Joc-joc Bolante, the former close associate of First Gentleman Mike Arroyo and his former boss, Cito Lorenzo, who were both accused of masterminding the almost 728 million peso Fertilizer scam are free to tell-tale on their principals and become state witnesses.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the palace is open for both to testify against a bigger fish. Yet, who’s that bigger fish? As far as the Office of the Ombudsman is concerned, there is none. That’s why, despite of six or seven or so years of inaction, the Ombudsman just filed a plunder case against Bolante and Lorenzo. The case will be filed before the Sandiganbayan.
Lacierda said that if the two proffer info on possible other suspects, bigger ones like former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, then, government is open to turn them state witnesses.
There’s a caveat though–the one offering to testify must be least guilty. And having been tagged as the “brains” or the mastermind behind this caper, who’s still higher than Joc-joc in the totem pole?
Possibly, government could connect this scam to the 2004 Presidential elections since the scam was initiated anyway to buffer fund the presidential kitty. It is rather extremely hard for Joc-Joc Bolante to even point at “madame Gloria” as the perpetuator of it all since, well, how can he link Madame into the scam when there should be a clear case of her profitting or gaining from the proceeds of the scam, which is very hard to prove.
What is it but a scheme to fund an election. Now, if Gloria indirectly gained from this, this does not necessarily make her guilty or accessory to the crime, no. Very hard also for someone to prove that Gloria has some knowledge of the transactions since the approving signature is, tadah! Cito Lorenzo.
So, if there is or if there are those who profitted from this scheme, it is just these two, and the other governors and congressmen they indirectly bribed just to support their principal during the elections.
Joc-Joc, for one, is not the least guilty. Fact is, he is so higher up that it is so difficult for everybody to understand that he could be state witness. Same goes to his former boss, Cito Lorenzo. I really think that the buck really stops here.