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Filipino Cardinal calls for end to corruption



April 30,2014: Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has called for an end to corruption in the country. He said the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind - Janet Lim-Napoles should return the money she supposedly stole, and expose all those involved in the controversy. "Tell the truth and return what is not yours. Justice demands it." he said. “Let's not make it any more complicated than it already is," he added.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Tuesday that Napoles is ready to talk about the multi-billion racket. De Lima also clarified that there was no commitment from the government for Napoles to be turned into a state witness, but they are not closing the door on such possibility. But Cardinal Tagle stressed, whether a state witness or not, Napoles should tell the truth.
Created in 1990 as the Countrywide Development Fund (CDF), the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is a discretionary endowment available to members of Congress. It allows lawmakers to fund organisations, associations and small-scale infrastructure or community projects that fall outside the scope of the national infrastructure programme. Used to buy votes, the PDAF has been a trough for pork barrelling, a practice that has come under strong criticism because of the abuse, corruption and malfeasance it generates to the tune of billions of pesos (especially in 1996 and 2013).
Source: Asianews




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