep on demonizing the ex president while you keep on demonizing the previous president.” You’re demonizing GMA. And if you accuse me of demonizing Noynoy, I want to tell you just because someone is coming straight with what really happens doesn’t mean I am demonizing them, or however you want to refer to it. Problem is without electronic media, everyone would still believe in these hoaxes and exaggerations that are brought on by the oligarch media players. Only a few would dare question, read more into it and contest that claim. “That’s why they have to get credit ratings… Read more »
Johnny Derp
Guest

Performance? What performance?

3 years have already passed.
Where are the results?

Don’t try to hide the fact that your president is a useless sack of sh!t like YOU.

Of course, you won’t reply because everything I’ve said is TRUE

TROLL HARDER

Berns
Guest

come on!

dare
Guest

Yeah he was so much better he basically passed a staggering 0 bills/laws in his combined 12 years in the congress and senate.

Johnny Derp
Guest

^in other words, he has accomplished asolutely

Gogs
Member

A stat I am still in awe over . ESPN behind the numbers.

algie ilagan
Guest

what performance ???????

Johnny Derp
Guest

^ that’s what I’d like to know too.
What performance?????

Peace Walker
Guest

Letter-grade wise, he gets an F.

siomai HAS to be eduardo/bida kapamilya in another iteration.

WinterSoldier
Guest

Yeah, and he’s proud of being a HYPOCRITE and a FRAUD.

Of course, you’re just talking to a ROBOT, not a real person. And robot have many dysfunctions. 😀

Nick
Guest

Humaygad!!!! anyare? di kpa rin naggicng sabuayan kaya kita ng ihi pra gumicng kna sa katotohana na ang Presidente mo ay isang dummy….inutil

vibeit
Guest
Our current President and the last one has faults that only the blindest of their followers will deny. Right now the pressure is building up for the big day Aug 26. Will it just really be a million people or more? Will it just be a simple “picnic” or a revolution? And I’m not talking about a “People Power” kind. This can turn out to be worse since the nation got hit or is being hit by calamities as of the moment. The people will be hot tempered on that day. Now it is up to the President if he… Read more »
siomai
Guest

If you are not wearing yellow shirt, that will be a pointless rally.

WinterSoldier
Guest

Sorry, but Yellow Zombies like you are utterly pointless from the start.

Yellow is the color of FEAR. Accept it or go home. 😀

Johnny Derp
Guest

nah, only yellow zombies like YOU would be stupid enough to wear yellow which is the color of FEAR, COWARDICE and WEAKNESS which your beloved idol has frequently displayed in the past 3 years.

Your argument is weak
TROLL HARDER

chocolate
Guest

Why do I have this feeling that Pnoy will be hiding under his bed? armed with his ps3 and ipad like a village idiot.

siomai
Guest

He is monitoring updates.

Gogs
Member

Noynoy : ” oh no ! Another underpass flooded!”

Unknown kkk member ” come back to bed honey!”

siomai
Guest

Is that the thing you can only say?

WinterSoldier
Guest

@siomai aka bida kapalmucka:

YES! Because it’s all the SAME CRAP ALL OVER AGAIN! 😀

Of you won’t admit since you’re just a real-life fraud. XD

Gogs
Member

I can say one more thing “COME OUT OF THE CLOSET!”

Johnny Derp
Guest

Your bald president is bad and you should feel bad.

Deal with it.

Gerry
Guest
“Manila, we have a problem.”, uh…NO SHIT!! It finally seems that most people have figured out that all of the politicians and their cronies have stolen everything that has not been nailed down. BUT, its gone and it is not coming back, none of it! It’s GONE! So, how to stop the whole mess from continuing should be priority numero uno! Forget about elections, they obviously do not work. This situation is beyond any rationally thought out cure. Not much else left to do, except do it! EEH GAD MON if ever a country deserved to be cleansed and to… Read more »
siomai
Guest

Let the president catch the prey (corrupt officials). He has done it to Arroyo and Corona.

WinterSoldier
Guest

W/o realizing the fact that the current president is also a crook.

ABOLISH PORK BARREL.

Of course you won’t admit that you are a HYPOCRITE because you love to DEMONIZE PNoy’s enemies, proving that you are a DEMON yourself. 😛

dare
Guest

Oh yeah, jail the opposition, post bail for his allies. Your president is the embodiment of double standard.

Gogs
Member

What the president has been doing is hiring trolls like you. Where does that get us? Nowhere. Ricky, you can’t convince me for a second you feel fulfilled with your life.

rookoz
Guest

Come election time, are there quality candidates Filipinos can choose? Or are they more of the same? If so should the blame be on the voters, or those who failed to stand up.

But most likely quality candidates are spit out or turned by the political system,if that case…

Gogs
Member

The available people that we can vote for is on US. Reflection of people’s expectations. You really think this happens in a bubble?? Simple rule: baduy loves baduy. I can’t put it any simpler than that.

rookoz
Guest

So are they political exiles in the US, or just find that there’s more opportunity for them there in comparison. Probably safer too, if they go against the grain.

LOL “baduy loves baduy”.

Yes, unfortunately true good leadership is not fashionable any more, or just pay lip service to it. And it has been a while, I think Filipinos forgotten what it looks like.

Gogs
Member

I meant us or US not USA. Face it , if you have brains, integrity and leadership you ain’t relating to the pinoy. If you are baduy on the other hand….

libertas
Guest

Bad news or bad weather has pnoy aquino scurrying away and hiding like a frightened mouse, whilst he waits for his inept miscommunications group to come up with some lame excuse or somebody to blame.
Pnoys insipid character and lack of backbone really is incredible.
No wonder the aquinos have a history of treachery and cowardice.
Pnoy aquino is clearly the appropriate leader for a nation of cowards who lets japanese rape their women, americans dictate their policies, and politicians steal their money

siomai
Guest

But let us admit it, the damage dealt by the recent storm was lower than that of the previous president and will be more lower next year because of the construction of more flood control projects. Also, cases will be filed for those who built structures that block the waterways.

Johnny Derp
Guest

Nah, still doesn’t hide the fact that your president didn’t do anything to prevent the massive flooding that hit the country…AGAIN

Is that all you idiots from malacanang can do now?
Post your excuses somewhere else since no one believes you.

TROLL HARDER

WinterSoldier
Guest

No, you can’t even admit that you’re just spouting more propaganda and that’s it. Cite sources, plez.

Of course you won’t reply because what I’ve said is 100% true. Just admit that you’re a TROLL and everything will be fine and dandy, kid. 😀

dare
Guest

What? He cancelled all of PGMA’s flood control projects simply because they were authored by her. Otherwise, the nation would have suffered significantly even less damage.

Simpleton
Guest
Ofcourse the damage is lower! All the other properties were already destroyed by the previous ones.. Can’t really damage something that doesn’t exist.. Dude we all know you’re just flame baiting.. you probably don’t even believe half the things you post here. Hell, you’re probably one of those people who keep clicking the third option in Yahoo polls which is equal to “I don’t care” You just love the satisfaction when people bite and the discussion turns to something else. It probably makes you feel important that some fine educated people here are affected by your posts. Or maybe it’s… Read more »
janey
Guest

“Sio” me the figures, “siomai.”

suckmedck
Guest

I just found it stupid that some filipinos still believe about the “aquino magic” “people power”
bla bla. I mean you dont have to wear a yellow t shirt for godsake to make a rally sucessful. to make a rally sucessful is that all participants, must be united, and believes in one goal. what happened back in 1986, is not becuz of the color yellow, its becuz, they are united by the catholic church/ or cardinal sin, who used religion to unite people against marcos.

blah
Guest

i like to wear to yellow shirt that says ‘ i was hoping for change but all i got was this lousy yellow shirt’

Gogs
Member

As stupid as the claim by “siomai” is. What is stupider is Noynoy and Ricky believe that is a good way to spend taxpayer money. So we are screwed beyond pork barrel.

je
Guest

ABOLISH PORK BARREL!!

libertas
Guest

Pee-noy aquino
The rally on aug 26 will also mark cowards day – pnoy aquino will be ‘honored’ by pissing in the street.
The bed-wetter and piss poor president pnoy will as usual be pissing his pants as his hypocritical facade crumbles.
Yellow is the color of piss, and cowardice. Very appropriate.

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

siomai must be overcooked in the brains get? BS Aquino your idol is a dictator! That is the truth. Down with the yellow dictatorship!!!

WinterSoldier
Guest

Trolls and real-life fraudulent lowlifes lime Punta totally missed the point about the late Angelo Reyes’ suicide. He never did it out of guilt. Instead, he denied it UNTIL the very end.

Of course you wouldn’t bother because those liars are totally ignorant. 😀

joeld
Guest

I think he was more of forced into it by his colleagues. End of investigation…..

libertas
Guest

bradley manning says he is now a girl and to call him chelsea.

pnoy ‘chelsea’ aquino said ‘ anytime dear’

da_truth
Guest

all this running of mouths but…

WHAT IS THE ACTION PLAN FILIPINOS?

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