If Janet Lim Napoles argues she should be absolved from the PDAF case, then she should reveal the main culprit who pocketed the millions in people’s money.
Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Erin Tañada said that while Napoles may not exactly come with clean hands on the pork barrel issue, she should tell all to allow the law to deal with the most guilty.
“Ang tagal na ng kasong ito ng PDAF, pero wala pa ring nananagot sa gulong ito (The PDAF case has dragged this long, yet to have to find retribution for all of those responsible for this mess),” Tañada said.
“Malala pa, yung pinababalik na P124.5 milyon na pinababalik ng korte ay di pa nakakabalik sa National Treasury (Worst, the P124.5 million in civil liability earlier ordered by the court to be returned has not yet reached the National Treasury),” he added.
Tañada said it’s not too late for Napoles to finally reveal everything she knows.
“Di maramdaman ng mga Pilipino ang mga serbisyong dapat na tinatamasa nila at ng komunidad nila dahil napunta ang pera sa bulsa ng iba (Imagine the Filipinos deprived of services because the money supposedly for projects for their communities went to someone’s pocket),” he said.
“Naging mas maginhawa sana ang buhay ng mga Pilipino (The basic services could have improved their lives),” Tañada added.
Tañada called on the public to keep watch on the developments of the pork barrel case so that that court will know that the people want the truth.
He also said that civil society groups should strengthen their watch over the budget and seek transparency on its allocation and spending.
“The PDAF may have been outlawed, but pork could still be tucked in the budget, and we should be vigilant,” Tañada said.