Sen. Bong Revilla is running for president in 2016, so he says, adding that he is not bothered by the allegations on the pork scam along with the complaint of plunder lodged by Justice chief Leila de Lima.
Bong has every right to aspire and run for the presidency. Most known politicians with national stature aspire for the presidency, or even the vice presidency. Such ambitions are normal for most politicians.
And Bong is right in saying that the pork scam in which he is being implicated by De Lima and her whistle-blowers is not going to be a factor among the electorate.
There is reason for him to say this. The perception being created by the media that Revilla, as well as Sen. Jinggoy Estrada having become “damaged goods” due to being linked to the pork barrel scam are no longer shoo-ins for higher elective posts, is merely the perception that resonates with the elite and the so-called middle class, both of which constitute a very small percentage of the Filipino electorate. This is not a media-made perception that is being bought by the masses that of form the majority of the electorate.
If plunder is a factor to politically damage mass-based popular politicians who have been charged with that crime, how then explain the fact that when former President Joseph Estrada was ousted, the masses staged an Edsa III, and even when Estrada was in detention, convicted then pardoned, he still was a strong presidential candidate, coming in at second place in an election that was marked by fraud, where the American boy, the yellow manipulated surveys, Comelec and Smartmatic PCOS ensured Noynoy’s fraudulent win.
If the argument is that the pork barrel scam made bigger with the Senate hearings has hurt Bong and Jinggoy as presidential and vice presidential bets for 2016, that won’t hold, considering that one, De Lima and her witnesses’ testimonies and affidavits, especially those of Ruby Tuason and Dennis Cunanan, have weakened government’s case and is now at the point of collapse. Two, admit it or not, there is the public’s pork fatigue which has left the public now wondering whether indeed, the three senators identified with the opposition, have been framed by the Liberal Party bigwigs, led by the vindictive Noynoy, who are into a destruction mode to eliminate their political foes seen as 2016 threats. Three, even the senators who aspire for a higher office have already gotten signals from the general public that all they really have been doing during the hearings is to grandstand and get media points and in the process, they have been losing points with the public, that already knows the hearings are politically motivated and have in essence, destroyed their political standing; and four, the masa prefer to go to legislators for aid, and get the help fast and directly from their legislative offices, which aid comes from pork.
Giving all that pork to the administration through its departments and agencies makes it more difficult for constituents of legislators to get that aid, as red tape will always be a factor in government.
If one talks about the chances of Bong against the pretender, Alan Cayetano who made known his plan to run for the presidency, one can bet his bottom peso that Bong will win more votes against Cayetano, who is hardly the masses’ choice.
Neither the pork barrel issue nor the charges against Bong and Jinggoy is a likely factor in the 2010 elections.
There is also the problem of manipulated yellow surveys which are controlled by the Malacañang occupant and his manoks. This manipulation in pre-election surveys already has been proved, where the yellow survey firms’ bets, even when weak, are made to appear as strong and popular bets in these manipulated surveys, to ensure that the bets they don’t want to win do not get the big share of the election contributions. However these manipulated yellow surveys are not too great a problem, since SWS and Pulse Asia have already lost their credibility and they know it.
Still, Bong does have a problem, which is not quite shared by Jinggoy.
Bong does have a political party, the Lakas, but Lakas, which was a strong party for nine years running, is no longer the same strong party it was. It is well known to presidential aspirants that an effective network is needed, from governors, to mayors to councilors, to political organizations supporting the candidate. It is different in the case of a senatorial run, where the electorate can vote 12 times for a senatorial seat, and one can easily be included in the ballot even from local officials affiliated with the ruling party ticket, since most voters never vote along straight party lines anyway.
The opposition players have big chances to win the coveted offices. Their biggest problem, however would be the PCOS-automated fraud, engineered by Smartmatic and the Comelec chaeating syndicate that the poll officials refuse to go after, since they too, are under the control of the Malacañang tenant.
From the start, through yellow media reports merely based on interviews with so-called whistle-blowers led by Benhur Luy and their lawyer, Levito Baligod, there already began Malacañang’s yellow media trial by publicity of the three key Senate players in the opposition, making them appear guilty of plundering their pork barrel funds through kickbacks from Janet Lim-Napoles’ bogus non governmental organizations.
This was quickly followed up by the selective and biased Commission on Audit Special Audit report through an unprecedented press conference called by CoA chief Grace Pulido-Tan, who portrayed the three senators — more than any other member of Congress as guilty of plunder, as she exclaimed her infamous “kahindik-hindik” comment to describe the “plunder” she had audited.
Yet what plunder was proved in the CoA report when the audited special allotment release orders merely pointed to this going to several Napoles NGOs, and not pointing to whatever alleged kickbacks these senators got? So where was the crime and proof of plunder in that CoA report targeting the three senators, namely Juan Ponce-Enile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla?
In truth, the CoA report that the present Malacañang occupant and his dirty tricks department led by his Liberal Party (LP) mates, all of whom want political longevity, was produced with full media impact to continue with the trial by publicity of the three political targets — even when there was, for one, no proof at all, and in reality, not even probable cause existed.
But there went Leila de Lima, the injustice chief, allowing her so-called whistle-blowers led by Benhur Luy and his lawyer, to talk freely to the yellow media, then quickly came up with a plunder complaint she lodged before the Ombudsman, against the targeted opposition senators and selected opposition representatives making her evidence look voluminous with the hundreds of copies of the CoA report and her whistle-blowers’ affidavits, but which however, contained no hard proof of the crime of plunder as these were all allegations not substantiated with hard evidence.
To make sure the trial by publicity against the three senators continued to cement their public portrayal as guilty, the senator-allies of Noynoy came up with the Senate blue ribbon committee inquisition, led by two grand inquistors, Senators TG Guingona and Alan Peter Cayetano, with supporting inquisitors Leila and her star witness Benhur and his code names for the senators, along with his self-made notebooks, apart from his testimony admitting that he and his group have been falsifying documents and signatures of the three senators and congressmen and diverted the cash to the implementing agencies, while giving the implementing agencies commissions and keeping the rest in the Napoles bank accounts. Again, where is the proof of the plunder? On the basis of the testimonies of de Lima’s whistleblowers who admit to falsifying the documents of the legislators?
Witness after witnesses were called, including the detained Janet Napoles, the alleged brains in the pork scam, made to face Benhur Luy in a deny or affirm inquisition in the never ending Senate hearings, with some respondents, such as Ruby Tuason, who came up with a dud of a testimony and the latest of whom is Dennis Cunanan, the former Technology Resource Center chief who has been caught lying under oath and fingered by a co-”provisional state witness” Luy that he had pocketed kickbacks and in the office of Napoles, with whom he had dealt for these commissions and kickbacks?
The plunder case against the three senators has collapsed, and Noynoy, his LPs, and most especially, Leila de Lima, were found to have conspired with each other to ensure the elimination of the two senators who have been perceived as strong political opponents for higher elective office in 2016, all seen as political threats to the LPs plan of political longevity after 2016.
It was important to their plan to make the key opposition leaders appear guilty before the bar of public opinion, to justify the fraudulent win of the very weak anointed presidential and vice presidential bets of Noynoy and his LP though the magic of the fraudulent precinct count optical scan, which wrought the automated fraudulent victory of Noynoy in 2010 and the fraudulent victory of his Team PNoy senators.
But clearly, that plan has not only collapsed. It has also destroyed Noynoy and his LPs, along with their anointed.
America can be so two-faced, especially in matters of preserving its interests and claims of international law and sovereignty, territorial problems and independence in relation to foreign governments.
Today, the issue is focused on Crimea and its secessionist movement, with the Barack Obama government claiming that international law as well as Russia’s refusal to uphold the sovereignty of Ukraine, citing moves of Russia and its forces’ entry into Crimea and control of Crimea and the Black Sea borders.
The Obama government also condemned Russia’s Vladimir Putin’s rejection of the new Ukraine government which was installed via a coup d’etat through a revolt and the Putin government’s recognition of the Crimean Parliament that voted to join the Russian Federation.
Yet the balkanization of the USSR, or the Soviet Union, was blessed and supported by America, which is why there are today many pre-Soviet states that are now independent countries.
It will be recalled that there was some kind of a coup then where Mikael Gorbachev, then President of the USSR, was actively supported by the US government, which started the balkanization of the USSR.
Even in the Philippines, the American government, along with the European Western powers, are all out in support for the virtual balkanization of the Philippines, through the establishment of the Bangsamoro nation in Mindanao, which will certainly lead to independence of Mindanao under the control of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Virtually all constitutional provisions in the Philippine Charter are being violated, when it comes to upholding the American interests in the country, as the US has its pliant Amboy in Noynoy, what with allowing the nuclear American equipped warships free entry and virtually full access to the country through Subic Bay, an old American base. Worse, it is now the Philippines that will be building bases for the Americans in Subic and in Clark, on Filipino taxpayers’ money and without the US rebuilding these bases, as well as paying any rent to the Philippine government.
The Philippine Constitution is clear that the Philippines has a no nuclear policy, along with the constitutional proviso stating that there can be no permanent foreign bases or permanent foreign troops unless this is covered by a treaty, which has to be, at the very least, ratified by the Philippine Senate.
This was the reason the American bases’ permanent stay in the country, had to go, after the Senate voted to reject the US bases’ continued stay in the country.
Today, Noynoy and his administration have already allowed virtual permanent basing rights for the Americans, not only in Mindanao, but also in rebuilding the US bases in Subic and Clark, again on the pretense of these being non-permanent bases, and all under a mere executive agreement instead of a treaty, again under the guise of the visiting forces agreement.
Why, talk about sovereignty principles that Obama now throws at Russia and Putin, but when it comes to the Philippines, heck, that US respect for sovereignty principle and international flies out of the window, as the US government insists on the US having full control and supervision of the bases — no different from the days of the old Subic base and Clark Field, and again Noynoy will be giving in to this, which is why the Philippine negotiator has been changed during mid-negotiations as this was the crux of the negotiations.
On the issue of America’s principle of legitimacy of democratically elected foreign governments, why then does America — along with the Western powers, recognize and support the legitimacy of foreign governments installed though a coup d’etat through either military intervention or a military backed people’s coup, such as what had occured in Ukraine and Egypt, along with two military backed people power coups d’etat in the Philippines, where its presidents have been democratically elected?
America condemns Russia and Putin for what it calls the Russian invasion of Crimea and the control of the Black Sea, yet America is known not only for interfering in the domestic affairs of foreign governments it does not like or approve of, such as Venezuela, or directly invading these countries, such as Libya, Iraq and Grenada, in the time of US president Reagan?
This time, however, those warnings and sanctions against Russia are not likely to work, mainly because Russia has the same types of nuclear weapons, and besides, it can cut off the gas shipments not only to Ukraine but Eurrope.
Then too, the US is hardly ready to wage a full war against Russia.
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