Thursday, February 21, 2008

New PFC boss bares dirty tricks on Lozada

There is a popular belief that saying something bad against your former boss is a reflection of your character as a person and an employee.

But this is what the newly installed head of the Philippine Forest Corporation did to his former boss ZTE scandal whistle-blower Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada, Jr., who resigned his post amid the anomalous multi-million national broadband project between the Philippines and China.

Like a child who was not given a lollipop, officer-in-charge Erwin Santos divulged Friday everything he knew about the illegal transactions allegedly made by his former boss at the PFC, just in time when most of Metro Manilans have expressed dissatisfaction over the way the present administration does its tactics to benefit from secret deals.

Santos revealed that Lozada has used his position to grant some favors to some of his relatives and friends in awarding hundred of hectares of land for the planting of jatropha plants. He said that he had been complaining about these irregularities many months back but the media didn't seem interested in his revelations.

When asked by media, Santos has denied that the administration is behind all these new exposes, saying that he has done all by himself and that nobody has prodded him to do such.

But many people, especially those who are supporting Jun Lozada's crusade, why Santos only did it now when he could have done it many months back. They said that there's a lot of ways to let the public know of such irregularities in the PFC.

"We could not believe that such a new revelation was so timely when the ZTE scandal was already blown out of proportions," they lamented.

Some people could only think twice that perhaps, Santos was installed by someone close to the administration so that his attempts to taint the name of Lozada was in exchange for the favor that he got from someone else at the top.

This kind of maneuverings is no longer new in Philippine politics. As such, there are public relations practitioners who are always on the prowl for good money in destroying or building up people's image amid a certain controversy. These are opportunists who back on someone else's destruction for personal interests. And the bottom line is always money.

For now, all that Santos can do is ask some of his subordinates to corroborate his false statements to make it appear that Lozada is the same bad guy as those of the ones he had implicated in the anomalous broadband transactions with China.

Civic-oriented groups have riled against corrupt government officials who have expressed interest to keep the US$130 million in commission, when most of the Philippine population are exposed in dire poverty at the moment.

As this developed, church and civic groups nationwide are scheduled to hold mass rallies in support of Lozada and to press the administration leader from stepping down.

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