June 2, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino today bewailed the Ombudsman’s latest resolution clearing Pres. Gloria Arroyo, among others, in the still unresolved NBN-ZTE controversy.
“There can never be closure on the controversy for as long as the perceived masterminds continue to be off-the-hook. Neri’s suspension is nothing but a token move, is in fact moot and academic considering that he has a little over a month left in office,” Palatino said.
“What we need is definite closure, a venue for Arroyo, FG Mike and their cohorts to undergo trial for the most bombastic controversy that has hounded the outgoing administration. The Ombudsman cannot expect to appease the public just by zeroing in on ‘little scapegoats and relatively dispensable accessories’ to massive graft and corruption,” he said.
Palatino said that while he welcomed the graft cases filed against Neri and former Comelec chair Benjamin Abalos for their involvement in the scandal, “we cannot genuinely get to the bottom of things unless Arroyo and FG are held accountable.”
The youth solon reminded the Office of the Ombudsman of the recommendation submitted by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee which investigated the NBN-ZTE controversy to “prosecute Pres. Arroyo and other public officials involved.”
“Graft raps are still in order for all those involved lest they would want the Filipino public to believe that Arroyo has virtually destroyed checks and balances in government.” (Bulatlat.com)
Kabataan Party-list Rep. Mong Palatino
Gerg Anrol Cahiles, Media Officer