29 August 2013
Reference: ACT TEACHERS Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)
ACT TEACHERS Rep. Antonio Tinio on the surrender of Janet Lim-Napoles to government custody:
It’s a positive development that Janet Lim-Napoles is now in government custody. At least she no longer remains at large like countless other high-profile individuals charged with high crimes. We demand that government file plunder charges against her as soon as possible as one of the principals in the P10-billion pork barrel scam. Nothing less will do – no turning state witness, no special treatment.
It’s unfortunate that Malacañang chose to turn the surrender of Napoles to Pres. Aquino into a spectacle obviously intended to benefit the 2016 presidential bid of DILG Sec. Mar Roxas. With the Napoles surrender colored by politics, can we still expect the whole truth from her, or a partial and piecemeal testimony designed for the selective demolition of the administration’s political rivals while sparing its allies?
We urge the public to continue to be vigilant in the pursuit of full accountability and justice for all those involved in the pork barrel scam, and to continue the struggle for the total abolition of the pork barrel system. ###