“Uncertainty is a very good thing: it’s the beginning of an investigation, and the investigation should never end.” –Tim Crouch
We suggest that for purposes of coherence and consolidation, only one investigation body should be tasked to investigate the “anomalous” P3.4-million chicken dispersal program of the Iloilo City government in the Philippines.
It has been established that some of the 17,500 chickens of the P10-million Integrated Community Food Production Project (ICFP) were below 300 grams as prescribed in the term of reference (TOR).
Not all of the 575 recipients have received the chickens, it was learned.
The probe body can grab the bull by its horns and zero in on this angle.
Everything else will be unraveled like a crossword puzzle. In a no non-sense investigation, no stone will be left unturned.
No need for more agencies to catch the prey.
But the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), initiator of the project, wants to join the investigation, according to reports.
Acting Mayor Jose Espinosa III had earlier tasked the Iloilo City Internal Audit Services Office (IASO) headed by lawyer Joan Montano to commence the probe on the hullabaloo, while the City Council’s committee of the whole headed by Councilor Ely Estante will also soon start its own probe.
NAPC’s entry may not be necessary because Espinosa’s order was considered as muto proprio since the City Agriculturist Office is under his office.
Estante’s committee will investigate the “scam” in aid of legislation, which is separate to the one being initiated by the executive branch.
A third party isn’t any more needed. One is enough. Two is too much. Three is a crowd.
Too many cooks will only spoil the broth.
Two of the “strongest” possible bets being floated by the Duterte administration for the next president of the Philippines are Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Pacquiao must be thinking that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was serious when he mentioned in his speech during the former world boxing champion’s birthday party in December 2016 in Gen. Santos City that “Pacquiao will be the next president.”
But recently, Malacañang grapevine says that the feisty lady mayor is being considered to be her father’s successor.
Will it be a Carpio-Pacquiao tandem?
It will depend on the PDP-Laban—and the President himself./WDJ