It is very encouraging to know that the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has recently denied the motion of lawyer Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, a cohort of former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, to dismiss the plunder case against her.
Reyes, a former chief of staff of Enrile, is facing plunder charges over her involvement in the pork barrel fund scam. She allegedly earned some P173 million in commissions on projects funded by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Enrile.
Although old and sickly, and granted bail for humanitarian reason, I hope Enrile is not off the hook from the plunder case that he, too, is facing.
But what I am just saying here is that since President Rodrigo Duterte has also declared war against corruption in government, the people should be making a lot of noise for him to expedite the resolution of plunder cases against politicians and their cohorts involved in the infamous P10-billion pesos Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam if he is really serious in eliminating this evil, as he has been against illegal drugs.
Before the Ombudsman starts filing corruption cases against new Duterte targets, it would add to the people’s encouragement, especially those supporting and contributing to Duterte’s high approval and trust ratings, if those lingering in detention and awaiting verdict, the likes of former Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla and their cohorts, will have their cases against them decided already before more are added to the list.
The Binays, Jejomar and Jejomar Jr., may not be among those involved in the PDAF scam, but both are also facing plunder charges during their fiefdom-like rule in Makati City that are just as appalling and despicable if found to be true.
One could just imagine if any of these big-named politicians made it to be leaders of this country again and Duterte failed to be elected president.
Holy shit! What tremendous disaster it would have been for the country!
I think Duterte owes it to the country and the Filipino people that the plunder cases against the above-mentioned politicians and their cohorts be resolved first before naming and shaming new ones.
As we all had high expectations for Duterte’s success in his war against illegal drugs, we have also high anticipation that he will accomplish the act of putting the plunderers in jail for good if only for the unscrupulous public servants to pay the price for making poor Filipinos suffer more because of power, arrogance and greed.