Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano called on the Senate to commence its probe on the the alleged plunder of P900 million in Malampaya gas funds that were supposed to aid farmers affected by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009 but ended up in the pockets of the corrupt.
The senator said that the Malampaya scam is another atrocity that has been committed against the Filipino people who are still in outrage over the P10-billion pork barrel scandal.
“Ang tingin ko ay dapat magkaroon na ng partial report itong PDAF. Then Malampaya na dapat ang susunod,” he said,
“Hiningi ko sa kanya (Sen. Teofisto Guingona) na dinggin at simulan ang hearing sa Malampaya scam para ang bawat isyu na lumabas ay ma-imbestigahan upang makita ng mamamayan kung sino ang mga nangungurakot at kung saan napupunta ang pondo.”
He added that once Congress resumes session in May, he will push for other reforms in the country’s criminal justice system such as the Whistleblowers Act, the strengthened Witness Protection Program and the designation of special criminal courts that will conduct daily trials for high-profile cases and heinous crimes.
“Let’s investigate, expose then prosecute, but let’s also strengthen institutions by putting n needed reforms,” he said.
Cayetano emphasized the need for government to shed light into the issue given its magnitude. He stressed that there is no viler form of corruption than stealing from those who were devastated by calamities.
“Alam naman natin kung gaano ang pinsala sa buhay at sa kabuhayan ang dala ng mga bagyong Pepeng at Ondoy, lalo na sa ating mga magsasaka. Itong P900 million ay dapat nagamit upang sila ay tulungan na makabangon,” he explained.
“Wala pa ring takot ang mga kurakot sa ating bansa. Dapat ma-expose, maimbestigahan at makasuhan ang mga gumawa ng mga scam na ito. Isa-isahin ng Senado, hanggang buong katotohanan ay mailabas,” Cayetano said.#