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PIA Press Release
2007/09/13

Gov't sector survey in Caraga favors Sandiganbayan's verdict of Erap's plunder case

by Robert E. Roperos

Butuan City (September 13) -- Following the verdict of the Sandiganbayan on the plunder case of former President Joseph Estrada, 7 of 9 respondents surveyed from the government sector here favor the verdict.

In a random survey conducted today, September 13, Alexander Makinano, 37, said the verdict sets the trend and it will be a precedent to government officials to be more honest, more responsible and values-based in their public and private affairs.

Jason Jampac, 31, also said the decision shows that the government is serious in curbing corruption, while Ruth Azon, 42, stressed "Who I am to question the law".

Two employees from the city hall also agreed to the decision of the Sandiganbayan because the decision was based on the evidences shown during the court hearings. "If the evidences were insufficient, then he wouldn't be convicted but the court has proofs. One of these is the testimony of Chavit Singson who is considered the strongest evidence", said Malou Furia of the city hall public information office.

Also, Marijune Gaitano lamented that Erap's case is a lesson for those who practice graft and corruption especially for those who are working in the government.

Further, Vanessa Pontillo, an employee of a regional line agency commented that Erap must also be convicted in the perjury case.

Meanwhile, Jane Cacho, 35, pointed out that all government officials have committed corruption and it was unfortunate for Estrada that he was caught. "Besides, they were not able to prove that he (Erap) is spending the government's money but it was the 'jueteng' money", she said.

The statement of Cacho was supported by Jesse Semacio, 40 saying "Erap spent the 'jueteng' money and not the government's money. That is why, he don't deserve the verdict". (PIA-13) [top]

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