The prosecution of the suspects in the P10 billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) will help Congress regain its lost approval rating, a House leader said on Tuesday.
Rep. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar, Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, expressed such sentiment in light of the Social Weather Stations survey which showed that Congress lost 10 percentage points in terms of its satisfaction rating (from 37 percent to 27 percent).
“This drop is largely because of the PDAF issue. The prosecution of those behind it will give us the opportunity to clean the image of the House, as well as the Aquino administration,” Evardone said in a press conference.
The P10 billion PDAF scam allegedly benefited the bogus organizations owned by businesswoman Janet Napoles.
At least 38 people have been charged with plunder and graft-related charges in connection with the P10 billion PDAF mess before the Office of the Ombudsman which included: Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr.
“The PDAF issue is the only reason for reduced approval rating. The prosecution of those behind the mess would show that there is no sacred cow here,” Evardone added.
LLANESCA T. PANTI