MANILA - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Tuesday expressed confidence that her office would resolve all cases related to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam within the year.
"Everything is possible. Unless we get hitched by some other reasons or some other matters or some other problems, then we expect to fulfill our target that we will be resolving all PDAF cases by the end of the year," she said in a press conference.
Morales said Ombudsman prosecutors have already filed 50 cases in court and are in the process of gathering more evidence.
She also they also discovered some rare cases where the funds were actually put into use.
"Fortunately, there are some isolated cases where those who are charged of having misused or misappropriated PDAF turned out to be negative. In other words, the beneficiaries indeed received the kits that were promised them and attended seminars sponsored," Morales said.
The scam involves the diversion of lawmaker's PDAF, or pork barrel into fake non-government organizations (NGO) listed as beneficiaries in livelihood and agricultural projects.
Around P10 billion in pork barrel funds were allegedly been coursed through NGOs created by the now jailed businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles for a decade. The scheme was bared in 2013.
The Ombudsman has indicted several former and current lawmakers for alleged involvement in the scam.