Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Enemy Within by Glenda M. Gloria, Aries Rufo & Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza (NEWSBREAK)

Excerpts from the book:
Conflicts fed a war economy. After Marcos, the military was given the chance to rid itself of corruption, but faced with battles and the whims of civilian leaders it never got around to doing it. The situation gave rise to a long-running motivation to perpetuate the status quo. A retired commander said, “A bad system will always kill itself.” – Glenda M. Gloria, “In the Name of War” 

The real estate properties and bank deposits that ex-military comptroller Carlos Garcia supposedly surrendered in the plea bargain deal were already garnished since these were the subject of two forfeiture cases in another division in the Sandiganbayan. Indeed, the general knew how to bargain hard — and got away with it. – Aries Rufo, “How the Big Fish Got Away" 

Corruption persisted in the military because its internal systems and needs had escaped in-depth examination. Civilian leaders and institutions failed. Said a budget and management official: “We taught them to lie to us and to fool us. It would have been for the benefit of all if there was full disclosure. – Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza, “Epic Failure” 

Instead of UN reimbursements passing through the Philippines’ permanent mission to the UN in New York, the AFP asked that the money be wired directly to a bank account in Makati. The government allowed the military to take full control of the UN fund without civilian oversight. – Aries Rufo, “Making Money, Making Peace”