Put Celso In Jail
If this is true, Roxas said there is nobody to blame but Ms. Arroyo because her administration has shown nothing but total disregard of the rule of law and treated with kid gloves its allies involved in scams like Celso de los Angeles, whose Legacy Group of pre-need companies defrauded billions of pesos of savings of thousands of middle class Filipino families. Even former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn "Jocjoc" Bolante, a trusted confidante of First Gentleman Mike Arroyo remains scot-free despite Senate and an Ombudsman panel’s recommendation that he faces plunder charges for his role in the P728-million fertilizer fund scam.
"We must bring to justice those who steal from our people, whether in business or in government. This is what Senator Noynoy Aquino and I will proceed to do when we win in the May elections," said Roxas in reference to the platform against corruption pushed by him and Aquino as LP bets for President and Vice-President.
"The voters must not elect those who will allow the likes of Celso de los Angeles and Jocjoc Bolante to go scot-free even if they have clearly stolen from public and/or private coffers. It is clear that Ms. Arroyo has found an ally in making this possible with her Villarroyo coalition," he added.
De los Angeles is facing multiple cases of syndicated estafa for absconding billions of pesos in funds from the Legacy group of pre-need companies, including 12 rural banks, which were invested by tens of thousands of families, many of them middle-class, for education and additional retirement pension plans.
Based on the evidence he gathered in the investigation, Roxas filed along with several Legacy victims a number of syndicated estafa cases against De los Angeles and other Legacy officers.
Educate Poor On Poll Automation
Unlike other sectors, he said, the poor belonging to the D and E classes of society generally have less access to digital know-how and capacity to learn overnight the new voting system.
Villar’s appeal was prompted by the latest survey of Pulse Asia showing the number of Filipinos uninformed about automation is still the largest in socioeconomic class E (very poor), where three out of 10 respondents said they have no knowledge at all about the automated election.
Villar said, "Comelec must be aware that before the poor worry about how poll automation works they have to worry first where to get food, and this will be a big challenge for the poll body."
"With the May 10 balloting barely three months away, what will happen to these voters who are still at a loss about the automated election procedures?" Villar asked.
"It is a cause for concern, as I have said before, as early as now, while there is still time, the Comelec must continue the automation information education to the voters," said Villar. /MP