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Op-Ed: Bolante Appeared in the Senate (An Update)

By Maria Narissa Aranzanso     Nov 13, 2008 in Politics
The appearance of Jocelyn "Joc joc Bolante", the alleged architect of the 728-million fertilizer scam, on November 13, 2008 rocked the Senate. The Upper House members were confronted with Bolante's confidence during the hearing.
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It was very obvious how the Philippine Senate members were so eager to squeeze out valuable information from Jocelyn "Joc joc" Bolante. However, the subject tried to show confidence and readily answered every question shot at him. The act was well planned and at the end of the day, some questions remained unanswered and were hanging.
It is during the time when he was asked about the alleged threats to his life that Joc joc Bolante faltered and appeared to have lost confidence. He pleaded not to answer the question because it is very sensitive, according to him. Or was it part of the act?
Hearing him disprove allegations on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's involvement in the multimillion peso fund scam provoked Senator Mar Roxas to tell Bolante that he does not believe it because President Arroyo was known to be a micro manager.
It is reasonable for Senator Dick Gordon to tell Joc joc Bolante that 'flight is indication of guilt in law' . It is a probability that going to the US in the middle of the controversy is a way of evading from it all. How could the Filipino farmers and the citizenry not doubt about the sudden disappearance? If he was not guilty at all, he could have stayed and faced the allegations.
The day ended with a promise from Bolante that he will attend future hearings after being given permit to go home but under the custody of the Senate. The question remains hanging - is Joc joc Bolante a sacrificial lamb as conceived by the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), an organization of farmers that keeps tract of Joc joc Bolante's case?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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