Loi Estrada, Butch Abad linked to scam
MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Janet Napoles added more names to the list of individuals allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam in her second and expanded affidavit. These include lawmakers and/or their agents who she claimed to have transacted with and received kickbacks from their pork barrel allocations.
Among the senators, the new names include:
Rodolfo Biazon with a certain “Bernard” as agent;
Loi Estrada with actor Matt Ranillo as one of her alleged agents;
Robert Jaworski with son Dudut serving as alleged agent before he was elected as congressman;
Lito Lapid with Zenaida Ducut as agent;
Ramon Magsaysay with Patricia “Gay” Agana Tan, Bibing Agana Villacorta, and Atty. Yacky Agana as agents;
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with Catherine Mae “Maya” Canlas Santos as agent;
Tessie Aquino Oreta with Carlos “Caloy” Reyes as agent;
Aquilino Pimentel with Mon Arcenas as agent;
Cynthia Villar with Jun Adriano as agent.
Napoles alleged that Senators Manny Villar, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Chiz Escudero received campaign funds. All three have previously denied transacting with Napoles.
“ABAD USED BATANES ELECTRIC COOP”
Napoles listed down 100 representatives. Napoles identified a certain “Manuel Jarmin” as alleged agent of former congressman Butch Abad.
She said that she met Abad through Jarmin and that they met a Japanese restraurant in Edsa Shangri-la Hotel.
“Pinakita niya sa akin ‘yung Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) tapos pinaliwanag niya sa akin para saan iyon. Binigyan ko siya ng 2M Pesos nung meeting na iyon. Noong lumabas ang Notice of Cash Allocation (NCA), binigyan ko siya ulit ng 2M Pesos doon sa Cravings, Katipunan.
“Noong pinag-usapan naming ang implementasyon ng project, tinanong niya ako kung meron akong NGO or COOP. Nung sinabi ko na wala, sinabi niya sa akin na siya na daw ang bahala. Sa aking pagkakaalala ginamit niya ang Batanes Electric Cooperative para implement [sic] and proyekto. Kalaunan binalik niya sa akin ang 4M pesos na binigay ko sa kanya na may dagdag pa na Php 2M,” Napoles said of her transaction with Abad.
She said there were influential people who taught her about transacting with government, citing Abad as the one who told her that she would need an NGO to be able to transact with government.
“NOT THE MOST GUILTY”
It appears that the “Cong. Angara” added to the previously published list of Napoles refers to Rep. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo with an “Arman Padilla” identified as agent. Senator Sonny Angara’s name is not on the expanded list.
Napoles gave details in her affidavit how she met the lawmakers and/or their agents who were named, and the transactions that they have had.
It appears that not all lawmakers named dealt with Napoles in person, with some merely represented by their agents.
Napoles again reiterated that she was not the mastermind of the scheme and that she abided the pertinent rules and regulations.
She said she is “not the most guilty” in the scam, pointing out that there are elected officials involved who have higher responsibilities.
She added it was the lawmakers and their agents who approached and offered her projects and they that they would know which is legal or not.
In total, the Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted two affidavits to the blue ribbon committee Monday. The first one deals with cases that have already been filed. The second one centers on the new names added to the list.
Napoles absolved her family members from any wrongdoing, appealing that her husband and children be spared from charges in the Ombudsman.
In a press statement after Napoles' signed affidavits were made public, Legarda said: "I categorically deny, in the strongest terms, allegations that I had any dealings with Ms. Napoles or any of her group. I have never dealt with them and have never even heard of their foundations. Above all, I have never received monetary or any form of illegal benefit from my PDAF or its equivalent at any time. I have never authorized anyone in my staff or outside of my office to transact with anyone.
"I never endorsed any NGO to benefit from my PDAF. Any statement to the contrary contained in any affidavit is a perjured lie and is actionable criminally against those involved in this smear campaign."