Malacañang on Saturday shrugged off the December 6 deadline set by a group to scrap pork barrel and all kinds of discretionary funds.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the Aquino administration is confident of the measures it has taken to make those who abused the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel liable.
“The Aquino administration will push for the correct thing in the correct time. The DOJ (Department of Justice) has already filed cases against the violators of the (PDAF and the Malampaya fund), and that is following the (legal) process,” Valte said in a radio interview.
She was referring to the plunder and graft-related cases filed against 38 people in connection with the alleged P10 billion PDAF scam and the 22 people charged over the P900 million Malampaya fund mess.
“We won’t press charges just for the sake of press releases. The President’s instructions were to make sure that the cases filed are carefully done, would stand scrutiny and stand for conviction,” Valte said.
”It would be a disservice to our people if we file charges for mileage which would later be dismissed by the court.”
Groups opposed to the pork barrel system want President Benigno Aquino 3rd to scrap the discretionary allocation of the lawmakers and the President by December 6.
The President has earlier opposed calls to scrap his own “pork barrel,” saying the fund is used to help victims of calamities and disasters as well as families of soldiers killed in action.