Thursday, April 2, 2015

Palace mulling on tapping TESDA chief as Communications Point man after PDAF/DAP scandals

The palace is considering TESDA chief and Pnoy best friend, Joel Villanueva as its Communications secretary, replacing Sonny Coloma who is being primed to occupy the Civil Service Commission after former health secretary Francisco Duque retired.

Villanueva, who began his political career as a partylist representative of CIBAC, a known anti-corruption group, has been tagged by an accused PDAF man, Dennis Cunanan, as one involved in pork barrel scam. Cunanan positively identified Villanueva's party as involved in coursing thru their congressional allocations to the NGOs of Janet Lim-Napoles. Villanueva's party CIBAC is one among many being investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). see story at "Cunanan links Tesda chief Joel Villanueva to pork barrel 'scam'" Interaksyon, 21 February 2014.

It would be very interesting to see the palace spokesperson evading questions about the pork barrel scam or mouthing statements about morals, morality and the non-use of PDAF. Also interesting to see Villanueva defending other Liberal party members involved in the PDAF scam.

On the other hand, it is a fitting tribute to this administration which began on a high moral standing and ending it with a whimper.

Obviously, Villanueva will just use the free airtime to get himself elected in the Senate after a lacklustre performance in the previous two elections. So much for God fearing people serving government--this one has already been eaten up by the system, sorry to say.