Thursday, October 30, 2008

Joc Joc Bolante now in Philippines

After our dinner last night, we watched the news. And as expected, Joc-Joc Bolante's arrival was the headline news.

Joc-Joc arrived in Philippines last Tuesday. There were so many people waiting for him which includes of course reporters from different stations, photographers and militant groups who want Bolante to reveal his knowledge of the Fertilizer fund scam and face the senate hearing.

VIP treatment

But people were wondering why Bolante was sent directly to St. Luke's Hospital and was given a VIP treatment. While the poor who are convicted or were only suspects are sent directly behind bars. There is no question what justice can do for those who are rich. ( But not all of course )

There were already many investigations that the senate had in the past but I don't remember someone being put to jail. What I think about this one is another expenses for the people of the Philippines. Every investigation in the senate means another expenses and nothing will happen. Most of you are corrupt!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Joc Joc is coming to town - Arrest warrant awaits him

While most kids awaits the coming of Santa Claus in their homes for their gifts this Christmas, the senate and the office of ombudsman is also waiting for the arrival of former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn "Joc-Joc" Bolante. The allegedly mastermind behind the Fertilizer fund scam.

Joc-Joc who sought political asylum in United States because he claims that he has been receiving death threats was denied safe haven in US by the immigration department and is coming back home tomorrow, Tuesday.

Arrest warrant

Senator Manny Villar ordered Gen. Jose Balajadia, the Senate sergeant-at-arms to arres former Agriculture Undersecretary Joc-Joc Bolante upon his return to the Philippines from US tomorrow. The arrest warrant issued by the Senate in December 2005 against Bolante for failing to attend public hearings of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and of the Senate blue-ribbong committee on the P728-million fertilizer fund scam during the thirteenth congress is still valid in fourteenth congress.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

PNP General on EURO scandal

The senate committee on foreign relations chaired by Senator Miriam Santiago is investigating another scandal. And this time a retired top official of the Philippine National Police is in question when he was caught by Russian airport authorities with an undeclared 6.9 million pesos or over 105,000 euros, on his way out of Moscow after attending the Interpol meeting weeks ago.

The committee recommended the criminal prosecution of the PNP delegation for graft, malversation of public funds, and violation of the anti-money laundering law and banking rules.

Obviously this is another act of graft and corruption. The senate is wasting again their time and publics money in investigating this scandal knowing that in the end nothing will happen just like the NBN ZTE deal scandal. Nobody was prosecuted. I am convinced that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the PNP will cover up the controversy. PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa and Ret. Gen. Dela Paz has their own different claims where the money was taken from.

And now with Gen. Dela Paz carrying an undeclared amount of money in Russia. Does he consider himself a General? Did he never think that carrying big sum of an undeclared money to another country is not allowed?

I wonder what will be the next scandal the senate would investigate so that this Euro scandal will stop just like the ZTE. I think it would be Joc Joc Bolante's fertilizer scam when he comes back from the United States this Tuesday. Let's see....