Lawmakers tagged in pork scam told to resign-A A +A
Friday, September 13, 2013
LAWMAKERS who were tagged in the controversial multi-billion peso pork barrel fund scam should resign from their post because they either committed plunder or gross negligence, a member of Congress said.
Several congressmen and senators have been mentioned in the special audit report of the Commission on Audit (COA) wherein at least P6 billion in priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel were channeled to dubious non-government organizations (NGOs) of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
"Well if their PDAF really went to the NGOs of Napoles, whether they know it or not, they should resign because it’s either plunder or gross negligence. Both circumstances would warrant resignation. As senators, they should exemplify higher standards of the virtue of delicadeza," Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice said.
Erice said it was lame for the lawmakers to argue having no knowledge on the transactions made by Napoles.
COA chairman Grace Pulido-Tan said Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada and Gringo Honasan allocated a total of P1.093 billion to questionable NGOs.
Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora meanwhile told the government to establish a paper trail against Napoles as President Benigno Aquino III said that the first batch of plunder charges will be filed next week.
"Don't just accept as evidence what people say. Accept as evidence what you or somebody else or many other persons will testify too, (like) branch managers (of banks where the money were deposited), or delivery boys," Zamora, a lawyer, said.
Napoles is currently jailed at Fort Santo Domingo in Laguna over illegal detention charges.(Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)