Is PNoy listening to the people?


There’s no mistaking the fact that public outrage over the pork barrel scam has breached the roof. If it can be compared to a scream in the movie, “Monster University”, its volume would have overshot the meter and damaged it. The frustration, the disgust and the anger were simply too much that Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was overcome with emotion and cried. Everybody is enraged, and rightly so.

What was exposed is the P10 billion pork barrel that was disbursed through fake NGOs identified with Janet Lim-Napoles. A number of senators and congressmen have been linked to the scam, with money intended for development projects allegedly going to corruption with NGOs put up by Napoles as conduits. The cruelty of this act is palpable to everybody. In a nation where about three-fourths of the people live in abject poverty, a handful of people have schemed to siphon money that should have gone to their welfare.

But the President of the Republic, Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino III is unperturbed. Until now, he doesn’t seem affected by the public outrage. Noynoy is “deadma” as the conflagration of collective anger and frustration rages outside of Malacanang. This leads one to wonder: Is PNoy listening to the people?

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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