De Lima won't probe bribes to media yet

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima will not launch an investigation yet on allegations that some media personalities got windfall from the diversion of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to questionable non-government organizations (NGOs).

De Lima said Wednesday she will have to first evaluate the sworn statements of Rhodora Mendoza and Vic Cacal, former officials of state-run National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor), who earlier alleged that 83 lawmakers chose dubious foundations to implement projects coursed through the agency.

Television news anchor Erwin Tulfo, who is known for his hard-hitting commentaries, radio talk show host Melo del Prado and unidentified broadcast personality reportedly got checks as part of Nabcor's "advertising expenses."

Mendoza said the unnamed prominent TV and radio personality even received P2 million as payoff to end criticisms of a Nabcor project.

According to the newspaper report, Cacal found no documents to justify the expenses for media men.

The Office of the Ombudsman has been evaluating the plunder and malversation charges against 38 people including Cacal, Mendoza and Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.

The three senators allegedly got kickbacks from detained businesswoman Janet Napoles, who is accused of putting up fake foundations to pocket PDAF and proceeds from the Malampaya natural gas project. (Sunnex)

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