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Fake as the ‘branded’ in Greenhills

By Al S. Mendoza

THIEVERY in government happens because of crooks it endlessly harbors.

Crooks come in many forms.

They are heads of agencies or any branch of government.

They are government employees from the top down to the rank-and-file.

They know the law like the palm of their hands that is why they usually escape prosecution, if not jail time.

There are exceptions, though, like the truly God-fearing ones.

But those that steal also love to profess their love for God.

And most of these thieves go to church every Sunday.

They pray, on bended knees yet, and, mostly, they ask for forgiveness from Dear God.

They pray: “We are Robin Hoods, dear God, as we love to give to the poor.”

They are as fake as the “branded” in Greenhills.

Many of these crooks talk to God before they go to bed.

They talk to God every morning the minute they wake up.

They go to office feeling clean, and confident that God is with them.

They return home feeling fulfilled from the loot of their ill-gotten wealth stolen from government.

They usually succeed in milking the government because of outside help who come in the form of mostly evil-minded lawyers.

These cohorts assist “creative” citizens bent on raiding government coffers.

They are rapacious, their greed for the color of money is second only to cash-crazy stock players.

They steal in band: crooks in government teaming up with fixers in all shapes and sizes.

Who said there’s no money to steal from the government?

Didn’t the Napoles scam stash away no less than P10 billion?

Did not the usual suspects include politicians, who approved “ghost projects” and next pocketed millions?

Ah, “ghost projects.”

They were “ghosts” because they never existed at all.

Only the government money allotted for the “ghosts” existed for the thieves to partake of.

They existed because of faked documents.

They existed because their authors—scammers—had the blessing of government crooks in cahoots with politicians.

Ah, ghosts.

They never die.

Thus, we now have the “ghosts” from the PhilHealth, the government’s arm to help pay for medical expenses of indigents.

From “ghost projects” to “ghost patients.”

Some hospitals collect fees from PhilHealth for treating “ghost patients.”

Some “ghost patients” are dead, and some are living.

As of last accounting, almost P150 billion had been released by PhilHealth to hospitals claiming fees for their “ghost patients.”

Already, Mr. Duterte has asked all PhilHealth officials to resign.  A probe is ongoing.

The Napoles scam is still in the courts years after it was exposed. 

Some are in jail as a plunder charge is nonbailable.

But others had been released—on bail for Christ’s sakes!

Three of those set free were even able to run for senator on May 13.

And look at this: One of them even won. 

But why not? 

Didn’t another also win despite having been caught lying through her teeth about her two fake diplomas, not to mention lying about her real age, too?

Onli in da Pilipins.

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