Cunanan willing to be witness in pork scam case


Posted at Oct 02 2013 09:18 PM | Updated as of Oct 04 2013 01:10 AM

MANILA (UPDATED/CORRECTED) - Technology Resource Center (TRC) Director General Dennis Cunanan is willing to become a witness in the cases related to the pork barrel scam.

Cunanan said he went to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Wednesday to show that he is back in the country and is ready to face the cases filed against him.

Cunanan, one of 38 respondents in the cases filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) before the Office of the Ombudsman, said he wants to help in the investigation of the scam.

He submitted documents to the NBI showing that he blacklisted dummy nongovernment organizations (NGOs) allegedly set up by businesswoman Janet Napoles.

Cunanan earlier revealed that some lawmakers' representatives lobbied for projects for specific NGOs at the TRC and some P500 million worth of pork barrel funds of lawmakers coursed through his agency went to Napoles.

Those facing plunder and malversation complaints in connection with the scam include 8 current and former lawmakers such as Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada.

Eight chiefs-of-staff of lawmakers in the complaint were also recommended to be charged with plunder before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Five heads of implementing agencies were also recommended to be charged with plunder, malversation and Graft and Corrupt Practices Act violations.

They are Cunanan, Alan Javellana, former president of Nabcor; Gondelina Amata, president of NLDC; Antonio Ortiz, former director general of TRC; and Salvador Salacup, former president of ZREC and now undersecretary of Department of Agriculture. - with a report from Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News