MANILA - "Steal big, be a senator. If Janet Napoles is your friend, you might become vice-president."
This is how Senator Alan Peter Cayetano continued his tirades against corruption on Congress.
During Sunday's PiliPinas debate, Cayetano said the science of criminology shows that the appropriate penalty for graft and corruption is not the penalty of punishment but the "certainty of being caught."
He said that in the Philippines, a person who steals antibiotics or a piece of bread is sure to get caught.
"Pero pag nagnakaw ka ng malaki, magiging congressman ka. Pag mas malaki ang ninakaw mo, magiging senador ka. Pag barkada mo si Napoles, siyempre si Napoles i-ki-clear ka dahil barkada mo, magiging vice-president ka," he said.
"At pag naging presidente ka, mga kasama mo kasama na sa corruption."
The debate was organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with the cooperation of CNN Philippines, BusinessMirror, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, and the University of Santo Tomas.ABS-CBN News, April 10, 2016