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Cayetano: PNoy will not sweep pork scam under the rug

By Office of the Senate Majority Leader
June 5, 2014

PASAY CITY – Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter "Companero" S. Cayetano said President Benigno Aquino III, unlike the previous administrations, is not the type of leader who sweeps issues of corruption under the rug.

"To be fair sa Presidente, I think si President Aquino is very sincere sa anti-corruption drive. Nakita naman natin, siya ang nag-umpisa nito, siya ang nagpa-imbestiga sa COA (Commission on Audit); siya naman ay very consistent sa anti-corruption (drive)," the senator said.

Over the weekend, Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations Office appealed to the public not to blame Malacanang over the alleged misuse of priority development assistance funds (PDAF).

Cayetano said he believes that the President is committed to Reveal, Investigate, and Prosecute (RIP) all those who were involved in the pork barrel scam.

He also advised the President not to let critics get in the way of the administration's anti-corruption drive and instead focus on ensuring that all pork scam conspirators are made accountable.

"Ang gawin ng Malacanang, huwag pansinin ang mga kritiko na tinuturo ang Presidente o ang Malacanang, i-push lang nila ng i-push ang mga ginagawa nila ngayon," Cayetano said.

He added that Malacanang should not let Janet Lim-Napoles confuse the public and destroy the credibility of the whistleblowers in favor of her "political supporters."

"Si Ms. Napoles ang nakikinabang dahil nagugulo ang usapan at nahihirit niya ang kanyang immunity o pagiging state witness. Nagagantihan niya ang mga nag-i-imbestiga sa kanya sa pagdawit ng pangalan nila. Nakikinabang din dito yung mga makapangyarihan sa likod niya na hindi pa napapangalanan pati na rin ang mga political supporters niya," Cayetano said.