Senators not bothered by DOJ probe on pork barrel mess
MANILA - Senators who were accused of being involved in the P10-billion pork barrel scam are not bothered by an announcement of the Department of Justice that lawmakers are among those who will be charged for the mess.
"Okay lang 'yon. Okay sa akin," Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile told reporters in a chance interview on Wednesday. "My records are complete."
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., meanwhile, said all his pork barrel or priority development assistance fund (PDAF) releases are well accounted for.
"I'm not bothered because I know what happened. Alam ko ang nangyari sa opisina," Marcos said.
Aside from Enrile and Marcos, senators Jinggoy Estrada, Gregorio Honasan II, and Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. were implicated in the scam. But they have all denied allocating their funds to bogus non-government organizations and getting kickbacks for it.
Marcos believes politics is behind the government's investigation of the scam, as most of the lawmakers who were named in media reports are not allies of the Aquino administration.
"Very clear yes," Marcos said. "Kataka-taka na puro perceived opposition ang nababanggit. That's why madaling sabihin na mukhang pulitika. I think the suspicion is well founded."
Marcos also said the investigating agencies never contacted his office to get his side.
He added, however, that he has to read the complete investigation report, which has not yet been released, before making further comments.