Aquino sees conviction of 3 senators in pork scam

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd wants nothing less than the conviction of all suspects, including lawmakers, who are involved in the P10 billion pork barrel scam case, stressing that the success of his administration’s anti-corruption efforts will hinge on having the guilty punished for their crimes.

In an interview over Radyo Bombo, Aquino said the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Ombudsman continue to work closely to make sure that the Sandiganbayan will mete out a guilty verdict against the respondents, who include Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.

“The success of our anti-corruption efforts will not be based on just filing the case but by jailing them. That they are sentenced by the court and sent to jail. That is the basis of whether we are successful or not and we want to make sure that that will happen,” the President said in Filipino.

He added that the DOJ and the Ombudsman have been very careful in filing the appropriate charges that are backed by solid evidence.

“It is our obligation to file, to help in filing cases that will stand in court. If you will file a case with weak evidence, the person that you want prosecuted because you are convinced that he had done wrong, may be acquitted. If your evidence is weak and he is freed, you cannot do it again,” Aquino explained.

Enrile, Estrada and Revilla are detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City while alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles is detained in another facility.

The four, including their subordinates who are their co-respondents in the string of plunder, graft and malversation complaints filed in connection with the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, were ordered arrested last month. The lawmakers were also subsequently suspended from their posts.

The President said he is convinced that the cases against the pork suspects are strong, adding that punishment for those who will be found guilty is part of his commitment to the people.

“If we filed shallow cases left and right and these cases meant nothing and eventually dismissed, I think the people will be mad and grow suspicious that we intended to acquit those responsible,” he also explained.

“Now, the first three cases that were filed, we believe those have the strongest evidence because [the acts]happened repeatedly. It cannot be said that there was a mistake because it was done habitually,” Aquino pointed out.

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  1. That was a not so subtle threat to the Sandiganbayan Justices to take heed of the president’s commitment and resolve to convict the three senators, or face the unpleasant consequences of their defiance.

  2. Panahon na para isabatas ang DEATH PENALTY para sa kasong graft, corruption at plunder. Kung di pa naman tumino ang lahat ng baboy sa gobyerno.

  3. papano na sila Abad,Drilon,Alcala,Villanueva at iba mong KKK na sangkot din sa katiwalian,.exempted ba sila sa batas???puro kayabangan ang mga pinagsasabi mo! kung tunay ang iyong hangarin na linisin mo ang kurapsyon sa Gobyerno, wag mong piliin ang kasohan.kaya sa sampung salita mo,isa lang ang medyo totoo!!!

  4. yes, agree Mr. President. Justice to our hardships through taxes which were just gone and taken away by this politicians supposed to be the guardians of the people rights and interest.

  5. Oh really, how about drillon, tupas, and the 20 senators and 188 congressmen who were beneficiary of the DAP thru your bribery during impeachment of former cj corona? That is a total hypocrisy to the bone.

  6. 1st of all the president should say if they are found guilty. He shouldnt be saying i want them found guilty as they havent had a trial yet. What if the evidence when in court isnt there. I will give a for instance, im sure they said that ruby tuason carried millions of pesos in a hand carry into the senate. Well did anyone measure what size bag is needed to carry these millions of pesos & also how heavy it is. Then they have the videos of her entering the building supposedly carrying this money. If the bag isnt big enough to hold millions then that evidence will be junked, surely.
    I want those guilty found guilty & jailed for the rest of their lives, its no less than what they deserve, & i dont want any future president giving them a pardon as that would seem to me he is doing that for future protection for himself should he ever get caught for the same offences. I cant see politicians for years yet willing to work for their just their salaries alone, they will still want to get what they see as their share off government mones. It will change but very slowly.