The recent revelations by former COA auditor Heidi Mendoza and retired AFP budget officer Lieutenant Colonel George Rabusa set the stage for a potentially wide-ranging and deeper investigation of government corruption. It may well lead to the very top of the Arroyo administration.
While it may still be premature to say that this is the Watergate of the past administration, certainly it has the promise of removal of the various obstacles and challenges to the new Aquino administration. Specifically, it has the potential of cleansing the key judicial entities such as the Sandiganbayan and the Ombudsman, even the Supreme Court itself. It may well also lead to the return of the military to the barracks and diminish its political meddling. Certainly, it will impact the corruption issue in a major way.
The Aquino administration is on the crossroads on this one. It has the choice of either watering down and limiting the scope of the issue or exercising great political will by pursuing the issue to its logical conclusion. Chances are, it will do the latter.
The next months will see the mettle of the Aquino administration. If there is hesitation, particularly on the corruption issue, then it will have a harder time in maintaining its own support from the people. The Garciagate is open. Will PNoy enter?