Manila: A Catholic bishop has urged the senators and members of Congress named on the list of government officials who benefited from the P10-billion pork barrel scam to take a break from office for about six months to a year to pave the way for a credible investigation.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said that regardless of whether the lists were truthful or not, these lawmakers linked to the Priority Development Assistance fund racket must go on leave out of delicadeza.

He added denials of their involvement would not be enough. He also said that the Senate must stop investigating the scandal and let the Office of the Ombudsman, if it were really independent, to take action.