• Jail more ‘pork’ scammers – Aquino

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    BATTLE VS CORRUPTION  President Benigno Aquino 3rd receives a copy of the Second State Conference Resolution from Executive Secretary and United Nations Convention against Corruption Inter-Agency Committee Chairman Paquito Ochoa Jr. and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales at Heroes Hall of Malacañang Palace on Tuesday. As a State party, the Philippines is obliged to implement preventive and punitive anti-corruption measures, including asset recovery.  MALACAÑANG PHOTO

    BATTLE VS CORRUPTION
    President Benigno Aquino 3rd receives a copy of the Second State Conference Resolution from Executive Secretary and United Nations Convention against Corruption Inter-Agency Committee Chairman Paquito Ochoa Jr. and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales at Heroes Hall of Malacañang Palace on Tuesday. As a State party, the Philippines is obliged to implement preventive and punitive anti-corruption measures, including asset recovery. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday vowed that more charges will be filed and more personalities will be jailed in connection with the pork barrel scam, stressing that previous charges already in the courts comprise only the “initial” cases.

    “We should emphasize: These are only the initial cases filed; more will come once the necessary evidence is assembled,” Aquino said in a speech during the 2nd State Conference on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (Uncac) in Malacañang.

    In his speech, the President promised that those who “conspired to steal” public funds will be made accountable.

    “Prominent lawmakers, former heads of GOCCs [government-owned and -controlled corporations] and government agencies, and others in the private sector who conspired to steal from the people through the Priority Development Assistance Fund [PDAF] have been arrested and are now undergoing the appropriate processes to determine accountability,” Aquino told his audience.

    He was referring to Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. who are now in jail in connection with alleged misuse of their PDAF or pork barrel.

    Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles and the lawmakers’ subordinates were similarly ordered arrested for their participation in the P10-billion PDAF racket.

    In June this year, Napoles submitted affidavits containing the names of 20 senators and 100 congressmen, many of whom incumbent, who allegedly benefited from the PDAF, before it was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court last year.

    The camp of principal witness, Benhur Luy, feared that such long list of possible respondents could drag the case for at least a decade.

    Napoles’ scheme involved siphoning off PDAF to bogus non-government organizations that she herself had put up.

    Aquino, also during the UNCAC meeting, said his administration has set up a budget scheme that will prevent similar abuses.

    “There are new measures to speak of as well. For instance, one of the innovations we introduced in the budgeting process this year is the GAA [General Appropriations Act]-as-release-document system. Through this system, the budget serves as the release document itself the moment it is signed into law. This meant that, as soon as 2014 began, the majority of allocations were released to agencies, enabling them to begin implementing projects, thus cascading benefits down to our people, at the soonest possible time,” he explained.

    The President admitted that the fight against corruption cannot be won overnight but that he has been working to “make change permanent” by continuing his legacy even after he had left Malacañang.

    “With the 2016 elections not too far off, let us always remember that we are working to make change permanent, to make the commitment to good governance a commitment that lasts beyond this administration,” he said,
    “We are working to rid the Philippines of the corruption that has tainted its reputation and plagued it for so long; we are working to institutionalize a legacy that finds its roots in the mindset of our countrymen, who will never again settle for anything less than true public service,” Aquino added.

    The President narrated how “methodical” the “straight path” has been for him, noting that “each hindrance would have to be dismantled before we could make true progress.”

    “As you may remember, the first Executive Order I signed created a Truth Commission intended to investigate allegations of graft and corruption, as the first step toward accountability. We all know unfortunately, this was blocked by the Supreme Court, which was then led by then-Chief Justice Corona. Yet we persisted.

    Anomalous projects were cancelled; government-owned and -controlled corporations that were once the cash cows of a corrupt few underwent reforms. We likewise turned our attention to budget and procurement, which was significant in light of the situation we came across,” Aquino said.

    He again blamed the former administration for “programs that were inefficient, wasteful or easily manipulated by the corrupt.”

    “Only 6.5 percent of the 2010 budget, amounting to P100 billion, was left when this administration took office. We also inherited the proposed 2011 budget, which has to be given to Congress roughly about two months into office. Even with these challenges, we embarked on serious reforms . . . And in 2012, we finally had the wherewithal to craft a budget, under which each peso government spent would have real and concrete benefits for the Filipino people,” Aquino said.

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    1. Larry Ebersole on

      So far, our government has moved around the Napoles group only and nothing is said of the other group.
      In review of the write-ups re the PDAF scam, there was another notorious group that was working in tandem with this Napoles group, but up to now no finger is lifted to run after this other group, what is the government waiting for? for the group to get lost, be able to hide all the money and cover all the loose trails? this really reinforce the idea that what they are doing is only moro-moro so the public could be hoodwinked into believing something was done. I am inclined to believe that after a while, all the big 3 who are being presently accused; will just be released from jail on mere technicalities. moro-moro ending.

    2. It’s all pure hypocrisy and political gimmick. Halos lahat ng nandyan sa meeting na yan ay involve in one way or another sa graft and corruption. Oscar Rodriguez is one of those involve in the PDAP Napoles list. The 2015 Budget is laced with illegal lump sum and political patronage as well as campaign funds.

    3. JAIL MORE PORK SCAMMERS????
      Noynoy Aquino is completely undeserving and not in a position to presuppose anti-corruption measures as he himself is the real PORK KING scammer embedded under the shroud of Butch Abad’s thieving craftiness.

    4. What im still a little unsure about is are there adequate checks & balances done on where money goes to when the senators used thir pork. If there was then there must be many people linked to the stealing of that money. It seems so strange that all this money year after year could be so easily stolen & no one knew about it. If only janet napoles had let ben hur luy go it on his own the money would have continued to be stolen with no one the wiser. It was only her greed that got her & these corrupt senators caught.
      The people who werre supposed to do the checks & balances they should all be fully checked out as if they did the correct checking then these scams would surely have been discovered many years ago.

    5. Under BS Aquino, the Philippines remains one of the most corrupt countries in the world. It is so bad that the UN recently threatened to withdraw Philippines’s UN membership if it does get corruption in check. Aquino continues to shield his corrupt allies in the Liberal Party involved in the pork barrel scam and kickback scandals. He even slyly inserted P58 billion pork barrel into the 2015 national budget while knowing that this act is unconstitutional, per the SC.

      BS Aquino will not fool us anymore. He is in fact the #1 corruptor and protector of his corrupt LP allies.

    6. Lo and behold! The list of those “scammers” are named oppositionists. And by the way, PNoy is again playing the blame game. Where did he get all those wrong data and information?

    7. “In his speech, the President promised that those who “conspired to steal” public funds will be made accountable.”

      This promise is as empty and futile as the one making the promise himself because the Abnoy is the MOST CORRUPT pseudo-president ever to grace our land. By his own words, he should be made ACCOUNTABLE and sent to jail after his term. The Abnoy has done nothing during his entire usurped presidency but to misappropriate taxpayers’ money and spend it as though they were his own personal funds through his “forced savings” and DAP despite the Supreme Court ruling of its unconstitutionality.

      Now he speaks through his hat and promises accountability of all those guilty of corruption. This means he has to start with himself. In the light of his own misappropriations and his inability to liquidate the funds entrusted to him (which according to Cong. Romulo is prima facie evidence of graft), we must demand that proper criminal charges be filed against the Abnoy and he not be exempted from going to jail on account thereof. Nothing but his jailing will be satisfactory to the people.

    8. Roldan Guerrero on

      You yourself is a pork scammer, the worst of all, Mr. President! You should voluntarily go to jail!

    9. Ano daw? Magaling magdrama ito DAP king!
      2015 wala pa sa mga allies nito ang kinakasuhan at teleserye queen alila de lima
      Hindi pa imeni-media ang mga!
      Puro pagpapapel na totoo daw talamak ang drugs sa kulong an! Puro pang 2016 telection ang ginagawa pang showtime ng mga ito!
      Dapat pagkatapos ng election lahat ng mga nag-obstruction at nagtakip at nanuhol sa mga buhayang mga mambabatas ay makulong-