• De Lima must quit – whistleblowers

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    A GROUP of whistleblowers called for the immediate resignation of Leila de Lima on Wednesday after disclosing that the Justice Secretary and some officials of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) received P150 million in bribes from businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles in exchange for the dropping of the serious illegal detention complaint filed against Napoles by Benhur Luy.

    The group led by Sandra Cam said de Lima has lost her credibility and should quit her post.

    “Gusto naming malaman ng taumbayan na itong mismo na nag-iimbestiga ay involved dito kay Napoles [We want the people to know that the investigator is also involved with Napoles],” Cam told the weekly Fernandina media forum at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City, in Metro Manila.

    Cam, president of the Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines, also accused former NBI director Nonnatus Rojas of receiving P30 million during a lunch meeting with lawyers Alfredo Villamor, Plaridel Bohol and Napoles in his office on May 23, 2013.

    Bohol, Cam said, was de Lima’s former husband.

    “Yung iba napunta sa ibang opisyal ng DOJ . . . huwag mong sabihin dito na walang kinalaman dito si Secretary de Lima [The rest of the money went to other DOJ officials. And don’t tell me that Secretary de Lima had nothing to do with this],” she added.

    “Ang dismissal ng kaso ay hindi lang po manggagaling sa prosecutor pero mismo sa Secretary of Justice [It is not just the prosecutor who decides whether a case should be dismissed. It is also the Secretary of Justice],” Cam said.

    She cited two resolutions issued by the DOJ on the serious illegal detention complaint against Napoles—the first on June 10, 2013 that dismissed the charges against the businesswoman and the second issued months later thath found probable cause to file charges against Napoles at the Makati City Regional Trial Court.

    In that first resolution, the DOJ, through assistant state prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, junked the complaint against Napoles and her brother.

    Luy claimed that Napoles detained him in her condominium unit at Pacific Plaza Tower in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City in Metro Manila to prevent him from coming out and revealing information about the pork barrel scam.

    When the DOJ held a second preliminary investigation months later, it reversed its earlier resolution and ordered the filing of charges against Napoles.

    The businesswoman questioned the resolution at the Court of Appeals but the appellate court upheld the DOJ action, noting that prosecutors presented detailed findings to back up the filing of a complaint against Napoles in court.

    Lost integrity
    Cam also disclosed that de Lima did not lift a finger when she told the DOJ chief that she had gotten hold of a witness who could give information on the whereabouts of fugitive brothers former Palawan governor Joel Reyes and Coron mayor Mario Reyes.

    The siblings were the principal accused in the killing of Dr. Gerry Ortega.

    “May ginawa ba si de Lima? Wala nang integridad sa amin si de Lima .. . hindi na siya malinis [Did de Lima do anything? De Lima has lost her integrity, she is no longer clean],” Cam said.

    Another whistleblower, lawyer Melchor Magdamo, said de Lima should resign for her alleged part in clearing Napoles.

    “De Lima is already lawyering for Napoles. She must inhibit herself from the case. De Lima must resign,” Magdamo added.

    Cam said she and other whistleblowers will gather at least a million signatures to push for De Lima’s resignation.

    “We want to gather at least one million signatures [for]Secretary de Lima [to know]that she has no more moral ascendancy to lead the Department of Justice,” she added.

    “We have to stop her selective judgment and we have to stop justice for sale under her term,” Cam said.

    She warned that if de Lima refused to step down, her group would take legal actions against the Cabinet official.

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    38 Comments

    1. Ana Abellanosa on

      Napakalungkot. I guess it is a lot of money to say NO too. I wonder ,will all these people who sold their integrity for millions of dollars, could kill their children with double that money, I am not surprise they will.

      They already sold their soul to the devil with the money they received. I hope they enjoy that money. Thst is already their reward on earth.

      Poor Philippines. It is so painful to think, siguro give up na ang taong bayan. Madaling bilhin ang ating mga government official. Kaya kang nagmamagalng ay kasi hindi naambunan.

    2. now the big question is this. if cam’s allegations are true, who will investigate de lima, some officials of the doj and the nbi?

    3. Johnny Derp on

      Mukhang lumabas na ang mga malacañang trolls ah. Kala ninyo hindi halata ang inyong mga spiel?

      Bistado na kasi ang isa pang boss ninyong si delimaw kaya ganyan kayo, todo depensa sa hindi madepensa.

    4. Who were these whistleblowers before ? Have they committed any crime or involved in dirty activities ?

      Sandra Cam ? She was in the limelight before. Nawala sa circulation gusto na naman magpapansin.

      Sandra, WE DONT BELIEVE YOU.

    5. Alleged pork barrel or PDAF scammer/Financier/Mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles wants no less than immunity from criminal suit from the “Take it or Leave it” negotiations and avail of Leila De Lima’s offer of a reduced sentence or immunity grant in exchange to pin down the targeted three senators, clears the names of KKKs, all of president’s men including Butch Abad, Alcala, Franklin Drilon and to affirm the moral excellence and admirableness of Noynoy as not the protector of this multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.

      Here in our country you will be incarcerated first like GMA until proven innocent. Or you will be impeached like CORONA not for misrepresented SALN declaration but for violating the sanctity of Aquinos/Cojungcos property due to SC resolution to distribute the vast Hacienda Luisita land in Tarlac back to its legal owners – the land tillers. So, all of my cabinet men and my KKKs will remain in office until the end of my term in 2016 and no one can touch them. Not even the original NAPOLES affidavit.

    6. crispin basilio on

      this show that supposedly responsible citizen could be so irresponsible by hurling serious accusations first , support it with valid evidence later..demanding resignation of the public official and support it with 1 M signitures …all within few hours of press conferrence..wow! as usual only in the philippines

    7. habang binabasa ko itong article na ito parang ang hula ko itong si sandra cam bibayaran sa kampo ng mga estrada para lalo pang lilitohin ang bayan at idistract sa tunay na isyu sa kasalukuyan, i.e. – the resolution of the pdaf case. Don’t get me wrong. medyo wala din ako’ng kompiyansa diyan kay de lima. she takes her orders from pnoy na pinoprotektahan ang mga kaalyado. lilitaw din yan bandang huli. pero sandra cam as a service to the filipino people huwag ka nang manggulo pa unless kong ang pakay mo talaga ay ang pag muddle sa pork barrel scam issue kung saan si junggoy ay isa sa prinsipal na inakusahan. alam ng bayan na malapit ka sa mga estrada kaya huwag ka masyadong poporma.

    8. Lie-la de Mali should resigned YESTERDAY. This administration have no more rooms for more additional baggages….sobrang dami na nila sa kandungan ni Pnoy.

      • Disillusioned on

        U’re darn right….this Lady Lie la hasn’t even been confirmed, so she has to do whatever it takes to please Pnoy to keep her position! With GMA, she defiled the Supreme Court’s order at the time by blocking the departure of GMA, who to this date has won all her cases that went to court…except one still in litigartion……but she remains under arrest! This govt refused to heed her doctor’s appeal to allow her a 2nd opinion & alternative medical help abroad….when in fact she has had spinal surgery at the time & continues to have back pain & other complications to this day…..It’s beyond inhumane…….!

    9. Advise lang kay Ms. Sandra Cam, sana huminahon ka muna. It would be better kung yung akusasyon mo sa tao ay may kasamang ebidensya para maniwala ang lahat sa iyo. It seems to us na me intensyon lang na manggulo kaya kahit walang ebidensya ay nagpapa press release gaya rin ng sinabi mo dati sa media na mayroon kang napolist. For what? Bakit di mo hayaan yung tamang tao na mag hayag ng mga ito, then kung meron kang di nasa sang ayunan ay saka ka gumawa ng tamang paraan para kontrahin ito at tyak ksama mo kami. Ang kailangan ng taong bayan ay hustisya para sa pera nilang
      ibinulsa ng mga taong dapat na inaasahan nating mangangalaga nito. Sana maghintay na lamang tayo kung ano yung gagawin ng gobyerno at wag na sanang paguluhin pa.

    10. What has de Lima accomplished after being Secretary of Justice for four years? Nothing, zero, zilch! The 5-years old Maguindanao Massacre is still on going, journalists are getting killed and the killers are free, the Pork Barrel Scam is over six months old and none of the involved members of Congress had been prosecuted. This de Lima is incompetent.

    11. Gerald Abueva on

      Sandra Cam’s statement is collaborated by the former NBI Deputy Director Reynaldo Esmeralda’s CCTV footages. DOJ Chief Leila de Lima was secretly meeting with Napoles, together with Nonnatus Rojas, in NBI Headquarters as early as May 23, 2013.

      Here’s the video uploaded on Youtube by GMA-7 and ABS-CBN respectively. Watch and see for yourself:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYnxNrhd67U

    12. sounds like a dirty tricks employed by the the Napoles Ernrile camps. I hope this case be handled in a peaceful manner and justice be served and not result to a violent revolution. in a violent revolution all will suffer. where is the people power now? and the million march?

    13. Dont forget De Lima is running for senator. I thought matuwid siya, bakit puro KAAWAY lang ng admin. ang dinidiin niya at bingibingihan sa mga allies na involved din sa scam? I wonder why.

    14. Paul de Guzman on

      How come there are some reporters who would buy the statements of Sandra Cam this lady who just want to be in the news.

      • sigurado ka? do you really think sandra cam would risk her neck to possible assasination or libel cases saying those things against the justice secretary if she doesn’t have the goods to back her up? give truth a chance. the truth has been strangled by the likes of pnoy and delima and abad and the rest of the officialdom for so long it is time we hear those who are brave enough to risk all, even their lives, for the truth to prevail.

    15. Kababayan wag tayo maniwala sa mga palabas na yan! Si de lima ay matapang at matuwid tagilid ang mga senador at lahat ng sangkot sa pdaf scam dahil si de lima ang humahawak!itoy isang dirty tactics ng mga sangkot sa anumalya!gagawin nila ang lahat para gumulo ang isip ng taong bayan at ilihis ang issue kung saan saan.wag nyong questionin ang tuwid na landas ni pinoy dahil kung hindi si pinoy naka upo ngayon hindi maumpisahan ang pagbabago.kung si gloria parin ang naka upo ngayon walang magandang mangyayari.so lets not question pinoy we must support him!hindi sya superman!kailangan nya tayo.

    16. charlie chan on

      Sandra, she needs money for her “boy toy” , still shagging the driver mam?

      • do you think sandra cam would risk her neck to possible assasination or libel cases saying those things against the justice secretary if she doesn’t have the goods to back her up? give truth a chance. the truth has been strangled by the likes of pnoy and delima and abad and the rest of the officialdom for so long it is time we hear those who are brave enough to risk all, even their lives, for the truth to prevail.

    17. Rocky Coronel on

      Circumstantial evidence would not make de Lima quit. We know her kind. In fact she is much convinced that this case is making herself more well admired by the public, popular enough to land a place in the senate next election. We better make sure she does not gets in there for we know her kind.

    18. Andy Rosete on

      It strains credulity that De Lima would fall for a bribe as charged at a time when the eye of the public is on her!
      To the ‘whistle-blower’: show me the color of the money!

    19. tripledoubledippingfinger on

      gamitan mo ng sentido common,,mula sa akusasyon nitong si Sandra cam, merong silay iyong makikita… bago pa man and pahinang ito…nauna ng sinabi ni Pnoy: “ganito rin lang mangyari, sabay2x,parepareho na lang tayo makasuhan,damay2x na lahat!”… maging alerto tayo sa pangyayari sa paligid mga paraan upang ilihis ang atensyon ng taongbayan.

      • Eto rin ang natatandaan ko na sinabi ni Pnoy nang sumurender si Janet sa Malacanang…damay damay na lahat! Maaring tutuo na lunch time pa pa lang nasa palasyo na si Janet at maaring nagbubuo na sila ng script na zarzuela before they staged the surrender. Isa pa’ng observation ko kay De Lima during initial hearings sa senate, palagi nya’ng tinatakpan ang kanyang bibig habang sumasagot na para bagang may gusto’ng ilihim. Subali’t pagtagal parang nasanay na sya’ng magbulaan.

    20. MUKHA ATANG LUMALAKAS ANG PR NG MGA AKUSADO SA NAPOLES PDAF SCAM. NGAYON SI DOJ D5 BAKA BUKAS SI PNOY NA ANG KANILANG PINA RERESIGN. DAPAT BILISAN NA NI OMBUDSMAN CC ” OLD LADY ” MORALES KUNGI PATI SYA AY HINGAN NG RESIGNATION NI SANDRA CAM, DI BA HO, SANDRA? PArK?

      • wag ka namang manghusga bayan. si pinoy ay walang matsa ang pagka presidente. kahit anong paninira nyo sa kay aquino, siya lang ang presidente na hindi kurakot. ang susunod na presidente pagkatapos nya ay kurakot na naman.

    21. mikhail hieronymus on

      What the f…cking hell is going on in our government ? It appear that everybody is a suspect for doing something bad. It is so confusing, you do not know who to believe anymore. Maybe we need a Martial Law against like in Thailand. The problem is the military can not be trusted either. WE ARE DOOMED !!!!!!!

      Where is our FEARLESS PRESIDENT and his MATUWID NA LANDAS ? Maybe it is time to throw all those government officials in the Pasig River and start anew all over again. I hope the people had learned a good lesson from this chapter of our history.

      • hI ALL i WANT TO SHARE IS WE HAVE HAD SO MANY CHAPTERS IN OUR HISTORY THAT WE COULD HAVE LEARNED., but did we???

      • Cam’s accusations and innuendoes are all hearsay, and it should be seen in that context only. I don’t think we should take her words as gospel unless she has even a hint of evidence to present. I’m pretty sure she has her own biases and her words are not enough to convince anyone of her accusations.

    22. Allen Llamr on

      Finally the smelly smoke is out. What takes them so long to know the real Ms. De lima.

    23. arlyn pagaran on

      Tagal ng abnormal at mukhang Gloria stooge si Cam, matagal na. may naniniwala pa ba dyan? Swete naman may Media Mileage pa siya

    24. O my gulay, lahat pala e nakahigop ng sabaw ng masa.. judiciary, legislative and what about the executive? No checks and balances, just total collusion. Democracy?The country is governed by the mafia, each family with their own scam. A friend from Europe once told me, the only way our country can get rid of corruption is to round up every Filipino and ship them to Ladrones. Replace them with another breed and watch the country evolve into an efficient government and developed country. I was upset with him at first, but now, i think he is absolutely right.

      • let’s book the ship now. pnoy and his cabinet together with his senators and congressmen needs to be offloaded to ladrones asap.

    25. Why gather signatures. Let us, the Filipino people, the boss of PNoy…tell our subordinate Pnoy to give her her walking papers. If PNoy does not obey us, let us sack him for insubordination!

      • Disillusioned on

        I’m afraid that won’t work…….walang utak o walang pakialam ang namumuno sa Pinas ngayon. Wa pansin nga maski may mga nasa kabinete nya na sangkot kay Napoles at nabanggit na sa iba pang mga anomalya…..! Kaawa-awang Pilipinas, marami ngang hindi pa gets ang tunay na nangyayari ngayon sa bayan. Pag nalantad ang katotohanan, mawawalan tayo ng Kongreso at Senado at konti lang ang hindi sangkot, dyan, yung mga kauupo lang….Kaya Walang Makukulong Dyan!!!

    26. Talagang talamak at wala ng kahihiyaan silang lahat na nasa gobyerno, lahat ng pangyayaring eto ay ginawa ng Dios para maibsan na ang paghihirap ng mga mahihirap, at maraming salamat sa Whistleblower Assoc. sa kanilang tapang at pagod na ipaalam sa buong mundo ang kanilang nalalaman para mabigyan ng hustisya ang mga naaapi at pangaapi ng mga namumuno sa gobyerno.

    27. YOU should present evidence. You are part of the problem. You just stir the pot without any ladles. You can sue the secretary in court, but if you do not have evidence, then you are one of those people muddling the pork scam issue to protect people who you secretly support.