More of the same
(Second of 3 parts)
If Janet Napoles bought 26 houses with her commissions for laundering pork, how many houses can legislators buy with their lion’s share of the porcine barrel.
We don’t know if Napoles has 26 houses; some of her alleged houses are in the names of her people: like the Roman charioteer Ben Hur who got immunity from de Lima for what he stole from Janet provided he says what she wants the public to hear. I on the contrary would offer her immunity if she testifies against the enemies of the President in Congress, assume he has any since they all seem to be eating out of his hand. Let her keep what she stole fair and square; it is a pitiful fraction of what her principals in Senate and House made out of their pork.
So should pork be abolished because of all this? Sure, why not?
To be sure, pork helps re-elections but how did the “re-electionist” get elected in the first place?
Not by pork; he didn’t have it yet but by popularity. I was on television for five years with a very popular public affairs show that fearlessly focused on midgets at the height of the GMA administration. TV does wonders; witness the election of our president.
Most of all you get elected the first time thanks to very rich and very generous friends and relations and I will leave it at that.
But re-election is something else; there pork figures prominently if you are a senator with anywhere from P200 mil to a cool billion to play with in your pocket.
But whatever the role of pork in re-elections, none of it comes to you anyway automatically by law but always and only at the behest of the president and at the discretion of the Budget secretary, though presidents give carte blanche to the Senate because it is the trial court of House impeachments.
For the rest, as I have stressed it does not matter if pork is abolished. The president can pass around envelopes. It has been done; it is probably still done; and it is always untraceable.
For part one, click here: Cooking up a stormDisclaimer: The views in this blog are those of the blogger and do not necessarily reflect the views of ABS-CBN Corp.