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Columns - This Week With Nene Pimentel
Written by Nene Pimentel's Press Office   
Friday, 09 July 2010 10:14

 

F ormer Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr., today urged Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to immediately start an investigation and prosecution of cases of corruption and other irregularities against officials of the Arroyo administration that have already been referred to the Department of Justice instead of waiting for the formation of the Truth Commission.

 

Editor’s Note: Now that Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr., is a retired public servant, we have replaced the name of his column to “This Week With Nene Pimentel.” We hope to publish every week some commentaries and/or speeches by former Senator Pimentel.

 

Former Senator Pimentel says that Secretary De Lima is known for her decisiveness, impartiality and diligence in investigating violations of civil liberties during her chairmanship of the Commission on Human Right. Therefore, she should not dilly dally on charges of anomalies that took place during the previous administration because agencies of the criminal-justice system have sat on these cases for an inordinately long time to the point that the citizens have lost faith in the dispensation of justice.

 

“The DOJ should not commit the mistake of squandering time and opportunities in probing and resolving these cases because justice delayed is justice denied. An existing office with full powers to afford justice by giving way to a still-to-be-formed fact-finding Commission is bad policy,” he said.

 

What is important is for the new government to produce results and to live up to its pledge to render fair-and-equal justice especially in corruption cases involving officials of the Arroyo administration that have been whitewashed or put in the freezer by investigation and prosecution agencies—Nene Pimentel

 

F or instance, he said the DOJ should now get the wheels of investigation moving with respect to the $329 million national broadband network-ZTE scandal, which was filed with the department by Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teodoro Casino last week.

 

Mr. Pimentel said the DOJ should not feel apprehensive that it may be preempting or encroaching on the functions of the “independent” Truth Commission which was formed by President Benigno Aquino, III, to unearth the fraudulent and scandalous deals during the previous administration.

 

Moreover, he said there is no legal obstacle for the DOJ to tackle these cases because such task falls within its scope of its responsibilities.

 

“What is important is for the new government to produce results and to live up to its pledge to render fair-and-equal justice especially in corruption cases involving officials of the Arroyo administration that have been  whitewashed  or put in the freezer by investigation and prosecution agencies,” Mr. Pimentel said. # # #

 



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