JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima finally showed her true colors and intent when she admitted that cases related to the multibillion-peso pork barrel and the Malampaya fund scams are not anymore considered priorities by the Department of Justcie (DOJ), according to Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.
Estrada, who is currently detained on plunder and other graft-related charges tied to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel controversy, on Wednesday said de Lima’s recent pronouncements confirmed what he has been saying all along that the Justice chief really just wants to persecute him and two other senators.
“It was always the three of us from the beginning, they destroy our reputation and send us to jail in a bid to weaken the opposition,” Estrada said in a prepared statement sent to the members of the Senate media.
Aside from Estrada, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. are also charged and detained for plunder and other graft-related allegations.
“So what would happen now to the other legislators and to the other foundations/non-government organizations identified by the COA [Commission on Audit] in its special audit who were also alleged to have committed irregularities and questionable transactions?” Estrada asked.
De Lima on Tuesday said the DOJ will be focusing on resolving other priority cases during the last year of the term of President Benigno Aquino 3rd and the PDAF and the Malampaya fund scams are not priorities anymore.
She is reportedly running for the Senate in 2016 under the Liberal Party (LP).
Estrada, at the height of the pork barrel scam issue, claimed that there is a concerted and selective investigation against them by COA, DOJ and even the Senate blue ribbon committee headed by administration Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd.
According to him, the DOJ was able to file cases against them two months after the pork barrel scam broke out but it took the department several months to file the second batch of PDAF cases and now has forgotten the third batch.
“Even the investigation and prosecution of those behind the multibillion-peso Malamapaya scam has been deliberately neglected and discarded for good. Why? Doesn’t the public deserve to know the truth and attain justice? Are they shelving the investigation because they are protecting the allies of the administration?” Estrada asked.
“Apparently and regrettably, it would seem that Secretary de Lima just rode on the issue and used it as publicity stunt in pursuit of her dreams of joining the Senate,” he said.