Palace: Illogical for us to be behind different versions of ‘Napolist’

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MALACANANG on Wednesday said that it was "illogical" for the administration to come up with at least three versions of the so-called "Napoles list," which include Cabinet officials.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda was reacting to allegation of opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general and Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco that Malacanang was apparently engaged in releasing several versions of affidavit supposedly made by Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged brains in the pork barrel scam, to confuse the public and protect its allies.

"Is it something that is logical for someone to say that we are the perpetrators of the release of the list where we placed in that particular list the names of those who are in the Cabinet? That seems to be an illogical statement. It doesn’t make sense," he said in a regular press briefing.

Lacierda noted that in the supposed list, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad was also being tagged in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) mess. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Joel Villanueva were also allegedly included in the list.

Lacierda said the Department of Justice (DOJ) would only evaluate the signed and sworn affidavit of Napoles.

While there were three versions of Napoles affidavit, only one was signed, which is now in the possession of the DOJ.

Napoles was planning to submit extended affidavit, but according to Lacierda, it was not yet in the possession of government.

"We're only going to evaluate whatever signed and sworn affidavit that Ms. Napoles submits to the DOJ. That’s the only thing that we’re going to consider. And again, we are looking at this based on the instruction given by the President on: 'Let’s look for the evidence, and where the evidence leads, that’s where we’re going'," he said.

Tiangco has described the hurried appearance of three versions of the so-called "Napoles list" as similar to the "Hello, Garci" cover-up in 2005.

He said that Malacanang seems to be employing the old trick of presenting several versions of the tale to further confuse the public and protect the administration allies who benefited from the P10-billion pork barrel fund.

"It's funny that, even without any investigation yet, Malacanang has already cast doubt on all the Napolists, but is very consistent in clearing allies of any involvement," Tiangco pointed out. (SDR/Sunnex)

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