Cruz sees no need to attend jueteng probe


Posted at Sep 11 2012 10:06 AM | Updated as of Sep 11 2012 10:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz said he sees to need to attend another Senate investigation on jueteng rackets in the country, saying he already provided information to the Senate a long time ago.

“It’s all in their minutes and records. They already have all the documents including the list of jueteng lords and beneficiaries,” Cruz said in a CBCPNews report.

He added: "Now if they would like to know what is the score then it’s enough for them to go over these resources. So far, the picture has not changed. It’s still the same as far as jueteng is concerned."

Cruz, founder of Krusadang Bayan Laban sa Jueteng (KBLJ), is one several resource persons being invited to a Senate inquiry on the controversies surrounding Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno.

Last year, the archbishop identified Puno as one of the Aquino administration officials allegedly receiving monthly jueteng payola.

“We may be wrong that’s why we gave them the list to check on it. We are not saying that we are all correct. What we are saying is that this is what we know… we give it to you, please check,” he said.

Cruz said he has not decided yet whether he will attend the new Senate inquiry or not anymore.

“I am still thinking about it in case I’ll be invited but I hope I won’t be invited anymore because I’ve gone there several times already,” he said.

“I have been in the Senate more than once as I have been in the House more than once so I don’t know if that were enough. If we can contribute anything new that’s what I don’t know yet,” he said.