BY ROGER M. BALANZA
It is not only the Ombudsman or the whistleblowers that sent plunder charges flying at the faces of his co-senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla.
According to Senator Miriam Santiago, the hand of God played in the Ombudsman’s filing of the charges against the senators for their involvement in the P10 billion PDAF scam.
‘There is a God after all,’ said Santiago in a statement as the Ombudsman on June 6 filed the charges before the Sandiganbayan.
But she warned that lawyers of the senators may interfere with the hand of God.
She said she expects the lawyers to use the Supreme Court to delay the process of sending the senators to jail.
But at the same time, Santiago, an administration senator, twitted the senators-accused who trumpet their innocence and boasting they can protect themselves against the charges in the court.
“Any boasting on the part of the accused is just whistling in the dark. For example, Enrile said that he might represent himself. Everybody knows that a lawyer who represents himself is a fool,” Santigao said in a report in inquirer.net
Opposition senator Enrile is Santiago’s arch critic.
Santiago urged the Sandiganbayan to act fast on the case.
“I humbly urge the Sandigan court to conduct hearings on the motions for bail by using a summary procedure. If evidence of guilt is strong, the accused should remain in detention to prevent them from fleeing as fugitives from justice,” she said in the report.
Authorities can arrest the accused senators while Congress is in session, according to Senate President Franklin Drilon.
But this may not happen.
“As a matter of courtesy, I will not allow them to arrest the senators in the session hall while we’re having a session as a matter of respect for the institution,” he said.
Pork scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles has admitted that there is a name that should not be in her Napolist of lawmakers who earned kickbacks from her PDAF racket.
Included in the sworn affidavit she submitted to the Senate blue ribbon committee is Cebu 1st district Representative Gerald Gullas, Jr. The recipient of the dirty money should be former congressman Eduardo Gullas, his grandfather, not Gerald, Napoles’ lawyer Bruce Rivera said in a report on rappler.com
The Dagdag-Bawas syndrome is a two-way street. You add or shave off.
We would like to hear Napoles saying this: Ayyyy! Mali!! Hindi pala biente lang yong mga senadores. Lahat pala. Ayyy! Mali!!! Hindi pala sandaan lang yong mga kong. Lahat pala sila!