“…Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away…” –Psalm 37:1-2
With the way Senator Richard Gordon led the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing yesterday, March 13, he made the conspiracy and manipulation by the national government under former President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ S. Aquino III, in connection with the now-much hated Dengvaxia vaccine and its use as election propaganda in the 2016 presidential election, thoroughly clear to both the Philippines and the world.
The senator’s presentation, literally, skinned Aquino alive and exposed the machinations undertaken by the administration – from the president himself to former Department of Budget and Management Florencio Abad to former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Janet Garin to the rest of the DOH – with the release of P3.4 billion worth of government money going towards Sanofi, the French manufacturer of Dengvaxia.
In a matter of days, negotiations for the purchase were complete between Aquino, and his subalterns, with Sanofi, including the release of the P3.4 billion – even though the expenditure was not included in that year’s annual appropriations.
Gordon is right; Noynoy can’t deny his active participation in the Dengvaxia process.
What makes the situation worse is, according to the senator, the Aquino administration not only released the P3.4 billion amid the ongoing 2016 campaign period, but some P10 billion was also released by the president for public works projects – including barangay clinics – even though it is prohibited by the Omnibus Election Code.
Many have expressed their awe and admiration for Gordon when he announced the committee would also investigate the release of the additional P10 billion. Such maneuvers by the previous administration are now disclosed to the public and, if warranted by evidence, appropriate criminal cases must be filed and the offenders be jailed accordingly.
With the massive spending undertaken amid the campaign period by Noynoy’s group, it is beyond doubt that he and his Liberal Party cohorts scammed the entire nation.
They should be made to pay for this – up to the last centavo.
Why did Aquino, Abad, Garin, and their followers spend billions during the 2016 campaign period? Based on documentary evidence, as shown by Gordon yesterday, it is impossible to hide what they did given the huge amount of spending involved.
There are also documents attesting to their illicit maneuvers.
As I see it, there is only one reason for such audacity. Noynoy, et al. believed their tricks would not be disclosed; or, they were convinced, even if they were made public, they would not be punished.
We can hazard a guess or two.
First, they may have though one of their allies would in in 2016 (good thing that did not come about).
Second, maybe they thought whomever would replace Aquino would treat them as sacred cows, assuming the individual investigating such anomalies and corruption would be an appointee of Noynoy – Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. Penalties would be equivalent to the slap on the wrist.
Truly, God does not sleep one bit!
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