Plunder raps part of selective justice of current administration

6 April 2016

Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. today said he is not anymore surprised by the filing of plunder charges against him before the Office of the Ombudsman over the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) saying it is yet another example of the present administration’s long-standing tradition of selective justice.

“Yun na nga ang problema sa atin. Everything is all about politics. Yung justice natin nagiging pulitika na rin. Yan naman ang ginagawa, kapag hindi ka kaalyado ay kinakasuhan. Pag kaalyado kahit sangkot (sa katiwalian) ay walang ginagawa. Kaya siguro naging biktima na tayo dyan,” he said.

Marcos further stated the filing of the raps one week before the elections at the height of the campaign season is yet another way of derailing his vice presidential bid. “Siyempre ginagamit yan as weapon against me. That is the nature. Kung hindi kayang ipanalo ang kampanya ang ginagawa bibigyan na lang ng problema ang kalaban,” he said.

The senator added that the case filed against him is an old issue.
Alleged PDAF mastermind Janet Lim Napoles had long cleared Marcos of his involvement in the controversy in the judicial affidavit she submitted before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee at the height of the hearings.

The senator further stated that this is the kind of system that he wants to change in his advocacy for unity and the bringing back of meritocracy in government.

“Kaya’t yan naman ang kaiangan nating baguhin at kailangan nating maibalik sa matinong patakbo. We have to remember that it is important that government is still based on merits, not on politics,” he pointed out.