MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Justice and National Bureau of Investigation have come across another “scam” allegedly perpetrated by businesswoman and alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the scam allegedly involves special projects of certain departments of government and does not involve the priority development assistance funds (PDAF) of lawmakers.
She said charges are being prepared in connection with this other scam. She refused to give additional details for now.
“Yun ay isasama sa second batch because we’re thinking na meron din kaming nakita based on the records and the knowledge of the whistle-blowers particularly Benhur [Luy] na mga non-PDAF. Hindi mga PDAF but other projects, special projects and then projects ng mga departments, certain departments so that will probably be the third batch,” she said in an interview.
De Lima said the scam was uncovered based on the knowledge and evidence in the possession of the pork scam whistle-blowers.
The NBI earlier filed plunder, graft, malversation and briber charges before the Office of the Ombudsman against 38 people including three senators being linked to the P10 billion pork barrel scam. Napoles is accused of setting up fake NGOs that received billions of pesos in lawmakers’ PDAF.
Lawyer Levito Baligod, counsel of the pork scam whistle-blowers, said about 10-15 lawmakers will be included in the second complaint to be filed in connection with the scam. “Mas marami ngayon. At least to be safe, ano, at least 10 legislators. Hindi namin tinitignan kung administration ka o opposition ka. Basta makumpleto namin yung dokumento,” he said.
De Lima said she wants the second batch of cases to focus on the PDAF scam.
“Sabi ko nga yung mga PDAF dapat isahan na lang natin sa second batch and then yung mga hindi pa kaya, even if PDAF rin pero hindi pa kayang makumpleto yung sufficient evidence, we will refer them na lang muna sa Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAAGCC) for case build-up. Anyway, on-going ang fact-finding ng IAAGCC doon sa [Commission on Audit] report na kasama na nga diyan yung PDAF. Kasama na din diyan yung napoles so yun ang ano. So second batch would be purely PDAF and Napoles, related to napoles ngos pero ipapakumpleto ko na yung kaya makumpleto,” de Lima said.(MNS)