Drilon reiterates PDAF probe-A A +A
Saturday, August 24, 2013
SENATE President Franklin Drilon called on all government agencies concerned to speed up its investigation on the reported P10-billion pork barrel scam involving some senators, congressmen, and bogus non-government organizations.
Drilon said President Benigno Aquino III has already ordered the comprehensive investigation of the pork barrel scam and the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), commonly known as pork barrel.
The investigation, however, will not affect the ongoing development projects and safeguards are put in place and there will be no more opportunity for any corrupt practice, Drilon told the media.
He added that the misuse of the PDAF is a public crime against the people and the government investigating bodies must speed up its probe into this scam.
The Senate president said the Commission on Audit (COA) through chair Grace Pulido-Tan has already completed its Special Audit on the PDAF from 2007 to 2009.
The Senate, through its Blue Ribbon Committee chaired by Sen. TG Guingona, will have its own investigation and conduct public hearings in aid of legislation on August 28 on the utilization of the PDAF, review the need to fund the PDAF in 2014 and beyond, and immediately recommend the adoption of strict guidelines in the use of the PDAF, among others.
Some 5,000 concerned Ilonggos, meanwhile, will rise against the continued corruption of the PDAF by converging at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol grounds on Monday morning to show their plight over the misuse and scandalous pork barrel.
The activity is in support of the estimated one million Filipinos who will converge at Luneta on Monday, August 26.
Drilon admitted that some lawmakers are against the investigation of the reported scam. But he urged the COA, Ombudsman and the Department of Justice to coordinate closely in resolving the case. Those who are allegedly involved will have the opportunity to defend themselves and clear their names.