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Philippines set to arrest three powerful senators in corruption scandal

Published on Jun 7, 2014 4:39 PM
 
Philippine President Benigno Aquino speaks during a joint press statement with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (not in picture) at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on May 23, 2014. The Philippines on Saturday said it was preparing to arrest three powerful senators after an anti-graft court indicted them in a massive corruption scandal that has riveted the nation. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines on Saturday said it was preparing to arrest three powerful senators after an anti-graft court indicted them in a massive corruption scandal that has riveted the nation.

The three, who include a son of former president Joseph Estrada and a 90-year political survivor who enforced martial law under dictator Ferdinand Marcos, are accused of channelling millions of dollars of public funds into bogus organisations in return for huge kickbacks.

President Benigno Aquino took office in 2010 vowing to fight the massive corruption that has long weighed down the South-east Asian archipelago.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, whose investigators prepared the case against the opposition senators, said she was confident they had enough evidence.

 
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