DOJ Secretary De Lima determined to find truth in PDAF Scam
More than two months after Janet Lim-Napoles finally showed intention to co-operate with the Department of Justice (DOJ) the Filipino public still has not moved one step closer to prosecuting all the lawmakers involved in the PDAF scam.
What’s causing all the delay? Anti-corruption group Reborn Filipinos for Reform Philippines Movement (RFRPM) believes that there is an intentional move by outside forces to sow confusion on the issue by targetting DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima.
Despite her fair and thorough pursuit of justice, de Lima is becoming the target of ‘stories being churned out in the media’ that aim to embarrass her and her family. The timing and motive of the affidavit filed to the Commission on Appointments (CA) that questions the secretary’s confirmation is also dubious, said the group.
‘Powerful forces are putting vast resources to sabotage the prosecution of those involved in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam,’ said RFRPM in a statement to the CA.
Another issue that is muddling the PDAF inquiry is the existence of the so called ‘Napolists.’ Around the time the Justice secretary was confirming her version of the list of transactions she received directly from Napoles, Rehabilitation Czar Panfilo Lacson revealed his version of an unsigned list.
House of Representatives Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Junior said Lacson is playing his ‘own game’ by trying to upstage the Justice secretary. Lacson is rumoured to be running in the 2016 Presidential election.
De Lima insisted that unsigned affidavits should not be believed. However, the other lists that have since appeared have further muddled the issue, a confusion that could ultimately discredit the DOJ and any future lists, signed or not.
However, RFRPM lead convenor Leon Estrella Peralta still praised de Lima for her relentless pursuit and tenacity for the truth: ‘Several attempts to muddle and misdirect the issues by certain personalities involved in the PDAF scam have been made in the past since the expose.
‘But [this] has not deterred the feisty secretary from her pursuit of the truth and justice for the aggrieved Filipinos.’