Ombudsman urged: Sue pork scammers pronto

Posted at 05/21/14 9:24 PM

MANILA - House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora on Wednesday said the Ombudsman should start filing cases before the Sandiganbayan so that those who are guilty of pocketing pork barrel funds will be jailed.

Zamora said that that the guilty should be put to jail and the innocent should be set free following the release of different lists of lawmakers who supposedly benefited from the pork barrel scam.

The minority leader said he neither met nor transacted with pork scam whistleblower Benhur Luy. He also said that he did not sign anything and that since there were no Special Allotment Release Orders (SARO), no money was exchanged.

Aurora Rep. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, who was also mentioned in at least one of the so-called Napolists, said that she does not know Luy, nor Janet Lim Napoles.

She said her staff has already checked with the Department of Transportation and Communication and they found out that her office did not have transactions with the department.

She, however, said that the issue should be investigated further so that the guilty will be prosecuted and eventually jailed. She also said that the issue has taken its toll on her family.

Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano jokingly suggested a class suit be filed by those who were mentioned in the so-called "Napolist."

Zamora said it might not apply to the situation since the complainants have essentially different complaints. Both agreed though that individuals may file libel complaints against reporters or editors and the whistleblowers who implicated them in the pork barrel scam.