FORMER Manila councilor Greco Belgica has been appointed chairman of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, replacing Dante Jimenez who passed away some weeks ago.
Before his appointment as PACC chief, Belgica was one of the PACC commissioners.
Let’s hope that Belgica steps up to the plate as the new PACC chief.
He and his fellow commissioners will have their hands full if they work diligently as government watchdogs.
Belgica and his commissioners might want to look into the mastermind behind the human trafficking syndicate.
They might also want to look into the multibillion-peso passport-making scam that reportedly involves high officials in the current administration.
Belgica might be surprised at the identities of the big players in the passport racket.
The Immigration Commissioner is being implicitly blamed for the trafficking of Filipino women who ended up in war-torn Syria either as virtual slaves or prostitutes.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros, chairman of the Senate Committee on Women, Family Relations and Gender Equality, has discovered that the trafficked women were allowed by Manila airport immigration officers to leave on tourist visas, of course after receiving bribes from their recruiters.
The blame on Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente is misplaced since the guy didn’t have power over immigration officers assigned at the international airport.
Morente was defanged as immigration chief as he had been deprived of the power to assign and reassign immigration personnel during the time of then Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd.
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Some of the trafficked women have come home from the Philippine embassy in Damascus, where they sought refuge after fleeing from their cruel employers.
They came in two batches; the third batch is expected soon.
Hontiveros might want to interview each and every one of the repatriated women from Syria, so the immigration officers who fed them to the dogs would be identified.
Eventually, the brains behind the human trafficking at the Manila airport will be unmasked.
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Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez will be investigated for jumping the line when he had himself inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine in public.
Romualdez says he is willing to face the consequences of his action.
I have no love lost for Mayor Romualdez, but let’s take him at his word that he had himself vaccinated in public to show his constituents that the vaccine is safe.
An assurance from the mayor on the safety of the vaccine was a shot in the arm, so to speak, for the vaccination drive in Tacloban City.
If the mayor’s real intention was to jump the line, why, he could have done it in secret.
Many Filipinos are scared of being inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine, a result of the Dengvaxia hullabaloo.
But what’s unforgivable is allowing actor Mark Anthony Fernandez to jump the line in Parañaque.
Why should a movie actor be given priority just because he is a friend of the mayor’s?
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Please spare some cash to buy food for the multitude of people who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic.
If you can still afford to give money to the hungry poor, you are lucky or fortunate. Either you have your own business or you have not been rendered unemployed by the pandemic.
There are many institutions and individuals that give away food for the poor at this time.
You can course your donations through them.
It’s not hard to find these Good Samaritan groups or individuals if you just look around.
Just be sure your money or food that you give away reaches the intended beneficiaries.
Needless to say, what we give to the least of our brethren will eventually return to us a hundredfold.
This is a universe where what you do to your neighbor will boomerang.
If you do good to your neighbor, the good will come back to you; if you do harm to your neighbor, you too will be harmed someday.
The people that you help will help others who are more needy than they are.
Your generosity will have a ripple effect on the beneficiaries.
It would be preferable if you give without the public knowing about it.