That wider pork probe

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014


JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima said a wider probe on the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) more known as the pork barrel fund NOW covers some 180 lawmakers.

She said Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s claim that he, Sens. Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. were being singled out for persecution was “not right.”

That’s right. They were not singled out, but merely given the privilege of being among the first to be charged with plunder before the Office of the Ombudsman.

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Secretary de Lima said the Inter-Agency on Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAAGCC) is investigating NGOs not under the scope of the probe the Ombudsman conducted in connection with the Janet Lim-Napoles-led P10-billion pork barrel scam.

The number of lawmakers (180) included in the probe may yield administration allies as
among those who dipped their fingers in the pork barrel.

Many lawmakers found the pork barrel racket irresistible and the only way to avoid it is to yield to it.

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Malacañang has maintained the Department of Justice (DOJ) would rely only on evidence in prosecuting those involved in the alleged pork barrel scam, administration allies included.

“What we have always maintained is that where the evidence leads, the DOJ will investigate,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

There still enough time to not finish the investigation until the President’s term ends.

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People who hated the abuse of the pork barrel funds can only hope that after elections in 2016, politicians involved in the pork barrel scam will be headlined like the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Boeing 777 jumbo jet, with 239 passengers and crew on board, remained missing until today.

The headline should be simple and short: “LOST.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 19, 2014.

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