• Binay presidency may kill ‘pork’ cases

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    Ongoing anti-corruption efforts of the present administration and sacrifices of the whistleblowers in the P10-billion pork barrel scam may all come to naught in case vice President Jejomar Binay runs and wins the 2016 presidential race, a lawmaker said Monday.

    Senate majority leader Alan Peter Cayetano voiced his concern over this following the recent statement issued by Binay regarding the credibility of the investigation into the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

    Binay also does not see (Ruby) Tuason’s testimony as damaging for his allies, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada.
    Cayetano describes the vice president’s statements as ominously revealing, as it may tend to discourage more witnesses in the pork barrel scam investigation to come out and turn state witness.

    The senator also said that there are now fears that the cases filed against those implicated in the PDAF scam will not be pursued in case Binay wins the presidential polls in 2016 as those being charged are his political allies.

    Potential witnesses, Cayetano said, are now having second thoughts about coming out because they are not sure if the government under the Binay administration will still have the same strong stand on the PDAF controversy.

    Cayetano, however, made it clear that he is just expressing the concerns of public towards the ongoing PDAF issue.

    “To be fair with the Vice President, I don’t think that is the conclusion right now. But remember, for a criminal prosecution to work, you need three pillars of justice . . . and the common denominator of these is all of them are appointed by the President,” the senate majority leader explained.

    The Vice President, he noted, never pressured Enrile and Estrada to answer the allegations, but he is questioning the justice department with its handling of the pork barrel issue.

    “Cabinet members are supposed to be supportive, yet he is criticizing the DOJ publicly,” Cayetano added.

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