Bongbong, Gringo invested in illegal NGOs, claims Baligod

ABS-CBN News

Former legal counsel of Benhur Luy Atty. Levito Baligod says vice-presidential candidates Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II are among lawmakers who allocated their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) funds into fake Non-Government Organizations (NGOs).

Bongbong, Baligon claims, appears in the list submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) but invested in non-Napoles NGOs, while Gringo allocated PHP 15 million into Napoles NGOs.

“Sen. Bongbong, as I said earlier, allocated his funds to non-Napoles NGOs. Although according to the records and witnesses who accompanied Mrs. Napoles in delivering 500,000 pesos to Senator Chiz, Senator Chiz eventuially did not allocate any of his PDAF in any Napoles NGO. Of course, Sen. Trillanes wala po dyan. Sen. Gringo, as I said, meron syang inallocate sa Napoles fund in 2011, 2012, mga 15 million ma’am,” he said when asked to enumerate who among vice-presidential candidates were involved in the scam.

He said the DOJ focused on prosecuting those who allegedly plundered from 2007 to 2009 but laments that the DOJ was too selective, choosing only members of the opposition, when they have submitted enough evidence for all.

Outing Biazon was ‘politicized,’ Villanueva not believable

Among those Baligod named to be unduly prosecuted was Cong. Ruffy Biazon.

“I had serious discussions with the secretary and the undersecretary who was designated as the overseer, and what we did was to list in the order of the amounts received, from the highest to the lowest, and they included Cong. Ruffy Biazon in the second batch when his PDAF allocation and the amount he received as allegedly as commission ay napakababa. So they skipped several congressmen who allocated bigger PDAF funds and got bigger kickbacks. Because apparently they want to kick him out of the administration.”

He believes, on the other hand, that Joel Villanueva, former Citizens' Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Party-list Representative and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General, is not completely innocent.

“If he insists that his signature was forged, what did he do when kulang yung PDAF nya? Hindi niya ba tinanong kung nasaan pumunta yun? And almost two years after learning that his name is being involved in the PDAF scam, bakit hindi niya kinasuhan yung NGO nan aka-receive ng PDAF nya?”

He also clears talks on his and Benhur’s supposed bitter parting, saying Benhur knows he (Baligod) had to secure testimonies from other witnesses to strengthen their case.

Baligod, an independent senatorial candidate, also maintained that he did not pocket a single cent from the national fund.