Cayetano: Marcos absent during corruption hearings

ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Why is Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. avoiding all congressional inquiries on corruption?

According to Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Marcos has never participated in any inquiry on alleged corruption in government.

Cayetano said he has sacrificed much in his fight against corruption, spearheading investigations on both former President Arroyo and Vice President Jejomar Binay and even joining 1986 EDSA People Power revolt that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

"Senator Marcos, nasaan ka pag corruption ang pinag-uusapan? Di ba? Wala ka sa hearing," he said.

He also hinted that Marcos got mad at him for trying to invite a certain Maya Santos to the Senate inquiry to the Napoles scam.

Santos was later identified by one of the pork barrel scam witnesses as the "project coordinator" of Senators Loren Legarda and Bongbong Marcos in the Napoles scam.

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For his part, Marcos said he never joined any corruption inquiry because the investigations are used for politicking.

"Ang kanilang ginagawa ay hindi anti-corruption kundi pamumulitika. Hindi po ako sasama sa ganyang klaseng pamumulitika na itinataya at ginagamit ang dapat na pantulong sa ating mga kababayan," he said.

Cayetano then challenged Marcos: "So hindi totoo yung Napoles kaya hindi siya sumama? Pamumulitika lang. Hindi totoo yung sa Binay kaya ayaw mong sumama?"

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

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