MANILA (Mabuhay) – Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson on Monday revealed that two Cabinet officials under the Aquino administration are included in the ‘pork scam’ list as conspirators of embattled businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
“May dalawang nasa administration ngayon na Cabinet officials [na nasa listahan],” Lacson said in the weekly Kapihan sa Diamond Hotel press conference.
The two high-ranking officials are supposedly former congressmen.
“Nangyari ‘yung alleged participation nila bago pa sila naging parte ng Gabinete,” he added.
Lacson also revealed that a total of 21 former and incumbent senators were included in the ‘pork scam’ list given to him.
But Lacson denied the inclusion of President Benigno Aquino III on the supposed pork scam list.
Aquino served as Tarlac representative and as senator prior to assuming the presidency in June 2010.
Meanwhile, Lacson confirmed that there were indeed three versions of the ‘pork scam’ lists provided by Napoles, whistleblower Benhur Luy, and former whistleblower Sandra Cam.
He said that he saw the lists of Napoles and Luy, while he cannot attest to the list purportedly being held by Cam.
Currently, the former senator has an unsigned list, narration of events (from 2000 to 2010), and draft affidavit of Napoles, which was handed to him by Napoles’ husband, Jaime.
On March 27, Lacson recalled that he had a meeting with Napoles and her family, a month before the embattled businesswoman talk to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
Napoles did not ask for immunity, he said.
“Eventually, ilalahad din ito sa public… [pero] nasa Senado o kay Secretary De Lima ang may hawak ng disposisyon [ukol dito],” he stressed.
“Ako ay malaya bilang taxpayer upang ibigay sa kinauukulan ‘yung listahan,” Lacson said.
Meanwhile, Lacson said he is scheduled to meet with De Lima this week to compare their respective lists.
He added that he met with Senator Teofisto “TG” Guingona III Monday morning.
The Senate is scheduled to hold a caucus later in the day to discuss the so-called Napoles list.
Lacson said that he is willing to attend the caucus.
“I can only attest to the probable authenticity of the documents. Mensahero lang po ako. Ang reliable po dito na magsabi kung sino kasama sa listahan ay si Mrs. Napoles and of course, Benhur Luy,” he explained.
But before going to the Senate to hand out the documents, Lacson said he would first secure the President’s approval.
“No doubt papayag naman siya (Aquino),” Lacson said.
According to Lacson, aside from Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., there are nine more incumbent senators on the list, and nine former legislators.
On Sunday, Lacson said the list he has of pork barrel scam beneficiaries is potentially damaging to the Senate as an institution.
“Sa pananaw ko may nakapaloob ditong national security, kasi baka magiba Senado pag lumabas itong listahang ito, pag ma-erode sa yung trust ng publiko [sa Senado,] may national security concern,” Lacson said.
Lacson also denied the list in his possession has been sanitized.
Napoles reportedly is the mastermind of the pork barrel scam wherein lawmakers’ allocations of the Priority Development Assistance Fund are channeled to fake non-government organizations. Napoles allegedly gave the lawmakers kickbacks. (MNS)