Government will not waver on going after abusers of PDAF, says Palace

MANILA, (PNA) — Malacanang has reiterated that the Department of Justice will file cases against those who misused and abused the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) that will stand scrutiny in courts and ensure convictions of wrongdoers.

In a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the instructions of the President is to make sure that the cases being filed will stand scrutiny and guarantee conviction.

The latest Malacanang comment is in the midst of calls from anti-pork barrel advocates for the President to completely eliminate pork barrels within 100 days.

As a response, Valte said “the President and the administration will push for the correct things at the correct time.”

In relation to the issue, the DOJ has filed two cases against those who allegedly pocketed public funds. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will file charges against another batch of people involved in the scam, Valte said.

But the government could not rush things because there are processes to be followed to come up with strong cases, she said.

Asked if there will be no sacred cows in the government investigation, Valte said the DOJ’s inquiry is impartial.

“Impartial ang imbestigasyon ng ating Department of Justice at sasalain pa rin iyan ng Office of the Ombudsman, at paulit-ulit nang sinabi ng mga head ng dalawang kagawarang ito na impartial at wala silang sasantuhin,” she said.