Palace: no special treatment to mediamen in bribery scandal
MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Friday assured the public that the government’s campaign against corruption applies to all regardless of profession.
“Insofar as involving public funds are concerned, I think our responsibility is to investigate, whether you’re from media, whether you’re from the government or whether you’re from the private sector,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters in a press briefing.
Lacierda urged members of the media to cooperate with the government on the alleged payoffs received by mediamen from agencies involved in the multi-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.
“We would encourage you, if you know anything, to help government in fighting corruption and shed light on whatever you know,” he said.
On Tuesday, television news anchor Erwin Tulfo and radio broadcaster Carmelo del Prado Magdurulang, were alleged as among the beneficiaries of the diversion of congressional allocations from the PDAF coursed through state-owned National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) and subsequently to ghost projects of bogus foundations.
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