WikiLeaks reveals rampant corruption in PH during GMA’s term; PNP called "a mess"
(SPOT.ph) Whistleblower group WikiLeaks yesterday released 3,071 new diplomatic cables on the Philippines sent by the US embassy in Manila and other diplomatic posts, reports ABS-CBN News. The cables discussed alleged corruption issues during former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s term and described the Philippine National Police as "a mess," among other revelations.
According to the report, cable 05Manila2359, or Illegal "Jueteng" Lottery Potentially Threatens, written by then Deputy Chief of Mission Joseph A. Mussomeli, linked former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo to illegal gambling, or jueteng. However, he also noted that "the likelihood either of stamping out or legalizing jueteng remains low; too many powerful people benefit."
The same cable suggested that what is needed to oust the Arroyos from power is for "one credible witness-like Governor Chavit Singson in the Estrada case-to go public," while also stating that "there is little enthusiasm for a new impeachment process that could constitutionally bump up Vice President Noli De Castro as President."
Another cable, Little Economic Impact So Far From Arroyo’s Woes, echoed similar sentiments: "The business community appears to remain mostly supportive of her, likely because there are no alternative economic plans from other potential leaders that would better address business concerns." According to cable 05MANILA3231, Arroyo Opposition Fails to Produce Massive, the anti-GMA movement died down after the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines announced that they did not support the call for Arroyo’s resignation.
Meanwhile, another cable described corruption in the PNP. The cable, Law Enforcement Corruption in the Philippines with reference ID 05MANILA1506, showed that in 2003, the PNP exchanged their existing stocks of 9mm handguns for caliber .451911-A1 pistols in favor of Armscor, a gun dealership owned by Mike Arroyo’s cousin. The new pistols, revealed the cable, broke during the drop test, and were declared "unreliable, inaccurate, and potentially dangerous to the operator." According to the leak, Armscore remained an approved supplier of the PNP.
Other corruption instances in the PNP exposed in the leak are the use of ghost employees to boost salaries and the "paper tiger" system wherein police offers are too close to those whom they investigate, reports ABS-CBN News. Apart from corruption issues, GMA News reported that WikiLeaks also published observations on the Philippine economy and its deepening economic ties with China.
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