Bautista is a leech

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista is still fighting immense pressure for him to just step down from his post and face the unexplained wealth case before the Ombudsman.

What could be holding him back? I read the blog of ABS-CBN House reporter RG Cruz two days ago and he quoted Commissioner Arthur Lim that something was likely to happen “in the next few days”. Lim hinted at resignation or going on leave.

Is Bautista still hoping that a miracle will suddenly extinguish the conflagration that is engulfing him? His brother, Dr. Martin Bautista, isn’t helping him deal with the crisis. On the contrary, Dr. Bautista only doused aviation fuel on the issue as more exposes about his medical practice in Oklahoma raised more questions than answered.

It’s more likely Bautista is waiting for cues from his Liberal Party bosses. His departure from Comelec might pave the way for the discovery of evidence that indeed, massive cheating occured in the May 2016 elections.

Stop being a leech, Andy. You should have resigned last week yet. But it’s not too late.

Intelligence funds (corruption in Comelec)

The revelation of former Comelec commissioner Gus Lagman that the poll body gave out P1.25 million in intelligence funds to each commissioner is a nuclear bomb that exploded in the face of Chairman Sixto Brilliantes and the rest of the commission. It shows how much extensive corruption is in the Comelec. The “intelligence funds” are nothing but slush funds to provide commissioners with extra perks to make them happy.

Mabilog mocks election law

Mabilog mocks election law

With this giant tarpaulin billboard that’s bigger than a jeepney, Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Escalante Mabilog is making a mockery of the election law guidelines on the sizes of campaign propaganda materials. Is he above the law?

Job hires

The Mabilog administration is pinning its hopes of re-election on a giant political campaign machinery composed of 10,000 job hires (contractual daily wage workers) that is costing the Iloilo City government an estimated P65 million a month in public funds.

The job hires are tucked in so-called “development projects” funded under the city’s 20% Development Fund. The projects ranged from beautification, cleanliness, anti-smoking, anti-jay walking, anti-pornography and many more. On paper, the design to use public funds to hire people for political purposes isn’t apparent. One will have to investigate into the breakdown of the project cost to see that a huge portion — as much as 90% — is allocated for contractual services.

It’s easy to see that the 10,000 job hires do not contribute to development. They hardly perform any public service. Their only reason for existence on the government payroll is an ability to deliver a minimum of 10 votes each. The math is simple: 10,000 x 10 is 100,000 votes. That’s enough to guarantee victory for Mabilog.

In the dialect, people call it “ginisa sa aton kaugalingon nga mantika”. People’s money is being used to perpetuate Jed Patrick Escalante Mabilog in power. Never mind that money that can be used to help the poor is being wasted. For Mabilog, the end justifies the means.

The question arises: Is the expenditure for the payroll of the job hires covered by Resolution No. 9585 of the Commission on Elections? Clearly, the money spent isn’t the MOOE that is needed to run the government. It falls under the category of projects.

This is a shameless abuse by the Mabilog government. It is the highest form of corruption. It is a betrayal of public trust. It would be good for Comelec to address this issue before the campaign period for local elections starts on March 30.