Agot Isidro took a swipe against the government after several months of not talking about issues.
During the 51st anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines, Agot talked about the alleged legalizing of corruption in the country.
“We not only normalize stealing, we even legalize it,” said Agot.
We not only normalize stealing, we even legalize it. #LifeInThePH
— Agot Isidro (@agot_isidro) September 21, 2023
Netizens quickly guessed that Agot was referring to the P500-M confidential funds of the Department of Education (DepEd) which is being led by Vice President Sara Duterte.
Unlike normal funds, confidential funds have limited visibility to the eye of the Commission on Audit (COA) which is tasked to know if an agency was using the budget properly or not.
Confidential funds were often used by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to make sure that the enemy of the state would never have access to projects related to the country’s security.
That’s why many critics questioned why the DepEd asked for a P500-M confidential fund despite not being an agency handling the security of the country.
However, Duterte said that DepEd should also be given confidential fund because several schools were being used by the enemy of the state to recruit potential rebels.