FORMER Justice Secretary Leila De Lima was slammed by an anti-pork barrel crusader for her selective prosecution in the controversial pork barrel scam.
According to Senatorial candidate Levi Baligod, former lawyer of whistleblower Benhur Luy who exposed pork barrel scam architect Janet Lim Napoles, De Lima made a selection of those lawmakers to be charged.
Baligod said that while “the former justice secretary runs for the Senate under the banner of ‘justice without fear or favor,’ I believe that the scales of justice were selective and prejudiced during her term.”
Currently, only five former congressmen are now facing charges in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to indict former representatives Rozzano Rufino Biazon (Muntinlupa City), Rodolfo Valencia (1st district of Oriental Mindoro), Marc Douglas Cagas IV (1st district of Davao del Sur), Arrel Olaño (1st district of Davao del Norte), Arthur Pingoy, Jr. (2nd district of South Cotabato) and several others in connection with the PDAF scam.
Baligod disclosed that he had submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) information implicating 14 senators, 120 representatives, and several bogus NGOs in the pork barrel scam.
The list was given to De Lima, but not all of them were charged.
“Under the watch of former Secretary De Lima cases were filed only for the three opposition senators – tagged as Pogi [Senator Ramon Revilla Jr.], Sexy [Senator Jinggoy Estrada], and Tanda [Senator Juan Ponce Enrile] by my client Benhur Luy,” Baligod said.
“In the much celebrated case against the scammers of the legislative pork barrel, the state prosecutors are working at a snail’s pace,” he said.