Ping questions de Lima’s success rate vs Arroyos

by Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 01 2011 02:53 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2011 03:55 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Instead of persistently going after him, Sen. Panfilo Lacson urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to act on cases involving the previous administration, saying there's so much evidence already available.
 
He said it's been 14 months since Justice Secretary Leila de Lima assumed her post, but she has yet to file cases against the Arroyos for various corruption cases.
 
"Bakit hanggang ngayon wala ka man lang nai-fi-file na kaso against the Arroyos and their cohorts?" Lacson said in a news forum.
 
The senator said all the DOJ has to do is to coordinate with the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, which has probed several anomalies linked to the Arroyos.
 
"I have a list of anomalies. Mauubos ang oras natin 'pag binilang natin," he said. "Nariyan lahat sa record ng Senate Blue Ribbon Committee and the other committees that investigated all these anomalies. You try to scratch the surface of corruption in the Philippines and you'll find an Arroyo underneath."
 
Asked if the Senate should share to the DOJ the findings of its inquiries, Lacson said, "Ebidensya pa ba ang lalapit sa kanila? Dapat naman magkusa sila nang konti."
 
"Ang inatupag kasi niya [De Lima] habulin ako nang habulin," the senator added. "'Yong sense of priorities, mali."
 
De Lima had insisted before that Lacson should explain how he was able to hide from authorities and travel from one country to another without being caught, including his alleged use of fake passports.
 
Lacson went into hiding even before an arrest warrant was issued against him for the murders of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito. The senator surfaced after more than a year when the Court of Appeals junked the charges.