Philippine Congress – Of posers and jokers
House of Representatives, Philippines –
In a move to clear the names (or probably to cover up the mess) of congressmen involved in the fertilizer scam controversy, the House of Representatives will conduct today their own inquiry on the scandal that allegedly diverted the fertilizer funds to the campaign funds of President Arroyo and spread to her allies in the Lower House and other local officials during the 2004 elections.
But it seems to be a very bad joke with the Lower House scheduling the inquiry one day before the Senate inquiry already scheduled tomorrow. The Senate has legal custody of Jocjoc Bolante and is not expected to relinquish their claim to the scam mastermind anytime soon especially to a body tattered with the President’s hands all over.
And as to how one can expect a “free, fair and fearless” investigation as claimed by agriculture committee chairman Palawan Rep. Abraham Mitra, I have no idea. Talk about suspects being part of the prosecution team, defense team and jury altogether. The rotten congressmen involved in this controversial misappropriation are better off inhibiting themselves if at least to give the slightest bit of significance to this inquiry.
It’s now a toss up between the Senate and the House of Representatives. With both bodies being co-equal, it’s now a battle of impartiality, credibility, and resolution. Or will both inquiries be mere venues for grandstanding, that we’ll soon find out.