Escudero backs new 'PDAF scam' probe

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 11 2017 07:25 PM

Senator Chiz Escudero on Thursday said he supports Justice Vitaliano Aguirre's move to have a new investigation into the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel "scam." 

Escudero said he wants to see if there were also anomalies in the use of PDAF funds which have yet to be investigated, and he wants to know if there are other individuals who should be charged in addition to those linked to so-called scam architect, Janet Lim Napoles. 

"...Dahil kung maalala ninyo, ang total na inimbestigahan lamang ng Commission on Audit (COA) ay iyong humiigit kumulang dalawang bilyon. Sa kaso ni Napoles – si Napoles pa lamang, Php6-B iyong records ng COA na dumaan sa kanyang mga kooperatiba at people’s organization. Sa totoo lang, kung umaabot ng Php13-14-B ito. Php6-B lamang ang na kay Napoles. Mayroon pang balanseng kalahati na ginamit ng ibang mga kooperatiba na hindi konektado kay Napoles na ni hindi nagalaw o ginalaw ng nakaraang administrasyon," he said. 

“Sa dinami-dami ng pangalang binanggit ni Ginang Napoles, ano nang nangyari sa mga kasong ‘yun? Dapat sana maresolbahan rin ang mga kasong ‘yun,” Escudero said. 

“Hindi lamang para mapanagot ang may sala pero para malinis din ang pangalan ng mga nagkataong binanggit lamang at nadawit ang pangalan na wala namang ginawang mali o anomaly.”

He said he will wait and see how the Department of Justice’s probe will turn out and if he is not satisfied with it, he will file a resolution so the Senate can start a new probe.

“Kung maayos naman ay hahayaan nalang namin yung ahensyang gawin yung kanilang trabaho,” he said.

“Naghahain lang ako ng imbestigasyon pag nakikita ko at naniniwala ako na hindi ginagampanan ng mga ahensyang dapat mag-imbestiga yung kanilang trabaho.”

In 2013, Escudero also filed a resolution calling on the Senate to investigate the PDAF scandal.

The Court of Appeals acquitted Napoles on Monday from the abduction and detention of her former aide and relative, Benhur Luy.

Napoles has since said she is ready to name more high-ranking officials involved in the PDAF scam.