The mess of lists
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Is there a grand plan behind the developments on the infamous PDAF, or Priority Development Assistance Fund case? Already such confusion has been arising, both in the investigation and the identification of those involved that one can no longer see clearly who are the masterminds and who are the participants.
There is the matter of the “lists” of alleged lawmakers who had benefitted from the intricate scheme supposedly designed by this businesswoman, Janet Lim Napoles, who had the ingenuity to introduce a system of forming a string of non-government organizations, where members of the Senate or the House of Representatives could channel their generous largesse from the government in what appeared to be a legitimate way of help impoverished communities, but which actually were just conduits to get the bulk of the funds into their pockets.
And how was Madam Napoles to benefit from this? Well, the way the revelations are coming out, she gets a percentage of the millions the lawmakers entrusted to her NGOs, which must have been so generous that she began to acquire properties herself. So, everybody was happy, until the bubble burst one day.
This was when she and her family made the mistake of detaining one of her trusted cohorts for allegedly trying to outwit her and get more out of their business than she felt reasonable.
Upon being released, by the National Bureau of Investigation, no less, the once partner and confidante, blew the whistle on her and the participants in her scheme, and that is why we are where we are now.
It looks, however, that there are other clever minds who are now busy creating plots and scenarios that would confuse the issue, so that it could take years, or even never, for the whole truth to come out and all the culprits are punished. The question is how, if ever, can those in charge untangle the developing mess so that the ends of justice can be served, and the guilty punished.*