Palace denies cover-up of allies in pork scam

Posted at 03/02/14 1:29 PM

MANILA -- Malacanang defended the Department of Justice (DOJ) for supposedly covering up for allies in the pork barrel scam.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said available evidence will direct the route of the pork scam case, adding that the DOJ has not been wanting in terms of prosecuting the case.

“[The National Bureau of Investigation] has already filed the complaint, allow the process to proceed and take shape,” he said.

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) noted that 200 days have passed since the Commission on Audit (COA) released its report on the alleged involvement of 32 other lawmakers in the supposed plunder of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

But UNA secretary general Toby Tiangco pointed out not one ally of the President has been named in cases before the Office of the Ombudsman.

“What’s really obvious and dubious is that the cases are all focused on the Opposition—ayaw na nilang idagdag ang mga kaibigan nilang sumawsaw sa PDAF. Malinaw na may cover-up dito,” Tiangco said.

He also alleged the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is stonewalling the PDAF probe for its failure to provide relevant documents and important data to COA and NBI.

However, Coloma stressed that the DOJ is carefully studying the COA report.

“It does not mean that if a lawmaker is mentioned, a case will already be filed against him or her. The DOJ also needs to carefully study the report,” Coloma said.