Phil. Daily Inquirer's report entitled "Senate to Expand Probe of Pork Scam" by Norman Bordadora with a report from Gil C. Cabacungan quoted Sen. TG Guingona, Chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, as having said "WE HAVE YET TO ESTABLISH THAT THE MONEY CAME BACK TO SENATORS, we have only established that the money went to fake NGOs."
If this report is accurate, then Chairman Guingona, a lawyer whose tag line during his senatorial campaign was "Galit sa buwaya", practically cleared the names of all the erring legislators who caused all the misuse and misappropriation of the people's money. Guingona has come out and announced that thieves, in order to be found guilty, must be caught with the loot in their hands. This statement is not merely stupidity at the highest order but should come down as the all-time worst act of treachery ever committed by a public official.
Guingona virtually encourages all government officials to be careless with public funds, and that all the money entrusted to them could be stolen, misused or misappropriated for as long as no proof can be shown that the money lost by the government came back to the official tasked to handle and manage such money. Guingona with this statement, would find nothing wrong in case a government official pays P1Million for a pencil worth P3.00 in case it cannot be proven that the money lost by government did not come back to the unscrupulous official.
End of the story. Poor Philippines.
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