Palace mum on move to cancel passports of 3 senators
MANILA - Malacañang won’t state its position on the request of the Department of Justice for the Department of Foreign Affairs to cancel the passports of three senators and 34 others linked to the pork barrel scam.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Palace wants to give the DFA “a free hand” in evaluating the request of the justice department, saying that it would have to go through "proper evaluation."
“At this point, we would refrain from commenting on the justification primarily because there are two departments that are involved here; it’s DOJ and DFA. And we would like to give the Department of Foreign Affairs a free hand in evaluating the bases cited by the Department of Justice,” she said.
Valte said President Aquino was informed by Justice Leila de Lima about the DOJ’s request.
She said the Palace understands the request of the DOJ to ensure that the respondents in the case face the charges filed against them, pointing out that 4 out of 37 respondents are said to have already left the country.
“As prosecutors, it is perfectly understandable that the Department of Justice would undertake measures within the law to make sure that the respondents fce the charges against them,” she said.