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Bishops welcome plunder charges vs Napoles, 3 senators

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MANILA, Sept. 17, 2013— Catholic bishops on Tuesday welcomed the filing of plunder charges against those allegedly involved in the P10 billion pork barrel scam. 

The bishops said that the government should get to the bottom of the scam and prosecute whoever is involved in diverting public funds to fake aid organizations and ghost projects. 

“I think it’s a start to come to the truth on this pork barrel scam,” said Caloocan Bishop Emeritus Deogracias Iñiguez of the CBCP’s Public Affairs Committee. 

The Office of the Ombudsman yesterday received plunder raps against businesswoman Janet Napoles, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, JInggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. 

Napoles is the alleged mastermind in the pork barrel scam operations. 

Also included in the plunder complaint are former Masbate 3rd district Rep. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete and former Apec Rep. Edgar Valdez. 

“What is just must be done in whose favor it may be,” said Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo. 

Bishops Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon and Dinualdo Gutierrez of Marbel, meanwhile, are hoping for a speedy investigation into the case. 

“I hope that those who will be found guilty will be punished because they committed crimes against the nation,” according to Bastes. 

“I’m praying for its speedy and just conclusion,” Gutierrez said. (CBCPNews)


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