Senators urge speedy resolution of pork barrel scam

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014


AT LEAST two senators are calling for an end to the pork barrel controversy, saying the issue is already affecting the Senate's image, as three members of the chamber are being linked to the scam.

Senator Grace Poe said the immediate resolution of the pork barrel issue will give justice to the Filipino people and help restore the confidence and trust of the people in government institutions.

"Well I hope that for the sake of our institution, there should really be an indictment. Otherwise nobody would take the processes of government seriously," she said in a press briefing on Wednesday.

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Poe said the Senate as a whole has been affected, as she maintained that it is time to consider resolving the issue the soonest time.

She said that her late father, actor Fernando Poe Jr., had told her the importance of integrity in every person, in every institution.

"Sabi nga po ng aking ama, ang isang bulok na mansanas ay kailangan alisin sa basket na kinalalagyan nito upang hindi mahawa ang iba pang mansanas," Poe said. (It only takes one rotten apple to spoil the entire basket)

"I think that a speedy resolution of issues would certainly help the institution," she added.

Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Senators Ramon Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada are allegedly among the officials who diverted their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) shares to the fake nongovernment organizations of detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

For his part, Senator Francis Escudero said not only legislators as well as those journalists whose names are being dragged into the pork scam should also be invited to the Senate probe to shed light into the issue.

Earlier, a newspaper report said TV5 news anchor Erwin Tulfo and GMA7 radio host Carmelo del Prado Magdurulang, aka Melo del Prado, reportedly received P245,535 from National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) in "advertising expenses."

"This is very serious. I think since the names of these people has been mentioned, it is proper that they be given a chance to speak before the Senate Blue Ribbon (committee)," Escudero said.

Escudero further said that no matter who is being dragged here, "the issue involved here is the money of the Filipino people." (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)

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