MANILA – Senator Bong Revilla appealed to the public and the media on Thursday not to involve his son in the controversy surrounding Janet Lim-Napoles, who is alleged to be the mastermind behind the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
The senator admitted that the Revillas and the Napoleses know each other and sometimes meet in social gatherings.
Revilla said his son, Leonard Bryan Bautista, and one of Napoles’ children, James Christopher Napoles, met in high school and eventually became business partners.
The two sold imported rubber shoes under the PB & J Corporation.
Revilla said the business was legitimate.
Senator Jinggoy Estrada, meanwhile, said he also met Napoles in a Parent and Teachers Association (PTA) meeting because one of his children and one of Napoles’ nephews were classmates.
Estrada said it is now up to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to serve the arrest warrant against Napoles and her brother for charges of illegal detention.
Estrada also wants Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala to explain how his pork barrel funds ended up with bogus non-government organizaitions. -- Report from Ruby Tayag, dzMM