MANILA - ABS-CBN News has acquired copies of disbursement vouchers showing alleged commissions of actor Mat Ranillo III from Janet Lim Napoles' JLN Corporation.
During Thursday's Senate hearing, whistleblower Benhur Luy revealed Ranillo's alleged involvement in the scam. Luy said the actor still has the vouchers used in his transactions with Napoles -- the businesswoman at the center of the pork barrel scam.
In voucher number 4289, Ranillo got more than P1 million in commission in 2005, from a P30-million project allegedly under the name of Senator Jinggoy Estrada.
That same year, Ranillo also got more than P1 million from a P71-million project allegedly under the name of Estrada's mother, then-Senator Loi Ejercito, based on voucher number 5472.
Still in 2005, Ranillo supposedly received almost P500,000 from a P10-million project also allegedly under Mrs. Ejercito's name, in voucher number 5787.
In another voucher, there's a combined P15-million project of a certain "Inay" and "Anak" in 2006 wherein Ranillo also got a commission.
The vouchers were submitted by the actor to a Marikina court in 2007 to prove that he was already paying for a vehicle he bought from Napoles through amounts which were being deducted from his commissions.
Luy has revealed that Napoles filed charges against Ranillo to recover the vehicle -- a case eventually dismissed after the parties reached a settlement.
Luy testified in the Senate that JLN deliberately made vouchers to counter those of Ranillo's, which were the authentic ones.
In the vouchers presented by JLN to the Marikina Court, the serial numbers were the same but the names of Senator Estrada and his mother did not appear.
"Sabi ni Madam [Napoles], gawa tayo another voucher na palalabasin natin hindi iyun [Ranillo's] ang voucher," Luy said.
In voucher 4289, airfare for a Hong Kong trip was deducted from Ranillo's commission as well.
A source also gave ABS-CBN News a photo showing the actor with Napoles and other friends on a trip abroad.
So far, Ranillo has not broken his silence on the controversy.
Senator Estrada, meanwhile, maintains he and his mother are innocent. - ANC