KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Pork raps: double standard at its prime PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 June 2014 12:10

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…There are those who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground…” (Amos 5:7, the Holy Bible).

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PORK RAPS: DOUBLE STANDARD AT ITS PRIME: With due respect, I am sorry I can’t agree with the euphoria being contrived by the Aquino government and its minions over the filing of the plunder charges against nine people, including Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. and Janet Napoles, in connection with the P10 billion pork barrel scam.

This is not democracy at work, really. It is double standard at its prime. It is a shameless political persecution against political enemies, to favor political allies. It is a nauseating reality that in the Philippines, the drive for power for one’s self and for the anointed protégés is all consuming, and ever more important than the welfare and well-being of the citizenry.

Why am I saying this? For a number of reasons. The first is that, when Enrile, Estrada, and Revilla were subjected to purported investigation by the Aquino government for the scam, the very evidence that was used against them already indicated the participation of Aquino allies. Yet, these allies miraculously escaped investigation and, now, prosecution.

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ALLIES SPARED, ONLY FOES CHARGED: Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and even President Aquino himself and his Cabinet secretaries, cannot deny that they were very much aware of what kind of evidence that whistleblower Benhur Luy possessed in connection with the supposed Napoles pork barrel transactions.

Everybody but everybody in the Aquino government knew that not only Enrile, Estrada, and Revilla had been named as having allowed their pork barrel allocations to be diverted to bogus non-governmental organization. Aquino’s allies, especially those named by a big major newspaper based on Benhur Luy’s digital files, were equally shown to be guilty.

These are the same files that were with Luy and, therefore, with the NBI and the Department of Justice from the very first day that the scam hit the headlines. These are the same files that the major newspaper exposed in a series of its headline stories last May 2014. Yet, the allies were spared, and only those who could mount a challenge to the anointed ones in 2016 were charged.

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INJUSTICE IN FARCICAL PROSECUTION: And we call this selective justice a triumph of democracy? Oh well! But, please don’t get me wrong. I am all for the prosecution of those who plundered the nation. By all means, let anyone and everyone who had a hand in pocketing billions and billions of our taxes pay for their misdeeds.

But then, let us not allow a second injustice to be done to the Filipino people. Undeniably, our nation was already subjected to a grave injustice when our tax payments were stolen from us in the guise of pork barrel allocations for supposedly honorable men and women of Congress. Yet, a greater and graver injustice is now being committed against all of us again by the Aquino government in its farcical prosecution.

This kind of travesty will surely plunge our country and our people into greater trouble, not only because of the backlash coming from the supporters of those who are poised to be tried before the Sandiganbayan, but more because what has been done so far by this government on the pork barrel scam constitutes another egregious violation of the Biblical admonition against injustice!

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