Lawmakers in pork scam urged to face probe

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Lawmakers should subject themselves to a Congressional probe in connection with the alleged P10 billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) that benefited bogus organizations, the opposition bloc in the House of Representatives said Wednesday.

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House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora of San Juan made the call after he announced that the House Minority bloc will file a Resolution seeking a Congressional inquiry over the P10 billion scam which implicated at least 28 House and Senate members.

“It would be better for their [political]career and reputation if they subject themselves to the probe. We can’t compel anybody to attend, but it would be better for those accused if they are the ones answering for themselves [during the probe]. As it is we are all tarnished with the same level of trash,” Zamora, who once served as the Executive Secretary of ousted President Joseph Estrada, pointed out.

“And more importantly, the probe won’t only be a venue for denials. They should bring evidence supporting the denials. In the long run, it would be better for them [lawmakers],” Zamora added.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City has already said that he prefers the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Department of Justice to probe and take action on those who will be found involved in the massive PDAF misuse.

But for Zamora, the NBI and the Justice department would boost the credibility of the Congressional probe if they opt to bring inputs.LLANESCA T. PANTI

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