April 6, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday admitted that he is no longer surprised by the filing of plunder charges against him before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly allocating his pork barrel funds to fake non-government organizations (NGOs).
Marcos said the plunder complaint was part of the present administration’s selective justice.
“Yun na nga ang problema sa atin. Everything is all about politics. Yung justice natin nagiging pulitika na rin,” he said.
“Yan naman ang ginagawa, kapag hindi ka kaalyado ay kinakasuhan. Pag kaalyado kahit sangkot (sa katiwalian) ay walang ginagawa. Kaya siguro naging biktima na tayo dyan,” he added.
Marcos further noted that the filing of the complaint at the height of the campaign season is also another way of derailing his vice presidential bid.
“Siyempre ginagamit yan as weapon against me. That is the nature,” he said.
“Kung hindi kayang ipanalo ang kampanya ang ginagawa bibigyan na lang ng problema ang kalaban,” he added.
The senator stressed that the case filed against him is an old issue.
He said alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles had long cleared him of his involvement in the controversy through a judicial affidavit she submitted before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.
If he wins, Marcos said he will change this selective justice system as he advocates for unity and bringing back of meritocracy in government.
“Kaya’t yan naman ang kailangan nating baguhin at kailangan nating maibalik sa matinong patakbo,” he said.
“We have to remember that it is important that the government is still based on merits, not on politics,” he added.
The anti-corruption group Ibalik ang Bilyones ng Mamamayan, who filed the complaint against Marcos, claimed that Marcos allocated P205-million worth of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to NGOs linked Napoles.
The group said Marcos committed gross abuse of authority, gross misconduct and gross neglect of duty when he allocated his PDAF to bogus foundations.
It further alleged that Marcos, Napoles, and Senate consultant Catherine Mae Santos conspired with each other in committing plunder.