Palace slams Revilla for dragging Aquino, Cabinet in lifestyle check

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

MALACANANG hit on Wednesday Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. on his call for President Benigno Aquino III and his Cabinet officials for a lifestyle check, saying the lawmaker should instead answer the allegations hurled against him.

Revilla is one among the more than 30 people charged with plunder before the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to pork barrel scam.

"Does it improve his credibility? Will it improve his credibility? Well, let us say all of us passed a lifestyle check, will it improve his credibility? It doesn't. It's irrelevant. So what is the point?" presidential spokesperson Edwin Laciderda said during a press briefing.

"I think the point is, the most important thing is, sagutin na lang niya yung issue. Huwag na lang siyang mandamay. Ang maganda siguro pandayin niya nang husto yung kaso niya. Stick to the case. Answer the issues against him and that's it," the Palace official said.

Revilla challenged the President and the Cabinet members to also undergo a lifestyle check for the sake of transparency and accountability.

Reacting to the call of another senator who wants a fast trial for those involve in the scam, Lacierda said prosecuting those officials relies on the pace set by the country's judicial system, in this case, on the Sandiganbayan.

The lawmaker fears that those involved will be off the hook once the next administration assumes power so this should be resolved before the President steps down in 2016.

"This is where the separation of powers is very, very clear. We don't have control over the pace of the cases. Would we like the cases be resolved as in any case, as the other cases we have filed under this administration? Certainly, we would like them resolved under this administration," Lacierda said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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