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PACC should put up or shut up

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Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Mike Defensor is challenging the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) to file the appropriate charges against congressmen linked to corruption if they have evidence, or else “shut up.”

PACC chief Greco Belgica had earlier tagged at least 12 congressmen to questionable projects in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), although no appropriate case has been filed against them for insufficient evidence.


“We need solid evidence. We need probably a forensic of the projects…so a case can be filed,” he was quoted in published reports as saying.


This dillydallying has irked Defensor as he says it is unfair to all congressmen and the House of Representatives as an institution for the PACC to allege that some lawmakers are engaged in corrupt activities, but refuse to name names and file charges against them.


In doing so, Defensor said the PACC has tainted all House members as this has placed them under a cloud of suspicion.


Defensor said it is not Belgica’s job to engage in trial by publicity, but to gather evidence and build cases against corrupt officials, and then file cases before the Department of Justice or the Office of the Ombudsman.


Ako Bicol partylist Rep. Alfredo Garbin added that the PACC , if they have the smoking gun, should name the allegedly corrupt legislators.


Failure to do so, he said, merely casts doubts on the integrity of Congress in the sphere of public opinion.

Photo: CNN Philippines


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