File pork scam charges now, Romualdez urges gov’t

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Published : Tuesday, May 27, 2014 00:00

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UNTIL the government files charges against those involved in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, its alleged architect Janet Lim-Napoles will continue to hold hostage Malacañang with her requests and appeal, Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Romualdez said.

Objecting to Napoles’ immunity request, Romualdez, the head of the House Independent Minority bloc, said that he cannot understand why the administration remain too slow in filing cases when enough evidence has been presented and whistleblowers have provided information about how pork barrel was misused.

According to Romualdez, had the country been under a parliamentary system, lawmakers could have ended up “jobless” because the Prime Minister could have dissolved parliament because the pork barrel scam already damaged significantly the credibility and integrity of Congress.

“I haven’t thought of this much, but you know in some governments, if we are under a parliamentary system, the government would have dissolved the parliament already and reconstituted and reorganized (it) to give a fresh new mandate and allow new faces to come in,” Romualdez  stressed.

Romualdez lamented that Napoles was able to succeed in demonizing even Church people and media personalities by dragging them into the pork barrel controversy.

He challenged Malacañang to act immediately take into custody the official and final list and additional affidavit of Napoles concerning people implicated in the pork barrel scam.

“It’s really demoralizing, I hate to say this, the Palace lost the grip of the situation and the lists are still coming in. Some people are protected, that is the seeming perception,” he said.

Meanwhile, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian has expressed disappointment over the confusing Napolist to the point that even innocent and neophyte lawmakers were included.

But Gatchalian said that this Napolist will not affect the credibility of some members of the House of Representatives as neophyte solons are working hard to protect the integrity of the institution.

“The issue is not enough to dampen the spirits of neophyte members. Kahit yung mga hindi kasama katulad namin, nalulungkot kami kasi ang tingin ng taongbayan ang Kongreso iisa yan. At hindi na po maganda ang tingin ng tao sa Kongreso,” Gatchalian said.

Gatchalian appealed to the public to avoid judging the House of Representatives as a whole, noting that there are many lawmakers who are still serving with sincerity.

“Maraming tao ang gustong manilbihan ng sinsero at tingin ko dapat huwag naman lahatin ang kongresista at mga senador,” Gatchalian urged.

“Hintayin po natin ang pag-iimbestiga. Hintayin po natin ang masusing pag-iimbestiga ng DoJ at Ombudsman at dun lang po natin malalaman ang katotohanan,” he added.


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