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    ‘Plunder charges vs 3 Phl senators not rushed’

    THE filing of charges by the Office of the Ombudsman against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada was not rushed, but a significant step to ferret out the truth with regards to the P10-billion pork barrel scam, a Palace official said on Saturday.
    "This constitutes a major step forward in our mission to find out the truth about these anomalies," Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told the state-run dzRB Radio-Manila.
    Valte stressed that in the midst of misinformation brought about by dishonesty and politicking, the administration remains firmly committed to unearthing the facts.
    She noted that the administration will continue to push for reforms in government aimed at strengthening the foundations of transparency and accountability in the bureaucracy.
    Asked if the Palace is prepared for any backlash from the followers of the three lawmakers, Valte said the government has enough measures to deal with such circumstances.
    And if the court issues arrest warrants for the three senators being accused of plunder, the executive branch is ready to execute the court order, she said.
    Valte also brushed off allegations that the filing of charges against the three senators was rushed as the President prepares his State of the Nation Address (SONA).
    She said the Office of the Ombudsman was given enough time to review and to consider all the pieces of evidence that was submitted by the Department of Justice.
    Also, the Office of the Ombudsman is an independent constitutional body from the executive branch, Valte added.
    Plunder charges against the three senators were filed Friday at the Sandiganbayan (graft court).
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