This was the collective sentiment of Partido Liberal senators, saying the Duterte government should only file cases against its critics, but its allies as well.
“Dapat patas ang gobyerno pagdating sa isyu ng accountability,” said Partido Liberal president Sen. Francis Pangilinan, adding that the government has failed to pursue cases against allies involved in massive corruption issues.
“Ano’ng nangyari sa kaso ni dating Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon at iba pang mga opisyal ng Bureau of Customs ukol sa P6.4 bilyong halaga ng shabu na nakapuslit sa loob ng bansa? May pinapanagot ba ang pamahalaang ito?” Pangilinan asked.
Sen. Bam Aquino said the Department of Justice (DOJ) allowed two former associate commissioners of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) who allegedly received P50-million bribe from Chinese tycoon Jack Lam to escape plunder charges by downgrading the case to graft and direct bribery.
“Ayaw nating isipin na dahil appointee ni Pangulong Duterte ang dalawang ito kaya nakalusot sa kaso ngunit hindi maiwasan dahil napapadalas na ang ganitong mga isyu,” added Aquino.
If the government is really serious in making people accountable for their actions, Minority Leader Sen. Franklin Drilon said it must pursue those pushing for a revolutionary government — which is an illegal act.
“Alam nila na ito’y bawal sa ating Saligang Batas ngunit hinayaan lang nila dahil pawang mga kaalyado nila ang nasa likod nito,” said Drilon, a former DOJ Secretary.