Saturday, November 8, 2008

What To Do with the Fertilizer Fund and the Beneficiaries?

I'm glad that Senator Aquilino Pimentel is putting into question all those who may have gotten involved in the Fertilizer Fund scam. Malaya reports that Sen. Pimentel "sought the inclusion of around 100 former and incumbent congressmen who received a share of the P728 million fertilizer fund" in the Senate Blue Ribbon committee probe.

But will this be an exercise in futility when the Senate cannot even get hold of Joc Joc Bolante? As Booma Cruz of Vera Files reports:
Experts predict a whitewash or coverup in the investigation on former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc Joc” Bolante, with the Arroyo administration apparently shielding him from media scrutiny and the Ombudsman sitting on recommendations that he be charged in court.
If getting Joc Joc to attend Senate hearings is like pinning Jello to a wall, what more our wily congressmen? If the Ombudsman has delayed hearing Bolante's case for  years, how long will the congressmen's cases be delayed? Would the Ombudsman even dare touch our congressmen?

Be that as it may, it's good that Pimentel is making some noise about this thing, to make the people  involved know that not everyone is indifferent. It's good to keep the ball rolling, in the hopes that it may lead to something productive and decisive.

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