Evidence to determine accountability on ‘pork’ misuse: Palace-A A +A
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
MALACANANG said Wednesday that it is the evidence that will determine who should be accountable in the alleged misuse of multi-billion pork barrel.
This was the reaction of Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on the privilege speech of Senator Jinggoy Estrada regarding the supposed pork barrel scam.
"We respect the desire of Senator Estrada to voice his opinions concerning the issues he raised in his privilege speech," he said in a text message to reporters.
"What is important at this point are the ongoing investigations--and that it is the evidence that will determine where accountability lies," he added.
Estrada, in his speech, questioned the special report of the Commission on Audit regarding the use of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel from 2007 to 2009.
He said that the report seemed to be selective.
He also named other administration allies who could have misused their pork barrel.
Estrada also disclosed how the executive branch allegedly used the PDAF in getting support from the legislators for the passage of some of its priority bills as well as giving "reward" to the senators who voted for the impeachment of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. (SDR/Sunnex)