DOJ to file charges vs lawmakers for pork scam

The Department of Justice said it will file charges against lawmakers implicated in the P10 billion pork barrel scam within a few weeks.

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima did not identify the lawmakers or how many will face charges.

But De Lima assured that allies of the Aquino administration will not be spared and that their probe did not zero in on enemies of the administration.

Once the DOJ’s investigation is completed, the House of Representative’s will summon to its own inquiry businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged brains behind the scam.

Meanwhile, an emotional Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle made an appeal to those linked to the scam to examine their conscience.

In a press conference, the prelate turned teary-eyed and called on those involved in the scam to visit poor communities. Tagle said culprits of fraudulent schemes like the pork barrel scam perpetrate them because “the poor are absent in their minds.”

At the height of the scam, the influential Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called on the public and church groups to stop asking funds from politicians.

Napoles has been accused of using bogus non-government organizations to solicit pork barrel funds of some senators and congressmen for ghost projects.


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