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PHILIPPINE Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday accused Vice President Jejomar Binay of scaring away possible witnesses in the investigation of the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam.
Cayetano also said Binay's negative statements on the credibility of the national government's investigation of the fund scandal undermines President Benigno Aquino III's “Straight Path” and the efforts of the present administration to prosecute those who stole the people’s money.
Binay, who has already stated his intentions to run for the presidency in 2016, earlier described the testimony of Ruby Tuason as a "dud." He also just recently said the Department of Justice (DOJ) is unfairly subjecting Senators Juan Ponce-Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada - both allies of the Vice President - to a trial by publicity.
Cayetano described Binay's statements as ominously revealing, as it may tend to discourage more witnesses in the pork barrel scam investigation to come out and turn state witness.
He said that if Binay runs and wins as president in 2016, there are fears that the DOJ cases against all of those implicated in the pork barrel scam will not be pursued as those being charged are his political allies.
"Suddenly, you’ll think that this case could be undermined after 2016,” Cayetano said.
The senator also said that the pressure is now on the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice (DOJ) not only to come up with more witnesses, to file the cases and make sure that they would be strong to the extent that whoever sits as president in 2016, they would not be dismissed.
Cayetano noted that Binay had been very vocal against former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the height of the public discussion of the corruption scandals she had been implicated in, but is now defending Enrile and Estrada.
"The Vice President never bugged JPE (Enrile) and Senator Jinggoy to answer. Yet he is bugging the DOJ on the handling of the case na," he explained.