Palace denies hand in Cunanan's testimony

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 21 2014 05:10 PM | Updated as of Feb 22 2014 01:10 AM

MANILA -- Malacañang denied that it is behind the testimony of former Technology Resource Center (TRC) chief Dennis Cunanan against alleged perpetrators of the pork barrel scam.

Palace also denied singling out certain personalities in the anomaly.

"Walang batayan yung alegasyon na...nakikialam ang Pangulo o ang Malacañang dahil ang batayang prinsipyo naman ay yung pagbatay ng pagkilos sa kongkretong ebidensya," Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said.

"Ang pahayag ng Pangulo ay hinggil sa kahalagahan na matuklasan ang buong katotohanan. Kung boluntaryo at walang pamimilit yung paglalahad ng testimonya na makakatulong sa pagtuklas ng katotohanan, di ba't ito ang hinahangad nating landas tungo sa katarungan?" he added.

Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., one of the three senators facing plunder charges in connection with the pork barrel scam, had said that he sees Malacañang's hand in the decision of Cunanan to offer himself as state witness.

Cunanan is also one of the accused in the pork barrel scam case.

The other senators facing plunder charges are Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada.

"This is so unfair, and we can see the hands of Malacañang and Boy Pick-up behind this," Revilla had said, referring to Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Friday announced that Cunanan has been accepted provisionally in the Witness Protection Program.

She said Cunanan flatly denied claims by senators implicated in the case that they had no hand in the scam and that their signatures in documents for the release of their pork funds were forged.

Cunanan also revealed that senators even personally handpicked and endorsed Napoles-linked NGOs as project implementors, she said. -- With report from The Philippine Star