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    Aquino ally, 33 others charged with bribery

    THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday filed malversation, graft and bribery charges against 34 individuals including former Muntinlupa congressman and now Customs chief Rozzano Rufino Biazon, an ally of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.
    Seven former congressmen were also named respondents for their alleged links to the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
    The second batch of cases was filed before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged multi-billion peso scam involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of some lawmakers.
    Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said the case was filed after the NBI completed its "final version" of the complaints.
    Malacañang Palace, meanwhile, declined to comment for now on the inclusion of in the list of those charged for alleged links to the pork barrel scam.
    Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said she has yet to discuss the matter with President Aquino.
    "I would not have any comment on that for the moment. My instructions are to defer until such time that I have been able to discuss this with the President," she said.
    Valte said the filing of charges would show that the executive has been impartial in dealing with the controversy.
    "You know, at least from the President's point-of-view, he has always said that you go where the evidence takes you. We have always said that there is no partiality. I think that has been repeated, not just by the President, but by the investigators themselves, by the Secretary of Justice," Valte said.

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