Sex-For-Flight probe ongoing — Palace

Manila, Philippines --- Malacañang said yesterday the public should give the government time to complete its investigation on the sex-for-flight scheme amid criticism of the government's alleged inaction on the issue.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said once all the pieces of evidence are evaluated, the government will take the necessary action on government officials and personnel found to be involved in the scandal. "They have a period of time to evaluate the facts and the evidence, including the testimonies that they were able to gather on their trip, at iaakyat po iyan sa disciplining authority [and this will be raised to the disciplining authority] which, in this case, is the Secretary of Labor," Valte said.

She also assured that Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz will also have a timetable to implement the necessary actions. "Magkakaroon po ng aksyon diyan. Gusto lang pong siguraduhin ng DOLE na masinop iyong kanilang mga magiging findings [They will take action on this. The DOLE just wants to ensure a thorough investigation]," Valte assured.

The party-list group Akbayan said the government appears to be dragging its feet in imposing sanctions on Labor and Embassy officials and personnel involved in the sex-for-flight scheme.