Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is confident that the prosecution of high profile personalities allegedly involved in the P10 billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam will not go to waste despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s comments that the case should be revisited.
“I don’t know what he means by revisited. To us, that’s vague. Still, we are not worried because everything that we did is in accordance with law,” Morales told reporters after presenting her office’s P2.29 billion proposed budget for 2017 before the House Appropriations panel.
Three senators were prosecuted for plunder under Morales’ watch — former senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile. The former lawmakers were accused of poruing their PDAF funds to non-government organizations owned or controlled by Napoles.
Enrile was allowed to post bail for humanitarian reasons in August 2015. Estrada and Revilla are detained in Camp Crame.
Morales belied claims that her office spared certain lawmakers from being charged, particularly the allies of former President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
“That’s not true. All of them are being investigated, and we do it in accordance with the amount involved. The higher the amount, the higher the priority. We are prioritizing those involving big amounts,” she said.
“Some are undergoing fact finding investigation, some are under preliminary investigation, some have been filed in court as you already know,” Morales added.
“There were 204 Congressmen mentioned in the COA (Commission on Audit) Audit Report, so there’s a lot of work [to be done]. But we hope to finish all investigations by the end of next year,” she said.