We are amidst a flurry of multiple Napoles Lists — each with different sets of names — emerging from the woodwork! At last count there are four bozos holding such lists — former Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, former whistleblower Sandra Cam, and no less than Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III.
Each one is grandstanding about their version of the list, each of which, supposedly was provided by alleged pork barrel scam ringleader Janet Lim Napoles herself. Apparently, none of them are consistent with the other. The only real brainwave of consequence on the matter of these multiple lists is that “the release of three different lists appears to be aimed at muddling the issue instead of bringing clarity to the pork scam controversy”. Aren’t we all glad President BS Aquino is around to tell us these things?
Seemingly not above the antics of little boys and girls, Lacson and Cam both had at one time or another threatened to reveal their lists if De Lima attempts to “sanitize” hers — a suspicion many in the Philippines social media “activist” community share.
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So now, we are stuck with four different Napoles List versions that are all mutually-inconsistent. Looks like the investigation is pretty much stumped — locked in a stalemate reminiscent of the Cold War doctrine of mutually-assured destruction. Funny that such a motley crew emerged in this Pinoy-style nuclear club — a sitting president, a “justice” secretary, a former senator and chief of police, and a whistleblower.
The manner with which Napoles List grandstanding is being turned into a media circus is quite revealing of how serious Philippine investigators are taking this epic corruption scandal. Fact is, there is enough evidence out there to mount a thorough investigation from the ground up — without having to rely on “whistleblowers” and the lists that were seemingly deliberately released to these bozos in different versions to paralyse the inquiry. Pinoy investigators are, quite simply, just plain lazy.
Money certainly cannot be moved undocumented in those amounts. And even if they could, individual members of Congress only need to be made accountable for funds that couldn’t be accounted for by proper documentation.
It’s simple, really.
Documented fraud is, of course, the best evidence in an embezzlement case. But a lack or ommission of documentation surrounding a movement or change of hands of significant amounts of funds is just as good.
Where there are missing or unaccounted for funds, the person ultimately accontable for the disbursement should be taken to task whether or not there is evidence of fraud.
Senators and House Representatives should be held accountable for both (1) fraudulent use of public funds and (2) misplacing or losing track of funds that they were responsible for.
That goes back to Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s original ululation — that “It is not up to the senators to determine whether an NGO is bogus or not…”
It is really that one principle that saves the hide of the scores of members of Philippine Congress who have amassed their fortunes stealing pork. According the Jinggoy Principle, senators and congressmen can be jailed for fraudulent use of pork: but not for misplacing millions of taxpayers’ funds — which is why investigating pork thievery is complicated; because missing pork or pork disbursements that senators and congressmen cannot readily explain are not enough to throw them in jail.
Yet, a lowly bank teller or checkout chick who fails to balance her cash position at the end of trading hours is required to fork out the variance from her own pocket. If she fails to balance consistently, she gets fired and probably thrown in jail.
Yet senators and congressmen who are unable to explain what their pork got spent on to the tune of millions go scott free. It’s easy being a crook in Congress. You get to hide behind the dust kicked up by a president, a former police chief, and a “justice” secretary huffing and puffing about lists given to them by Janet Lim Napoles. It is quite obvious here who gets the last laugh.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.
6 Replies to “The curious case of multiple Napoles List versions”
The Napolist is very favorable to the 3 senators that are being accused now because it will muddle the issue and will convert this crime into a political circus. It is obvious why Napoles and her handlers are doing this.
Since 1986, the numbers of political scam or scandal, is more numerous than politicians that goes to jail.
It is partly the fault of Filipinos for allowing all of this.
The slimier you are, the more questionable your motives , the more unremarkable your accomplishments are and the more tarnished your past , the more numerous and the more devoted your followers will be. PROUD TO BE PINOY!!!!
The list goes on…and on…it is now a guessing game…
I thinks, we don’t need a list, since they are all corrupt, anyway.
Lacson is a murder suspect…De Lima has her driver lover…Napoles does not even know, why she is there…Jinggoy Estrada is clueless of what to to…it’s like a badly scripted movie, with real political/movie actors…
They all cannot even play a good role, on their “palabas”…
This Piece of shit Jingoy MESSTRADA says it is not up to a Senator to find out if the money they entrusted with goes to a ‘credible’ source or is spent correctly?
WTF, that is EXACTLY what they are suppossed to do! HOLY SHIT, the nerve of this PIECE OF SHIT. DID THIS POS SAY IT WITHA STRAIGHT FACE TOO?
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON LIKE HALF BROTHER, thieving scumbags the whole fuckin bunch. ARROGANT AS WELL.
“I DID NOT KNOW THE PEOPLE I GAVE MILLIONS OF PESO’S, OF THE PEOPLE’S MONEY ,TO WAS A THIEF.I SWEAR I DID NOT KNOW, and IT IS NOT UP TO ME TO KNOW, THAT THEY ARE THIEVES!”. What a piece of fuckin shit this guy is.
OMG, it doesn’t get any sleazier than this guy, all of them actually. YUCK, do not go near this guy, his diseased ass is contagious. HUCK PUU!
Gngwa nyo n kmi gago! Mg ppols march n nga lng ult!