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Senate panel to summon Mat Ranillo, Loi’s former aide to next ‘pork’ hearing

Posted On 2014 Feb 18
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Blue Ribbon Committee chair, Sen. Teofisto Guingona III and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima reconcile after Guingona earlier admits being “disappointed” for not bringing whistle blowers during the pork barrel scam probe at the Senate on Tuesday (Sept. 24, 2013). Both parties shake hands after. (MNS photo)

Blue Ribbon Committee chair, Sen. Teofisto Guingona III and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima reconcile after Guingona earlier admits being “disappointed” for not bringing whistle blowers during the pork barrel scam probe at the Senate on Tuesday (Sept. 24, 2013). Both parties shake hands after. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Senate blue ribbon committee will summon actor Mat Ranillo III and Justa Tantoco, former First Lady Loi Estrada’s ex-aide, to its next hearing on the alleged pork barrel scam.

During Thursday’s hearing, Senator Teofisto Guingona III, blue ribbon panel chairman, approved a motion by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to summon these personalities.

Also to be summoned are Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chairperson Zenaida Ducut and Jess Santos, former lawyer of former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.

The Senate blue ribbon panel will also subpoena court documents related to a 2005 legal dispute between Ranillo and JLN Corporation, owned by alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

Earlier during the hearing, principal pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy said Ranillo signed vouchers to show that pork barrel kickbacks have already been received by Senator Jinggoy Estrada and his mother, former First Lady Loi Estrada.

Luy also said Ranillo submitted some of these vouchers in his legal dispute against JLN Corporation.

In her affidavit, potential state witness Ruby Tuason said that Tantoco’s house in Dasmariñas Village in Makati was once used as a drop-off for his pork barrel kickbacks.

Ducut and Santos are meanwhile being tagged in the alleged misuse of some P900 million in Malampaya funds. (MNS)

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