Followers of anti-corruption group #ScrapPork Network spent the Araw ng Kagitingan holiday holding a series of protests around the metro manila.
They are calling on the Justice Department to speed up an its investigation into other lawmakers named in a special audit report covering pork disbursements from 2007 to 2009.
#ScrapPork Network believes selective justice is justice denied adding the special audit report found irregularities in the spending of other lawmakers besides senators Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile.
#ScrapPork’s affiliate group, The Citizen’s Congress for Good Governance, has launched a new petition to detain in a regular jail any government official implicated in a pork barrel scam, instead of keeping them under hospital or house arrest.
The group insists in the online campaign that the three senators should resign or get expelled, if they refuse to step down.
Estrada and Revilla have ruled out resigning, while Enrile declined to comment.
Revilla’s camp remains optimistic that the Supreme Court will order the Ombudsman to suspend the pork barrel scam probe.
The tribunal earlier chose not to decide right away on Revilla’s urgent motion for a freeze order and, instead, asked the Ombudsman to submit a memorandum in relation to the merits of the petition for certiorari and prohibition.
#ScrapPork Network has gathered more than 10,000 signatures to date in its online petition.
The anti-corruption association will continue monitoring the pork barrel case.
The group is one of the organizers of a massive protest in Luneta last year for the abolition of the pork barrel system.
Peachy Tan, Spokesperson of the Scrap Pork Network, said: “We are going to exert all the political pressure that we can muster because we have shown last year that, once people shout out what they want, government will listen.”
The group plans to personally deliver the results of its online petition to the three senators’ offices, to pressure them into stepping down. ###