TSUNAMI OF CORRUPTION
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Corruption in government is the key to Filipinos pushing him to run for President, according to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
And Duterte said surveys voting him to be the next President of the Philippines is giving him the scare.
Duterte said he is alarmed because the vote for him meant Filipinos no longer trust the government and their leaders.
“There is a deeper meaning to this survey result and it alarms me because I look at this as a protest vote and an indication that people are disillusioned with the establishment and our national political leaders,” said.
In the coming 2016 presidential election, two figures have emerged as front liners: Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Interior Secretary mar Roxas of the administration Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino.
As one of the point men of the Aquino administration, Roxas could not shield himself from being part of anomalies levelled against the Aquino including the multi-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) labelled as the pork barrel of the President.
Binay is a more serious case.
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee is investigating the Vice President for alleged anomalies during his tenure as Makati City Mayor involving millions of pesos: The anomalous construction of public buildings where the former mayor was accused of fleecing contractors of 15 percent in commissions.
Binay also is facing investigation for a 350-hectare farmland in Batangas and secret bank deposits amounting to millions which he has not declared. The latest accusation levelled against Binay involved allegations that he pocketed P200 million in supposed kickbacks from a land deal between the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) and Alphaland Corp.
The Philippine Congress has not been spared from public outcry, with Senators and Congressmen accused of pocketing millions of pesos in commissions from projects funded by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) aka congressional pork barrel.
Bureaucratic corruption will be the biggest issues in the coming elections with dire impacts on those involved in thievery of public money, according to analysts. “We expect voters to crucify the corrupt.”
This is the reason why politicians like Duterte are emerging as acceptable alternatives to the present crop of leaders.
Duterte is being pushed to run for President in 2016.
A signature campaign urging him to run for President has gathered 10 million signatures in a campaign that spanned Luzon, the Visayas and and Mindanao.
Duterte also has barged in surveys in the circle of presidentiables.
Duterte said there is a deeper meaning to the survey result which alarms him.
It alarms me because I look at this as a protest vote and an indication that people are disillusioned with the establishment and our national political leaders, said Duterte.