Binay: My name won’t appear in ‘Napolist’

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

VICE President Jejomar Binay said he is certain that his name will not appear in the so-called "Napolist," or official list of conspirators of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

Binay said that it was unfortunate that there were lawmakers that were allegedly involved in the pork scam but he believes that some who were listed in the "Napolist" were not involved.

"Ako, hindi ako kasali doon. Panoorin na lang natin. Sana madaliin, tapusin ang imbestigasyon. 'Yung mga makikitaan na may kaso, ihabla regardless kung sinu-sino sila," Binay said.


Binay said that he is hopeful that the truth will come out in the ongoing controversy over the so-called Napoles list of legislators and government officials who allegedly received kickbacks from projects funded by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Efforts to pin down those involved in the scam should not spare political allies or relatives, he said.

"Dapat panagutin kung sinu-sino ang mga lalabas sa imbestigasyon regardless kung kaibigan, kamag-anak, o kaalyado," Binay said.

The Vice President also said that a Binay presidency will not spare political allies and that those saying differently are just "poisoning people's minds."

"Merong mga nanglalason diyan ng utak na 'pagka naging presidente si Jojo Binay magkakaroon ng mga favorites. As a lawyer, I have a great respect for the law. Basta't may kaso, ihabla. Kung wala namang kaso, i-abswelto," Binay said.

Earlier, Binay likened the existence of several lists to the "Hello Garci" controversy where different versions of the taped conversation between former election commissioner Virgilio Garcillano and former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo surfaced.

"Parang 'Hello Garci' na 'yung nangyayari. Naalala ninyo dati 'yung dalawang tape? Ngayon, tatlo namang affidavit," Binay said.

Meanwhile, three members of the House of Representatives whose names were included in the "Napolist" said some groups that trying to discredit them as the 2016 national election cycle draws near.

House Deputy Speaker Georgido Aggabao (Isabela), Mindoro Oriental Representative Reynaldo Umali and Batangas Representative Sonny Collantes the groups that are behind the smear campaign are those whose names were included in the initial list.

The lawmakers said they are not interested to press charges against those who want to discredit them but asked the institution leaders to make the necessary move as the issues affect the institution itself.

The legislators said that they will focus on other matters, which are more important as mandated by their present position.

"We have said our piece and we are ready to face any court to prove that we are not part of any transaction of Napoles bogus NGOs. We can prove it because we have documents to support our claims," Aggabao said. (Jun M Sarmiento/John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)

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