‘Pork’ justice rests with Aquino successor

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WHETHER lawmakers and other government officials involved in the pork barrel scam will be punished is entirely the call of the next administration, Malacañang said on Friday.

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Although criminal complaints have been filed against senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose ‘Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and other personalities suspected to have benefited from the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel of lawmakers, their comeuppance will hinge on the determination of the next President and other government officials to mete justice on all pork players, Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

Valte added that justice will be served even after the term of President Benigno Aquino 3rd ends in 2016.

“It will depend on the next administration, really, and the next, whoever the next Ombudsman will be, whoever the next Secretary of Justice will be, and the next chairman of the COA [Commission on Audit]. It will depend on them,” she pointed out.

Valte said the term of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales will go beyond Aquino’s.

“Her term extends beyond that of the President. [COA] Chairman Grace Pulido-Tan’s does not. Obviously, we have an obvious answer for [Justice] Secretary de Lima’s term,” Valte said.

The Palace official added that the filing of plunder and graft complaints against the three senators “is a step forward in the determination of the truth, which will be the basis for exacting accountability under our justice system.”

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5 Comments

  1. Tess R. Alarcon on

    Thus, most imperative that our kababayans should be very vigilant; careful with their votes, consider this a privilege and vote for the next President, Senators and Congressment who will be serve the country well — that these Officials we will vote are most qualified to lead, honest, credible and work for the benefit of our country and people.– not for their own benefit. They should continue to exert efforts to eradicate graft and corruption.We pray that the next Officials will be guided by their love of country and people — not by greed and self-interests.
    Tess

  2. Susan D. Carandang on

    People have spoken, have shown disgust over the misuse of people’s taxes. We need to pray a lot that the nest administration will continue the good that Pnoy has started. May they have the conscience to still do what is good for all, not good for just a few.

  3. If the next administration dont pursue these cases through the courts & allow these corrupt politicians the people of this country ought to rise up & deal with everyone involved both current politicians & the ones with charges allowed to fade away. Do not let these politicians run the country for their benefit, they should be running this country for the benefit of the masses not the few. Justice should be given to those who break the law & any politician or official who assists them in evading the law should be dealt with as seriously as the ones they are protecting. show them no mercy. Get rid of them now whilst you have the ammunition & the will, allow it to just fade away at your expense, & if you do then dont complain about it afterwards.

  4. The future of the country is in the hands of its Citizens, they have the freedom to elect the next President of the Republic in 2016. Obviously the next President will have to decide whether these people who are accused of plunder when convicted, will end up in jail, or be pardoned, most likely the later will be the reality. Therefore, it is very important that the voters must be educated and be smart to vote for a leader who will continue to protect the country from these scums, if only to promote a better, and progressive Philippines for all. May God bless the country and people.