Los Angeles, CA — The United States Against PDAF or Pork Barrel System (USAP) Coalition on Wednesday asks for the resignation of Sen. Franklin Drilon as Senate President, following his decision to defer to the Ombudsman the Senate power to investigate its own peers. They contend that Drilon’s “deference to the Ombudsman is a backward step against justice”.
In a press statement dated September 25, USAP said, “As Senate President, he should resign. He is blocking the Senate investigation under the guise of legal niceties of depending his decision on the advise of the Ombudsman. He should be ashamed of himself. He must serve the national interest of our people and our nation”.
USAP posted the question to Drilon: Did you change your mind because plunder charges were filed against you? You and those involved in the pork barrel national scandal were entrusted by our people with the power to govern. This trust was betrayed . You should encourage the investigation, not find a way to impede it, [and] hide under the cloak of the OMBUDSMAN.
“We ask again, why don’t you [Drilon] convene the Senate Ethics Committee and initiate the filing of the complaint of your colleagues involved? Members of the Senate, including you, are not above the law.”
USAP further states:
“The Senate has the inherent power to discipline its members: either by suspension, and/or expulsion, as the case maybe. Let the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee do its job, and subsequently work with the convened Senate Ethics Committee.
We again reiterate our stand: No one is above the law. President Aquino and all those in authority must resolve these issues within the next 100 days [when] valid complaint and charges are filed with the Sandiganbayan.
The Sandiganbayan must suspend those with charges for plunder, arrest them… and trial must be done expeditiously.
This is becoming another soap opera. Now the President and even Congress [are] asking the SC to lift the TRO [to disburse remaining PDAF funds in 2013] , and to throw the Petitions to declare the pork barrel system unconstitutional.
If Congress, the Ombudsman, Sandiganbayan will not do [their] job, then these corrupt officials must be removed by Peoples Power. That is the highest form of democracy. And let them be ready for this mass actions after [the]100 days that we have given them.”