Probers to charge lawmakers; Cardinal weeps over scam

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The current investigation into the pork barrel scam will lead to the filing of graft charges against lawmakers in a few weeks, according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. A source privy to the probe told Rappler that more senators and congressmen than those initially identified by a whistleblower have been found misusing their Priority Development Assistance Fund. Rappler’s own investigation found at least 49 lawmakers whose PDAF coursed through a government agency were found to have been misused by NGOs over a 5-year period. The pork scam has bothered Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle who cried at a press conference where he denounced the scandal. He challenged politicians and their conduits to visit the homes of the poor.

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