ROMUALDEZ: LIFESTYLE CHECK SHOULD NOT BE SELECTIVE
• September 23, 2014
• Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
• Published in Top Stories
THE House independent bloc yesterday branded as an exercise in futility the proposed lifestyle check among government officials especially members of Philippine National Police (PNP), saying it would not yield positive results after it was announced publicly.
Leyte (1st District) Rep. Ferdinand Martin “FM” G. Romualdez stressed that the lifestyle check should cover all public officials and not on a selective scheme aimed only at targeting the critics of the Aquino administration.
“I am afraid, it would not result into the building of potential cases against suspected corrupt public officials because they have been given prior warning. If we want a successful campaign in purging corrupt government officials, we should do it discreetly without a ‘praise’ release,” Romualdez pointed out.
Romualdez is the head of the House independent bloc.
Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, a member of the bloc, agreed with Romualdez as he slammed Interior Sec. Mar Roxas for announcing the voluntary participation of PNP in the lifestyle check.
“It was wrong from the very beginning when they announced that they are going to conduct a lifestyle check. That’s crazy, parang sinabi mo na humanda kayo at itago ang dapat itago. Magda-drive uli ng jeep ang mga iyan at itatago ang (Toyota) Fortuner at Mercedez Benz,” Atienza stressed. “By announcing it beforehand, it won’t produce any results, may mahuhuli ba diyan? May mahuhuli ka ba diyan after binulabog mo muna ang tubig? Nag-alisan na ang mga dalag,” said Atienza.”
Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan De la Cruz, also a bloc member, said concerned authorities should forget media mileage and instead work on lifestyle check quietly.
“I hope they will do in a very discreet manner without fanfare. Sabi nga ni former Sen. Juan Flavier, let’s do it,” said De la Cruz. “Tama ang lifestyle check, ang mga may itinatago lamang ang ayaw niyan pero dapat gawin sa lahat.”