(Blog December 27, 2015; Sunday)
is a true story if simple story of Philippine media hypocrisy and corruption
that represents the general media environment, narrated many years ago by
Linggoy Alcuaz to me personally.
concerns Linggoy Alcuaz’s attempt to expose the corruption at the PCSO
(Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office) under the sister of the icon of Edsa
Dos Chavit Singson, Honeygirl Singson who was named chairman of the PCSO after
Edsa Dos (clearly as part of the many rewards to Chavit Singson for helping
bring down President Estada).
Alcuaz, also an idol of Edsa Dos due to his initiative with the “Exclamation
Point” sticker campaign that was made a focal symbol of the anti-Estrada
movement by the true forces behind the systematic coup effort against the
president elected in 1998 which we will have a paragraph on later. Alcuaz also
got rewarded with a position, as director, of the PCSO.
Linggoy Alcuaz’s motivation for attempting to expose Honeygirl Singson’s “railroading
of a P 60-Million instant sweepstakes ticket printing” contract is anybody’s
guess, but try he did. One of the first effort Alcuaz, a keen political and
propaganda player, was to talk to Letty Jimenez Magsanoc of the Philippine
Daily Inquirer about his expose and obtained a promise for it to be published.
dutifully furnished documents as proof and evidence of the scam and followed up
patiently for weeks. Each time Magsanoc promised its publication. Alcuaz
waited, and waited. During that period of waiting Alcuaz noticed a series of
PCSO full page ads in the Inquirer. Eventually, Alcuaz gave up following up
Magsanoc and accepted the oblivion that his expose found itself in.
the saga of Alcuaz’s effort to expose Honeygirl Singson’s corruption at the PCSO, this was in the early
2000’s when the euphoria of Edsa Dos was already wearing off and the clean
image of the Edsa Dos “Yellow” gang was
being eaten up by internal rivalries for power and loot. For a long time the
Inquirer and its editor-in-chief continued to protect the Arroyo administration
until the signal from the U.S. State Dept. as reflected also in the Hyatt 10’s sudden
turnaround against Arroyo.
is just one small story in the compendium of corruption cover up cases ranging
from the acquisition of the Mile Long property that the Inquirer’s owners finagled
from the Philippine government with the help of then Executive Secretary Joker
Arroyo to the cover up of tax cases of a subsidiary company amounting to
billions which its media clout muffles the good commissioners of the COA and
the BIR as a former BIR tax examiner has exposed. ###