De Lima: Signatures on pork barrel scam docs real

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima shot back at Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. for claiming that he never channeled his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to dubious non-government organizations (NGOs) under businesswoman Janet Napoles.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, de Lima said the lawmakers implicated in the alleged pork barrel scam signed the letter of request for the Senate to release their PDAF and endorsement letters for the Napoles NGOs.

"The investigators can attest that these are authentic signatures of lawmakers. The liquidation forms were forged (by the whistleblowers), that was the admission of Benhur Luy," she said.

Revilla described Luy, Napoles' former personal assistant, as "complete liar and manipulator" for telling the public that he pocketed multi-million peso commissions for allowing his PDAF to be used for ghost projects.

He also denied in his privilege speech on Monday that he had transactions with Napoles and the whistleblowers led by Luy.

The Office of the Ombudsman is set to resolve this year the plunder charges filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against Revilla and Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada and other government officials. (Sunnex)

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