“Whiff of Corruption,” one of DU30’s defining phrases found its target: Pnoy’s past administration.
The right-of-way scams exploded. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aquirre presented to the media Roberto Catapang Jr, his whistleblower. To make it bombastic, he highlighted the 8.7 billion worth of the scam. The personalities are biggies; the former Secretary of Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Rogelio Singson, the past Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, and the brother-in-law of President Aquino III, Mr. Eldon Cruz.
A trend emerged. Digong’s administration whips the past government of its perceived sins. Pnoy’s appointment of Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is an obstacle to smooth sail their legal agenda, so her impeachment get traction in the Congress. Duterte’s spokesperson, Harry Roque, reported that the Dept. Of Justice will investigate the quick approval of the Dengvaxia vaccine of the past dispensation, which put thousands of young lives at risk. This was after the Sanofi Pateur, the vaccine manufacturer put out the bulletin that the dengue vaccine could have undesirable results on patients. Then, the 8.7 billion right-of-way scam surfaced.
People wondered if this resurrection of perceived sins is diversionary. The woeful state of the MRT of its frequent breakdowns. The unresolved traffic in EDSA. These are testaments of inefficiencies. It sticks on people’s mind come midterm election. Duterte’s allies must remedy that.
Justice Secretary Aguirre at his press conference invited potential whistleblower for this right-of-way scam. Roberto Catapang Jr. an old member of the syndicate who had been short-changed of his share have an ax to grind. So, he came out. Were his depositions believable?
A redeeming feature highlighted. Sen. Panfilo Lacson cut the DPWH’s budget by 50 billion in the 2018 National Budget.