Former Vice President Jejomar Binay should be very familiar with what is happening at the Senate being a victim of a one-year inquisition from the troika of Senator Koko Pimentel, failed putschist Antonio Trillanes IV and perennial also-ran Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.
The senators now probing the alleged overpricing in the purchases of medical supplies have been persistent in pursuing a non-issue with the apparent sinister aim of linking President Rodrigo Duterte in the supposed anomaly.
The Commission on Audit has debunked the claims of overprice while members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), aside from President Rodrigo Duterte, gave a full rundown of the situation at the time the questioned purchases were made.
Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels had preached that repeating a big lie often enough makes it sound like the truth.
The problem with the inquiry is that Mr. Duterte, in public addresses on nationwide television, had owned up to issuing orders on each of the allegedly anomalous instances that senators had intentionally twisted and taken out of context.
In the “Talk to the People” episode last Wednesday evening, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., vaccine czar and chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, backed up Mr. Duterte’s issued order on the use of military assets primarily the C-130 transport aircraft to acquire personal protective equipment (PPE) and other implements needed by struggling doctors, nurses and frontliners in the first wave of the pandemic.
The difference with the Senate narrative, however, was that, according to Galvez, the cargos were not the products of assailed company Pharmally being linked to economic adviser Michael Yang, but of other Chinese firms which provided the needed implements.
Senators were alleging that Pharmally was given preference over local manufacturers that did not enjoy the use of the military assets at the start of the contagion.
Galvez recalled that the situation then was that the acquisition of PPE and other supplies became a matter of life and death as hospitals were falling short of equipment as the number of infected patients surged.
In 2014, the Blue Ribbon panel then headed by Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III allowed the forming of a “subcommittee” composed of Pimentel, Trillanes and Cayetano which had the only purpose of bringing down the survey numbers of Binay who was leading the satisfaction and performance reviews at the time.
Similar to Mr. Duterte, Binay then complained of the hostile attitude of the senators who seemed only interested in pillorying and humiliating him. Binay then rejected all invitations for him to appear before the biased proceedings.
To justify the series of hearings against Binay, Trillanes then insulted the Filipinos’ intelligence by claiming that he would be sponsoring legislation to require the installation of closed-circuit televisions on all government auction proceedings.
Initially, the subcommittee delved into the supposed overprice in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2 but later on went into anything that the opportunistic trio can dig up to demolish the Vice President.
Now Richard Gordon, Frank Drilon and Ping Lacson have formed a troika that has the same objective as that of the original three stooges, that is, to erode public confidence in a highly popular leader.
The road taken by Pimentel, Trillanes and Cayetano led to their perdition which is the same fate likely awaiting their successors in the useless Senate probes.