Come clean on corruption, Palace tells media

Posted at 03/21/14 9:07 PM

MANILA - A Palace official on Friday urged everyone, including possibly some members of the media, to come clean on their possible involvement in the pork barrel scam.

This, after it was reported that some journalists may have benefited from funds that were siphoned off from pork barrel funded projects implemented through the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR).

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said his call is for everyone with any knowledge about the scam.

He said the government can only come in if there's enough information to investigate.
"We would encourage you, if you know anything, to help government in fighting corruption and shed light," he said.

"There will be instances of chatter or gossip, so we have to separate the chaff from the grain. And the only way we could do that if we will have reliable information to do it. For instance, in the case of the two media personalities, there was an allegation in an affidavit, so from that, we have to investigate," he added.
Lacierda, however, left it to media to police its ranks on the matter of corruption.

"I think that conversation should take place within your circle, rather than government," he said. "Because I think you --- I understand --- you have a self-policing, if I am not mistaken. So rather than having that conversation in government, perhaps, the conversation should take place within media itself."

"But insofar as involving public funds is concerned, I think, our responsibility is to investigate. Whether you're from media, whether you're from the government, whether you're from the private sector, if it involves public funds then it --- now is the responsibility and the mandate, in this case, the Department of Justice to investigate," he added.