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    Senator dares Phl gov’t: Charge Aquino allies!

    PHILIPPINE Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday challenged the government to file charges against all those implicated in the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam, including allies of President Benigno Aquino III.
    During Thursday's resumption of the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the alleged misuse of the now scrapped Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Cayetano said it’s a failure if no one has been brought to the bar of justice or jailed.
    “People’s perception is simple, will anything happen? If someone has been charged and jailed, recovered what they lost, then we are successful graft busters,” the senator said.
    Pointing out that the committee needs to dig deeper into the controversial issue, Cayetano cited news reports linking businesswoman and pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles to appointed officials in government.
    "I was looking into the news. They said that NABCOR (National Agribusiness Corporation) former President Allan Javellana was introduced to Napoles and whistleblower Benhur Luy by a Department of Agriculture (DA) employee named Manuel Jarmin. We found out that he is now the acting director of the Livestock Development council of DA. He has been the acting director since 2010," Cayetano disclosed.
    "We dug a little bit deeper and found out that there is such a corporation as Jimmy's Bar and Grill that seems to be incorporated by Jimmy Napoles, the husband of Ms. Napoles. Cayetano expressed concern over Jarmin's relations with the Napoleses and why he remains holding a position in government.
    "I believe in the sincerity of the President for the complete cleansing (of government) and going after all those who committed graft and corruption. It’s time for action. Stop talking and investigations. Charge and jail those found guilty,” Cayetano concluded.
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