Church leader asks for restitution of lost pork funds
MANILA - Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said it is not enough to file plunder charges against the alleged perpetrators of the pork scam.
He said the funds they stole should be recovered and returned to the Filipino people.
“The quest for truth and justice has already started, but the end is still far from reach. I am hoping that this would end not just by sending those who will be proven guilty to jail, but to also return the money stolen from the people,” he said in a report by CBCP News.
Cruz, former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), also expressed doubts that the scam will be resolved during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.
“The incumbent administration only has three years remaining in its term, I am not sure if they can do it…But I am 100 percent certain that this issue of the pork barrel will not be resolved three years from now. That is 100 percent sure. What happens then, we have to wait and see,” he said.
This early, Cruz already asked the next president to restore transparency and accountability among public officials.
“The succeeding president must strive to continue the fight until those who will be proven guilty are jailed and stolen funds are recovered,” he said.