Should Joc-joc Bolante Given A Security Guard?

A Catholic bishop on Tuesday said that security should be provided to former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc Joc” Bolante as he is scheduled to attend the Senate investigation on the controversial fertilizer fund scam.

With this, Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma urged the civil society groups and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to secure the safety of Bolanted, who earlier claimed that his life is under threat.

“Yes, the security of Bolante should also be taken care of, I guess, by the proper authorities … and also by the civil society groups … they should protect him just like what they did with Jun Lozada,” he said.

Prior to his departure to the United States in 2006 to seek political asylum, Bolante had claimed that his life was being threatened in the Philippines.

The National Rural Congress (NRC) chairman said that providing security to the former DA official would ensure that he would be able to testify that would unravel the unanswered questions on the three-year old case.

“The farmers, who were the original beneficiaries of this supposed funds to supplement their farming, have long been waiting for his testimony on what really happened to the money and why it was not able to reach them,” Ledesma related.

Bolante is still confined at the St. Luke’s Medical Center since he arrived in the country last October 28. However, on Monday, his physician, Dr. Romeo Saavedra, said he is now free to leave the hospital as he has been cleared of any life-threatening ailment.

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