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Philippines to chase plunderers
“The administration will go where the evidence leads it, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters in a press briefing.
When asked whether the Palace is underestimating the capability of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, who is a veteran lawyer, Lacierda said Enrile is one of three senators accused of siphoning off millions from their pork barrel through bogus non-government organizations.
“The government is going through a process,” he said, adding that the Office of the Ombudsman has already issued a resolution on the case.
There are fears that Enrile will once again escape accountability, as he has done in the past. Enrile, along with Gringo Honasan, was acquitted in 1989 of involvement in a bloody coup d’état against the presidency of Corazon Aquino.
Enrile’s case was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court because of problems in the case filed against him, Lacierda said.
What is very clear right now is that the government is going through the process to hold accountable all the people involved in the pork barrel scam, the Palace official said.
“The DOJ (Department of Justice) went through it, and the Ombudsman went through it also with a fine-toothed comb. The cases that are being filed right now, you can now see in the law statutes—in the law books,” Lacierda pointed out.
The government looked at the country’s laws, and assessed the evidence gathered before coming up with the cases, he said.