16 March 2013
Corruption in the Armed Forces of the Philippines has been minimized under President Aquino’s administration, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said yesterday.
“It’s now minimal. The extravagant lifestyle of many officers has changed. This is an indication that corruption in the military organization has been reduced,” the former Navy officer said in a television interview.
Trillanes also said it was “impossible” for his three colleagues -- Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. – not to have known how their pork barrel funds amounting to nearly P200 million ended up with a non-existent private foundation.
The Commission on Audit has unearthed irregularities in the use of their funds.
Trillanes said each senator is responsible for how his pork barrel funds are used.
Responding to questions, Trillanes admitted former President Joseph Estrada supported him during his first senatorial run in 2007.
Estrada is one the three kings of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance. He is running against incumbent Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.