MANILA - Senator Cynthia Villar reiterated she does not know Janet Napoles after the latter claimed she (Villar) got kickbacks from her pork barrel when she was still Las Pinas representative.
In a statement, Villar defended herself and her husband, former Senator Manny Villar.
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee disclosed on Monday night Napoles’ amended list, which includes Cynthia Villar’s name and that of her husband.
Napoles claimed she gave campaign contributions, not pork barrel kickbacks, to Mr. Villar, a real estate tycoon who ran in the 2010 presidential elections.
“It is unfortunate that my name was included in the so-called list of senators and congressmen who allegedly transacted with Napoles’ bogus NGOs. As I have said in the past, I do not know Janet Lim-Napoles and I did not have any transaction with her or her NGOs,” she said.
“This political persecution masquerading as a search for truth is reminiscent of what we experienced during the 2010 presidential elections. My husband, Manny Villar, and I endured malicious allegations that up to now remain unproven. It pains me to see that some quarters resort to dirty tactics to pursue political ends,” she added.
Mrs. Villar’s name was also included in the Benhur Luy list earlier published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Mrs. Villar was not included in Napoles’ first list.
“I urge the people to be more discerning of these attempts to misinform and besmirch a good person’s reputation. As a senator, I am committed to deliver the promises I made to the Filipino people to provide livelihood and help lift our poor people from poverty,” she said.