MANILA - Senate President Franklin Drilon signed a subpoena on whistleblower Benhur Luy’s digital files, which names the rest of those supposedly involved in the pork barrel scam.
Drilon told Senate reporters he signed yesterday the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s subpoena addressed to Luy.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer earlier released the names of senators linked to the scam, based on a hard drive given by Luy’s parents.
Based on the records, 15 incumbent senators supposedly had transactions with businesswoman Janet Napoles: Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Vicente “Tito” Sotto, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda, Aquilino Pimentel III, Manuel “Lito” Lapid, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto and Alan Peter Cayetano.
Former senators were also named: Edgardo Angara, Manny Villar, Tessie Oreta, Nene Pimentel, Rodolfo Biazon, Robert Jaworski, Robert Barbers, Loi Estrada, Ramon Magsaysay and Ramon Revilla Sr.
The lawyer of Luy said, however, that the whistleblower could not authenticate the contents of the hard drive. Atty. Raji Mendoza said Luy’s parents were not the ones who gave the hard drive to the newspaper.
Mendoza said Luy kept his evidence in digital form.
Amid the release of several lists, Drilon asked the public anew to be wary of the political maneuverings of some quarters.
Asked if a political crisis is possible amid the naming of more senators including himself, Drilon said: “No, no. no.”
“The pork scam is an issue of a violation of the Anti-Graft Law. There is no political issue involved here,” he said.
He said the Senate, as an institution, will continue working amid the problems besetting its members.
“To recover the people’s trust in the institution, we will continuously work on important measures,” he said.
The Senate was able to enact 5 measures that became law in the 16th Congress, he said. Before it adjourns in June, Drilon believes 16 more priority bills will be passed including reforms in the Sandiganbayan.