Passing the buck

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

MY EYES were drawn yesterday to some news reports about personalities that tried to reason or to pin blame in relation to certain incidents that happened recently. Human nature being the way it is, I could not help but be entertained by the reasoning or blaming.

There’s the story, for example, about a former Cebu lawmaker who was among the Cebuano politicians included in the list reportedly sourced from whistle-blower Benhur Luy, one of the “stars” in the sensational pork barrel scam.

The list was from the record Luy supposedly kept on the people who dealt with his boss, Janet Lim-Napoles and her bogus non-government organizations (NGOs). Napoles and many lawmakers dipped their fingers on billions of pesos in congressional pork barrel through the years.


In denying his inclusion in the list, the lawmaker branded it as a joke and that whoever was responsible for it must be telling a big lie.

Another lawmaker, the son of a former legislator, declared that he was “utterly shocked” that he was included in one of the many purported Napoles lists being peddled by unknown sources through the media.

“The inclusion of my name is outrageous and makes no sense at all,” he said.

Congressman Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr., called Samsam by his friends, truly has good reason to be outraged. He said that he was not even a congressman yet when Napoles was reportedly siphoning off pork barrel funds to finance non-existent projects.

This makes certain aspects of the Napoles case quite dubious and deeply exasperating.

It makes the matter a great lie in the minds of our people.

But my point in this exercise is that the exasperating events breaking out in our people’s awareness are being denied right and left essentially for being dubious, and being blamed on others, thus losing their truth in the process.

I am afraid that eventually the issues would lose their glow as truth and finally diminish as lies.

I think this is what will eventually happen to the individual value of the names in the “peddled” lists. And with the passage of valuable time, they would lose their significance.

“Passing the buck” has, indeed, become some sort of contemporary game among our people who have become participants in the game by force of events or circumstance.

Take the case of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) 7 officials and members who are suspected of being in the thick of the lawyer Noel Archival ambush-killing. Some of the suspects are executing affidavits explaining their side about the impounded vehicles that were supposedly used in the crime and laying the blame elsewhere.

But just the same, their explanations do not seem to achieve credibility and weight.

The latest I read was that they are now being relieved from their posts pending the resolution of their case.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 23, 2014.


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