Editorial: Let justice take its course – hopefully-A A +A
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
FORMER Benguet representative Samuel Dangwa can't retire from politics just yet.
He has to answer allegations implicating him of plunder after being charged with 37 other individuals who allegedly dipped their hand in the P10 billion pork barrel scandal filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles as well as senators Ramon Revilla Jr., Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and four other former representatives.
The complaints were based on a "truckload" of evidence on the P10-billion pork barrel scam gathered by the bureau from 16 whistleblowers and concerned agencies.
During Monday's press conference, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said the amount of plunder accumulated by each lawmaker representing the kickbacks received from Napoles is more than P50 million.
However, the former member of the 14th Congress in his statement said he welcomes the probe saying since the commencement of the investigation proceedings and has intimated his desire to be probed directly on the matter.
Dangwa is accountable for P26,770,472 of his previous Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) amounting to over P50 million allegedly released to dubious organizations.
The formal charging of plunder to all suspected corrupt public officials is a respite the tired citizens await to curb the long time menace which makes our country poorer as pockets of those in the position continue to be filled with pork.
If Dangwa is proven innocent, so be it; if not, then let’s hope justice will truly prevail.
The filing of plunder is a hope that after years of hearing, the case will not be forgotten in the doldrums of the country’s poor justice system.
Let their cohorts be jailed, too. After all, those we elect into office are always accountable to us, voters.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 18, 2013.