Corruption within Digong’s circle
President Digong wants his pictures and those of other officials removed from the offices of all government agencies and replaced with photos of national heroes.
Just as well.
Cabinet officials and bureau chiefs do not own these agencies, so why should their photos be displayed in their subordinates’ offices?
And yet the Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, even encourages all police stations across the country to have a standee of his image.
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Former President Noynoy Kuyakoy has no plans of returning to politics.
He didn’t do anything when he was a congressman representing Tarlac. He didn’t do anything when he was senator.
Noynoy was a do-nothing president. All he did was blame his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, for his failures, play video games with his nephew, and prowl the streets at night like an alley cat.
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There is no doubt that President Digong is squeaky-clean when it comes to money.
But many of his subordinates are wheeler-dealers or utterly corrupt that their shenanigans might negate all the good things he’s doing for the people.
The President should keep his eyes wide open.
It seems the men and women around the President treat certain individuals and corporations with kid gloves but go hammer and tongs against others.
The multinational Del Monte Corp. and Mighty Corp. are both tax delinquents, but one was treated like a lover and the other, a criminal.
Del Monte was made to pay only P50 million for its tax obligation of P80 billion (repeat, billion), but Mighty was forced by two Cabinet officials to sell all its assets to a Japanese tobacco company so it can pay the government P25 billion in back taxes.
If there was no corruption involved in the Del Monte sweetheart deal and Mighty being forced to sell out, I don’t know what to make of it.
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Another Cabinet official has hired his relatives as ghost employees while letting his wife run his office.
This official, who has gone on many junkets since his appointment, favors one group while harassing another.
Digong’s close circle is abuzz with whispers that “His Majesty” skimmed off contributions that were coursed through him during the campaign period.
It’s a surprise that he was still appointed to his lofty position despite his dishonesty.
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A graft case (NPS XVI-INV-16K-00344) filed against a very corrupt customs official has been recommended twice by Assistant Prosecutor Susan Villanueva of the Department of Justice for filing in the courts.
But in both instances, the case was sent back to her by her superior.
And lately a DOJ official wants her to dismiss the graft case.
Tsk, tsk, tsk.
The corrupt customs official probably greased the palm of the DOJ official who wants Villanueva to dismiss the case against him.
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