The shortest path between two points is a straight line

President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said quite a number of lawmakers may be charged for their alleged involvement in the anomalous distribution of “pork barrel’ funds.

“Medyo mahaba-haba yung listahan,” Aquino told reporters after his visit to the Mandaluyong Elementary School on Wednesday.

The President made the statement after a Commission on Audit (COA) report said at least 74 lawmakers received excessive amounts of pork barrel funds from 2007 to 2009. 

The report also said that some P6.156-billion pork barrel from close to 200 lawmakers went to 82 mostly dubious NGOs from 2007 to 2009, including 10 linked to businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

But asked who are the lawmakers who may face charges, Aquino said: “Pag handa na o sinampa na yung kaso, doon ko na lang sana i-aannounce para wala naman tayong tina-trial by publicity.” 

He earlier said that no one will be spared from the investigation, whether or not he or she is a political ally or not.

via GMA Network

September 16 it is. The nation will expect the full long list of lawmakers involved in the scam regardless of position (Senate, Congress, LGUs, NGAs, etc.) and “whether or not he or she is a political ally or not”. To present the nation with a shortened list is injustice (i.e. to let go of one or few scammers for whatever reason and have the ax fall on the others is injustice. Besides, it’s not going to be a job interview.). More than the case being filed, the nation is also keen on how justice will proceed this time. Will it be the long and winding road which was before? Or, will we go by the straight and narrow path (“daang matuwid”)?


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