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Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. should face the plunder complaint filed against him instead of blaming Malacañang for his latest legal predicament, according to a Palace official.
Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. argued that the Palace has nothing to do with the case against Marcos, disputing the senator’s allegations it was part of the alleged selective justice of the Aquino administration.
“Contrary to the claims of Sen. Marcos, government has no involvement in the reported case for plunder filed against him by an anti-corruption group,” Coloma said.
“If the good senator strongly believes that he has nothing to do with the charges leveled against him, it is best that he respond in the proper forum,” he added.
A group called iBalik ang Bil-yones ng Mamamayan earlier filed a P205-million plunder complaint against Marcos before the Ombudsman for his alleged involvement in the “pork barrel” fund scam.
The group accused Marcos, a vice presidential candidate, of channeling his pork barrel funds to bogus non-government organizations linked to the scam’s alleged mastermind businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
Marcos cried foul over the filing of the graft complaint, saying it was a part of the demolition job to derail his vice presidential bid. He said the complaint was another example of the present administration’s “long-standing tradition of selective justice.”