‘Strike 2 vs anticorruption drive’

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It’s strike two against the government’s anticorruption efforts.

After entering into a plea bargain with former military comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, which was upheld by the Sandiganbayan, the Office of the Ombudsman dismissed the plunder complaint earlier filed by retired Army Col. George Rabusa against former military generals and other ranking officers.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales then ordered a special panel of prosecutors to determine if there was probable cause against them for other crimes.

But in a second memorandum submitted to Morales on Aug. 10, 2012, the six-member panel said it had also found “no probable cause to warrant the filing of other criminal charges” against the respondents, who included retired Armed Forces chiefs of staff Generals Diomedio Villanueva, Roy Cimatu and Efren Abu,  Garcia and his deputy, retired Maj. Gen. Jacinto Ligot.

Supporters of Rabusa like the Association of Major Religious Superiors (AMRSP) and the militant group Bayan both slammed the Ombudsman resolution and said that it was time once again for civil society groups to come together and “make noise” against corruption.

 

Disappointing

“This is a great blow to the fight of President Aquino against corruption. Nakakadismaya talaga (It’s really disappointing),” AMRSP’s Sr. Mary John Mananzan told the Inquirer by phone on Saturday.

“I think we have to make noise among civil society. I’ve spoken to groups who said they were very dismayed by this and they want to bring out (their frustration),” she said.

Bayan’s Renato Reyes said the Ombudsman resolution was “strike two” against Mr. Aquino after the Sandiganbayan upheld the plea bargain that Garcia had entered into with the Ombudsman.

“This is a major setback in efforts to hold corrupt AFP officials accountable,” said Reyes in a statement.

“Millions of pesos were changing hands but still that doesn’t constitute evidence? The Ombudsman seems to find nothing odd about hundreds of millions of pesos finding its way to the generals, even saying that there was no proof that the money came from public funds,” Reyes said, calling the resolution “outrageous.”

Reyes also noted it was ironic that Mr. Aquino had wanted former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez removed from her post for her alleged failure to go after corrupt government officials. After initially fighting off an impeachment complaint, Gutierrez resigned.

The President appointed Carpio Morales, who had retired as a Supreme Court associate justice.

Both Mananzan and Reyes said they feared the culture of impunity would continue to thrive with the Ombudsman resolution.

 

Sad for whistle-blowers

Mananzan added that she felt sad for whistle-blowers like Rabusa and Rodolfo Lozada Jr., who implicated top officials of the Arroyo administration in the multimillion-dollar NBN-ZTE broadband deal.

The Inquirer obtained copies of the 71-page first memorandum dated March 8, 2012, and the 52-page second memorandum by the Ombudsman panel dated Aug. 10, 2012.

Both were approved by Carpio Morales in 2012, but the documents were released only on April 4.

In its second memorandum, the Ombudsman panel said the respondents could not be charged with malversation “absent a showing that they misappropriated public funds or allowed another person to misappropriate the same.”

While Rabusa claimed he gave money to the respondents, the panel said “the source of the money is not supported by documentary evidence which would possibly show that the money came from converted funds.”

The respondents could not be charged with technical malversation as well because, according to the panel, there was no evidence “to show that the funds allegedly used by herein respondents were earmarked for a public purpose and were used for another public purpose.”

 

No undue injury

Finally, the panel said the respondents could also not be charged with violation of antigraft laws “without any proof that the government or any person sustained undue injury due to their alleged receipt of converted funds.”

Carpio Morales approved the second memorandum on Aug. 30, 2012.

In dismissing the plunder charges in its first memorandum, the Ombudsman panel said Rabusa had failed to show solid evidence to support his allegation that Villanueva, Cimatu and Abu received millions of pesos in “pasalubong” and “pabaon” when they assumed office and when they retired as military chiefs of staff.

Among those Rabusa also implicated in his explosive expose in 2011 was former AFP chief of staff and Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes, who took his own life days after appearing in a Senate investigation.

The panel also said there was no sufficient proof of the crime of plunder against the other military officers and civilian personnel.

Mananzan said it took them a week to photocopy and bind the documentary evidence Rabusa had submitted to the Department of Justice due to its sheer volume.

She was aghast that the Ombudsman panel decided that these were not sufficient to prove Rabusa’s plunder complaint against the military officers.

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  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    3 long years into his presidency, PNoy’s much celebrated anticorruption drive has failed repeatedly, failure after failure:

    Plunder case vs. Military Comptroller Major General Garcia
    Plunder case vs. Jocjoc Bolante for Fertilizer Fund Scam
    Pludner case vs. Abalos & Taba FG Arroyo for NBN-ZTE Scam
    Plunder case vs. Gloria Arroyo for OWWA Fund Scam
    Plunder case vs. Gloria Arroyo for Malampaya Fund Mess
    Bribery case vs. former & current Pagcor Chiefs Genuino & Naguiat for accepting $30M
    Plunder case vs. Gloria Arroyo for PCSO Intel Funds (gov’t star witness turned against gov’t)
    Plunder case vs. former DILG Undersec. Rico Puno for overpriced arms deal
    Plunder case vs. former NFA Chief Lito Banayo for big-time rice-smuggling
    Plunder case vs. former Pag-ibig Fund Chief Miro Quimbo for conniving with GA Asiatique
    Plunder case vs. Senate President JPE for luxury car smuggling in Port Irene
    Plunder case vs. Ongpin and DBM Board for approving behest loan to Ongpin
    Recovery of Marcos family’s ill-gotten wealth since 1986 (27 long years since Cory’s time)

    Incidentally, Ombudsman Morales has chosen not to file charges against her cousin SC Associate Justice Carpio for misdeclaring and understating his assets and liabilities in 2011 SALN as attested to by COA Chair Grace Pulido-Tan and reported by Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.

    Corruption under PNoy’s administration is business as usual. Smuggling is at an all time high according to IMF & Economist Benjamin Diokno. The KKK, Inc. thrives and Krony-capitalists very much alive. A throwback to the days of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan.

    3 long years into his presidency, PNoy is proving to be just like his mother. A big failure for the Philippines and a big failure for our democracy.

    • UrHONOR

      100% sustained!

    • water_gate64

      Aquino was ill-equipped to tackle the
      vexing problems facing this nation from the get-go. Born with a
      silver spoon in his mouth, a feckless individual who was drafted into
      the presidency on a wave of mawkish sentiment, Aquino lacks the
      courage, personal integrity and basic intellect to deliver long
      lasting and broadly beneficial change on behalf of the Filipino
      people. Three years into his presidency Aquino is a failure and has
      achieved nothing in practical terms; apart of fueling the endless
      greed of the ruling elite, who continue to run roughshod over the
      long suffering Filipino people. It is time for Filipinos to stand up
      and reject the corrupt and cowardly trapos dynasties, that have been
      feeding off their blood, sweat and tears for over a century; only
      then can there be a glimmer of hope for salvation of the sick man of
      Asia.

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Spot on. In fact, that’s also exactly what the American Ambassador Kristie Kenney said in the cables that were leaked by WikiLeaks.

        Before PNoy got elected, then US Ambassador Kristie Kenney described PNoy in her cable to the US State Department as intellectually weak, lacking in conviction, vision and depth. In short, dimiwit.

        On the other hand, the same ambassador had high praises for Gilbert Teodoro.

        Kahit mga kano, ang baba ng tingin kay PNoy.

        wikileaks,org/plusd/cables/10MANILA135_a.html
        wikileaks,org/plusd/cables/10MANILA60_a.html

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Did you trust Kenney ?

        Pope John XXIII was chosen as weak and old to be sure nothing will change. In fact he became one of the greatest Pope, bringing a lot of changes. This is my hope for P-Noy.

        Do there is any other choices than wait and see ?

        Be realistic, support him or do a real revolution !

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Between you and Ambassador Kenney, I’d trust her more. No offense meant. Sana tinagalog mo na lang ang post mo, sobrang bobo mo sa ingles.

      • patukar

        Support Noynoying for another 3 years! hhhahahahhah!

      • NoWorryBHappy

        OMG ! U r Inglishing mi.
        Your ideas and words are … a DUD !
        A roller coaster of highfalutin words that mean … NOTHING.
        Incohesive topsy-turvy … expressions.
        Every sentence is a new topic. Go back to English 101.

      • Marx Louis Wang

        what the fcuk is this comment about? (sorry for my bad spelling)

      • VeryDisgusted2

        Go to English forum, not here.

      • Lorenzo

        Ano daw?!

    • Concur_Dissent

      Nagsilabasan ang mga maiingay na 15 persenters! This noisy minority is so mad against PNoy for all the graft and corruption that happened during the time of their idols GMA and Erap. None of these corruptionS happened during PNoy’s watch!

      Tapos na ba ang boxing ng mga eto? Relax lang kayong maiingay!! LAHAT KAYO SALA SA INIT AT SALA SA LAMIG!! KUNG KINASAHUSAN NAMAN AGAD ANG MGA ETO SASABIHIN NINYONG RAILROAD ANG GINAGAWA NI PNOY!! MERON DING BATAS NA SINUSUNOD ANG GOBIERNO AT HINDI BASTA TIRA NG TIRA!!

      SINASABI NINYO NA PANAY VENDETTA LANG ANG GINAGAWA NI PNOY LABAN SA IDOL NINYONG SI GMA AT MGA GALAMAY NITO!! SABI RIN NINYO NA MGA TUTA LAMANG ANG MGA TINALAGA NI PNOY SA OMBUDSMAN OFFICE AT SANDIGAN BAYAN…

      ETO ANG KATUNAYAN NA HINDI TUTA SI CARPIO MORALES AT HINDI BINABRASO NI PNOY ANG MGA ETO MAKUHA LANG NIYA ANG GUSTO NYA!!

      KUNG MERON TALAGANG GINAWA YANG MGA HOODLUM NA YAN, MAY ARAW TALAGA SILA TULAD NG IDOL CHEAP JUSTICE CORONA!!

      THE LAW MAY BE HARD BUT IT IS THE LAW

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        3 years and no single conviction yet of Gloria Arroyo. PNoy is so incompetent.

      • gikiness

        incompetent ba? umabot na tayo sa investment grade under Pnoy, first president na nakagawa nun. Ang problema ni Pnoy ay kung paano lilinisin yang mga hoodlum in robes na yan.

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Hindi lang naman PH ang naka investment grade Mr. Ignorante. Even Greece, Spain and Cyprus had them before. Fitch, Moody’s and S&P never saw the 2008 financial crisis coming. Ganun sila kabulag at katiwali.

        Ignorance is sometimes bliss, so stay there by all means if it pleases you.

      • Concur_Dissent

        It’s good that you know that ignorance is bliss because this describes you to a T… ratings are not permanent. A low sovereign rating prevents that country to obtain required loans with favorable rates to continue its development. It’s much more complicated than what you think!

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Lol! Another ignorant poster.

        Care to tackle my original post point by point? This time, only facts please.

      • Concur_Dissent

        Already did, and sorry if you still don’t get it. That will be all

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Barado ka na naman. Well, that’s what people like you do, run away. Ingat lang, baka madapa ka ulit.

      • popeyee

        Pakipaliwanag nga po kung ano naman ang silbi ng investment grade sa mga ordinaryong mamamayan?

      • Concur_Dissent

        mag aral ka para malaman mo

      • popeyee

        See, di mo nga kayang ipaliwanag, puro ka dakdak, Drilon..

      • gikiness

        ikaw ang bobo, hindi mo naintidihan ang implication ng invertment grade. Pag investment grade ka na, ang interest rate ay mababa na, ito na ang pagkakataon na humiram ng pera sa mga international banks para ipangtustos sa mga infrastructure projects at iba pang mga proyekto dahil mababa na nga ang interest rate. Investment grade na nga, ibig sabihin, favor ng mag invert ang mga foreign investors dahil mababa na ang level ng corruption at maganda na ngang mag invest. Ngayon dahil investment level na nga, kailangan ng gobyerno na mapaganda ang infrastructure sa bansa para sa mga investors. Ngayon dahil investment grade na nga, mababa na ang interest sa mga international banks. Pag umutang ang gobyerno para ipamtustos sa mga infrastructure, mababa ang interest at favos sa gobyerno kaya samantalahin na para mapaayos ang mga kalsada at lagyan na ng mga skyway para gumanda ang trafico. Paulit ulit na yan, bobo ka lang talaga kung hindi mo maintidihan kung ano ang silbi ng investment grade bobo ka kasi. Inulit ko na lang para malinawan ka kung anong silbi ng investment grade

      • popeyee

        Kawawa ka naman, Lacierda. Dahil kamo sa investment “grade” ay mababa na ang corruption?

        At dahil investment “grade” na ay mangungutang na ang gobyerno for what? Para mraming ma-corrupt ang karamihan sa inyong nagtra-trabaho sa gobyerno? maraming ma-corrupt ang congress sa pamamagitan ng pork barrel? Tapos ang magbabayad ay kaming ordinaryong empleyadong nagbabayad ng tamang buwis?

      • gikiness

        bobo

      • Palku Kha

        anong silbi sa sinasabi mong investment grade? mangungutang na naman ang gobyerno natin tapos ang pera mapunta lang sa mga buwayang politiko at taongbayan na naman ang magbabayad? hala! kainin mo ang investment grade na sinasabi mo! ugok!!!

      • Concur_Dissent

        peasants don’t understand the importance… sorry, this is beyond your pay grade…

      • gikiness

        ikaw ang bobo, hindi mo naintidihan ang implication ng invertment grade. Pag investment grade ka na, ang interest rate ay mababa na, ito na ang pagkakataon na humiram ng pera sa mga international banks para ipangtustos sa mga infrastructure projects at iba pang mga proyekto dahil mababa na nga ang interest rate. Investment grade na nga, ibig sabihin, favor ng mag invert ang mga foreign investors dahil mababa na ang level ng corruption at maganda na ngang mag invest. Ngayon dahil investment level na nga, kailangan ng gobyerno na mapaganda ang infrastructure sa bansa para sa mga investors. Ngayon dahil investment grade na nga, mababa na ang interest sa mga international banks. Pag umutang ang gobyerno para ipamtustos sa mga infrastructure, mababa ang interest at favos sa gobyerno kaya samantalahin na para mapaayos ang mga kalsada at lagyan na ng mga skyway para gumanda ang trafico. Paulit ulit na yan, bobo ka lang talaga kung hindi mo maintidihan kung ano ang silbi ng investment grade bobo ka kasi

      • Concur_Dissent

        Dismissal of your idol corona was a win in case you’re not aware

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Any update on the ‘win’ of tax evasion cases against him? You have some catching up to do.

      • Concur_Dissent

        That will come later and you can take that to the bank!

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Bakit ang tagal? Justice delayed is justice denied. Puro ka naman excuses.

      • popeyee

        It’s was Penoy’s victory, nothing else..

    • catmanjohn

      Wierd Wierdo is a Gloria Arroyo cheerleader.

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Lol! cmj is running out of things to say, can’t even take my post point by point.

    • gikiness

      Let me remind you na si Corona at Gutierrez lang ang natanggal ni Noynoy. Ang karamihan pa sa mga inupo ni Gloria na mga hoodlum in robes ay nakaupo pa rin hanggang ngayon, hindi mo ba naiintindihan yun?

      • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

        Your reminder at best is irrelevant. What’s stopping Ombudsman Morales from filing charges against Miro Quimbo, Rico Puno and Lito Banayo? Baka naman pag KKK na o ka-alyado ni PNoy, naduduwag na si Morales.

        Yan ang problema sa selective application of the law. You’re running out of excuses.

      • popeyee

        Noong si Gutierez and Ombudsman at appointee ni Gloria reklamo kayo ng reklamo. Ngayong sI Carpio Morales na iniupo ni Pnoy bilang Ombudsman, bakit di ka magreklamo sa kanya? DI mo ba naiintindihan yun?

      • popeyee

        Si Corona & Gutierez ay natanggal dahil sa impeachment. At sa Impeachment, kahit mali o walang pruweba ang paratang basta may sapat kang tuta sa congress ay magagawa mo ang magpatalsik sa mga impeachable official…

      • Marx Louis Wang

        di ba senate ang nagpatanggal?

      • popeyee

        yes, but with the president’s marching order..

      • gikiness

        kung di ka ba naman bobo, hindi pa ba puweba ang pagkakaroon nya ng dollar account na hindi nya dineklara sa SALN nya. All this time, hindi mo pa rin ba naintindihan ang rason kung bakit na impeach si Corona? Hanggang ngayon ba hindi mo pa rin naintindihan kung bakit naimpeach si Gutierrez? Nakipagplea bargain sya kay Garcia na isoli na lang ang 150M out of 300M dahil mahina daw ang ebidensya. Million yan ha baka akala mo ay 300 pesos lang yang nakulimbat ni Garcia

      • popeyee

        di ka lang huli sa balita, kundi tanga pa. Di mo ba alam na yong plea bargaining agreement na sinasabi mong pinayagan ni Gutierrez noon ay pinagtibay ng kasalukuyang Ombudsman ngayon na appointed ni Penoy? Anong ibig sabihin noon? Sige nga kung may laman ang kukute mo?

      • gikiness

        bobo, hindi mo naintindiyan ang mga pangyayari, sa row 4 ka kasi lagi nakaupo

    • NoWorryBHappy

      f

    • wawa2172

      With De Lima handling the the DOJ wala tayong maasahan diyan dahil pang media lang ng trabaho ni Laila. Anyway, just like the Marcos cases, mahihina ang mga ebidensiya sa mga sangkot kaya nakakalusot. Diligent research nang evidences should be done at hindi lang dapat umasa sa tulad ni little lady na fake evidences naman ang dala. I hope that the culprits will be convicted by the court but kung wala naman palang solid evidence then the government should let go of the cases na. Para kasing nagagamit lang sa media campaign sa anti-corruption. The PNoy admin have to score a big time yet.

    • $14141131

      If you’re a researcher in corruption, go to the towns and conduct your research there if there is really an anti-corruption drive by Nhoynhoy, You’ll find that there is none and the town officials are getting the best time robbing the people of their IRA and other sources.

      Not only did the mother and son failed in their anti-corruption, they also ensured that Mindanao suffers from brownouts.

    • Aisa Pangdan

      Thanks for the list and reminder Weder weder lang ..sino kaya ang mga kumita sa Aquino administration?. So slogan lang pala ang tuwad na daan – inutil at walang patutunguhan. Good luck kay Mar Roxas sa 2016 at as usual kawawa lagi ang mga mahihirap – the perception of progress is only in the tri-media…di maramdaman.

  • UrHONOR

    >>But in a second memorandum submitted to Morales on Aug. 10, 2012, the six-member panel …..<<<

    MAGKANO???

  • Datuitum

    P-Noy’s “TUWID NA DAAN” is nothing but just all hot air !

    • patawad

      It was said without thinking and of course doing. Alam nyo na, statement lang ng isang dakilang Abnoy.

  • Carlos_Iho

    Just like his father, all Aquino has done is TALK. Simply incompetent with dismal failure after failure. He has actually succeeded in deepening the political divisions instead of being a leader of and for all.

  • DerKommissar

    The problem is that every entity of the government is corrupt. The police, the courts, everything. Even if a few attempt to purge the corruption the others who have a vested interest in preserving it protect each other, for a price of course. Money talks and regrettably enough of it can solve just about any problem in the Philippines.

    • gryzyxwoz

      That’s right

  • AlexanderAmproz

    The corruption cancer produced metastases after Marcos departure, it has totally infected the country, no issue outside a Revolution.

    What a pity !

    • joe__bloggs

      When the people finally come to their senses and decide ENOUGH is enough and collectively take direct action, then there might yet be some hope.

      • catmanjohn

        Get rid of all Arroyo judges first.

    • water_gate64

      With 8% people controlling more than
      80% of wealth through their oligopoly/monopoly corporations,
      shamelessly aided and abetted by incompetent and corrupt politicians,
      judiciary, BI, BOC, BIR, NBI, DOTC, DPWH and security forces of every
      stripe, whilst more than 35% of Filipinos are forced to live in abject poverty and
      can barely get enough to eat, this country is moving inexorably along
      a path to Armageddon.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Even water is a big problem for the Pinoy’s majority, and this is not on the middle of the desert, but in an abundant monsoon country !

        NB: 40 families controlling 76% of wealth, the 24% left have to be shared by one hundred million, mostly hopeless…

  • MANGLUCIO

    “Finally, the panel said the respondents could also not be charged with violation of antigraft laws “without any proof that the government or any person sustained undue injury due to their alleged receipt of converted funds.” WELL, HERE’S THE MANY INJURIES CAUSED BY THESE CORRUPT MILITARY OFFICERS MS OMBUDSMAN, OUR ARMED FORCES NEED TO REPLACE OLD AND UNRELIABLE MILITARY HARDWARES LIKE AIRPLANES, HELICOPTERS, SHIPS, ETC. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM NEED DECENT SALARIES AND LIVING CONDITIONS..KUHA PO NINYO O WALA LANG TALAGA KAYONG PAG-IISIP O DI NAMAN KAYA NAMAN…MAGKANO PO BA ANG NAGING PARTE NINYO SA KURAKOT NG MGA ITO NA PERA PO NG BAYAN? NAKAKASUKA KAYONG LAHAT..MAGSI RESIGN NGA KAYONG LAHAT MGA WALANG HIYA KAYO.

  • mabyrik

    I’m beginning to doubt Ombudsman resolve to clean the government with scalawags. It just proved that if you steal, steal big time and do it with finesse and our lawyers, who are also corrupt will do the rest for you.

    Just like what the 3 topnotchers in 2013 bar exam said, they are willing to defend a client even if they know that he is really guilty because that’s their job, meaning, reading between the lines of their statements, the lawyers will concoct lies to prove their client’s innocence. No one among the 3 said they will reject the offer to defend a known criminal because to these lawyers, money is paramount, and justice is nothing.

    To the ombudsman, it appears that the only acceptable evidence against the thieves is that they must be caught with their hands in the cookie jar and with their pants down. All other evidence like truckloads of documentary evidence are not evidence at all.

    The Ombudsman just gave the thieves in the government the green light to do their nefarious activities provided, they should do it while the security guards are asleep and the CCTV is off, so to speak.

    • gryzyxwoz

      Spot on, mabyrik! Corrupt people must be salivating profusely now, licking their chops, and waiting for their next “meal”

    • popeyee

      kasi inuuna ang pag press conference o senate hearing bago mag hain ng kaso.

  • Loggnat

    ‘ Mananzan said it took them a week to photocopy and bind the documentary evidence Rabusa had submitted to the Department of Justice due to its sheer volume.’ /// The documentary evidence should be made accessible to the public specially the media and the opposition so it can be scrutinized with fine tooth comb and determine who is lying or at least really prove that there is not enough credible evidence to charge the generals. Sheer volume of paper does not translate to usable evidence if the contents and what information written in the documents are nothing but trash.

    • gryzyxwoz

      Very good idea! Why can’t it be pulished (or “leaked”, kung ayaw nila!) on the Internet, so that it can be scrutinized? On hindsight, maybe the evidence was too voluminous to be read thoroughly. Heheheh

  • $20926843

    Perhaps this SOB morales has come to her senses as a respected legal luminary being a former associate Justice of the SC due to the string of cases that she lost to the court in kowtowing to the wishes and caprices of her benefactor in malacanang-the sitting inutile and autistic president….She had realized at last that one can not just file cases left and right without sufficient evidence that can stand in court and can be prosecuted successfully.

  • gryzyxwoz

    “Finally, the panel said the respondents could also not be charged with violation of antigraft laws “without any proof that the government or any person sustained undue injury due to their alleged receipt of converted funds.” Translation: Stealing is okay, since we think it won’t harm the government.
    Duh! and Double-Duh!!!! Only in the Philippines!

  • boi skater

    What else can anyone expect when pretty much everyone in this country can be bought. Justice and the people be damned.

  • nice_boy

    This proves that the only efficient people in this administration is the yellow propaganda machine. By publicity, they have accused, tried and proved the guilt of these people. But in a real court of law, “ampaw” ang evidence. Hanggang press release lang.

  • Concur_Dissent

    Nagsilabasan ang mga maiingay na 15 persenters! This noisy minority is so mad against PNoy for all the graft and corruption that happened during the time of their idols GMA and Erap. None of these corruptionS happened during PNoy’s watch!

    Tapos na ba ang boxing ng mga eto? Relax lang kayong maiingay!! LAHAT KAYO SALA SA INIT AT SALA SA LAMIG!! KUNG KINASAHUSAN NAMAN AGAD ANG MGA ETO SASABIHIN NINYONG RAILROAD ANG GINAGAWA NI PNOY!! MERON DING BATAS NA SINUSUNOD ANG GOBIERNO AT HINDI BASTA TIRA NG TIRA!!

    SINASABI NINYO NA PANAY VENDETTA LANG ANG GINAGAWA NI PNOY LABAN SA IDOL NINYONG SI GMA AT MGA GALAMAY NITO!! SABI RIN NINYO NA MGA TUTA LAMANG ANG MGA TINALAGA NI PNOY SA OMBUDSMAN OFFICE AT SANDIGAN BAYAN…

    ETO ANG KATUNAYAN NA HINDI TUTA SI CARPIO MORALES AT HINDI BINABRASO NI PNOY ANG MGA ETO MAKUHA LANG NIYA ANG GUSTO NYA!!

    KUNG MERON TALAGANG GINAWA YANG MGA HOODLUM NA YAN, MAY ARAW TALAGA SILA TULAD NG IDOL CHEAP JUSTICE CORONA!!

    THE LAW MAY BE HARD BUT IT IS THE LAW!

  • ozkid

    Evidence…. Evidence….

    In the court of law we need evidence to establish facts in order for the case to succeed.

    • Gu3st

      evidence is nothing when you against money, especially when we’re talking about “BIG MONEY”

      • catmanjohn

        Not to mention their habit of killing witnesses who testify against them.

  • water_gate64

    The so called justice system in this country is nothing but a sick joke, as the judiciary including SC, RTC’s, Sandiganbayan,Ombudsman’s office and everything in between is endemically corrupt, It is patently obvious that favourable decisions can be procured by the highest bidder, and it is therefore simply a waste of time for Aquino and his DOJ, BIR, BOC lackeys or anyone else to even bother filing cases against brazen criminals. The filth that masquerade as justices, investigators and the like must be permananently removed from office by whatever means are necessary, in order to ensure justice for the Filipino people.

  • R_U_CK

    Large-scale corruption is a way of life in the Philippines. To go against it needs a miracle. That’s the message.

  • coladu

    Ang pagkaalam ko ay matter of evidence lang. Kung wala ipinresenta si George Rabusa sa Ombudsman, natural, madismiss, Hindi puwede na tsismiss ang ebidensiya.

    Panglawa, kung tutoo si PNOY sa drive niya contra corruption, bakit ang corrupt na Torres sa LTO nandiyan pa. Si Torres kasi ang nag registro ng mga imported race cars ni PNOY simula pa nung time ni Cory Aquino.

  • jaciagar

    It’s cultural.This is how the plunderers triumph. They plea bargain, share some of their loot and the prosecutors & justices gladly compromise. Ask the Marcoses & their cronies, the Euro generals,the Estradas & their cronies, the Macapagal-Arroyos & their cronies, the drug lords, the jueteng lords, the smugglers, the tax evaders, the customs & BIR men & the Trapos. It’s more fun plundering in the Philippines. With the latest developments in our judicial system, the decisions of the Supreme Court & Sandiganbayan, watch the Fitch ratings of our country dive. Then GMA would once again have cause to bash the Daang Matuwid. We’re helpless & hopeless to cleanse & change ourselves for the better with peaceful revolutions. What we need is something like what they did in Europe, a real & bloody revolution. Guillotine them all!

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Do it before the country and peoples are totally destroyed by this rubbish Plutocratic and Trapos robbers system.
      To install a Guillotine in Rizal Park will be more attractive than self crucifixions.

  • superpilipinas

    Aquino is not totally fighting corruption. Otherwise, he would have prioritized the passing of FOI bill into law. Transparency is the most important factor in the fight against corruption.

    Until today, he makes excuses not to prioritize it. It is perceived that he is protecting his allies who would be caught by FOI.

  • manong_edwin

    Ito ang ibig sabihin ng TUWID NA DAAN NA PUNO NG LUBAK AT PUTIK…sino pa ba ang gaganahang mag-reklamo ng katiwalian ng mga local officials kung ang mga celebrated cases nga involving high profile government officials can easily be dismissed…what’s happening to my country, PNoy?

    • popeyee

      Bka naman kasi talagang kulang sa hard evidence…Ang problema kasi sa mga nagrereklamo ay walang ibang ginawa kundi mag press release, hindi ginawa ang ang assignment, pagkatapos pag ma-dismiss korte ang sisisihin…akala nyo siguro matibay ng ebidensya ang siraan ang simuman sa pamamagitan ng press releases…

  • Peter Lim

    If P-noy got serious of chopping off the heads of all corruptors, we wont have anybody working w/the Gov’t. anymore!!! Ha! Ha! Ha!

  • latino_boom

    ANG DAMING MATATALINO HAIZZZZ…LAHAT MAS MAGALING KASYA SA ISA…TSK TSK

  • http://www.facebook.com/Boycott.Made.N.China Val Sor

    Why is it a strike 2? What happens after strike 3? We should write about uprightness in a good way. Nikko Dizon, are you cheering for the bad guys?

  • boldyak

    Mananzan added that she felt sad for whistle-blowers like Rabusa and Rodolfo Lozada Jr., who implicated top officials of the Arroyo administration in the multimillion-dollar NBN-ZTE broadband deal.
    ….THE PROBLEM IS, THE WHISTLE BLOWERS ALSO ARE OF QUESTIONABLE CHARACTERS. THEY ARE TRYING TO ESCAPE JUSTICE BY POINTING FINGERS ON OTHERS…AND THEIR PROOFS ARE NOT CONVINCING…

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Saan galing yung hundred million pesos kung hindi sa gobyerno?

  • $17531445

    That’s what happens when dogooders file a case without understanding what the crime is.

  • $14141131

    If you’re a researcher in corruption, go to the towns and conduct your research there if there is really an anti-corruption drive by Nhoynhoy, You’ll find that there is none and the town officials are getting the best time robbing the people of their IRA and other sources.

    Not only did the mother and son failed in their anti-corruption, they also ensured that Mindanao suffers from brownouts. All they have are just media hypes.

  • disqusted0fu

    This is what happens when your anti corruption program is created purposely to persecute your foes, and at the same time fool the public… It is really bound to fail.

    The Aquino admin can’t get their foes because most of their cases against them are just politically motivated. On the other hand, they also can’t get their allies because they get a supreme protection from Pnoy. They have no one else to get. They should be stricken out already because of this.

  • disqusted0fu

    Corruption, same with smuggling, poverty, along with unemployment etc etc.. are all at its highest now because programs such as this anti corruption drive are merely just slogans of the Aquino administration. The only drive that Pnoy is doing is the campaign drive for his candidates or the drive with his fancy expensive vehicles.

  • speedstream2

    If those charged with the task of enforcing accountability in government are more concerned with letting off the hook those they’re supposed to run after, shouldn’t we take a second hard look at them? Isn’t it kind of bizarre that while the principal points to one direction, supposedly team members take a different route?

  • bayankopdi

    IT’S EITHER BUGOK MGA ATTORNEYS NG GOBIERNO OR PATI ATTORNEYS NG GOBIERNO NABAYARAN NA RIN PARA MAG HAIN NG PALPAK NA PROSECUTION PATI JUDGE NABILI NA RIN…DAHIL SA MILYONES NA PERA…?? KUNG AKOY NAG NAKAW NG 300 MILYON AT AKO NAHULI BAYARAN KO JUDGE NG 30 MILLION, PROSECUTORS NA ANIM TIG 10 MILLION MGA DEFENCE ATTORNEYS KO KAHIT TIG 20…MERON PARIN AKONG MATIRANG 150 MILLION DIKO MAUBOS TILL MAMATAY AKO…AT EVERYBODY HAPPY….GANUN LANG YUN…

  • Palku Kha

    ito ang laging pinagyayabang na tuwid na daan na puro lukbak-lukbak! kaya ayaw ni Noynoy na maisabatas ang FOI bill kasi maraming KKK ang masasagasaan.puro lang propaganda.pang sariling interes lang ang inuuna…it’s all politics!!! kaya hanggang ngayon talamak pa rin ang kurapsyon!

  • TheHopefulPessimist

    I sincerely hope PNOY comes out to talk about this publicly and announce what steps his administration will take.

    As the article mentioned, it’s IRONIC that the present government wanted former Ombudsman Gutierrez removed for failure to go after corrupt officials but the present Ombudsman Carpio does not seem to be any different.

    I support PNOY and his administration’s quest against corruption, this is why this does not bode well for me.

  • edwin525

    You cant change a system by just changing the head. That’s basic. Any leader, Morales in this case, needs his/her own team to execute change. Did she pick her own team in the Ombudsman? I don’t think so. Every aspect of our existing system is so protected by the constitution that’s incredibly difficult to make change. We should seriously start re-framing changing our constitution… that in itself is almost impossible to do! We’re stuck.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    PCGG, OMBUDMAN & DOJ can’t figure out where the AFP money went. Can’t stamp out jueteng.

    Another joke for the Filipino people?

  • klepto

    Busy kasi si Panot sa pag jajakol eh kaya wala siya oras tungkol sa corruption issues.

  • Spidekick

    I don’t know what kind of lawyers we have at the ombudsman…but this I know…If I were super corrupt in office, they’d be the ones to top my list of attorneys.

    This is where our hard-earned tax money goes folks!

    Time for a friggin’ revolution!

  • Spidekick

    Kaya lang magaling lang tayo sa DADA!
    Dapat kumilos tayong mga nagbabayad ng buwis. Dapat putaktihin ang ombudsman, ang mga ahensya at korteng kumakampi sa mga traidor sa lipunan.
    Heto’t kaya tayong ipakulong ng gobyerno sa ‘di pagbayad ng buwis tapos sila pinapalaya ang mga hudas na nagnanakaw ng pera natin.
    Ano ba mga Pinoy taxpayers?
    Kung hindi natin ipapakita ang laki at lakas natin, patuloy tayong gagawing tanga ng mga walanghiyang ito!

    • Ronilo Yap

      Paano natin mapaabot ito?

      • Spidekick

        Hindi po ito madali dahil heto na naman, masyadong mahaba ang pisi ng Pinoy…magaantay muna ng isang malaking trahedya bago kumilos.
        Manyana habit at its worst!
        Marami ang walang pakialam…basta sumasahod, nakakapag internet, nakaka night out, nakaka malling, ok lang sa kanila kahit binabalahura na sila ng lintik na mga kawatan sa gubyerno nila.
        Tapos kapag kumilos ang mga maralita at nasa kalsada, galit pa sila.
        Kung tutuusin ang mga maralitang progresibo ang tunay na may malasakit sa kapakanan ng bayan at tumutugon sa mga isyung nasa pusod ng ating lipunan ngayon hanggang sa mga salinlahi natin.
        Yung mga pa-sosyal maraming kaek-ekang nalalaman, puro pagpapapogi at pagpapaganda; puro porma ang alam at halos magkandarapa makamit ang mga bagong gadget, mga bagong usong damit, mga bagong kotse, at kung anu-ano pang mga materyal na bagay.
        Tingnan natin ang Maynila. Parang ang gandang tingnan dahil sa naglalakihang mga building, mga kaakit akit na mga mall, sari-saring mga event, mga nakakaaliw na mga lugar, maningning na mga ilaw…Pero kung babaligtarin mo ang bituka…bulok ang laman. Basura, polusyon, baha, krimen, dumi at kalat, at ang nakaririmarim na konsentrasyon ng mga buwayang pulitiko sa bansa!
        Yan ang ipamamana natin sa ating mga anak.
        Sabi ko sa ‘yo Sir, walang kikilos hangga’t hindi tayo tatamaan ng masidhing trahedya.
        Buti pang lumayas na lang sa bansang ‘to!

  • penoy2012

    Kung may sapat na ebidensya, dapat nasesntensyahan na ang mga inakusahan.
    Malamang nga kasi, puro sa media lang ang kwento ng ebidensya. Yung nag-aakusa, sablay din ang background,

  • Avery_23

    Ohbitchwoman Cuntcheata Capro NoMorales is extremely corrupt!!!! OMG! The evidences I submitted were overwhelming yet she found those people not guilty?!?!?

  • Ako_Hiking

    The reason that the anti-corruption drive by President Aquino is failing is because the fight is only a facade and not a real fight. It is merely an excuse to persecute political enemies, in particular Gloria.

    Political enemies get served with cases yet the President’s men or better known as the KKK’s move above the law.

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