Pork scam link 'exaggerated' - Villar

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 29 2014 06:08 PM | Updated as of Apr 30 2014 02:08 AM

MANILA - Senator Cynthia Villar slammed reports linking her and husband, former Senator Manuel Villar, to the pork scam via a computerization project supposedly cornered by businesswoman Janet Napoles.

“I think ine-exaggerate na nila para maging controversial at maraming madamay,” she said.

Media reports named the Villars as among the lawmakers who allegedly endorsed the project by Napoles to Jo-Chris Trading, one of the companies of Napoles.

“It’s actually a simple computerization program of the [Department of Transport and Communications] and a certain supplier. Hindi naman namin alam kung sino ang supplier. Ngayon sinasabi nila na Napoles daw ang supplier. Hindi naman namin kilala si Napoles. That was 2002, wala namang nakakakilala kay Napoles in 2002. How will we know na masama iyon?”

She said the DOTC distributes computers every year for barangays and schools.

“Kami naman, bakit naman hindi naming tatanggapin? Sayang din ang computer. But how they buy it and where the money came from, at kung magkano ang bili nila doon sa computer, wala kaming pakialam doon,” she said.

If there is anyone who should clarify and explain, it should be those from the DOTC, she said.

She said people will easily get tired of the pork scam issue because of this blame game.

“Basta kina-clarify ko lang na huwag nilang idadamay ang mga walang kasalanan. Otherwise, mawawalan na nang gana ang lahat ng tao.

“Sabi nga ni Sen. Villar, huwag mo nang tanggapin ang PDAF na iyan, gagawan ka lang nang gagawan ng istorya diyan. Ngayon wala tayong PDAF, walang istorya diba. Kahit anong buti ang gawin mo sa PDAF, gagawan ka ng istorya diyan ng kalaban mo sa pulitika. Para walang istoryang magawa, walang PDAF,” she said.