Senator: Pork scam won't shut down government

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Friday, May 30, 2014


SENATE President Franklin Drilon assured on Friday that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam will not result in a government shutdown.

"The government is in full control of what is happening now and is continuously pursuing its policy of good governance. If this happened in the past, this would be hidden under the rock. PDAF scam is a law enforcement and legal problem, not a political issue," Drilon told reporters in a press conference held at the Apo View Hotel Friday morning.

Drilon said they continue to work in the Senate and pass the appropriate laws that they have to pass while these controversies are all ongoing.

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"This government will continue to pursue all its policies and at the end of its term, we will be able to face the people and say that we have responded to their expectation. This issue about the PDAF involves law enforcement. Of course, the critic of this administration will see this as a form to destabilize but their effort is not succeeding," he said.

While the Department of Justice, National Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of the Ombudsman are zeroing in on the continuing episodes of the PDAF scam, Drilon said the Senate supports the investigation.

He said the policy of the Senate is to support transparency in government transactions.

Drilon, however, urged the Office of the Ombudsman to fast-track the resolution of the cases filed before their office so that those who are with evidence can be charged and those without evidence can be dismissed.

"Dapat may ebidensya. Kasi lahat pwede gumawa lang ng listahan. Hindi maiwasan may mga pangalan lumalabas. To me, this is part of strengthening the institutions of democracy," he said.

The senator also said the administration does not need any loyalty check for its members.

He also blamed the past administration for the energy crisis that Mindanao is currently facing.

"The energy crisis was not created by this administration. It was created by the inaction of the past administration," he said.

He said the past administration should have considered putting up power plants.

"We are conscious of the need to put up power plants. We consider environment issue but we do realize that for us to create a better investment environment, we must have a stable supply of energy," he said.

"We're catching up," he said. (ANC)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 31, 2014.

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