Palace denies demolition job vs ‘pork’ senators

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


MALACANANG on Tuesday denied that it was engaged in a demolition job against opposition senators who were indicted due to their alleged involvement in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.

In a regular press briefing, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Aquino administration is focused in fulfilling its social contract with the Filipino people on its remaining 743 days in office.

"Ang laking sayang sa panahon kung tayo ay mag-i-engage pa sa demolition samantalang napakalinaw naman na construction, reconstruction, at rehabilitation ang mga prayoridad sa kasalukuyan," he said.

Senator Ramon Revilla Jr., one of the three senators facing plunder and graft cases before the Sandiganbayan, has accused the government of being behind the demolition job against the opposition.

Apart from Revilla, the two other senators charged with plunder and graft are Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada.

The Philippine National Police reportedly has already prepared special detention cells for the three senators who could be arrested anytime.

Malacanang does not consider as special treatment if the anti-graft court would order the detention of the three senators at these cells inside police Camp Crame headquarters.

"Kailangan po nating unawain na mayroong tungkulin ang iba't ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan at ang tungkulin hinggil sa custodial detention sa umiiral na batas ay nasa larangan ng operasyon ng Department of Interior and Local Government sa pamamagitan ng Philippine National Police at ng BJMP (Bureau of Jail Management and Penology). Lahat po ‘nung mga city jail, provincial jail, ‘yan po ay mga detention facilities," Coloma said.

But he clarified that it would be up to the court where to detain those allegedly involved in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) anomaly.

The three lawmakers reportedly were asking that they be placed under house arrest.

Meanwhile, on Revilla's move to go around the country and explain his side but which observers believed was his way of getting public sympathy, Coloma said the Palace respects the action of the lawmaker.

"Iginagalang po namin ang kanyang pagpapahayag ng saloobin," he said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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