Thursday, 01 August 2013 15:16
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live…” (Proverbs 15:27, the Holy Bible).
4TH SONA ON CUSTOMS BACKFIRES VS. PNOY? Now, it would seem that the tables have been turned against President Aquino in relation to his outburst against the Bureau of Customs.
While he publicly chastised top officials of the bureau during his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) allegedly because it is still reeking with corruption up to now so that it has been miserably failing to collect its revenue goals, it appears that he himself, as the President, already knew beforehand who to blame for this corruption.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, in an interview with DZRH achorman Deo Macalma last Wednesday, July 31, 2013, said that as the Chief Executive of government, President Aquino knew who of the officials of the Bureau of Customs are corrupt, and who are their “political patrons” who are giving them protection.
Trillanes said it is up to the President now to act, and to immediately remove the corrupt from the agency, and expose the names of their protectors. Aquino does not have to wait for any congressional investigation before he is to act because he is the President anyway, Trillanes added. He said that there are groups who are now waiting on what the President will do, but, he said, these groups cannot wait forever.
GROUPS WAITING FOR PNOY TO ACT ON CUSTOMS CORRUPTION: Of course, Trillanes did not explain what he meant with the words “the groups (waiting for the President’s action against corruption in the Bureau of Customs) cannot wait forever”, and neither did Macalma pursue the matter, but I take it that there are groups who are not happy with the corruption that is admitted to be going on, unabated, in the bureau.
Are these the same groups that expressed their displeasure against former President Gloria Arroyo by staging the so-called Oakwood Mutiny in Makati City, the country’s premier business and financial district? If so, I shudder to think what they could be capable of doing, if and when President Aquino would not be acting in the manner they would want him to act.
TRILLANES’ TIRADE VS. LIM, TANADA: Trillanes also had a mouthful against Deputy Customs Commissioners Danny Lim and Juan Lorenzo Tanada, saying that, if they were true to their exposes against powerful politicians meddling in the affairs of the bureau and even abetting corruption among its officials, their resignations should have been irrevocable.
Trillanes also said that if Lim and Tanada knew that corruption permeates the entire Bureau of Customs and yet they have chosen to be quiet about it or refused to act against the perpetrators, the two cannot deny accusations that they could be part of the corrupt system itself.
The senator also called on the Aquino government not to appoint Lim and Tanada to other offices or posts, on the theory that they are not going to be of help in any other agency anyway.
I wonder what President Aquino will say to all these, by way of a reaction!
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