Thursday, November 8, 2007

If Villarosa were to be believed...

Villarosa confessed of her participation in the October 11 bribery in Malacanan.. But is her version believable?
Let us see. There are a score of questions that need to be squarely answered:
1. If the KAMPI's fund, as Villarosa claimed, was for assistance, we may ask: To assist whom? According to Eastern Samar Gov. Ben Evardone, the President of the League of Provinces in the Philippines (LPP), the money was to assist the freshmen governors to formulate their programs on their first year. He also said the millions came from LPP (they came out with a paid ads in the daily papers, claiming that it was from them.) Evardone’s admission came after a series of denials and accusations on the source of the windfall. Fingers pointed to a Palace official, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Pagcor and Speaker Jose de Venecia.
And, hey, two governors—Ed Panlilio of Pampanga and Joselito Mendoza of Bulacan—admitted receiving P500,000 each. Villarosa named Reps. Bienvenido Abante Jr. of Manila and Thomas Dumpit of La Union as two beneficiaries among congressmen. About 50 governors and 190 congressmen attended the breakfast meeting. Pampanga and Bulacan are not cash-strapped provinces that needed handouts. The group of provinces known as the “20 poorest of the poor” is more deserving of the Oct. 11 donation.
2. The cash was handed to the participants while they were leaving the Palace. Why not during the breakfast meeting?
3. The issuance of a check or checks would have been more appropriate and conventional instead of a turnover of cold cash. Right?
4. The money was withdrawn from a Bank of Commerce branch in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Huh, KAMPI's headquarter in Pampanga?

Well, Madame... You have more questions to answer. We hope to hear from you.

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