MANILA, Philippines - Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano supports the Senate's probe into alleged anomalies in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) during the previous administration, saying it is part of a larger scheme of corruption during the Arroyo years that the Aquino administration must run after.
Cayetano even linked it to the "Hello, Garci" election cheating scandal involving former President and now Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
"Ang PCSO funds, ang paggamit nito, nagsimula na mapansin na ginagamit ito para sa pulitika, para sa eleksyon, for partisan politics noong 2004 elections," he said.
In a press conference Tuesday, Cayetano said the issue was brought up during the term of then Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos.
"Marami nang kasong finile dito pati sa impeachment pero nga hindi na-close yung case," he added.
"The reason why I'm pushing for a closure in the different anomalies conducted from the Arroyo administration is because number one, we can only say that crime does not pay if we hold people accountable. Number two, if we are firm on the difference between case closed and case solved," Cayetano explained.
He accused the Arroyo administration of allowing issues to die down instead of facing them head-on.
"Ang naging style ng Arroyo administration dati, pinapalipas lang 'yung panahon para hindi na napapansin 'yung issue . Pagkatapos, sasabihin na tapos na 'yung issue na 'yan o sarado na 'yung issue na 'yan," Cayetano said.
"It's important that the Aquino administration show that the Philippine government can put closure into big graft cases by solving the case, not only by closing the case. Ang dami pa nating naco-close na case na premature," he added. - with a report from Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News