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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Morales and Tan Admit Delay in Filing of PDAF/ Pork Barrel Cases

Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) and the Commission on Audit (COA) have admitted delay in the filing of a first case related to the Productivity Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scandal. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and COA Chair Grace Pulido-Tan appealed for public patience and understanding after they signed the revised guidelines of cooperation among the signatories to the Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAAGCC) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Quezon City. Tan explained that the delay was mainly due to the right of the accused to due process. Morales described the ongoing preliminary investigation on the Pork Barrel/PDAF Scam as active and cases will be filed sooner than expected. IAAGCC is a government task force charged with the investigation of high ranking public officials involved in Php 50 Million and more complex related government deals. Morales said the signing of the revised IAAGCC guideline signifies the seriousness of the government's anti-corruption drive at a time of public awakening and indignation over graft and corruption in high places. She said the revision of the 17 yr. old accord strengthen the government resolved to fight graft and corruption. The original 6 month PDAF Case implicated Sen. Enrile, Sen. Revilla, Sen. Estrada and as well as 35 others in the Php 10 Billion scam allegedly masterminded by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles. In a press statement the OMB said Morales, Tan and Justice Sec. De Lima top officials of the IAAGCC have been tapped to investigate PDAF because of their unquestionable integrity and impartiality.   
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