Pity the genuine NGOs
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
All over the country, but especially in the more progressive cities where there are students and civic leaders who continue to be appalled by the shamelessness of the so-called lawmakers who had taken advantage of the largesse allotted to them, euphemistically called Priority Development Assistance Fund, but scoffed at now as the pork barrel, people go on wondering why action on the scandals uncovered moves very slowly.
The protesting groups, virtually call for blood as they demand, not only the scrapping of the notorious PDAF, but especially the prosecution of those who had benefitted from it.
Of course our people know now what kind of ingenuous scheme had been cooked up that enabled the pork barrel recipients to adopt a roundabout way of appropriating huge sums from their allocation, with the help of an enterprising woman and her staff. This they did by forming and giving a semblance of legality to groups patterned after the legitimate non-government organizations working on projects truly beneficial for their communities.
With the exposure on the hundreds of such “NGOs”, hastily formed and operated, several congressmen and senators are now believed to have taken advantage of such bogus groups in which they invested their pork barrel money that later, in a round-about way, was returned to them, with, naturally, a big cut for the author of the bogus NGOs.
Perhaps we will see closure to this case with the indictment and, possibly, the conviction of those who took advantage of the bogus NGOs. Maybe we can still hope that the P10 billion in PDAF money that had gone to those fake organizations could still be recovered, no matter how slim the chances may be.
In the meantime, there are the real, authentic and truly functioning NGOs, who have been drastically affected by all this to-do over the PDAF. These are the original ones, the groups that have been doing volunteer work, and making sacrifices to bring help to the poor and suffering people. Because of the mistrust and suspicion that the exposé on what is now called the Janet Lim Napoles creation, these are the ones now being affected because their benefactors now eye them with doubt as to whether they, too, could be part of the infamous scam.*