I know you’re fed up with politics, I just want to ask this simple question based on this article on the Philippine Star:
Erap readies graft charges against Cha-cha advocates
By Mike Frialde
The Philippine Star 10/27/2006
Ousted President Joseph Estrada is now readying a graft complaint against the executives of the Sigaw ng Bayan movement and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) that spearheaded the people’s initiative for Charter change junked recently by the Supreme Court.
According to Estrada’s lawyer, former immigration commissioner Rufus Rodriguez, the former president’s legal team will ask the Special Division of the Sandiganbayan to allow him to personally file the graft complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman on Monday.
Estrada “will be filing the case on the ground that they have spent millions of pesos in public funds for this purpose,” Rodriguez said. “They have spent so much since February (when the information campaign and signature gathering drive for people’s initiative started).”
Based on estimates, Rodriguez said ULAP and Sigaw ng Bayan spent at least P181,000 just for a one-page newspaper advertisement and at least P261,865 for a 30-second television or radio advertisements.
… yada yada yada, blah blah blah. Anyway, supposing that these people used government money to pay for advertisements for both print and broadcast and supposing that they are found guilty, what is the liability of the media organizations which charged thousands to print and broadcast these ads? Are they as accountable as these alleged thieves by getting profit out of the people’s money?
Nagtatanong lang po.