Cayetano wants daily hearings on pork scam

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 26 2014 12:01 PM | Updated as of Feb 26 2014 08:01 PM

MANILA - Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano wants a daily trial of the pork scam to hasten the process and finally bring to justice the guilty before a change of term in 2016.

He said the Supreme Court should designate a special criminal court to do just that.

"Isang pwedeng maging legacy ng ating Supreme Court ngayon ay ang pagsasagawa ng continuous trial nang mapabilis ang hearing ng lahat ng ito pag nakarating ito sa korte," Cayetano said.

He took note of Vice President Jejomar Binay’s earlier statements claiming as a “dud” the Department of Justice’s handling of the pork scam issue. Binay is expected to run for president in 2016.

Cayetano claimed Binay’s statements are already raising fears that the case may be abandoned if he becomes president.

"Ang iba, inaasahan nila na magkakaroon ng change of administration in 2016. Tapos ang nakaupo doon ay maglalagay ng DOJ at ng NBI officials na hindi sing-init ngayon. Huwag mong sasabihin na itong mga akusado ay walang pera at walang political clout," he said.

"Ang akusado, lalo kung malaki ang pera, malaki ang impluwensya. Nasasakripisyo ang hustisya sa politika."

Binay earlier dismissed Cayetano’s claims, saying he was just reminding the DOJ to observe the rules of law and not to pre-judge a case. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the pork scam case is already a “slam dunk” with the testimony of socialite Ruby Tuason.

Cayetano said it is a reality in the Philippines that justice is moving at a slow pace.

"Ang ating hustisya sa bansa ay napakabagal. Katulad ng Ampatuan massacre, after four years, wala pang nangyayari. Halos isang taon na ang rebelasyon ng PDAF scam, pero wala pang formally na nakakasuhan sa korte," he said.

"The longer it takes, the more you give the powerful the chance to maneuver."