MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III assured students of Hope Christian High School that his anti-corruption campaign is not selective.
"It's not because I don't like your face I will file a charge against you. There has to be evidence; there has to be proof that you did something wrong. And once that proof is established then we file the appropriate charges regardless of who gets it," Aquino said.
"Yung, sorry na lang, you are not performing to the standards that are stated, and you are not part of this agenda therefore, we will make sure that you do not inflict harm on our people," he added.
Aquino was asked by a student if he will fire officials who steal government funds.
He, however, told the student to first differentiate between stories and rumors and talks as well as actual accusations.
Aquino pointed out that his administration is governed by due process. He also said that charges won't be filed on the basis of whether or not he likes a person, but on evidence.
He also assured the students that corruption is not tolerated and that he will throw the book at everybody.
"First ano, may reports yung... Parang you have to differentiate may report, may kwento, may chismis, may haka-haka. At the end of the day, we are governed by system of laws and the laws dictate a process. Somebody has to accuse; it can be the government, it can be an ordinary citizen, then there are various agencies in government that deal with it. Amongst them if you are government entity, ano, it's the Office of the Ombudsman that investigates and files the appropriate charges."
Aquino's comments came amid allegations that the prosecution of the pork barrel scam targets only those from outside the administration coalition and does not file cases against administration allies.
Many congressional allies of the President were named in the Commission on Audit's (COA) special audit report on the priority development assistance funds (PDAF) and Malamapaya funds but have yet to be charged.