MANILA, Sept. 9 -- Malacanang underscored the importance of gathering complete, concrete and reliable evidence against conspirators and co-conspirators who allegedly misused the priority development assistance fund for their benefit in order for justice to prosper and for those found guilty to answer for their crimes.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing aired over government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday that President Benigno S. Aquino III had issued directives and had made it clear that he wanted the conspirators and co-conspirators to be found guilty and to be persecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
"Matibay ang paninindigan ng Administration na kailangan na magkaroon ng hustisya doon sa hindi tamang paggamit na nakita natin doon sa PDAF (priority development assistance fund)," Valte said.
"Kaya mariin ang utos ni Pangulong Aquino doon sa imbestigasyon na kailangan matibay ang ebidensiya dahil ayaw ng Pangulo ang nagsasampa ng kaso para lang sa PR lamang ngunit ang gusto ng Pangulo pagkasampa ng kaso laban sa isang indibiduwal, ay kailangan makakatayo ito at makakakuha ng isang conviction," she added.
She said there would be no sacred cows in the ongoing investigation of the controversy as they would adhere to the rule of law and follow where "the evidence would lead us."
"Ang importante pupunta tayo kung saan tayo dinadala ng ebidensiya. Hindi pwede ang may pre-conceived notions or pre-conceived assumptions at hahanapan ng ebidensya para suportahan. Dapat tama ang proseso," Valte said. PND (rck)