Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo and Janet Lim Napoles. Composite Image
MANILA - A son of former President and now Pampanga lawmaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has denied having transactions with alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
This follows the publication of a list of lawmakers who allegedly benefited from the Napoles pork barrel scam.
In a statement issued by his legal counsel, Ferdinand Topacio, the camp of former congressman Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo urged the public to be extra careful before they react or form judgments about him "on the basis of an unsigned and unauthenticated list being circulated, which supposedly contains the names of senators and congressmen who have dealt with Ms. Janet Lim Napoles."
"Mr. Arroyo categorically denies having had any dealings with Ms. Napoles at any time in relation to his [priority development assistance funds]. Neither does he know Ms. Napoles as a friend nor has associated with her professionally, nor in any matter relating to business," the statement read.
Arroyo, who formerly served as representative of Pampanga 2nd District and Ang Galing Part-list, said the list has no evidentiary value and that the motives of those circulating it are highly suspicious.
He also noted that not one of his official transactions while he was a lawmaker have been questioned by the Commission on Audit.
"His [Arroyo's] name also never cropped up during the Senate hearings on the PDAF, and he was never mentioned by any of the so-called 'whistleblowers,'" the statement read.
The Philippine Star on Tuesday published a list of alleged "pork scam operators" who had transactions with Mrs. Napoles.
The publication of the list came a day after Senate Blue Ribbon committee chairman TG Guingona said he has signed a subpoena for the alleged Napoles list held by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
The Philippine Star list contains the names of 11 former and incumbent senators and at least 69 former and current congressmen.