Koko wants probe on Napoles' husband


Posted at May 17 2014 05:03 PM

MANILA - Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III wants government investigators to include the husband of Janet Lim Napoles in their probe into the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.

Pimentel said Jaime "Jimmy" Napoles "should be called to shed light on his participation in the scam," noting that he was the one who gave former Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson a list of alleged pork barrel scam beneficiaries.

"Maybe he has personal knowledge of the PDAF scam, and if he has, then he has personal involvement in it, too," Pimentel said.

Pimentel was one of the 11 former and incumbent senators included in Lacson's Napoles list.

He said the investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) should be thorough, focused and deliberate, and spare no one so as not to invite public doubts over its credibility.

Earlier this week, the senator filed with the Office of the Ombudsman criminal and administrative complaints against four senior officers of the Department of Agriculture (DA) for allegedly falsifying a document and violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practice Act and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials.

He said a syndicate had forged his signature "in an attempt to forcibly associate me with their illegal activities, apparently not being able to take "NO" for an answer."

Those Pimentel named in the complaints were Antonio Fleta, undersecretary for administration and finance; Delia Ladera, supervising administrative officer; Charie Sarah Saquing, department chief accountant; and Telma Tolentino, officer-in-charge of the budget division.