DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to take a second look at the pork barrel scam on the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), promising to reveal more things about the case.
“Let us revisit the Napoles case. I have some revealing things to tell you about it. You just wait,” said President Duterte, vowing “if that is the only thing that I’ll have to do until the end of my term, I will do it. I now raise again the Napoles issue.”
The President said the government lost billions of pesos in pork barrel, a lump-sum discretionary fund granted to each member of Congress for priority development projects.
While some lawmakers are already in prison, Mr. Duterte said there must be finality into their imprisonment or acquittal. He said they are imprisoned because accusations are non-bailable.
“Several lawmakers there inside but only because the charge is… the accusation is non-bailable,” said the President emphasizing that was not enough vindication for the Filipino people.
He said his anger towards the government was the reason he was raising his hands. “It was in defiance all the time I was complaining because I was mad at government,” he said.
He mentioned corruption, crimes, the tanim bala incidents, among others.
In revisiting the Napoles case, Duterte is looking at the involvement of Senator Leila De Lima in the case.
“The Napoles case should deserve a second look,” he said, adding, “For it also involves corruption and De Lima.”
The government has so far filed plunder raps against Napoles and Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Ramon Revilla Jr. Estrada and Revilla remain in detention, while Enrile was earlier released by the Supreme Court earlier due to health and age reasons.
Duterte promised to bring those involved to justice. Lilian Mellejor/PNA/northboundasia.com