President Duterte has disclosed the identities of several congressmen who are being investigated for alleged corruption in connection with multi-million infrastructure projects in the Department of Public Works and Highways.
But he quickly followed up the startling disclosure by saying there is no hard evidence to establish beyond doubt their guilt.
“I do not condemn you. I give you the presumption of innocence,” the President said.
During a televised public address in the Palace last week, the chief executive identified the congressmen as: Deputy Speaker Henry Oaminal (Misamis Occidental); Eric Yap (ACT-CIS party list); Geraldine Roman (Bataan); Josephine Sato (Occidental Mindoro); Alfred Vargas III (Quezon City); Paul Daza (Northern Samar); Alissa Sheena Tan (Isabela); and ex-congressman Teddy Baguilat (Ifugao).
Mr. Duterte said the names were forwarded to his office by Commissioner Greco Belgica of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission.
In separate statements, the accused denied the allegations.
The House opposition bloc, however, questioned the motives behind the divulging of the names of the supposedly errant congressmen considering that (as admitted by the President) there is no strong evidence against them.
“This is unfair as they are being subjected to trial by publicity.”