Drilon thumbs down Truth Commission on pork scam

Posted at 06/03/2014 6:37 PM

MANILA - Senate President Franklin Drilon is not too keen on proposals to create a Truth Commission that will investigate the pork barrel scam.

In an interview, Drilon said the Office of the Ombudsman is already doing its job.

“We need to study that closely. Our law already prescribes that the Ombudsman has the power to investigate graft cases. We can’t transfer that to an independent commission,” he said.

He believes the Ombudsman may soon file cases against those involved in the pork barrel scam.

“Let’s just wait a bit,” he said.

Senator Antonio Trillanes earlier suggested the creation of a Truth Commission similar to the body created by President Benigno Aquino III when he came into office to probe corruption scandals under the Arroyo regime.

Trillanes believes the Supreme Court will not shoot down a new Truth Commission this time.

“I recall it was shot down because it only focused on one particular administration. This time, the Truth Commission will look into everything, wherever it will bring them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Drilon defended Budget Secretary Florencio Abad amid accusations of nepotism. Abad has ten relatives in government, based on his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN).

“I know the Abad family. They’re a good family. They are knowledgeable in their jobs,” Drilon said.

He said the elections are nearing, which is why all kinds of rumors are circulating.

Abad has also been tagged in the pork scam, with businesswoman Janet Napoles claiming Abad was her mentor.