The petition was launched a little over 48 hours ago. Addressed to the Ombudsman, the online petition calls for the apprehension and punishment of everyone behind the P10 billion pork barrel scam that has rocked the nation.
At the center of the scam is Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged brains in setting up bogus NGOs where the legislators' pork barrel funds are diverted and later withdrawn for personal use.
The petition was launched under the initiative of the Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO) of the Philippines, with former Education Secretary Edilberto de Jesus, former Environment Secretary Fulgencio Factoran, former Senator and Minister of Finance Vicente Paterno, former Finance Secretary Jesus Estanislao and former Education Undersecretary Isagani Cruz listed for reference.
Honorable Conchita Carpio Morales, Ombudsman
Conduct an impartial investigation of the grave misuse of the PDAF
Whatever problems it was meant to address, the PDAF has proven itself a cure more destructive than the disease. No benefit can possibly justify the crimes it has spawned and the systematic corruption of public institutions and officials it has promoted.
Alleged operators like Napoles may have devised the blueprint for raiding the PDAF, but the greater accountability rests with the Senators and Representatives to whom the funds were entrusted. It was their responsibility to ensure that their PDAF went only to reputable NGOs proposing priority projects and that these projects produced the promised benefits.
The Senators and Representatives who channeled funds to fake NGOs were not political neophytes. They, and we, were not born yesterday. Patronage of fake NGOs, particularly when repeated, provides grounds for charging culpable negligence, if not complicity in corruption.
We ask the Ombudsman to investigate the grave misuse of the PDAF.
We ask the Senators and Representatives implicated in the scam to clear their names by voluntarily subjecting themselves to an impartial official investigation by the Ombudsman to determine the extent of their actual involvement in the P10 B scam.
We also ask the President to constitute a special committee composed of representatives of DBM, DOJ, and the private sector to review the PDAF process and to recommend safeguards to ensure that the PDAF is not further abused.
Our lawmakers should serve as models for compliance with the law. Only then can they have the moral authority to exercise oversight powers over the two other branches of government.
It is time for the people, with your help as Ombudsman to prove that election to public office does not give officials a grant of impunity to plunder public funds.
[Ang iyong pangalan]
Sign the petition and share it with friends. Make the authorities realize that we will no longer stand for the shameful corruption that has become a norm to some government officials and their cohorts.
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