“Kutso-kutso” governance

I must have hit a raw nerve when I described the latest round of boasts from Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. that he contemplated filing cases against his predecessor, Niel Tupas Sr., as symptomatic of senility (“naga-uli-anon”). This threw Defensor into a fit of rage during his regular press conference last Friday and began calling me names: “irresponsible” and “ignorant”. He said I didn’t know the facts about the purported move of the Truth Commission to investigate COA disallowances during the Tupas administration. He said he wasn’t making up the story. He heard the rumor (using the word “kuno” several times) about the Truth Commission digging into his predecessor’s administration, he told the media.

By his own admission, he didn’t have first-hand information about the so-called Truth Commission investigation. He didn’t even bother to double-check, because had he done so, he would have discovered that the information was distorted. It was half-wrong, and half-wrong isn’t the truth. He embellished unverified information and made it appear, before media, that the Tupas administratin was being targeted by the commission.

What is the truth about the Truth Commission’s action? In a resolution, the Truth Commission asked the Commission on Audit to submit a report of disallowances on irregular, extravagant and unnecessary expenditures during the past administration. It was a blanket resolution to facilitate the gathering of evidence against the likes of Augusto Boboy Syjuco, former head of TESDA and a key ally of Defensor, for the plunder committed during the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration.  And the “disallowances” contemplated in this resolution are the overpricing of materials and supplies such as the 16,000% overprice of Syjuco at TESDA.

So who is ignorant? Who is irresponsible? Certainly not me. Under the circumstances, the harsh accusations made by Defensor has backfired on him. He has turned “rumor-mongering” into official policy. He is guilty of “kutso-kutso” governance. It only reinforces my theory that senility is quickly setting in. Now, it’s not just Defensor’s body that’s ailing. It appears that his mind is deteriorating, too.