The shame of being governed by what many now regard as a den of thieves is hitting fever pitch! BizNews Asia Vol.11 No.14 featured a photo of Philippine Congress in session with the caption in big bold letters “The Philippines’ Biggest Criminal Syndicate.”
The Manila Bulletin cited it in its article Magazine labels Congress ‘biggest criminal syndicate’ and featured what seems to be a legit photo of a saleslady holding up the same magazine edition showing this cover. The article reports…
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The September edition of the weekly business and news magazine zeroed in on the controversial multi-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers that went to bogus non-government organizations, as well as the key agencies and personalities involved in the alleged scam.
The magazine cover was first shared by journalist Ira Panganiban on Facebook, and was captioned : “And this is how we look to the world! Downright embarrassing.”
The photo has been shared 4,656 times as of this posting, and has been repeatedly shared by other Facebook users.
In late August of this year, no less than Philippine Senate President Franklin Drilon himself proposed that Congress be abolished as public outrage over the corruption scandal intensified…
Senate President Franklin Drilon said that while the PDAF would be abolished as declared by the President, each lawmaker would still retain their right to direct a portion of the annual budget (P200 million for each senator and P70 million for a representative) to a hospital or a road project that they desired.
“What will happen if we will not take a direct hand (in the identification of projects)? Let’s just abolish Congress then,” he said.
Drilon said the only difference from the reviled pork barrel system and the President’s plan was that these allocations would be made during the regular public hearings on the budget in Congress and that the funds would go directly to the implementing agency and not to nongovernment organizations. The NGOs handle the implementation, monitoring and reporting under the current system.
The legislative body along with the country’s Executive branch led by President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III from whose office the inclusion of the pork barrel in the national budget proposal originates is under increasing pressure to abolish this practice.
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73 Replies to “Ph Congress: The country’s ‘Biggest Criminal Syndicate’ according to BizNews Asia”
The land of thieves. The so called honourable (puke in disgust!) politicians is robbing their own countrymen. Indeed it is an embarrassing country! Shame on these pigs as well as the voters who put these pigs in the position.
Wag po ninyong lalahating ang mga botante dahil karamihan sa kanila ay walang alam tungkol sa mga hinayupak na mga bwaya at baboy na iyan…
Ignorance is not an excuse, never.
Its appalling! the politicians envolved should emmidiately resign from their offices…if their not because they are shameless anyway…People should carry them away from their offices and dump them in the middle of murky water of Pasig river…They should join their cohorts and let them rot in the dark, stinky and disgusting prison….
ok nman ang comment mo kya lang,TAGALUGIN mo na lang kc sir!
nakakahiya lang, kung sana madali lang mag migrate tagal ko ng linayasan itong pilipinas, napaka walang kwenta ng mga humahawak, puro magnanakaw. kawawa yung sobrang hirap sa buhay. nasaan na yang mga naakusahang mga senator at congressman na yan, dapat isama na yan kay napoles para mag reunion sila.
At first I thought this cover was not real. But come to think of it, this perfectly describes the despicable and truly atrocius acts of many politicians. Sa tagalog, nakakasuka, kasuklam-suklam talaga ang pinaggagawa ng mga halimaw, matatakaw at gahaman sa pera at kapangyarihan. They all deserve the death penalty for depriving us, the Filipino people, not just the poor, but all Filipinos, of the benefits, the services, the defense capability of this country just so they could amass tremendous wealth. Nakakahiya sila, puro galing sa nakaw ang pinapakain, pinapagpaaral, pinapang bakasyon at kung anu-ao pa. I-enjoy nyo na yan, mga baboy, dahil di ninyo madadala ang lahat ng ninakaw nyo sa impyerno!
buti n lang nasa saudi nako hehehehe pasensya na mga kabayan pero ang malas lang ng mga pinoy kung pwede ko lang itakwil ang pilipinas ignawa ko na dahil sa mga kawalanghiyaan ng mga politiko at sa mga botante naman napakabobobo nyo kayo ang bumoto sa mga yan kaya yari kayo ngayon hahahaha
Kahit naman hindi natin sila iboto, masyado silang makapangyarihan para mandaya sa election. Wag mo sabihing bobo ang mga bumoto sa kanila.
Hi kimberly, kahit nasa saudi ka pa kung nagpapadala ka ng pera sa pilipinas ay kinukuhaan din ng gobyerno ng tax ang bawat perang ginagastos ng mga mahal mo sa buhay mula sa ipinadala mo.
ang hindi magmahal sa sariling wika, ay higit sa mabaho at malabsang isda. ou jan ka na lang sa middle east. para d maamoy ung baho mong umaalingasaw tutal kaamoy mo na mga arabo jan. haha kapal mo! mahiya ka nga sa sinabi mong itatakwil mo ang sarili mong bansa. kadiri ka
Gunngong!!!! Kamusta ang sandstorm diyan. I would not dare leave in that dispicable place.
Mukhang tatlong magnanakaw na senador lamang ang makukulong. Ito ay sina Enrile, Estrada at Revilla. Ang karamihan sa mga magnanakaw na senador , congressman, at government officials na kasapi ng KKKK ay hindi kakasuhan kaya patuloy silang makapagnanakaw sa 2014 budget. Kaya dapat alisin ang lahat na pork barrel mapa Kongreso o pork barrel ni Noynoy dahil nandiyan pa ang mga mandarambong at hindi na sila mapagkakatiwalaan. O kaya alisin na lang ang Kongreso at Pangulohan.
unfair naman kung sila lang tatlo ang makulong isama nyo na yong may pinakamalaking nakuha sa PDAF kawawa bayan nila tumanggap pa nag recognition kesyo tapos na yong mg project nya doon sa awa nang Diyos kahit paimbistigahan ang Masbate hindi pa tapos..
this ought to be good for the exchange rate. I am looking forward to 50:1 against the US Dollar.
kahiya hiya ang Pilipinas sa pinag-gagagawa ng mga mambabatas na yan. Tama din siguro yung mungkahi ni Atty Macalintal na buwagin na yang Kongreso at Senado. Wala namang maipasang matitinong batas. Puro internet at mga netizens ang pinag-iinitan ng mga yan.
Wala na ngang magawang tama ninanakawan pa ang bansa..
Looks like the Philippine Political Mafia is finally exposed by Biz News Asia. Let the guilty criminals among them be made accountable! To think that those guilty even support terror/criminal/bandit groups. Remember the NPA campaign fees and/or campaign to win? The guilty fund shooters too to eliminate any opposition in their provinces and respective bailiwicks. The godfather of the pork is BS Aquino with the biggest amount in excess of 1 TRILLION PESOS. BS gave all the benefits and advantages to the MILF. He is also for the NPA.
Well, well, well.. just another day for everybody else because once again we have a source of national pride. “D ba sabi sa TV ito ay pwede nating ipagmalaki sa buong mundo.” The biggest criminal syndicate is actually the people who were voted and elected by the masses..it’s like wow that is absolutely awesome. If ever a foreigner would ask me what am I proud of my country, I’d say we are a country whose leaders support legalized plunder from top to bottom, whether they are rich or poor everybody has a share of the tainted pie. I am aware that in some countries they do this discreetly or maybe differently but in my country they do it blatantly for everyone to see, and look we are once again in the headlines. I AM PROUD TO BE PINOY WOHOO~!
Bought a copy of it and I guess that is proof enough. My reaction..well I’m not surprised, this isn’t the most shocking thing ever since slice bread and this isn’t news to me however I do admit seeing this for the first time in a published magazine.
Sucks to be here in flipland, too bad I can’t go anywhere else yet.
We’ve got a government run like hell..and there we have it. We get the government we deserve, I sure as hope those millions of people who participated in that march last august had a ‘hand’ with voting for those people who are now ruling this country.
We don’t really have to worry about this country going down the drain because it IS already down the drain, what I’m looking at is how deep are we still going to go.
The magazine really leaves a bad taste in my mouth but that is the reality of things around here and that is something that could be a wake-up call for change. It is just too bad that when we wanted change all we got were loose coins.
nakakahiya, nakakasuka at nakakalungkot! kung hindi naman baboy at buwaya itong mga mga magnanakaw na pulitikong ito eh napakahampaslupa nila hindi na nakontento sa sweldo at kapangyarihan nila at nakuha pa nilang magnakaw ng pera ng bayan! NAPAKAHAMPASLUPA NILA SOBRANG GAHAM AT UHAW SA PERA’T KAPANGYARIHAN! dapat sa kanila hindi na ikinukulong kung hindi dahan dahang patayin ng taong bayan! grabe sila! nakakahiya na ito!
The good thing about with what is happening is that the govt is no longer hiding these from the public. I hope we continue this practice of letting the corrupt get discovered and put them in jail! If this practice goes on, it will become part of our political culture of hating corruption, even cyberbullying those who benefited (Isama pati mga anak nila! Like the son of Gen. Carlos Garcia and Jean Napoles who are having luxurious lives abroad). We should make everyone feel that corruption is SHAMEFUL. Let us ostracized them, make their world oh so small. Stop the culture of accepting and even befriending people who made money out of the govt’s coffers. Once we have that culture, we will even hate the little sins of kotong and ‘acceptable’ SOP for the Mayors etc.
Before S.Korea became a new tiger, all the previous presidents involved in corruption were put to jail. I think around 30 decades of that. They hated corruption, got justice. Now they’re doing well.
WATERBOARD ALL THESE TRAITORS OF THE MOTHERLAND OR WE CAN JUST BUNCH THEM ALL UP AND LET THEM ROT U UNDERNEATH THE DUNGEONS OF FORT SANTIAGO. MAKE SURE TO LOSE THE KEYS.
Ayaw ko man sanang maging kahiya hiya ang Pilipinas sa buong mundo pero sana ay hindi lang BizNewsAsia ang sumunod na magpublish ng storyang ito. Calling Times, CNN, BizNewsWorld, etc… to publish this news so that these “honourable” thieves in the philippine congress and Senate will be put to shame in all corners of the world.
I’m been told that one of the reasons the dollar to peso exchange rate has improved is because of that poster above, huge with drawls of cash from banks and investments getting pulled, foreign countries see no will for change very little outrage and no action and feel it’s only getting worse, like N Korea those in power will never let go the reins because that would mean a very poor lifestyle and they would need to get a real education and skills.
Sino po ang kilala ninyong mga politiko sa ating bansa na considered na mahirap?
http://ph.news.yahoo.com/meet-ph-s-poorest-congressman-072403039.html sya pwede na ba sya? pero paki define muna ang “mahirap”
drilon is trying to campaign that pork barrel aka as pdaf don’t be abolished instead he want it changed to another name and he want the system how the congress and senate will spend it.he is really a pork . very fat pork.even how the people of the republic is begging that it will be stop fat man like him fight the idea,.
As of April 2013, the national government’s outstanding debt stood at P5.309 trillion, an amount representing 48.9 percent of the gross domestic product. – The Philippine Star
-Hindi ba pwede dito muna ilagay yang PDAF na yan?
Sadly, these courrupt politicians will go through convoluted excuses, instead of resigning, just to get around the scam they’re getting into.
Walang hiya talaga sila!
Si Drilon? hitsura pa lang pork na pork na ang dating. He dared to abolish congress, he should go ahead. Now na.
mga magnanakaw na politiko, sana magkaroon naman kayo ng kunting hiya… totoo nga, “it’s more fun in the philippines”, para lang sa inyo dahil enjoy kayo sa mga nanakaw nyong pera ng taong bayan…nahihiya na akong sabihin sa mga na mi meet kung mga foreigners na pinoy ako…
Not more funS but MORE FUNDS
not “konting” hiya – it must be “Absolute” na hiya,,,,
watch the reaction when you tell them you’re a Pinoy. They hug their bag tighter.
Why is Makati Business Club so silent??
Why are the Ayalas so silent??
Where are you now??
Magkakampi, magkapanalig, magkapuso at magkaibigan sila.
Sharing to all Senators and Congressman..
English Standard Version (ESV)
8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
Just so everyone would know…BizNews Asia is a Philippine magazine. I don’t think it is even distributed outside of the country..or at least, it is not well known overseas. (Pls correct me if I am wrong)
I am saying this because the mere presence of the word “Asia” in the magazine name may have added the extra flame in the anger and shame that we already have. Other regional magazines won’t be as sensational and brash when using titles for their headlines.
read the true message not judge the messenger.
I dont want to see any Pork Barrel Scam Candidates in 2016, period. I dont want this case to dragged on and on for years like the Ampatuan Case.
WHY DONT YOU ALL JUST VANISH..
FUCK YOU ENRILE…..
FUCK YOU REVILLA….
FUCK YOU JINGGOY UNGGOY…
You have to say that to BS Aquino too, since he needed to be pressured to be against this pork barrel practice. Malacanang was trying to justify pork barrel until people started to stage protests against it.
I say and I say this once more…Kill those dang bastards! 10bill to a hired hitman..we only need a fraction of that to kill all of them!
This is the best solution. Eliminate the SOBs so that future wannabes will be scared.
the Filipinos need to drag ang hang the thieves all in plaza Miranda and televised it in front live feed just like what the Italian partisans did to Mussolini in Milan. That will set a shin
Ing example that if you attempt to do a treacherous act. You will ultimately pay. That will be the ultimatum to all the corrupt, crocodile skin officials. SKIN THEM ALIVE IF WE HAVE TO!!!
The art of war!
Yes im amazed they are still screwing Filipinas…..why do they let them get away with it??
My personal opinion…ABOLITION of the Pork Barrel…to stop CORRUPTION, and also a strong intend to change our form of government to a UNICAMERAL system, as proposed by Mr. Ted Failon..dismantle “CONGRESS”…no more PARTY LIST…
I agree! Abolish the congress !
Local officials look up to members of Congress as role models. Bad role models. Our nightmare is that local officials adapt the very devilish ways of Congress. We have set up stratas of corruption in government. Most of those we vote to LGUs and Congress are the very people who are destroying this country. Rise up ordinary citizens and reform this government. We cannot sit down on this challenge.
House of Representative – ang natatanging bahay kung saan matatagpuan ang mga tao na may iisa ang layunin sa ating bansa. Ang magnakaw ng pera ng bayan!
Do you mean “House of Representathieves”?
dapat ang cost of living ng mga pilipino ei tumaas. Pano tataas eh ung pinagkakatiwalaan natin na senates and congress are the one who’s stealling from us.
The tax keep on increasing!!!
Kaya pala. Sa mga bulsa lang pala nila napupunta.. ang lakas pa mag pacommercial during election campaign..
WHAT A SHAME..
Anu wala maikaso sa mga mokong na to..
baka my tinatakpan na identity..
OR WORSE ALL THESE SENATES AND CONGRESS ARE ALL PARTICIPATING IN THESE KIND OF AGENDA!!!
TO THE CONCERN CITIZEN. LETS MAKE A MOVE..
DONT BE BLIND BY THEM..
THEY ARE USING US. AND KEEP DIVERTING THIS TO ANOTHER ISSUE.
Return the Pork Barrel Money to the people.
Approve the Freedom Of Information Bill.
Jail time to the Corrupt Public Officials.
Supposedly the Senate and Congress is legislative. Why do they want to have a hand in projects and budgets of the Executive? just asking.
ubos na ang kinurakot kaya nag hihingi nanaman.
sana ang mga ito na lang ang nasawi sa tacloban paa naman mabawasan ang kuracot sa gobyerno.
Saan na kayo ngaun sa oras nga panagngailangan
ng taong bayan .tago kayo na tago kc pag kayo ang nakita mababawasan ang mga kinurakot nyo.
Death sentence to every corrupt politicians.
But make sure the judge is not corrupt too!
Shame and scandal in the family of politicians known as Familia Incorporada!
Rumor being going around that KRIS is running for office. A brother (president) who is inept, a cousing (senator) who appears to be another inept, and now a sister (kris) who is a liar (remember – she said she will leave the Philippines once Pnoy is elected). Kawawa naman ang mga Pinoy.
ang mga gagong criminal syndicate na gobierno ng pinas na boljakan ng Triad/Yakuza/islamofascist government ng neighboring countries natin! (na i-dyaro pa!)
Instead of paying our taxes lets get togehter and put some money about $2 million lets hire
a REAL ASSASIN and have then killed thats the only justice we can get JUSTICE DEPT IS CORRUPT/OBUDSMAN IS CORRUPT EVERYBODY IS CORRUPT ASSASINATION IS THE ONLY ANSWER to put
Dignity to this nation again
We just hope that the FILIPINO PEOPLE will be given justice on SYNDICATED CRIME OF CORRUPTION…SANA MERON TALAGANG SAMPLE NA MA KULONG NA CONGRESSMAN O SENATOR…TAPOS E HEADLINE TALAGA SA LAHAT NG NEWS PAPER.
You really think congressman lang at senator ang guilty? Enlighten yourself, man, else you are just riding the fad.
this pipol are thugs… hindi yan pahuhuli ng buhay o ibalik ang pera ng bayan! REVOLUTION KAILANGAN DITO!!! inalis saatin ang karapatan mabuhay ng masagana kya buhay din nila dapat kapalit!! palitan ang systema at alisin ang lahat ng epal n politician
At the END of this life on earth, there is a GREAT JUDGE ABOVE ALL, JESUS CHRIST, our MIGHTY GOD who sees everything. GREEDY people will enjoy their earthly wealth but their souls will burn into hell.
I am glad that all these political garbage are now out in the open and that the righteous people will stand for the truth. Let this be a beginning of ACCOUNTABILITY and LOVE for the people and the country itself.
PHILIPPINES BELONG TO ALL FILIPINOS. FILIPINOS are creative and inventive people and so the government should be behind them to bring more credit to the nation. STOP BEING GREEDY FOR POWER AND WEALTH. WORK WITH YOUR HANDS LIKE US… DON’T MANIPULATE PEOPLE. Be humble before God kasi masusunog kayo sa hell pag di kayo nagbago. JESUS CHRIST IS YOUR JUDGE AND OUR LAWYER.
SABI NG BIBLIA…
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
MAY ORAS PA PARA MAGBAGO. MAPAPATAWAD PA KAYO NI HESUS.
SANA PO MABASA NILA ITO PARA MAGISING SILA AT MAGBAGO ANG KANILANG MGA PAG-IISIP TUNGKOL SA PAANO UMUPO NG MAAYOS SA GOVIERNO.
ANG LAHAT AY MAY KATAPUSAN… PERO SAAN TAYO PUPUNTA ANG DAPAT NATING MALAMAN. MARAMI PONG SALAMAT SA PRIVILEGE NA MAKAPAG SHARE ANG MGA NASA PUSO NAMIN. GOD BLESS
Since congress was reinstated, 1986 to be exact. What have they accomplished in terms of Hospital and and road allocation? Very little if close ti none. This congress is an abomination to its people,and to our country.
As long as there are senators and congressmen/women who spend 10’s to 100’s of millions to get elected, rest assure that CORRUPTION is there to follow.
congress is useless. the constitution says, all money matters goes to congress/house of representatives. dyan ang singitan/hatian ng pera. putangina! kaya may NPA/MILF eh. >:(
1987 constitution is flawed. son of bitch!
mag-Federalism na tayo para hindi madamay ang ibang LGUs sa corruption dito sa manila. or if not then economic freedom to LGUs. 60-40
Ako mula Ng maniwala Sa erap Para Sa mahirap hanggang ngayon d na bumoboto Sana wala Ng Tao mag pa rehistro at bomoto Para wala Ng politiko mag pa exam na Lang tayo kung Sino ang magiging registered public service Sa bawat tungkulin at magkaroon Ng commission for public service na Hindi corrupt…lol