12 SENATORS ON DE LIMA'S LIST

Suspected “pork barrel” scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles identified 12 incumbent and former senators and more than 70 lawmakers in a one-page “pork” list that she herself signed and was submitted by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to the Senate blue ribbon committee on Thursday.
Napoles listed 10 incumbent and two former senators. The 10 were Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Juan Ponce-Enrile, Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Loren Legarda,Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Alan Peter Cayetano, Gregorio Gringo Honasan, JV Ejercito, and Francis “Chiz” Escudero.
The two former senators were Manny Villar and the late Robert Barbers. The names on the signed list by Napoles was similar to the typewritten document that former senator and rehabilitation czar Panfilo “Ping” Lacson had submitted to the committee except that her document contained other names written in long hand. Among those written in long hand were a certain “Emano,” a certain “Cong. Angara-APO,” a certain “Maite,” “Butch,” “Cong Gonzales” and another name which was not legible. At the bottom of Napoles’ signature was the date 4-22-2014, and the time she supposedly signed the document. The number of incumbent and former congressmen listed on Napoles’ signed list was also notably similar to the one which came from Lacson. Lacson said his list was given to him by Napoles’ husband, Jaime, who sought a meeting with him last March 27. Also included in Napoles’ list was Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and other officials of the Departmet of Agriulture, and officials of certain implementing agencies also allegedly involved in the scam. Napoles’ list also identified certain “ agents” like Ruby Tuazon, Bryan Yamsuan, Jen Corpus, Mat Ranillo, Pauline Labayen, Catherine Mae “Maya” Santos, Patricia “Gay” Agana Tan, Alen Ruste and Mon Arcenas. It was De Lima herself, who went to the office of Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the committee, to submit Napoles’ list and her narrative affidavits. Senator Serge OSmena III, vice chairman of the committee, was also present to meet De Lima. Guingona said De Lima came to his office to request for a one-week extension on the deadline set by the committee for her to submit the list and signed affidavits of Napoles. While he granted the one-week extension for the submission of the affidavits, Guingona said he rejected a similar request for the “pork” list.READ MORE...

ALSO: Pork scam list fed to media differs from what Napoles gave to De Lima—lawyer

Some names on the list of lawmakers and government officials linked to the pork barrel scam that came out in the media are not on the original list which businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles submitted to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima recently, Bruce Rivera, Napoles’ lawyer, said on Wednesday. “We feel embarrassed for the people being linked (to the pork barrel scam) who are not on the list we submitted to Secretary de Lima,” Rivera told reporters immediately after a court hearing on Wednesday. Rivera, however, refused to name names saying doing such would unnecessarily implicate people in the scam. “We don’t want to try people by publicity. If ever we would come out with the list, we wanted it to be substantiated with evidence. We are responsible individuals,” Rivera said. Napoles, allegedly one of the key operators in the pork barrel scam, has been staying at the Ospital ng Makati after she underwent hysterectomy, a procedure that removed entirely her uterus and ovaries on April 23. She has been in detention for the serious illegal detention charge filed by Benhur Luy — her former finance officer who has turned whistle-blower on the pork barrel scam – against her and her brother Reynald Lim. The night before she was scheduled to go under the knife, she met De Lima at her hospital room where she executed her affidavit and spilled the beans on the pork barrel scam. Rivera told reporters that he has not been regularly reading the newspapers “because of the misinformation in there,” but when he did, he was surprised to see the names of people not in the list of Napoles.
“It means there are people who want to create suspicion on our list. But there is only one list,” Rivera said.
Rivera, however, would not say if the list he was pertaining to was that of whistle-blower Benhur Luy in the pork barrel scam, or that of former senator Panfilo Lacson. READ MORE...

ALSO: DOJ chief says unsigned affidavit from Ping worthless

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima yesterday downplayed as “worthless” the unsigned affidavit of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles that was submitted to the Senate Blue Ribbon committee by former senator and now rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson. De Lima said the affidavit submitted by Lacson to the Senate was not duly executed or notarized and therefore has no value. “That is a worthless piece of paper and not an admissible evidence. You can’t hold Mrs. Napoles accountable for that. She can even deny that later because it’s not signed and notarized,” she stressed. Still, De Lima admitted she was disappointed by the premature disclosure of the list and affidavit in the media. The supposed affidavit of Napoles submitted by Lacson to the Senate covered alleged anomalies in both the pork barrel or Priority Development Assistance Fund of lawmakers and the Malampaya Fund. The affidavit included a statement accusing De Lima of sanitizing the charge sheet in the Malampaya scam. Section 33 of Napoles’ alleged statement on the Malampaya fund scam reads: “Later on, I found out that no one from the 97 mayors was included in the charge sheet by the Department of Justice (DOJ) because Atty. Levito Baligod interviewed each involved and promised their exclusion in the cases provided that they will support the candidacy in Senate of DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima.” De Lima refused to comment on this allegation. READ MORE...

ALSO: De Lima, Napoles, Luy may be sanitizing list, 'evidence"

With a probable initial deal for Janet Lim-Napoles already struck between her and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, and with her whistle-bleblower Benhur Luy and his lawyer appearing to be not only sanitizing the so-called evidence against the allies of President Aquino and his Liberal Party officials, but also ensuring that it will only be the three opposition senators who are to be sacrificed at the altar of partisan politics. De Lima said the Napoles’ initial affidavit, which she said was signed, contains the names of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr, all of whom have denied involvement in the scam. She said she expects Napoles to include the other people involved in her second affidavit. In the unsigned Napoles affidavit submitted by former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Napoles claimed that she had given Sen. Estrada commissions in the amount of something like P100 million, giving certan dates in 2009 and the addresses she claimed to have gone to, in delivering Estrada’s commissions. Estrada yesterday denied personally having received any commissions from suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Napoles, which contradicts Napoles’ claim that she went to Estrada’s office in San Juan sometime in 2009 to meet him and delivered his P13,337,500 commissions from her. He said the office that Napoles was referring to in her draft affidavit was his headquarters when he was running for mayor in San Juan, which could not have occurred then in 2009 as Napoles said, as he was already a senator. On the other claim of Napoles, Estrada said where she went to was a party. “Remember that picture that was taken with me and Sen. (Bong) Revilla? That was a party,” Estrada told reporters when sought for comment. Asked then if he met Napoles during that party, Estrada said: “It’s a party. There were other senators there as well,” he said. It is almost certain that De Lima will have this included in the Napoles signed affidavit against the three senators. READ MORE...

ALSO: Would you believe another list! Baligod ‘list’ clarified amid Santiago threat

And now there is a Baligod list to add to the confusion of lists of politicians and officials alleged to have financially benefited from the operations of Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion scam involving the congressional pork barrel, or the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Lawyer Levito Baligod on Friday said that it was he who drew up a list a year ago of politicians verified to have dealt with Napoles. Only three senators and 10 House representatives were on that list, he said. The Baligod list became the basis for the first batch of plunder charges filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the pork barrel scam case.
Baligod made the clarification on Friday after Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago threatened to file disbarment proceedings against him for allegedly drawing up the list of Benhur Luy, the pork scam’s principal whistle-blower.
No Luy list-- In a phone interview, Baligod stressed that the list was based on what could be verified from Luy’s hard disk drive (HDD) which formed the basis of the Inquirer’s series of reports on Luy’s files. “Luy never made a list of his own. I was the one who drew up a list and submitted it to the DOJ while Benhur was still detained by Napoles. I submitted [the list] on March 8, 2013, Benhur was rescued on March 22 that year,” said Baligod who noted that he did not see Santiago’s name in the Luy files. Baligod’s list included Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr., and Jinggoy Estrada; and Representatives Arthur Pingoy Jr., Rizalina Seachon Lanete, Samuel Dangwa, Erwin Chiongbian, Robert Estralla, Conrad Estrella III, Rodolfo Valencia, Marc Douglas Cagas, Victor Ortega and Edgardo Valdez.READ MORE...


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12 senators, over 70 solons on De Lima’s ‘pork’ list

MANILA, MAY 19, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Maila Ager - Suspected “pork barrel” scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles identified 12 incumbent and former senators and more than 70 lawmakers in a one-page “pork” list that she herself signed and was submitted by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to the Senate blue ribbon committee on Thursday.

Napoles listed 10 incumbent and two former senators.

The 10 were Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Juan Ponce-Enrile, Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Loren Legarda,Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Alan Peter Cayetano, Gregorio Gringo Honasan, JV Ejercito, and Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

The two former senators were Manny Villar and the late Robert Barbers.

The names on the signed list by Napoles was similar to the typewritten document that former senator and rehabilitation czar Panfilo “Ping” Lacson had submitted to the committee except that her document contained other names written in long hand.

Among those written in long hand were a certain “Emano,” a certain “Cong. Angara-APO,” a certain “Maite,” “Butch,” “Cong Gonzales” and another name which was not legible.

At the bottom of Napoles’ signature was the date 4-22-2014, and the time she supposedly signed the document.

The number of incumbent and former congressmen listed on Napoles’ signed list was also notably similar to the one which came from Lacson.

Lacson said his list was given to him by Napoles’ husband, Jaime, who sought a meeting with him last March 27.

Also included in Napoles’ list was Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and other officials of the Departmet of Agriulture, and officials of certain implementing agencies also allegedly involved in the scam.

Napoles’ list also identified certain “ agents” like Ruby Tuazon, Bryan Yamsuan, Jen Corpus, Mat Ranillo, Pauline Labayen, Catherine Mae “Maya” Santos, Patricia “Gay” Agana Tan, Alen Ruste and Mon Arcenas.

It was De Lima herself, who went to the office of Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the committee, to submit Napoles’ list and her narrative affidavits. Senator Serge OSmena III, vice chairman of the committee, was also present to meet De Lima.

Guingona said De Lima came to his office to request for a one-week extension on the deadline set by the committee for her to submit the list and signed affidavits of Napoles.

While he granted the one-week extension for the submission of the affidavits, Guingona said he rejected a similar request for the “pork” list.

“She’s (De Lima) saying that Janet Lim-Napoles and her lawyers are still completing the affidavits that’s why they asked for a one week extension,” Guingona said after their meeting.

“As to the affidavits, we agreed to give her one more week but I did not agree to the list. I said it should be submitted today because it’s the deadline as stated in the subpoena so she has given me the list. We have the list now,” the senator added.
Guingona said De Lima told him that the list was signed by Napoles herself.



“According to Secretary De lima, it’s signed by Janet Lim-Napoles herself. There are handwritings here and according to Secretary De Lima, this is personally written by Janet Lim-Napoles…” he said.

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima submits to the Senate blue ribbon committee a signed list by alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles containing names of lawmakers whom she claimed to have had dealings with.

De Lima submitted the list to the Senate Thursday, May 15, 2014. MAILA AGER/INQUIRER.net

Pork scam list fed to media differs from what Napoles gave to De Lima—lawyer By Niña P. Calleja Philippine Daily Inquirer 5:11 pm | Wednesday, May 14th, 2014


Janet Lim-Napoles
. Inset Atty. Bruce Rivera, lawyer of Janet Lim-Napoles. INQUIRER.net and INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines—Some names on the list of lawmakers and government officials linked to the pork barrel scam that came out in the media are not on the original list which businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles submitted to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima recently, Bruce Rivera, Napoles’ lawyer, said on Wednesday.

“We feel embarrassed for the people being linked (to the pork barrel scam) who are not on the list we submitted to Secretary de Lima,” Rivera told reporters immediately after a court hearing on Wednesday.

Rivera, however, refused to name names saying doing such would unnecessarily implicate people in the scam.

“We don’t want to try people by publicity. If ever we would come out with the list, we wanted it to be substantiated with evidence. We are responsible individuals,” Rivera said.

Napoles, allegedly one of the key operators in the pork barrel scam, has been staying at the Ospital ng Makati after she underwent hysterectomy, a procedure that removed entirely her uterus and ovaries on April 23. She has been in detention for the serious illegal detention charge filed by Benhur Luy — her former finance officer who has turned whistle-blower on the pork barrel scam – against her and her brother Reynald Lim.

The night before she was scheduled to go under the knife, she met De Lima at her hospital room where she executed her affidavit and spilled the beans on the pork barrel scam.

Rivera told reporters that he has not been regularly reading the newspapers “because of the misinformation in there,” but when he did, he was surprised to see the names of people not in the list of Napoles.

“It means there are people who want to create suspicion on our list. But there is only one list,” Rivera said.

Rivera, however, would not say if the list he was pertaining to was that of whistle-blower Benhur Luy in the pork barrel scam, or that of former senator Panfilo Lacson.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer came out on Wednesday, with a special report on the list of lawmakers in the digital files of Luy, which detailed the transactions made by Napoles from 2002 to 2012.

Rivera said the list their camp has given to Lacson was “incomplete” and did not bear all the names that they have given to De Lima.

“We gave an incomplete copy to (former senator) Lacson, it was unsigned. It was a mere scrap of paper,” Rivera said.

“I don’t know of Benhur’s list. Why did it come out just now? He has been a witness for the longest time. Where did he find it?” Rivera said.

Napoles’ lawyer expressed confidence that De Lima would keep the list as it has been submitted to her. “I trust she would not sanitize the list,” he added.

FROM PHILSTAR

DOJ chief says unsigned affidavit from Ping worthless By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 15, 2014 - 12:00am 3 1 googleplus1 0

MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima yesterday downplayed as “worthless” the unsigned affidavit of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles that was submitted to the Senate Blue Ribbon committee by former senator and now rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson.

De Lima said the affidavit submitted by Lacson to the Senate was not duly executed or notarized and therefore has no value.

“That is a worthless piece of paper and not an admissible evidence. You can’t hold Mrs. Napoles accountable for that. She can even deny that later because it’s not signed and notarized,” she stressed.

Still, De Lima admitted she was disappointed by the premature disclosure of the list and affidavit in the media.

The supposed affidavit of Napoles submitted by Lacson to the Senate covered alleged anomalies in both the pork barrel or Priority Development Assistance Fund of lawmakers and the Malampaya Fund.

The affidavit included a statement accusing De Lima of sanitizing the charge sheet in the Malampaya scam.

Section 33 of Napoles’ alleged statement on the Malampaya fund scam reads: “Later on, I found out that no one from the 97 mayors was included in the charge sheet by the Department of Justice (DOJ) because Atty. Levito Baligod interviewed each involved and promised their exclusion in the cases provided that they will support the candidacy in Senate of DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima.”

De Lima refused to comment on this allegation.

But asked if she believes the list with Lacson was meant to sow confusion in the government’s ongoing case buildup in the multibillion-peso fund anomaly, she replied: “That’s for you to think of. It’s hard to speculate that’s why I’ve been advocating extreme care in this case.”

Still, she said she would pursue the meeting with Lacson about the matter. The meeting has been set for Friday, she added.

Napoles had already subscribed to her tell-all affidavit in the pork barrel scam, De Lima said.

She said Napoles’ lawyers submitted to her the sworn statement last Tuesday.

“They submitted to me yesterday (Tuesday) the signed, duly executed and notarized affidavit covering the three senators and five congressmen already charged in the first batch of cases in the Ombudsman,” she said.

The lawmakers identified by Napoles were Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada; and Representatives Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza, Samuel Dangwa, Constantino Jaraula, Edgar Valdez and now Masbate governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete.

She refused to discuss the details and only hinted that Napoles’ affidavit also covered the Malampaya Fund scam.

But De Lima said that the affidavit is only the initial document since Napoles has yet to submit the complete one.

“It will be more extended because that will supposedly cover the entire list,” she explained, referring to the next affidavit to be submitted by Napoles.

Because of this, De Lima said she would ask the Senate Blue Ribbon committee to give her more time to comply with its subpoena requiring her to submit Napoles’ affidavit and list of lawmakers involved in the fund anomaly.

De Lima said she would also urge the senators to treat with “extreme care” Napoles’ affidavit and list she would submit to them.

“I will continue to advocate for extreme case, prudence, circumspection and discernment in handling this matter. Please understand why I’m being careful. Since there’s a subpoena, our role will just be transmitter of documents,” she explained.

She has been firm in her stand not to make public the list in her possession given by Napoles in a five-hour meeting last April 21, saying the information should first undergo thorough verification and validation.

De Lima also confirmed that whistle-blower Benhur Luy also has his own records and list of lawmakers involved in the pork barrel scam.

She admitted that the National Bureau of Investigation has Luy’s records reported by another newspaper.

“The NBI also has that hard drive but we’re having (the information in it) authenticated. That’s a work in progress. That has been ongoing. We just covered the period of 2007 to 2009 in the first batch,” she explained.

Asked if she was already aware of the 25 senators in Luy’s list, she replied: “There are names, of course, because there are accounting records. But please, I cannot confirm until we complete the validation.”

A newspaper report said there are 25 senators named in Luy’s records. In his previous affidavit, however, Luy only tagged Senators Enrile, Estrada and Revilla in the pork barrel scam.

FROM THE DAILY TRIBUNE

De Lima, Napoles, Luy may be sanitizing list, 'evidence" Written by Tribune Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00


LUY AND DE LIMA

With a probable initial deal for Janet Lim-Napoles already struck between her and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, and with her whistle-bleblower Benhur Luy and his lawyer appearing to be not only sanitizing the so-called evidence against the allies of President Aquino and his Liberal Party officials, but also ensuring that it will only be the three opposition senators who are to be sacrificed at the altar of partisan politics.

De Lima said the Napoles’ initial affidavit, which she said was signed, contains the names of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr, all of whom have denied involvement in the scam. She said she expects Napoles to include the other people involved in her second affidavit.

In the unsigned Napoles affidavit submitted by former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Napoles claimed that she had given Sen. Estrada commissions in the amount of something like P100 million, giving certan dates in 2009 and the addresses she claimed to have gone to, in delivering Estrada’s commissions.

Estrada yesterday denied personally having received any commissions from suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Napoles, which contradicts Napoles’ claim that she went to Estrada’s office in San Juan sometime in 2009 to meet him and delivered his P13,337,500 commissions from her.

He said the office that Napoles was referring to in her draft affidavit was his headquarters when he was running for mayor in San Juan, which could not have occurred then in 2009 as Napoles said, as he was already a senator.

On the other claim of Napoles, Estrada said where she went to was a party. “Remember that picture that was taken with me and Sen. (Bong) Revilla? That was a party,” Estrada told reporters when sought for comment.

Asked then if he met Napoles during that party, Estrada said: “It’s a party. There were other senators there as well,” he said.

It is almost certain that De Lima will have this included in the Napoles signed affidavit against the three senators.

De Lima, with all her excuses of seeking more extensions for her submission of the Napoles affidavits, may be seen by the public as suborning perjury in the case of Napoles, again with piecemeal affidavits.

The camp of Luy yesterday denied that Luy or his relatives had given the Inquirer a copy of the hard disk containing the names of several more names of lawmakers, both former and current, saying that the digital files kept by Luy are useless, because they are not signed. The buzzword from Malacañang, to De Lima, to the senatorial allies who have been named in the hard disk copy is “it’s is worthless scraap of paper.”

Meanwhile, the amounts alleged to have been transacted by some congressmen with Napoles may be incomparable to those of the senators in the purported scheme misusing their pork barrel points to the apparent greediness in getting the purported commissions unparalleled from those from the upper chamber as some went as far as securing 90 to 95 percent.

This is according to the documents produced supposedly by Napoles’s camp and furnished to Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Panfilo Lacson turned over to the Senate blue ribbon committee on Tuesday.

The accompanying documents, supposedly substantiating Napoles’ affidavit which was yet to be signed, listed the names of 69 former and sitting members of the House of Representatives.

The said documents received by the committee chaired by Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona, copies which were given to panel members as well as Senate media, provided a supposed narration of Napoles as to how she carried out her scheme, with her alleged “agents” negotiating lawmakers in the misuse of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), also known as pork barrel.

Napoles’ alleged agents will negotiate around 40 to 50 percent and if the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind will refuse, they will offer it to someone else.

The agreed commission will allegedly depend on how much the lawmaker would want to keep it for himself.

In the case of Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, Vicente Sotto III, Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel and former Sen. Manuel Villar, the documents showed that their supposed commission ranged between 40 and 50 percent.

Those mentioned in the unsigned and unnotarized affidavit of Napoles, Reps. Constantino Jaraula, Rizalina Lanete, Maite Defensor and Rodolfo Plaza, they allegedly agreed for a 40 to 50 percent commission.

In mentioning the names of Reps. Erico Fabian and Real, their alleged commissions went as much as 90 to 95 percent.
Fabian’s alleged agent was a certain Allen Ruste that the documents identifed as the congressman’s alleged chief of staff while that of Real was identified as a certain Patricia Gay Agana Tan.

“Commission was given to Ruste. They insisted that they will take care of the delivery, hence the higher rebate. Ruste became an agent for Rep. Chongbian (deceased),” the documents said.

As for Real’s alleged transactions, they were of the “same scheme as that of Rep. Fabian. Tan approached me and eventually rent some foundations. They took care of documentation and supposed delivery of projects. We parted ways since we later found out that she does not make any deliveries of all the projects where she used our NGOs (non-government organizations). Later, I found out that she does the same things in different agencies,” the documents, supposedly notes made by Napoles, said.

Lawyers of Luy also claimed that Luy does not have all the hard copies of the digital files because Napoles had ordered her personnel to shred the evidence, which could be translated to saying later that no evidence exists against the presidential allies, while having the so-called evidence against the three targeted senators.

De Lima called “worthless” the affidavit of Napoles submitted to the Senate blue ribbon committee by former Senator Lacson.

De Lima underscored the document from Lacson was not duly executed or notarized and therefore has no legal value.

“That is a worthless piece of paper and not an admissible evidence. You can’t hold Mrs. Napoles accountable to that. She can even deny that later because it’s not signed and notarized,” she stressed, whereas she is now in possession of a signed affidavit against the three senators, adding that she will seek more time to submit the Napoles affidavits as there are still supplemental affidavits from her that would have to be signed.

The DoJ chief said she was “disappointed” by the “premature disclosure” of the list.

The supposed affidavit of Napoles submitted by Lacson to the Senate covered alleged anomalies in both the pork barrel and Malampaya funds.

The affidavit included an damning statement against De Lima.

Napoles’ alleged statement on the Malampaya scam read: “Later on, I found out that no one from the 97 mayors was included in the charge sheet by the Department of Justice because Atty. Levito Baligod interviewed each involved and promised their exclusion in the cases provided that they will support the candidacy in Senate of DoJ Secretary Leila de Lima.”

De Lima refused to comment on this allegation.

But asked if she believes the list with Lacson was meant to sow confusion in government’s ongoing case buildup in the multi-billion-peso fund anomaly, she replied: “That’s for you to think of. It’s hard to speculate that’s why I’ve been advocating extreme care in this .”

Even President Aquino, through his spokesman, Edwin Lacierda attempted to control the damage done when Aquino admitted that he had a Napoles list given to him earlier.

Lacierda could not explain to The Tribune why De Lima had given Aquino an unsigned affidavit to the president which they did not release to the public for more than a month that causes the proliferation of other lists.

Aquino said he had seen three copies of the Napoles’ list which contained conflicting information which had De Lima verify.

“Let me verify that. Let me verify that as what was provided to the President, unsigned affidavit that is out there or unsigned affidavit that is still a work in progress coming from the mouth of Ms. Janet Napoles,” Lacierda said.

“She came forward and offered her testimony. Where are we now? She spoke to Secretary de Lima and Department of Justice. What we would need to know is where are we now in that particular stage? So the best person to answer would be Secretary Leila de Lima and we will ask her as to the clarification as to where are we now,” Lacierda said.

Lacierda said there is no conflict with the position of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad being the budget chief of the Aquino administration because there is no longer any pork barrel that should be given to the lawmakers.

“No, because there are no PDAF projects anymore,” Lacierda said.

Lacierda said the lawmakers would no longer have any transactions to Abad because “the the fund that was originally intended for PDAF had been assigned already to the different agencies.” By Benjamin B. Pulta, Angie M. Rosales and Paul Atienza

Another list! Baligod ‘list’ clarified amid Santiago threat By Gil Cabacungan, Jerome Aning, TJ Burgonio Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:39 am | Saturday, May 17th, 2014


Atty. Levito Baligod and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

And now there is a Baligod list to add to the confusion of lists of politicians and officials alleged to have financially benefited from the operations of Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion scam involving the congressional pork barrel, or the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Lawyer Levito Baligod on Friday said that it was he who drew up a list a year ago of politicians verified to have dealt with Napoles. Only three senators and 10 House representatives were on that list, he said.

The Baligod list became the basis for the first batch of plunder charges filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the pork barrel scam case.

Baligod made the clarification on Friday after Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago threatened to file disbarment proceedings against him for allegedly drawing up the list of Benhur Luy, the pork scam’s principal whistle-blower.

No Luy list

In a phone interview, Baligod stressed that the list was based on what could be verified from Luy’s hard disk drive (HDD) which formed the basis of the Inquirer’s series of reports on Luy’s files.

“Luy never made a list of his own. I was the one who drew up a list and submitted it to the DOJ while Benhur was still detained by Napoles. I submitted [the list] on March 8, 2013, Benhur was rescued on March 22 that year,” said Baligod who noted that he did not see Santiago’s name in the Luy files.

Baligod’s list included Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr., and Jinggoy Estrada; and Representatives Arthur Pingoy Jr., Rizalina Seachon Lanete, Samuel Dangwa, Erwin Chiongbian, Robert Estralla, Conrad Estrella III, Rodolfo Valencia, Marc Douglas Cagas, Victor Ortega and Edgardo Valdez.

Baligod said the Luy files should have been verified first and counter-checked with official documents before any conclusions were made of any politician’s or official’s involvement in the scam.

Patience, prudence

Also on Friday, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the list of pork scam suspects she gave to Sen. Teofisto Guingona III did not necessarily represent the “truth” as it would take further investigation and painstaking collection of evidence before the truth can be arrived at.

She described the Napoles list as a mere “list of names,” adding that it remained to be seen if all the former and current legislators that Napoles listed were really involved in the scam.

“Aside from those whose alleged participation is supported by evidence gathered and already on-record before the NBI or the Ombudsman, the inclusion of the other names cannot even be characterized as true or false, at this point, because we don’t exactly know what Mrs. Napoles is accusing them of,” she added.

De Lima on Thursday gave Guingona, the chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee which is conducting an investigation into the scam, the list of suspects that Napoles gave her when they met late last month at the hospital before the latter was to undergo surgery.

She expressed misgivings about Guingona’s disclosing of the Napoles list to the media and the public after she gave it to him.

“I had hoped that considerations of prudence would have persuaded Senator Guingona to exercise patience in waiting for the completion of the affidavit of Mrs. Napoles. But what has been done is done,” De Lima said.

In a radio interview, De Lima said the list she gave to Guingona was “pointless without a narrative,” the affidavit from Napoles that will supposedly recount what the list is all about.

Angry senators

Some senators are bristling at the contents of the various lists, and are pressing for the reopening of the blue ribbon committee’s inquiry into the scam to be able to confront Luy or even Napoles about their respective lists.

Napoles has named 11 senators on the list that De Lima handed over to Guingona.

The Inquirer last Tuesday ran a story about Luy’s digital files detailing Napoles’ transactions with 15 incumbent senators and 10 former ones from 2002 to 2012, during which Napoles channeled pork barrel allocations to ghost projects.

The two lists have these names of senators in common: Francis Escudero, Ramon Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, Vicente Sotto III, Loren Legarda, Pimentel, Alan Peter Cayetano, Gregorio Honasan, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Manuel Villar Jr. and the late Robert Barbers.

Luy’s files, or entries in his financial records detailing Napoles’ transactions, also include Senate President Franklin Drilon, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Lito Lapid, Cynthia Villar, Ralph Recto and Santiago.

Muddling plot

The differences of Napoles’ list with Luy’s files, Escudero said meant that Napoles was out to “sow confusion” to take the heat off her.

Pimentel said the DOJ would see through Napoles’ plot to muddle the pork barrel controversy by randomly implicating senators in the scam.

Alan Peter Cayetano said if Napoles’ offer to turn state witness is approved, “then a deal had been sealed.”


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