MANILA, Jan 20 (Mabuhay) – Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. on Monday denied confirming his signatures in documents that linked him to the alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam, saying the signatures were forged by Benhur Luy and the other whistle-blowers.
In a privilege speech before the Senate, Revilla finally broke his long silence on the issue and denied allegations that he pocketed millions of pesos of his pork barrel funds through the use of fake non-government organizations linked to alleged pork scam brains Janet Lim Napoles
“For the record, Mr. President I have nothing to do with this scam, those whistle-blowers nor Janet Lim. I have no dealings or transactions with them,” he said.
Revilla denied ever confirming to the Commission on Audit that he personally signed papers that he allocated P503.69 million of his pork barrel to eight questionable NGOs from 2007 to 2009.
Two of these NGOs were managed by scam whistleblower, Benhur Luy.
The senator also showed pictures of the alleged signatures, which he said were clearly forged and were not even similar to his own.
He described Luy as “Boy Pirma” and said there was a “SARO Gang” in government offices that were involved in the scam.
He also denied that a certain Richard Cambe was his chief aide and received money on his behalf.
“Kung humahaba lang ang ilong ni Benhur Luy na yan, malamang umabot na ang ilong niya mula dito sa Senado hanggang sa Malacañang,” he said.
Revilla said he broke his silence about the scam after disregarding the advice of his lawyers to keep quiet.
He said everything that he owns now came from his own sweat and efforts as a top action star and product endorser for the past 30 years, and not as a senator.
“Sa kabila ng pagyurak sa aking pagkatao, sa kabila ng pagkitil sa aking karapatan, sa kabila ng pagwasak sa aming buong angkan, kinimkim ko po ang aking nasa sa kalooban sa loob ng mahigit limang buwan. Narito po ako ngayon para humarap sa ating kababayan sa ngalan ng katotohanan,” he said.
Revilla, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile are facing plunder raps filed by the National Bureau of Investigation in connection with the scam.
The action star turned politician is accused of pocketing more than P200 million of his pork barrel.
‘Yan ba ang Daang Matuwid?’
In his speech, Revilla also criticized the “Daang Matuwid” slogan of President Aquino, saying that the country’s top leader is engaging in politicking to lash out against his enemies.
The senator said the President was using the pork scam to veer attention away from his own inability to lead the country.
Revilla said Aquino failed to immediately answer those affected by super typhoon “Yolanda.”
He said government also failed to avert the impending power crisis, which was already being talked about as early as 2011.
“Yan ba ang Daang Matuwid?” he asked.
The senator said the pressure against his family started when he refused the President’s own bet for governor of Cavite.(MNS)