No compromise deal vs 'pork' scammers: Palace-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
MALACANANG assured Wednesday that no compromise deal would be given to those implicated in the ongoing investigation of the alleged misuse of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF).
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda sought to allay fears that lawmakers, especially those aligned with the administration, who will be found to have anything to do with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam would not be prosecuted in exchange for information.
He also made the statement amid reports that a politician tried to offer his/her resignation and to return the money to the government in exchange of not filing any charges against him/her.
Lacierda told a press briefing in Malacanang that once charges are filed meant that the case would be within the jurisdiction of the courts.
"I can guarantee you that there is no compromise because, once the charges are filed, it's no longer with us," he said.
He noted that formal complaints were already filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against 38 individuals.
"It is already with the Ombudsman, and the Ombudsman will have full discretion, as to what charges will be filed against any particular individual—both as a legislator and both as an official of all those NGOs (non-government organization)," Lacierda said.
The official also said that he was not aware of the reported politician who tried to approach Malacanang offering a compromise deal.
Charges of plunder have already been filed at the Office of the Ombudsman against alleged pork barrel queen Janet Lim-Napoles and powerful senators and congressmen implicated in the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam. (SDR/Sunnex)