MANILA (Mabuhay) — Malacañang vowed a thorough probe into the alleged P10-billion ‘pork barrel’ scam over the past decade even if administration allies are involved in the anomaly.
“This travesty will be investigated and we’ll investigate it no matter where the evidence will lead us,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters in a press briefing.
“We’ll investigate it from top to bottom. There’s not going to be a stone unturned,” he added.
Janet Lim-Napoles is being implicated in a P10-billion scam using mainly pork barrel funds of lawmakers for ghost projects.
Napoles denied the allegations saying her company, JLN Corporation, had never transacted business with the government or any of its agencies.
It was earlier revealed that at least 15 lawmakers allied with the Aquino administration may be involved in the scam.
In 2001, Napoles and her husband, retired Army Maj. Jaime Napoles, were among 18 personnel of the Navy Marine Corps and civilians, charged by the Office of Ombudsman in connection with the acquisition of substandard Kevlar helmets worth P3.8 million.
Napoles was also summoned by the Senate blue ribbon committee during its investigation on the P728-million fertilizer scam involving then Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc-joc” Bolante.
Earlier, the Palace said it is letting the Department of Justice, through the National Bureau of Investigation to fully investigate the case. (MNS)