Cebu lawmaker ‘in disbelief’ after being included in Napoles list-A A +A
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
A CEBUANO lawmaker on Wednesday expressed disbelief after his name appeared on the unsigned affidavit of Janet Napoles, which including a list of officials and government agencies involved in the pork barrel scam.
Cebu Representative Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. said that the inclusion of his name in one of the three existing lists "is outrageous, and makes no sense at all" since he is an only first-term lawmaker.
"I am utterly shocked that I have supposedly been included in one of the many purported Napoles lists being peddled by unknown sources through the media," Gullas said.
The neophyte lawmaker noted that he is the only pure first-termer among the 69 incumbent and former members of the House of Representatives ostensibly on the list.
"This is my first term ever as a Congressman. I was not even a Congressman yet between the time Janet Napoles and her gang of thieves were plundering public funds, until they were finally caught," Gullas said.
He added that his congressional district never a recipient of any Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allotments since the Supreme Court had by then effectively blocked releases, and eventually scrapped the controversial fund.
"Not a single centavo," the lawmaker said.
Gullas said that the recent inclusion of his name in any of three lists is "downright inconceivable, even laughable."
He added that whoever inserted his name in one of the Napoles lists "is out to sow extreme hysteria and confusion – in an attempt to spoil the ongoing investigation into the PDAF scam."
"I must say that the only parties who stand to gain considerably from this mess up are those who are truly culpable," Gullas said.
The lawmaker on Wednesday urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to get to the bottom of this commotion over the existing multiple Napoles lists.
Meanwhile, an opposition lawmaker expressed alarm on the recent developments in the pork barrel scam, saying that things have been muddled and have become more complicated following the disclosure of the lists.
"Lahat nalang nagsasabi na may listahan. Si Justice Secretary Leila de Lima; si former Senator Panfilo Lacson, even whistleblower Sandra Cam – they are all trying to muddle the issue. Hindi na natin alam kung alin talaga ang tunay na listahan," said Isabela Representative Rodolfo Albano III.
He noted that since anybody could claim that they have the so-called Napoles list, the need for a credible and competent group of experts to determine the authenticity of the controversial list.
"It's about time that we engaged the services of the authentication and valuation experts of the TV show “Pawn Stars” of the History channel to determine the authenticity and value of the so-called Napoles list… once we get expert authentication and valuation, we decide whether to sell, pawn it or keep it as public document -- an ignominious piece of memorabilia for public exhibition," Albano said. (Sunnex)