Go on leave, bishop tells pork scammers

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  President Benigno Aquino 3rd welcomes Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family Bishop Jean Laffitte during the bishop’s courtesy call at Malacañang on Wednesday. Accompanying Laffitte is Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines . MALACAÑANG PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino 3rd welcomes Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family Bishop Jean Laffitte during the bishop’s courtesy call at Malacañang on Wednesday. Accompanying Laffitte is Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines . MALACAÑANG PHOTO

An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has asked lawmakers and other public officials implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel scam to go on leave ahead of government investigation of their role in the racket.

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Broderick Pabillo, Manila auxiliary bishop and CBCP public affairs committee chairman, on Wednesday said the alleged scammers named in various lists supposedly given by Janet Lim Napoles should file a six-month to one-year leave of absence or until the probe will have been completed.

The lists are those in the possession of former senator Panfilo Lacson, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Benhur Luy, scam whistleblower.

Lacson’s list carries the names of nine of the 25 incumbent senators and Luy’s, 15.
De Lima’s list, which was signed by Napoles, only has three senators so far.

Lacson’s list contains the names of 80 lawmakers, who Pabillo said would not be missed if they went on official leave.

“Hayaan mo muna . . . ano ba ginagawa ng Congress natin? May ginagawa ba sila?

Anong ma-mimiss natin except itong mag-scandal [Let those congressmen go on leave . . . what is our Congress doing anyway? Are the lawmakers there doing anything?

What will we miss except the scandal that they had created?],” the Manila auxiliary bishop noted.

Pabillo urged de Lima to make her list public because it is a “public document” that should not be hidden from the people.

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  1. Nory Cabanilla on

    Obviously there are no basis for the newly implicated lawmakers to be on leave. Those other lists are mere scraps of paper. There is no proof that these lists are authentic. The are just intended to confuse the people. It is possible that those lists were made at the instance of the people who have already been indicted in court and/or their supporters. However I believe that the 3 senators already charged in court should start to take leaves from the Senate. As lawyers say, there is prima facie case against them.

    • Any person with a conscience and DELICADEZA will resign. But that is expecting a lot from most Filipino politicians.

  2. Lets see if our Senators and Congressmen are’ GENTLEMEN…in the first order…to take a leave…or resign..For sure nobody will resign…Well see their Good Manners and Right Conduct…..Its just Money Boys…You cant bring t hat to your graves..Its Peoples..Money…Its not yourS. Well see i they will return it…PITY THOSE TYPHOON VICTIMS ..GIVE IT TO THEM….PLEASEEE…

  3. On-LEAVE, oh no no no, People Power need to go on the Senate and ask them to get out of Post, so every elected official will realize that they havent voted to collect the money of our Republic, but for rules and useful laws, and the evidences are there what are we still waiting, making this complains be rubbish for ten years delaying tactics, oh no lets take what is benefited for all, lets FIGHT

  4. ThunderousCloud on

    I think we need a snap election to replace the sitting thieves and send them to BRP Sierra Madre.

  5. Put all these thieves on leave for life. They should be placed before a firing squad for betraying the trust of the public.

    PUBLIC SERVANTS ? PUBLIC THIEVES.

    Congress has become a DEN OF THIEVES. Nakakahiya!

  6. In other countries politicians implicated in corruption scandals or important scandals always resign to let justice take its course & to protect the integrity of the institution, but not here in the philippines. Nio never will a politician do that, he has to mush pride, his pride comes before the country. But they know that whilst still there helping to run things they can try better to manipulate things their way. They should be forced out if they wont resign. They have no honour in themselves. Their corruption overrides everything. & what has taken this bishop so long to think about this decision to ask them to resign or take a leave of absence. We have had the names of 3 senators for so long now so why immediately didnt he call for them to step down.

  7. When they go on leave only Grace Poe and Nancy Binay and Bam Aquino remain.
    Grace acting as Senate President, Bam as Majority Leader and
    Nancy as Majority Leader.
    The Senate, for the past few days is not doing Legislative work anyway.
    All are busy defending themselves and making denials out of their inclusion in the List.
    We can’t vote anyone on the list again. I can’t find any reason keeping these
    thieves as Legislators. Now we know the reason why politicians want to remain as they are until their last breath and hand down their position to their next of kin. The money is there.