Negros civil society backs plunder raps-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
THE civil society group in Negros Occidental supports the move of the Department of Justice in filing plunder charges against businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles and 37 others on the controversial P10-billion pork barrel fund scam.
Dr. Bernaldo Eres, convenor of the Negrense 4 Noynoy Movement, said he is "happy that our justice system is working. Let those who will be found guilty be punished."
Eres said he believes in the law.
“It has a punitive and educative dimension. Put simply, there is a learning curve here for good governance and at the same time punishment for the perpetrators of the crime," he said.
Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares, meanwhile, said Napoles' conspirators should also be punished.
"I believe that Napoles could not have done the scam for 10 years without conspirators in Department of Budget and Management, the Commission on Audit, and the different executive agencies," Colmenares said.
He added that his group would not be satisfied if those who will be charged will not include her (Napoles) as conspirator.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Monday led the filing charges before the Office of the Ombudsman the plunder case against Napoles and senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. over the alleged pork barrel scam.
Two former members of congress, Masbate Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete and Edgar Valdez of Apec partylist, were also charged with plunder while three others -- Rodolfo Plaza of Agusan del Sur, Samuel Dangwa of Benguet and Constantino Jaraula of Cagayan de Oro -- were accused of malversation, direct bribery, and other graft and corrupt practices.
Others who were included in the charges are staff of the three senators, officials, and employees of government agencies, foundations and non-government organizations involved in the alleged scam.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 18, 2013.