Trillanes wants Truth Commission on 'pork scam'

By Ira Pedrasa,

Posted at Jun 02 2014 12:35 PM | Updated as of Jun 02 2014 08:35 PM

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said the Truth Commission he is asking President Benigno Aquino III to create is the answer to the chaos created by several individuals derailing the pork barrel scam investigation.

In an interview with radio dzMM, Trillanes said the different allegations now have become too big for the Senate to handle.

“It [the investigation] has distracted us from doing our main job, which is to legislate. Besides, there are a lot of us already linked to the pork scam,” he said.

The same could be said for the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation, whose investigation is done behind closed doors. He claimed that a cloud of doubt has been cast on the investigation being undertaken by these agencies.

The Office of the Ombudsman, on the other hand, already has its hands full.

He believes the Supreme Court will not shoot down the Truth Commission like what it did when it was created by Aquino administration after it assumed office in 2010. The Truth Commission was supposed to look into corruption cases of the Arroyo government.

“I recall it was shot down because it only focused on one particular administration. This time, the Truth Commission will look into everything, wherever it will bring them,” he said.

He suggested that the Truth Commission hold hearings that will be open to the public. It will also have subpoena powers, he said.


Trillanes was also straightforward with his plans to run for higher office in 2016.

He first admitted his plan during an interview with Bandila last Friday night.

In the interview with dzMM, Trillanes said, “I am ready to run for a higher office [under the Nacionalista Party]. Let me just clarify that my current job [as senator] will not take the sideline while I prepare for my bid.”

He said he is ready to run either for president or vice president depending on what his party will choose for him.