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JOC-JOC Bolante testifies that GMA had nothing to do with the release of P728-million fertilizer fund that was diverted to the senators and congressmen during the 2004 elections to insure someone's election.Joc-joc authorized the diversion and made up the list of recipients strictly on his own.

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Those familiar with government procedures know that Joc-joc is pulling the leg of the senators who heard him testify but the solons cannot do anything.

The long and short of it is that Joc-joc is assuming full responsibility for the scam and is willing to take the rap.

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It is apparent that Joc-joc was given the green light to release the money by some higher authority but he is not about to reveal this state secret.

He is ready to rot in jail than break a confidence.

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There is documented evidence as to which members of Congress benefited from the scam but are the good senators and congressmen ready to prosecute their peers?

Some are claiming that they received the money dispensed by Joc-joc but others claim they did not get any of the largesse. Somebody else took the loot, if you really want to know.

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And if the members of the Senate are serious about pursuing the matter, they should compel Joc-joc to talk or be detained indefinitely if he refuses to sing.

He suffered detention in a US jail for two years and is prepared to stay a little longer.

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Miriam Defensor Santiago attacks Joc-joc for his statements about the disposition of the P728-million fertilizer fund.

The general public is also skeptical about his confession.

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Former Speaker Joe de Venecia is planning to build a new rainbow coalition that would field a presidential candidate in 2010 to run against the administration candidate.

That candidate will be JdV himself and he'll give the Palace candidate a run for his money.

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DENR Secretary Lito Atienza's performance rating has risen from 54 percent to 59 percent in the latest survey among Cabinet officials. From his days as three-term mayor of Manila, Lito has kept his ear close to the ground, hence his sensitivity to the needs of the people.

At the DENR he has introduced a People's Day so he could listen to the concerns of the people and act quickly on their concerns.

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Mayor Jojo Binay announces his availability for the presidency in 2010. …

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