Abad belies Daily Tribune report he 'tutored' Napoles
MANILA - Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson on Friday rejected calls for him to reveal the names of the people who supposedly benefited from the pork barrel scam, saying the revelation should come directly from alleged scam architect Janet Lim Napoles.
''The best person to name names is the one who prepared that list. Mrs Napoles is available and accessible. She is also in the best position to substantiate with evidence the involvement of those in the list,'' Lacson said in a statement.
Lacson earlier said the Napoles camp gave him an unsigned and incomplete affidavit which contains a list of personalities who pocketed pork barrel funds through transactions with the businesswoman.
Around 100 people were allegedly named, including 10 other senators besides the three (Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla) already indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman for plunder and graft.
Napoles' lawyer Bruce Rivera confirmed that the affidavit given to Lacson is incomplete, and the more comprehensive one was given to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
ENRILE ATTACK DOG?
Lacson, meanwhile, rebutted senator Miriam Defensor Santiago's claim that he is Enrile's attack dog.
"It is not sane to think that I will protect and cover up for Sen. Enrile. I have consistently advocated to abolish the pork barrel system as I believe it is the most hypocritical source of corruption among legislators,'' said Lacson.
Lacson also has this message for those who may be tagged in the scam: ''All those who wonder if they were guilty of abusing their pork barrel funds must only ask themselves to get the most accurate answer to their question."
ABAD: I'M NOT PORK KING
Meanwhile, Budget Secretary Butch Abad rebutted a Daily Tribune newspaper report that he ''tutored'' Napoles how to operate the scam.
''These fresh allegations that I 'tutored' Janet Lim Napoles in designing the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) scam are simply not true. I’ve been called several names since I began serving in this Administration, but 'Pork King' is certainly the most ridiculous. It would in fact be funny if it weren’t such a blatant lie,'' Abad said.
''These are all speculations at the moment, though, and until I receive a copy of Ms. Napoles' affidavit, I cannot comment properly on the matter. Suffice it to say that I have never dealt with Janet Lim Napoles, much less acted as a mentor in executing her alleged schemes."
Abad said the Aquino administration will continue to fight for a government free of corruption, ''even if our transparency and accountability reforms run counter to the interests of some."