Drama in real life


Janet NapolesWaking up at 2:30 a.m. and not being able to go back to sleep can bring a bonus. It gives you a head start over many people on the big news of the day. True enough, my Facebook wall was flooded with news that Janet Lim Napoles had surrendered to President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III at 9:37 p.m. last night. The President accompanied Napoles to Camp Crame where Napoles was booked for detention. Of course, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas was there to face the cameras and field questions. it was a busy night for the President and his favorite Cabinet member.

The “surrender” of Napoles came just hours after Pres. Aquino announced a bounty of P10 million for information that will lead to her arrest. Citing fears for her life, Atty. Lorna Kapunan said her client decided to yield directly to the President. A manhunt that began on Aug. 14 came to an end. The script writer just failed to annotate: “loud cheers!”

This is pure b.s. I can smell a dead rat in the whole episode. With the public outcry over the pork barrel scam breaching the top of the decibel meter, the President knew he needed something dramatic to turn the situation around. The mood of the people is no longer pleasant. It is angry, and the anger is threatening to turn against him. P-Noy needed a life preserver to placate the people.

The offer of the P10-millon reward was the give-away. Napoles isn’t charged before any court for alleged involvement in those pork barrel scams. The warrant for her arrest was for the charge of illegal detention filed by whistle blower Benhur Luy. There are many other people charged for more heinous crimes who are still at large, with no reward money offered for their capture. It was a ploy to make the President look good. He had to appear responsible for bringing Napoles to face justice.

This presidential drama that took along Mar Roxas as a major character reveals the kind of thinking in Malacanang. There’s a constant search for schemes to deflect the public anger toward pork barrel. The President’s attempt to subvert last Monday’s anti-pork rally fell short of its objective. Sensing that his own political survival was now being threatened, the President had to drop the big ax. Napoles had to be sacrificed.

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.

2 Responses to Drama in real life

  1. Pingback: Surrender | Manang Bok's House

  2. luis buenaflor says:

    spot on, mr. mejorada!

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