OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS showed at least 83 lawmakers channeled some 1.7 billion pesos in pork barrel funds through the state-owned National Agribusiness Corporation or Nabcor to questionable NGOs including Janet Lim-Napoles’s bogus organizations. Again, that’s 83 lawmakers – 83 possible defendants to plunder or graft cases. Even St. Luke’s Medical Center was like, “Teka lang, ‘di pa kami ready.”
At least 83 lawmakers have been linked yet anew to misuse of pork barrel funds. At what point do we change the name of the two chambers of Congress to Upper Bilibid and Lower Bilibid?
These lawmakers ought to be reminded that they’re working in Batasan, not Gatasang Pambansa.
Former senator Edgardo Angara and three incumbent senators: Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla, and Jinggoy Estrada were among those who reportedly endorsed questionable NGOs to Nabcor. Hats off to Bong, Jinggoy and Enrile for their unparalleled consistency!
The documents detailing the involvement of Nabcor in the pork barrel scam were submitted to the Ombudsman by former Nabcor officials Rhodora Mendoza and Vic Cacal – Or as Jinggoy Estrada would call them, “My next privilege speech.”
As expected, several lawmakers have denied the allegation of pork misuse – thus proving yet again the adage, “Ang sinungaling ay kapatid ng congressman.”
UP Law’s Nielson Pangan topped the 2013 bar exams. Great job! Reports say Nielson is a single, “average” student who surprisingly outscored everyone. Friends have given him a new nickname, ‘Noynoy.’
Ateneo Law emerged on top in 2010, 2011, and 2012. But UP Law foiled Ateneo’s four-peat bid this year. To which the DLSU Lady Spikers said, “Now you know the feeling.”
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Former officials of the National Agribusiness Corporation exposed payoffs to broadcast-journalists including a high-profile radio and TV personality who allegedly received P2M “as payoff to stop criticisms of a Nabcor project.” Those of you who are surprised by this allegation against media men, please raise your right hand… then slap yourselves.
Rumors say the prominent radio and TV personality who allegedly received P2M from Nabcor is a member of an influential religious group. Interestingly, the Philippine Daily Inquirer did not identify the broadcaster. Which begs the question: is PDI running for public office?
A fuming Erwin Tulfo of TV5 used his radio program to defend himself and attack the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Describing PDI reporter Nancy Carvajal as “bobo,” Tulfo denied that he received a check amounting to P245,535 from Nabcor. Even the check was like, “Yeah, right.”
Also linked to the Nabcor payoffs was Melo Del Prado Magdurulang of radio station DZBB. Avid listeners were shocked. They couldn’t believe he’s a Magdurulang.
Both GMA Network and TV5 vowed to investigate the allegations against their employees. But before TV5 could even begin its inquiry, the network declares it “stands by the statement of Mr. Tulfo.” Even his own network is afraid of him.
Opening soon in theaters is the Biblical epic ‘Noah’ starring Russell Crowe. It tells the story of a man who gets a warning that a bad weather is coming so he must prepare. He is told to lead by example. He did! And his people were saved. Mayor Alfred Romualdez can learn a lot from this movie.
Two weeks after fugitive land developer Delfin Lee was nabbed, President Aquino hinted that another big fish would soon be arrested. You know what that means? Another arresting police officer will be sacked and reassigned!
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has not been found. It’s been two weeks! And Amelia Earhart reacted, “Two weeks lang?! Try 77 years!”
“When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not Guilty’.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt
“Had there been no adjustment, had it been strictly 75 (the passing grade), 694 would have passed. That would constitute 13.13 percent of the examineeS.”
~ 2013 Bar exam chair, Associate Justice Arturo Brion
Dapat bang ilipat sa ordinaryong kulungan si Janet Lim-Napoles?
Yes. Dapat pantay-pantay; walang special treatment. 77.89%
Wala akong pakialam. Ang importante nakakulong siya! 13.16%
No. High-risk detainee siya, hindi ordinaryo. 8.95%
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[Photos courtesy of the UP College of Law, The SoshalNetwork.com, Philstar.com, Interaksyon, Sunstar.com]