It’s about time someone officially complained!!!

Sen. Panfilo Lacson did an honorable act which honorable men should do.

He filed a complaint against Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez regarding the Justice Secretary’s recent controversial “incentives” for the province of Iloilo to give a 12-0 victory for the administration candidates. In short, what Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez did was simply “vote-buying” in any which way you look at it.

Criminal raps, disbarment sought vs DOJ chief

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez now faces criminal charges and a disbarment case over his recent statements about cash rewards for village chiefs and the death of US Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell.

Stressing public office is a public trust, opposition Sen. Panfilo Lacson filed Monday graft charges against Gonzalez for the alleged P10,000 offer to village chiefs in Iloilo in exchange for 12-0 votes for administration senatorial bets.

Lawyer Ely Pamatong, meanwhile, lodged a disbarment complaint against Gonzalez before the Supreme Court over the justice chief’s “immoral statements” that Campbell was partly to blame for her death.

Lacson said he is filing the case as his civic duty to stop Gonzalez from “blatantly and arrogantly” violating the law.

“I’m filing this not as a senator but as a citizen. If we allow high officials to violate the law with impunity we are equally guilty. The Bible says that for evil to triumph, it takes just a few good men to do nothing. We’ve been a shame to other nations because our own officials violate the law,” he said in Filipino.

Lacson said he might file similar charges against other candidates who had made similar promises in past weeks, but not during the campaign period.

“There’s time for that. Once we get evidence after the elections I might file charges against them. But right now I don’t want to be accused of playing politics,” he said.

He also challenged Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez to act swiftly and fairly on his complaint, after filing the case before her office.

“On a larger perspective, said offer of Secretary Gonzalez will have a far-reaching effect as this will make the officials concerned and the public in general complacent and look the other way even in the face of massive cheating that will be committed just to ensure the victory of Team Unity candidates,” he said in his complaint.

He added it was clear that the promise of P10,000 was designed to influence barangay (village) officials to vote and to work doubly hard for a 12-0 vote in favor of Team Unity.

This, he said, was “an act which is tantamount to vote buying and punishable under the Omnibus Election Code.”

Worse, he said Gonzalez remained defiant and claimed he did nothing wrong, by claiming non-candidates are not prohibited from buying votes, and that the funds will come from his own pocket anyway.

“Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice and lead modest lives,” he said.

Lacson pointed out that Gonzalez’s acts constitute the crime of attempted corruption of public officials penalized under Article 212 in relation to Article 6 (Consummated, Frustrated and Attempted Felonies) of the Revised Penal Code.

The provision penalizes “any person who shall have made the offers or promises or given the gifts of presents.”

He added Gonzalez is liable for violating Section 3(a) of the Anti-Graft Law, which punishes “persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations.”

Meanwhile, Pamatong likened Gonzalez to a rampaging “elephant” with a loose tongue, dzBB radio said.

In seeking Gonzalez’s disbarment, Pamatong said the Supreme Court was the proper entity to punish the justice chief since the latter was the highest prosecutor in the government.

Gonzalez earlier said Campbell was a “little irresponsible” for walking alone at the mountain trail in Batad village at Banaue, Ifugao on April 8.

Campbell was bludgeoned to death by a 25-year-old woodcarver who claimed he mistook the American volunteer as his enemy in the same village. – GMANews.TV

Why run for a political position?

These people running for political positions from the lowest levels to the highest levels really act desperate.

They would spend millions upon millions of pesos to “market” or “advertise” themselves and they claim that they are using their own money to pay for these political ads. If they can spend tens of millions of pesos, what’s in it for them? What is their “return on investment” from spending all these millions? Do they plan to make much much more than they have “invested”? How can you make millions upon millions if the salary of these political figures are not in the millions upon millions of pesos?

If for example Pichay would spend Php100 million for his political campaigning, how does he plan to get it all back? Is being a Senator, Congressman, Governor, Mayor etc that lucrative that many families have made it their “family business”.

Some mayors even act like they have their own “Kingdom” wherein they are above the law.

Is this “pork barrel” the ultimate prize in running? Of course not, that is just the appetizer! There is much more to gain!

Well, just seems so funny that these guys would do “whatever it takes” to win… there is  so much money is at stake for them!

They are doing it for themselves and not for the people. That is why the Philippines is getting poorer and poorer while our politicians are getting wealthier and wealthier.

Isn’t it supposed to be that when you join politics, you become poorer because you are sacrificing your lucrative carreer to be of service to the people? But apparently, the politicians become wealthier while being in politics.

The Philippines is this way because we allow it to be. We make our politicians very wealthy while we become very poor.

I agree with Manny Pacquiao

I agree with Manny Pacquiao when he openly-stated that nothing positively has happened in General Santos during the many decades reign of the Antonino family. Nothing positive for General Santos but most likely the family business of politics of the Antonino family was positive. Obviously, the Antonino family is another Political Dynasty that needs to be broken.

One thing I do not agree with is that it will be Manny Pacquiao who will replace Antonino. It would have been better if a lawyer would run…but as we all know, this is a popularity contest.

If ever Manny Pacquiao would win (which is already almost sure), I just hope that he will not create a Pacquiao Political Dynasty in the area.

Good luck to you Mr. Manny Pacquiao, … never forget your roots and do not make politics corrupt your mind, heart and body.

Julia Campbell: May you rest in peace

Do not bite the hand that feeds you. Moreso, do not kill the hand that feeds you.

Julia Campbell was a God-send in the eyes of the people who knew her. It is almost impossible to fathom that someone could kill an angel to the community.

Julia Campbell went out of her way to help the poor, helpless, and un-educated. She was in the Philippines for the Filipino people.

How can anyone have murdered her? What was the motive? Is it simply a robbery?

Did poverty drive someone to commit murder? Did poverty turn a human being into a devil to kill an angel?

Whatever it is—this is the real situation in the Philippines, there are many out there who suffer while our politicians ride in their fancy cars and bully their way through traffic as if there is no tomorrow while laughing their way to the bank.

The political dynasties that have become “family businesses” should be stopped right now.

Julia Campbell is a hero and her death should not go unpunished.

RICHARD GOMEZ: You should pay your taxes before running!

For the first time, I have to agree with Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez regarding Richard Gomez.

If Richard Gomez wants to lead the country as a Senator, he should first lead by example by being a good law-abiding citizen who pays taxes!

If you are a law-abiding citizen who pays your taxes, would you vote for someone who does not pay taxes and in short, cheats the government and cheats the people?

We do not need tax-evaders like Richard Gomez who will only worsen the situation of the Philippines!

Goma! Go home!

Absentee Voting System: Full of Flaws

The Absentee Voting System is riddled with flaws. Is there a way for the “Independent” Poll-watchers like NAMFREL or VforCE (Volunteers for Clean Elections) to count or safe-guard these ballots?

With so many things getting lost in the Philippine Postal System it may be a way for the “Politically desperate” to cheat. Even our International Express Mail System has no tracking capabilities as seen here from their website and so how will anyone keep track of these thousands of ballots?

Pinoys can’t vote in Italy; embassy has no ballots yet

SOME 70,000 Filipino workers in Rome have not yet received ballots that were supposed to have been mailed to them, a labor group said yesterday.

Umangat spokesman Rowena Flores said the delay has kept many Filipino workers in Rome uninformed about who the senatorial candidates were and what party-list groups were up for election.

Flores said embassy officials could not say when the ballots would arrive in Italy, adding workers may ask for an extension in the deadline for absentee voting.

A Department of Foreign Affairs official said the Overseas Absentee Voting Secretariat was checking with the embassy in Rome and the Commission on Elections, but a spokesman, Claro Cristobal, said all ballots had already been sent to Filipino workers overseas worldwide.

The Comelec yesterday came under fire for the poor turnout for overseas absentee voting, which began Saturday.

So far, only 2,220 Filipinos abroad—out of half a million registered worldwide—have cast their ballots.

Senator Richard Gordon said the low turnout was due to a failure by the Comelec to conduct an aggressive information campaign to encourage migrant workers to cast their votes, despite P248 million in funding set aside for that purpose.

“They don’t have any excuse. They had enough funds and the time necessary to conduct a successful overseas absentee voting,” Gordon said in a radio interview. “The Comelec should explain how they spent the funds meant for absentee voting.”

Earlier, Comelec Commissioner Florentino Tuason Jr. said the usual “last-minute syndrome” might account for the low turnout.

He also said a new requirement under the law—that voters execute a sworn statement that they would return to the Philippines to take up permanent residence after three years—kept many migrant workers away.

Cristobal yesterday said reports from embassies and consulates abroad showed that only 896 voters showed up on Saturday, while 1,049 showed up on Sunday to cast their ballots. Some 275 mailed their ballots, he added.

The first voter was Nicanora Maglinis, 56, a native of Maasin, Southern Leyte, who works in Palau.

Records show that 504,110 Filipinos have registered for overseas absentee voting worldwide. The largest numbers are in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Singapore. Of those, 142,634 are new registrants. Michael Caber and Roy Pelovello

15 million Filipinos live on $1.00 a day

How can these politicians say they are doing a good job?

How can these politicians drive their very nice and expensive cars?

How can these politician travel first-class?

How can these politicians spend like there is no tomorrow?

When there are 15 million starving people in the Philippines …. it is quite sad that the true colors of these politicians are clearly seen. They really do not care about the sufferings of the Filipino people… all they care about is how to get voted—whatever it takes.

Once securely back in their nice political seats, they will forget all those that voted for them.

It is not surprising why the Philippines is going in a downward spiral upto the point of no return.