Blue Ribbon backs raps vs Napoles, 3 senators

By Kathlyn dela Cruz, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Apr 01 2014 03:26 PM | Updated as of Apr 02 2014 01:47 AM

 

MANILA - The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee recommended the filing of criminal charges against businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, and Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. in connection with the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.

In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Teofisto "TG" Guingona III said his committee "finds merit in the evidence presented and finds sufficient basis for the filing of appropriate criminal cases with the proper court" against Napoles, the three senators and their respective chiefs of staff or representatives.

The Blue Ribbon Committee has conducted 9 hearings on the pork barrel scam with the goals of determining how the anomaly was perpetrated, who should be held accountable, and what measures should be done to prevent public funds from being misappropriated in the future.

Guingona said they have dissected the scheme of Napoles and several government officials to steal the people's money through the lawmakers' Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF).

He said the first step is the creation of Napoles and her employees of bogus non-government organizations (NGOs), where the PDAF will be coursed through.

Second is the negotiation between Napoles and the lawmakers regarding pork kickbacks.

Third is the implementation of the scheme, and fourth is the splitting of the loot.

He said the lawmakers receive 50 percent of the pork barrel, their chiefs of staff get 5 percent, Napoles gets 35 percent, the implementing agencies get 10 percent, while the supposed beneficiaries of the projects get nothing.

Criminal raps

Guingona said it is now up to the Office of the Ombudsman if it will file only one, some or all of his committees' recommended charges against the following people.

  • Janet Lim Napoles - plunder or malversation (depending on amount), corruption of public officials, violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, frauds againt the public treasury, giving false testimony
  • Juan Ponce Enrile and Atty. Jessica "Gigi" Reyes, chief of staff - plunder or malversation, direct bribery, violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, frauds againt the public treasury, violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standars for Public Officials and Employees
  • Jinggoy Estrada and Pauline Labayen, staff - plunder or malversation, direct bribery, violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, frauds againt the public treasury, violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standars for Public Officials and Employees
  • Bong Revilla and Richard Cambe, staff - plunder or malversation, direct bribery, violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, frauds againt the public treasury, violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standars for Public Officials and Employees
  • Alan Javellana, former president of National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) - plunder or malversation, direct bribery, violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, frauds againt the public treasury, violation of the Government Procurement Reform Act, violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standars for Public Officials and Employees
  • Antonio Ortiz, former director general of the Technology Resource Center (TRC) - plunder or malversation, direct bribery, violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, frauds againt the public treasury, violation of the Government Procurement Reform Act, violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standars for Public Officials and Employees

Other persons of interest

Guingona also recommended that further investigation be conducted on the following "persons of interest" identified by the whistleblowers, including Napoles' relatives and employees as well as former congressmen to determine their involvement, if any, in pork barrel scam.

  • Jo Christine Napoles
  • Reynaldo "Jojo" Lim
  • Ronaldo Francisco Lim
  • Evelyn Ditchon De Leon
  • Nova Kaye Dulay
  • Jaime Garcia Napoles
  • James Christopher Lim
  • Jeane Catherine Lim Napoles
  • Jane Catherine Lim Napoles
  • John Christian Lim Napoles
  • Rosita Kawson Co
  • John Raymund de Asis
  • Felimon Agustin
  • Simplicio Gumafelix
  • Vanessa Eman
  • Jocelyn Piorato
  • Nemesio Pablo
  • Mylene Encarnacion
  • Genevieve Uy
  • John Raymund De Asis
  • Lilian Espanol
  • Jesus Castillo
  • Eulogio Rodriguez
  • Lorna Ramirez
  • Evelyn De Leon
  • Ronald John Lim
  • Jose Antonio Evangelista (one of Enrile's agents and designated signatories in the PDAF-related documents)
  • former Rep. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete and her agent Jose Sumalpong
  • former Rep. Edgar Valdez
  • former Rep. Rodolfo Plaza
  • former Rep. Samuel Dangwa
  • former Rep. Constantino Jaraula
  • Salvador Salacup, former head of ZNAC Rubber Estate Corporation (ZREC)
  • Ofelia Agawin, ZREC
  • Gigi Buenaventura, National Livelihood Development Corp. (NLDC)
  • Alexis Sevidal, NLDC
  • Winnie Villanueva, former Metrobank manager who was a close friend of Napoles

As for pork scam respondents-turned-witnesses Ruby Tuason and Dennis Cunanan, Guingona said the Blue Ribbon Committee is leaving it up to the Ombudsman to decide on their fitness to be granted immunity from prosecution.

Meanwhile, Guingona also proposed several measures as the Blue Ribbon Committee conducted its investigation in aid of legislation.

These include the tighter screening and auditing of NGOs dealing with government funds, and strengthening the Government Procurement Reform Act as well as increasing penalties under the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.