Miriam Defensor Santiago disgusted by military corruption, urges DOJ to file charges against accused

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago strongly expressed her opinion yesterday on the alleged military corruption recently revealed by a whistleblower, reports ABS-CBN News. "Kung alam ko lang na ganito pala ang lakas at lawak ng pagnanakaw sa bansa, nag-suicide na ako noong ipinanganak ako ng nanay ko!" ("Had I known corruption was this widespread, I would’ve committed suicide as soon as I was born!")

George Rabusa, former budget officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, revealed in the Senate last week that certain military officials received millions of pesos of pabaon (send-off) and pasalubong (welcome) money. For instance, former Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes allegedly received about P50 million when he retired in 2001.

"Viral na itong corruption sa militar. Ang problema kay (Angelo) Reyes, masyado siyang sclerotic," ABS-CBN News quoted Santiago as saying. ("The corruption in the military is viral. The problem with Angelo Reyes is that he’s sclerotic.")

Citing Rabusa’s testimony, Santiago said the Department of Justice (DOJ) does not need to wait for the Senate’s investigation to end before they can conduct their own investigation. "An eyewitness, if he has testified, does not need to be corroborated for as long as he is honest (and) sincere," she said, according to ABS-CBN News.

The Senator also urged the Supreme Court to freeze the bank accounts of the former military officials accused of corruption.

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