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Former PCSO chairman admits Palace ‘completely controlled’ him

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MANILA, Philippines — Former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Manuel “Manoling” Morato admitted during a Senate hearing that when he was PCSO chairman, he was “completely controlled” and dictated upon by the Office of the President.

Morato made this admission during Tuesday’s hearing of the blue ribbon committee on the alleged irregularities in the use of funds of the PCSO by its previous management.

“During my time your honor, I was completely controlled by the Office of the President,” said Morato, who was PCSO chairman during the time of former President Fidel Ramos, and a member of the board during the time of then President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“Are you saying that you are incompetent to testify here..? That you are wasting the time of this committee?” asked Senate Juan Ponce-Enrile, who openly expressed his disgust at Morato’s failure to answer some of his queries.

“No your honor. What I meant is everything that happened during my time as chairman was fully upon the instruction of the Office of the President. I did not have the freedom that I do have now,” Morato said.

“Are you saying that you were being dictated upon by the Office of the President,” Enrile asked again to which Morato aswered, “That’s correct sir.”

Morato also admitted, on Enrile’s questioning, that he had never objected to the “dictation” of Malacanang.

“Did you love your job so much that you cant say no?” asked Enrile.

“No, I never wanted this job. I turned it down, at kinagalitan po ako. Tanggapin ko raw yung chairmanship your honor nag-away po kami ng Presidente. Ayaw ko pong pumasok sa gobyerno nagalit po sya ng hindi ko tanggapin then finally I accepted just to help. Wala po akong hilig sa gbyerno. Ayaw na ayaw ko po. Lahat po ng pwesto ko sa gobyerno pinilit po sa akin,”he said, referring to Ramos.

Morato said he did not also ask his positions as member of the PCSO board of directors and chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board during the time of Arroyo.

“At ayaw ko na po. Never would I accept a government appoint ever again. Never,” he added.


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  • http://twitter.com/mizdee09 Teacher Mizdee

    what a revelation!

    • http://twitter.com/heygarch Live Band Scheds

      hahahah! Sarcasm noted.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RRCJ4AON2FPCMXK72I5WIHWISQ romeo

    Mr Morato behaves like a good soldier… when a President gives an order that order is a “legal” order and must be obeyed regardless of consequences. The duty of a soldier is to do and die and not to question why.
    We have many good soldiers who obeyed their Presidents even if orders are not moral. Any President can only give “legal” orders. Refusal to obey means disgrace. Witness General Gudani…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2CUVK7UBTUTKTGD35WSJHDCUE ernie

    too late manoling. you are in deep s hit  already ….

  • Anonymous

    “Are you saying that you are incompetent to testify here..? That you are wasting the time of this committee?” asked Senate Juan Ponce-Enrile, who openly expressed his disgust at Morato’s failure to answer some of his queries.

    very obvious!!!!!!!! di ba????

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    Based on Morato’s personality, it’s unlikely that he was being compelled to take government position against his will.  That’s BS.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7QZMA5F255IDHUMDBNI666WH4 Noel

      Maniwala ka. Pinilit lang talaga siya.  He is the epitome of all the good and the best any president could aspire for a Cabinet member.  Hulog sya ng langit, ika nga. LOL!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FN3D4W6RMVV7LI6ORL3YUZOBSY Vincent

    wait so manoling is only admitting it now? after all that show he was clean. i call BULL

  • Anonymous

    Sige.. Mannay…kumanta ka pa…para malaman ng taong bayan kung ano yong mga kabulastugan na pinipilit sayong ipapagawa kahit labag sayong kalooban…at nagkaroon ka rin na labag din sayong kalooban…pero harot ka talaga..kahit ayaw mo pero pag nakapasok na gusto muna rin….oyyy!!!!…sama ng inisip nyo…nakapasok sa bulsa yong pera….hehehe…charooottttt ka talaga mannay…

  • Anonymous

    so malamang karamihan ng nanalo sa lotto eh si Gloria.

  • Anonymous

    Talaga naman o! Basta lang gustong makalusot ng bayot na si Manoling eh kesehodang wala siyang kapangyahiran kuno sa dikta ng Presidente. Manginig ka nga bakla at nagpupustura ka pa namang sagrado at maka simbahang katoliko. Ang totoo niyan sumang ayon ka sa lahat ng gustuhin ng Malacañang dahil may ganansiya ka rin para sa sarili mo at ng may pang hada ka ng mga batang call boy. Alam ba at natatandaan pa ba ng bayan na ang alyas mo sa suki mong casa ng call boy ay ‘mafia’?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ofel-Tactac/100000058539833 Ofel Tactac

    Ayaw sa gobyerno? pinilit na tangapin ang chairmanship? binigyan nlang ng pwesto na hindi nya pinaginteresan o hiningi? paano ayaw sa gobyerno ang lintek eh tumakbo para senador noon1992 at 2001, at para naman sa presidente noon 1998.  Pure bull! He should just keep quiet and just use his BIG MOUTH for something else. 

  • Anonymous

    Kunin nyon nang state witness si Manoling! Gustong isalba ang sarili nya kaya nag adlib na kakanta. Luma na yan Manoling!  Ganyan din ang script ni Gov. Ampatuan. Late na yang pagsisi nyo.

  • Anonymous

    kung ganun pala karamihan ng nanalo sa lotto eh di si Gloria

  • Anonymous

    It is only because your integrity did not include refusing illegal orders. Others more principled and upright would have told the order giver – here you can take it and shove it to that place where the sun don’t shine.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4L4ARZAAK2J4K2J2CHC6FK7AK4 gilc

    Tindi naman ng apog ng bading na to. Pinilit ka na gawin ang mga di mo gusto pati pagtanggap ng pwesto sa gobyerno? Kung totoo yan at may delicadesa ka, di ka dapat tumagal dyan. Pero wnagtagal ka dyan dahil sa mga kickback mo. At ngayon naiipit ka ipapasa ma na lang sa iba ang lahat ng sala mo? Yang mga tulad mo ang dapat makulong at mabitay.

  • Anonymous

    Yung pagmamatigas nya dati na there was no anomaly sa operation ng PCSO might be shaken by the earthquake last night! kaya ayan, he’s starting to spill the beans..

  • Anonymous

    Only fools would believe Manoling Morato.

  • http://profiles.google.com/apnoyabnormal apnoy abnormal

    Hahaha circus circus…end of the day kung ano ang nasa batas at may dapat makulong GAWIN na agad pasikot sikot pa baka pagdating sa huli wala rin magagawa dahil “these funds are under the discretion of the op…” tsk tsk ts… so ipakulong lahat ng officials ng PCSO na yan kung kayang ipakulong…

  • Anonymous

    NAPAKASINUNGALING MO MANOLING MORATO!!!

  • Anonymous

    Pinapakita lang talaga ni Morato na sya ay inutil at wala sa tamang pag-iisip.

  • http://twitter.com/ahmalemar ahmal emar

    “NEVER TRUST BADINGS, THEY ARE LIARS….” sabi ng marami….

    • Anonymous

      o really mr emar…and how would you know they are liars?

    • Anonymous

      o really emar? and why do you say badings are liars, 

      • Anonymous

        hahaha…patay ka ngayon “ahmal emar”….baka na indesper sya nang isang chaarrroottt at niloloka sya..pinagpalit sya nang isa pang machuchu-pa-in…hehehe joke lang…baka may magalit sa akin…na charriing…oo nga mar bakit mo nilalahat ang mga bads…nabigo ka ba…???? inlove na inlove ka…???

      • http://twitter.com/ahmalemar ahmal emar

        Nasaktan ka ba perennial?  Sorry ha.  Quoted ko lang yon sa mga naririnig ko.
        Hindi naman siguro lahat, pero parang common observation din ng marami.
        Sorry sa mga badings.
         
        Kung si Ate Glo pa….’I'M SORRY’.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNVY5PMFNA4CJKSOSZLILVZ45U marilou

      Oops, don’t generalize. Unfair sa ibang gay. Maraming matino at accomplished sa kanila.

    • http://twitter.com/hustlergalore hustlergalore

      Wow. very prejudiced. reek with generalization and discrimination. FLAG ahmal emar!

  • Anonymous

    bago bang rebelasyon
    yan? Mas mabuti pa kung sinasabi na lang ni mr. manoling kung sino sino yung
    mga dinadaanan ng padulas sa PCSO bago makarating ang pera kay Mrs.
    Arroyo. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7QZMA5F255IDHUMDBNI666WH4 Noel

    “Ayaw ko na po dahil wala na po akong makukurakot sa bagong gobyernong ito!”  That’s what he really wanted to say, your Honor. 

  • Anonymous

    Thanks God for admitting that you have been completely controlled by your higher ups. We already know that to admit for our wrongdoings is a virtue, while we are only fooling ourselves if we remain adamant and stubborn for what we have done.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HJXUQZQ3DUBGCONCL4GOHXFH74 Rogelio

    Pinilit si Morato to work in the government ng president kasi siya lang ang may kaalaman at kakayahan sa pag ganap sa nasabing pwesto! Dapat magpasalamat tayo sa kanya! Utang ng mga Pilipino ang ginawang sakripisyo ni Morato! Mabuhay ka! at wag ka ng bumalik sa gobyerno, Please!!!  parang awa mo na sa amin!!
    ps. nagkaroon ka pala ng tv show sa Ptv-4? mabuti na lang di ka namin napanood!

  • Anonymous

    nagpa-control sya ng  ganun katagal? if you can be controlled, i think there is more behind that story.

  • Anonymous

    More Arroyo Anomaly….
    1.- P50-million bribe to FG for the president’s veto of two franchise bills
    2.The additional funding led to a 41-percent spike in advertising expenses, from P76.129 million in 2008 to P107.420 million in 2009, which went mostly to ads for Arroyo’s achievements.
    3.The report said the PIA received from the Department of Budget and Management a notice of cash allocations amounting to P344.789 million, even though only P222.488 million was appropriated for it under the national budget.
    4.- Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang’s political enemies
    5.- Praises for Jovito Palparan, alleged mastermind of extra judicial killings of militants
    6.- Removal of govt bodyguards for former pres and Arroyo critic, Cory Aquino
    7.- Appointment of manicurist as a member of the board of Pag-Ibig
    8.- Appointment of gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park Administration.
    9.- Midnight appointment of an Arroyo lapdog, Renato Corona, as SC Chief Justice

    - 200+ other illegal midnight appointments
    10.- Mikey Arroyo’s undeclared properties in California
    11.- Pardon of controversial convicted criminals like Ninoy’s murderers
    12.- EO 464; requiring Cabinet members to seek presidential clearance before testifying in Congress hearings

    13.- Promise (on Rizal Day) to not run for the presidency in 2004

    14.- “Vote Buying” by giving away Philhealth cards

    15.- Taxpayers’ money for her giant billboards and and PCSO tv campaign ads[/b]

    16- Appointment of Ben Abalos, a staunch GMA ally, as COMELEC chair
    17.- Mikey Arroyo’s importation of 32 thoroughbred horses from Australia worth P384 million.
    18.Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo used 2 choppers 16 times, son Mikey 69
    19.PNoy: PAGCOR spent P1B on coffee

  • Anonymous

    Arroyo corruption and many more..

    1. NBN ZTE Scandal

    2. Millions of bribe money to Congressmen and Governors (October 2007)

    3. Cheating in 2004 Elections (Hello Garci)

    4. Joc Joc Bolante Case (Fertilizer Scam, P728 Million)

    5. Jose Pidal Bank Account (Unexplained Wealth, P200 Million)
    6. Nani Perez Power Plant Deal ($2 Million)

    7. Use of Road User’s Tax for Campaigning

    8. Billion Peso Macapagal Boulevard (Overprice of P532 Million)

    9. Juetengate? (Illegal Numbers game kickbacks)

    10. Extra Judicial Killings
    11. Arroyo Moneys in Germany (Exposed by Senator Cayetano)
    12. General Garcia and Other Military Men

    13. Billion Peso Poll Automation contract to(Mega Pacific) (P1.3 Billion)

    14. Northrail Project($503 Million)

    15. Maguindanao Results of 2007 Elections (Zubiri, Bedol)

    16. NAIA-3

    17. Venable Contract (Norberto Gonzales)

    18. Swine Scam (Exposed by? Atty. Harry Roque
    19. GLORIA Arroyo son hidden assets in united states
    20.EURO GENERAL’S
    21.CALAMITY FUND SCANDAL.
    22.the C-5 road controversy — Senator Manuel Villar
    23.P550-million worth of funds from the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA).
    24 P780-million LWUA funds-Prospero Pichay
    25 Bishop’s SUV-Gloria Pandak Birthday gift
    26 Arroyo linked in P325M lotto intelligence fund
    27 Arroyo got P200M in kickbacks from govt projects-Zaldy Ampatuan
    28.P200.41 billion or $4.6 billion in Malampaya royalties from 2002 to May this year.
    29.LACSON ACCUSED FG MIKE ARROYO OF SELLING 3 REFURBISHED HELICOPTERS TO PNP AT P105 MILLION EACH

    30. 600,000 metric tons of Rotten rice imported from India.Kishore Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to Arroyo, reportedly bagged the P9.5 billion contract for the rice importation.

  • Anonymous

    Kung totoo ang sinabi mo na pinilit ka lang at pinagawa ng mga di mo gusto… MAGTESTIFY KA! YUN LANG ANG HONORABLENG PWEDE MONG GAWIN!  YUN EH KUNG ME NATITTIRA PANG HONOR SA KATAWAN MO!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2BCV2YTRFVA3YOVMAN2A4RFHBM markx

    hawak sa leeg at di makapalag o pumalag? hmm bakit kaya? may idea ako BWAHAHAHAHA

    see! start singing now “mora-to” para magka “mahal-to” ka na sa wakas :))

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erwin-Ross-V-Dalao/1033322867 Erwin Ross V. Dalao

    hahahahahaaa. ganyan ba talaga ang utak ng mga nasa gobyerno kapag wala nang maisagot? Taragis mas may prinsipyo pa ang magsasago sa talipapa niyan ah!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erwin-Ross-V-Dalao/1033322867 Erwin Ross V. Dalao

    noong nakaraang buwan angregalo pa ng kamera yan ah!

  • Anonymous

    I think government prosecutors must start filing a case against him even with small offense such as an accomplish to the crime of malversation of public funds (if that can be appropriate since I’m not a lawyer) so as to give a concrete signal that the government is really serious in punishing corrupt government officials. If the plunder case against the previous president will progress, as many are hoping and waiting, he can be used as a witness, and if he does not want to do that, he can also be charged as an accessory to plunder. In one way or another, the people would see him in jail which will satisfy those who want justice and at the same time would serve as a deterence to those corrupt government officials and to those who are willing to be used as accessory to corruption. 

  • Anonymous

    ayaw sa gobyerno? tumakbong presidente? bastos talaga to si morato. mayabang at hipokrito.

  • Anonymous

    Parang soap opera.  Sampahan na ang mga yan ng kasong plunder.  While in power, it never crossed their minds that what they were doing are wrong.  Now, like Judases they are remorseful and apologetic.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

    Ang mga CORRUPT dito sa Amerika nakukulong… Ang mga CORRUPT sa Pilipinas sa Amerika tumatakbo para  magtago.. ha.. ha… ha..  LOL… Kawawang Juan dela Cruz   palagi na lang napag iiwanan nang mga ka kosa nya…   

  • Anonymous

    If Fidel Ramos, during his presidency, was actually running the business of PCSO and the former President was dictating Morato during his tenure as chairman, shouldn’t the committee invite the former president as Morato was under oath when he spilled the involvement of Ramos?  Let there be NO stone unturned.  I may be wrong (hopefully), but is Senate President Enrile unaware of what was going on back then?  Remember EDSA 1 when these two connived to withdrew their support on Marcos? I hope this committee has the GUTS to invite the former president as the “worms from the can are starting to crawl.”  Otherwise, just cancel this hearing as it is a waste of time and money if only a select few that they knew could be ”burnt” are called upon. Morato will spill the beans to save his hide, but he MUST be put to jail for being stupid not to reveal back then of what was happening.      

  • EVILCOUPLE

    Ibang klase itong si Tita manoling, akalain mo ayaw na ayaw nya sa gobyerno at nag away pa sila ni pandak para lang kunin sya, kasuhan na lang kaagad yan para sa ombudsman nalang magtatalak.

  • Anonymous

    tell it to the marines manoling.  talaga nagmana kayo sa pandak

  • Anonymous

    Bakit ka pumayag mag pa control sa Palasyo noon? Kung walang nagpapaloko ay walang manloloko. Hindi ba katangahan ang ganitong attitude? Baka naman kumita ka rin kaya pumasok ka sa ganitong illegal transactions.

  • Ed Molina

    “At ayaw ko na po. Never would I accept a government appoint ever again. Never,” he added. …………. unless pilitin nila ako. HA HA HA!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ITE4Z5BIUZYXI5S7Q2AKDYOM5I Budoy

    Talaga tong si balimbing. di na nagbago. nagpa control kasi may napala.  papayag ba pa control yan kung walang napala?  hay naku

  • Anonymous

    patay ka kay El Presidente Tabako ngayon, hehhehe…..

  • Anonymous

    Ang headline misleading na naman dapat linawin nyo sinong former PCSO chairman ang tinutukoy akala ko si Uriarte nagsalita yun pala si Morato….akala ko kung sino nakaupo noon sa Palasyo si Tabako pala
    aba inquirer reporter ito ba ay sinadyang misleading ang title para makiliti at umandar ang isip ng babasa at para bumenta ang dyaryo aba tigilan nyo na ang spin at striptease….. linawin ang headline.

  • Anonymous

    Your honors, much as I loathe having to admit my frailties, I had no choice since my hands were tied to the front of a truck with my legs to a forklift with both engines running.  I have to acquiesce to snorting second hand tabako smoke or else end up being handicapped!  Alam naman ninyo siguro kapag order ni Maam, it’s either do or die.

  • Anonymous

    Noon di ka umayaw.ngayon sinasabi mo na kasi wala ka sa pwesto.



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