Defend yourself first, Revilla urged

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The Palace has dared Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. to come up with a good defense for the plunder charge that was filed against him before he starts training his guns on his accussers.

Palace deputy Spokesman Abigail Valte made the announcement a day after Senator Revilla, among those accused of plunder in connection with the P10 billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam that benefited the bogus entities owned by Janet Napoles, disclosed that he is looking at filing plunder charges against P10 billion PDAF mess whistleblower Benhur Luy, among others.

“It is expected that they will file counter charges, but we are also looking for their answers on the allegations that they transacted with the Napoles-owned NGOs,” Valte said in a radio interview on Saturday.

Per the Commission on Audit records, Revilla gave P422 million of his PDAF to five Napoles-owned nongovernment organizations.


Each Senator is entitled to P200 million worth of PDAF every year.

“Before they file cases against other people, they should first answer the accusations against them in the proper venue,” Valte, a lawyer, added.

In a related development, an opoosition leader criticized the President for claiming that only few Filipinos are in favor of abolishing the PDAF  as a result of the Napoles scandal.

“Why is it that President Aquino continues to fight tooth and nail to maintain the pork barrel system despite the clamor of the Filipino people for its abolition? It can only mean that he wants to control the legislative branch with the pork barrel system so that Congress and the Senate will do his bidding,” Colmenares, the House Deputy Minority Leader, said.

Colmenares then cited that the President’s contention that the PDAF of congressmen and senators are needed to reach far flung areas is an admission that his administration failed to deliver social services.

“The executive, who has branches down to the municipalities and even the baranggays, should not be dependent on district congressmen to deliver social services. With the whole executive machinery laid out all over the country, can’t they still deliver the basic social services of our countrymen, without the nomination of legislators? How lame can you get?,” Colmenares added. LLANESCA T. PANTI

 

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