The National Broadband Network (NBN) Project is a scandal-ridden controversy. The project, awarded to Chinese state-owned ZTE Corporation, is the subject of a continuing Senate inquiry for alleged over-pricing and illegality, involving bribery of high-ranking government officials. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairperson Benjamin Abalos, one of those accused of “peddling” the project, has resigned from office, in view of possible impeachment by the House of Representative.
Today, we will know whether or not Romy Neri still remembers what he was taught at the Ateneo— to be a man for others— in the heterosexual sense, of course.
Will he remain a Blue Eagle or will he join those buzzards in Blue Eagles’ clothing?
Despite the pressure and intimidation he faces, we urge Secretary Neri not to turn his back on the search for truth. We urge him to be forthcoming about all that he knows regarding how the (National Broadband Network) contract was sponsored, negotiated and signed.
Methinks both Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago and Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro Mendoza have been recently reading Shakespeare. It might be that their recent behavior has been influenced by Shakespeare’s plays. Why is this so? Allow me to answer this in a roundabout way.
So I’m sitting here, on the eve of Joey de Venecia’s testimony before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, asking myself, “How pissed off would civil society be if Joey de Venecia identified a confidante or a relative of Gloria Arroyo as the NBN mystery man?”
And I console myself, “At least the truth will liberate civil society from the superstition that Noli de Castro can do more harm in two and a half years than a horde of Gloria appointees, associates, and relatives looking for a ‘last hurrah.”
Even if the National Broadband Network (NBN) deal were consummated completely aboveboard, passed all legal hurdles, and was free of corruption, we should still be opposed to it in principle, simply because it is bad policy.
The concern raised by former Dean Raul Fabella and myself in our paper (Lacking a backbone) relates to two points: the first goes to the substance of the project; the second points to certain failures in the process by which it was arrived at.