MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile will not be resigning anytime soon after allegedly funneling his pork barrel funds to fake non-government organizations linked to Janet Lim Napoles.
Enrile said he will not follow the example of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon who resigned after being included in the second batch of cases filed in connection with the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
The minority leader said Biazon resigned out of delicadeza and his decision should be respected.
Enrile said lawmakers like himself who have been linked to the scam cannot be likened to Biazon. He said he cannot be forced to resign because he was voted into office, unlike presidential appointees whose alleged wrongdoings would embarrass the President.
Enrile said he is ready to face the complaint filed against him before the Office of the Ombudsman and that he is innocent of any crime unless proven guilty.
He, however, conceded that he cannot win in the court of public opinion.
Enrile is one of 39 individuals who were included in the first batch of cases filed by the Department of Justice in connection with the pork scam involving Janet Lim Napoles. The scam allegedly involved the funneling of lawmakers’ priority development assistance funds to fake NGOs set up by Napoles.
A Commission on Audit report earlier revealed at least 10 fake NGOs linked to Napoles received P2.157 billion in PDAF from 2007 to 2009.
For his part, Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III backed Biazon’s resignation since the case might affect the President. He said he is surprised why officials in the Executive department who have been linked to the scam have not resigned. (MNS)