Fooling the people

“THEY have nothing but absolute contempt for the Filipino people. What do they take us for, fools?”

This was the general reaction of people whom I talked with after they learned from news reports that Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo again took the cudgel for his controversial elder brother Miguel “Mike” Arroyo in connection with the controversial helicopter purchase of the Philippine National Police.

Some even enthusiastically sang a portion of Bob Marley’s famous song “Get up, Stand Up:…You can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time. So now we see the light, we gonna stand up for our rights!” just immediately after the newscast announcing this development as they gulped their
bottles of beer.

One balding observer noted that Iggy admitted that the helicopters were leased but he won’t talk about it. He said with a sly smile that “this is the height of contempt against us ordinary folks by the Arroyo brothers…sino ang lolokohin nila?”

As my Facebook page was then open, one friend of mine read outloud an entry which says “talaga namang ginagawa tayong mga bobo ng mga iyan…Well, we cannot blame them because there are still a lot of idiots out there who believe their frivolous alibi.”

This was the second time that the younger Arroyo rescued his brother – the first time was when he admitted owning the Jose Pidal accounts which according to Sen. Panfilo Lacson was used to launder some P200 million.

In a statement sent to the Senate, Iggy Arroyo claimed that the helicopters bought by the PNP was leased for two months in 2004 by the Lourdes T. Arroyo Inc., a family owned firm of the Arroyos, at a time when he was the company president.

The helicopters are the subject of a Senate inquiry, which is zeroing in on Iggy’s elder Arroyo, who reportedly sold two of the choppers to the PNP in 2009 by passing these off as brand new.

Iggy said the ownership of the helicopters being pinned on Mike, husband of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, belonged to the chief accuser, Lion Air president Archibald Po.

Witnesses, including Po, had testified before the Senate blue ribbon committee that Mike had owned the two used choppers sold to the PNP.

Po said he sold five Robinson R-44 Raven I helicopters to Mike in late 2003 so Gloria Macapagal Arroyo could use the aircraft for the 2004 presidential campaign. He also said he was asked to sign a blank deed of assignment after Mike completed payments for the choppers.

Denying ownership of the five helicopters, Mike filed perjury charges against Po last week. He, however, declined to appear before the Senate hearing, citing poor health.

Senate President Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada told reporters that Ignacio should appear at the hearing to prove that the helicopters were really his. Iggy is reportedly in London having his liver checked.

“Remember that he was the same person who owned up to the Jose Pidal (accounts) where Mike allegedly illegally kept millions in campaign contributions, recalled Estrada.

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It seems that almost all of the Arroyos are now sick – Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is having problem with her cervical spine, Mike Arroyo is afflicted with a life threatening heart condition and Iggy Arroyo is suffering from a liver problem.

We pray for their immediate recovery so they will be able to answer the allegations being hurled against them.

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For the record, I don’t believe the Arroyo couple would flee from the country.
They will bravely face the allegations arrayed against them…wouldn’t they? They surely won’t do anything that would prove correctly the soothsayers’ prediction that they are already set to fly to a country without an extradition treaty with the Philippines like Portugal.

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