(Photos clockwise: Janet Napoles, Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla)
Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and Bongbong Marcos need to explain to the Filipino people why they diverted to fake non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of Janet Napoles their so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds which they originally earmarked to the Department of Agrarian Reform.
Why did they make this questionable move? What’s so special in Napoles’ NGOs – which eventually turned out to be bogus or non-existent as disclosed by a Commission on Audit (COA) report?
Are they a bunch of morons who did not bother asking their staff to conduct proper due diligence to ascertain if the designated NGO recipients of their DAP funds were legitimate or not?
Or didn’t they care at all if taxpayers’ money was lost – as they would presumably get kickbacks anyway from Napoles?
The latest Philippine Daily Inquirer report [see web link below for details] tend to indicate their close association with Napoles. It has been reported earlier that Estrada, Revilla and Marcos, as well as Juan Ponce Enrile, were among scores of senators who channeled their Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) to bogus Napoles NGOs in a massive P10 billion PDAF or pork barrel scam. Each of the 24 senators get a PDAF allocation of P200 million every year.
The onus on how Estrada, Revilla and Marcos are using their DAP, as well as PDAF funds, lies squarely with them — no one else despite their absurd, illogical and nonsensical bid to pin the blame on other people other than themselves.
The issue here really boils down to plain and simple common sense. If a person is entrusted with a huge amount, he or she will certainly exercise extreme care and caution in how this money is used, lest it gets lost that will certainly draw the owner’s fury.
The three senators were each given tens of millions of DAP funds for use in setting up different types of projects to help poor people in the countryside.
But what did they do? Instead of instructing the release of their DAP funds to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for the obvious benefit of farmers and their families, they instead asked the budget department to be given to Napoles’ fake NGOs.
And why would they ask the budget department to earmark their DAP funds to Napoles’ fake NGOs – if they won’t make personal gains from this move?
Again, this is a case of plain and simple common sense. Even a high school drop-out will deduce their ulterior motive in this fund diversion.
The Inquirer has reported that the three senators sent letters to the budget department, asking for the diversion of their DAP funds to Napoles’ bogus NGOs.
Their move inevitably raises troubling questions: Are they in the Senate to render public service? Or is public service merely incidental and secondary to the tens or even hundreds of millions of pesos of kickbacks that they are presumably getting in connivance with a notorious scammer, specifically Napoles?
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