MANILA - Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Araneta Roxas II denied Monday any links to businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles amid rumors in social media that he has a cousin who allegedly worked for the alleged mastermind in the P10 billion pork scam.
Roxas said he does not know a certain Johnny Roxas, allegedly a cousin who is rumored to be a former agent of JLN Group of Companies.
"Wala akong kakilalang Johnny Roxas. Tinanong ko yung mga Roxas na kakilala ko at wala din silang kakilala. Nung inimbestigahan ito, I think may mga tumingin din dito at yung Rojas na tinutukoy nila ay 'j.' Yun ang mga Español na Rojas. Kaming mga 'x' na Rojas ay mga hampaslupa," he said in a radio dzMM interview.
"Yun ang report sa akin. Ganunpaman, wala akong kakilalang Johnny Roxas at di ko kakilala yung Janet Napoles. Wala akong kaugnayan sa kanya," he added.
Blogs and Facebook posts earlier claimed that a certain Johnny Roxas used to work for Napoles until they had an alleged falling-out over commissions.
The DILG Secretary's statement came on the same day that National Bureau of Investigation Director Nonnatus Rojas tendered his resignation to President Aquino after the President lambasted "untrustworthy" NBI men who might have tipped off Napoles about her arrest.
Malacañang later said the President continues to trust the NBI chief even as there is no action taken yet on his resignation.
In the interview, Roxas said he has no information about an alleged leak in the NBI that allowed Napoles to evade arrest.
He also said his involvement in the Napoles case is over now that the businesswoman has been brought to Fort Santo Domingo in Santa Rosa, Laguna.
"Tapos na ang yugto ng aking partisipasyon in the sense na secure na ang kanyang person whether it is in Crame, or Makati City Jail or Santa Rosa. Ang sunod na yugto dito ay yung pagfa-file ng mga kaso," he said.
Roxas said Napoles had promised to tell the "whole truth" about the scam but noted that it is up to the Department of Justice or the Ombudsman if her testimony is relevant.
He said it is up to the DOJ and Napoles' lawyer if they want to heed Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago's proposal that they get her testimony now in case something happens to her while in custody.
"That's up to the DOJ or up to her lawyer na kukuha ng camera o tape recorder at kukunan ng sinumpaang salaysay ang kanyang kliyente," he said.