BY RIGOR ZABALA
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
The word “pork” may be most abominable to him, but Senator Bong Revilla can gobble up tons of pork he wants in his detention cell at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center.
The phobia is understandable. Revilla is locked up at the police detention cell in Camp Crame over another kind of pork, the congressional Priority Assistance Development Fund (PDAF) also known as pork barrel. For months now like a slice of pork on a stick, he has been barbecued, broiled, roasted and crucified for grand thievery of public money by.
He is accused of pocketing millions of pesos in kickbacks from ghost projects he endorsed funded by his PDAF allocation and implemented by ghost non-government organizations of pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles.
On Friday, Revilla voluntarily surrendered, with family and relatives in tow, to the Sandiganbayan before the anti-graft court could serve him a warrant of arrest on charges of graft and plunder in the P10-billion PDAF scam.
He was immediately whisked and locked up at the PNP custodial center where he spent his first night making history as the first Philippine senator detained over corruption charges.
The Sandiganbayan has yet to rule on charges of plunder and graft against two other senators – Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada – also fingered by Napoles in sworn affidavits before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, spokesman of the PNP, on Balitanghali NewsTV, said there is no limit to Revilla’s relatives bringing food to the jailed senator. And that should include pork.
Sindac made the clarification as Revilla’s relatives did an exodus to the PNP detention cell to bring food to the opposition senator.
Revilla maintained that he was innocent and said the charges against him are politically- motivated engineered by the administration of President Benigno Aquino.
He had earlier said the charges were calibrated to derail his bid to run for president in 2016.
He said his arrest would not stop his plan to run for president in 2016.
“I will run if the people demand it,” he said. “Who knows, for the first time, we’ll have a President who is a prisoner.”
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was not on her way to a delightful sexual orgasm when she said “malapit na, malapit na!”
The Justice Secretary said the third batch of lawmakers and others involved in kickbacks from the Priority Development Assistance (PDAF) courtesy of pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles will be filed very soon with the Office of the Ombudsman.
The public has long been waiting for De Lima to bare more names in the biggest scandal that ever hit the country.
Malapit na. Malapit na!, abs-cbnnews.com quotes De Lima in a report.
De Lima did not give names but said there will be several more lawmakers in the third batch of cases involving plunder of the congressional pork barrel.
The filing may happen early next week, maybe Monday or Tuesday, she told reporters after her confirmation as Justice Secretary.
Charges against two sets of lawmakers and others involved in the scam have already been filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), a line agency of the Department of Justice., with the Ombudsman.
Last week, the Ombudsman filed before the Sandiganbayan plunder and graft charges against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla in connection with the scam.
Pork scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles has admitted that there is a name that should not be in her Napolist of lawmakers who earned kickbacks from her PDAF racket.
Included in the sworn affidavit she submitted to the Senate blue ribbon committee is Cebu 1st district Representative Gerald Gullas, Jr. The recipient of the dirty money should be former congressman Eduardo Gullas, his grandfather, not Gerald, Napoles’ lawyer Bruce Rivera said in a report on rappler.com
The Dagdag-Bawas syndrome is a two-way street. You add or shave off.
We would like to hear Napoles saying this: Ayyyy! Hindi pala biente lang yong mga senadores. Lahat pala. Ayyy! Hindi pala sandaan lang yong mga kong. Lahat pala sila!
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Twenty sitting and former senators alleged to have received kickbacks from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) are listed in the affidavit submitted to the Senate by alleged scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles.
Napoles submitted two affidavits — one in English, another in Filipino —to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Monday, May 27, that contained the names of 120 lawmakers and other personalities alleged to have received commissions from the pork barrel scam.
Copies of the sworn affidavits, that contained the names of the 20 former and incumbent senators, were released to the media on the same day by committee chairman Senator Teofisto Guingona III.
The former senators are Rodolfo Biazon, Loi Estrada, Robert Jaworksi, Ramon Magsaysay, Tessie Aquino Oreta, Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Manny Villar, and Robert Barbers
The incumbent senators are Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Gringo Honasan, Lito Lapid, Legarda Loren, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Cynthia Villar, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Francis “Chiz” Escudero III.
“Let the document speak for itself,” Guingona said during a press conference where the Napoles affidavits were also released to media.
In the 32-page affidavit, Napoles said that she is aware that her decision to issue an affidavit would put her life in danger, but “the truth will set you free.”
“I’m a victim of a wrong system of our society that I thought was normal, correct and legal because it was practice for a very long time,” she said.
Napoles she also issued the affidavit in support of her request to exclude her children James Christopher Lim Napoles and Jo Christine Napoles from charges filed before the Office of the Ombudsman.
“My children had no knowledge, participation and involvement whatsoever in the subject cases. They had executed counter-affidavits to prove their innocence in the charges made against them,” she said.
Napoles said she is willing to help the government by offering to testify “based on our personal knowledge and information.”
Members of the House of Representatives, current and former, in the Napoles affidavit
1. ABAD, FLORENCIO | MANUEL JARMIN
2. AGARAO, BENJAMIN | CATHERINE MAE “ma’am Maya” CANLAS SANTOS
3. ALBANO, RODOLFO | CLAVEL MARTINEZ
4. AMATONG, PROSPERO | HON.ICLAVEL MARTINEZ
5. ANGARA-Castillo BeHarlot | ARMAN PADILLA (Minority Block)
6. ARROYO, IGGY | CARLOS “Butch” TUAZON
7. ARROYO, MIICEY | CARLOS “Butch” TUAZON
8. BAGATSING, AMADO | MINA NIEVA
9. BANAAG, LEOVIGILDO
10. BATERINA, SALACNIB | RUTH ALLEN RUSTE
11. BERATIO, NAPOLEON
12. BLAZON, RUFFY | BERNARD
13. CAGAS, MARC DOUGLAS | ZENNY DUCUT
14. CHAVEZ, LEONILA | CORA GONZALES
15. CHIONOBIAN, ERWIN | RUTH ALLEN RUSTE AND BESOT LAYUG
16 CHIPECO, JOAQUIN | ARMAN PADILLA
17 CUENCO, ANTONIO | MARGIE TAHON
18 DANGWA, SAMUEL | CARLOS LOZADA
19 DEFENSOR, MATIAS | MATTE DEFENSOR
20 DEL MAR, RAUL | CLAVEL MARTINEZ
21 DILANGALEN, DIGADEN
22 DIMAPORO, ABDULLAH | ZENY DUCUT
23 DUCUT, ZENAIDA
24 ECLEO, GLENDA | PATRICIA “Gay” AGANA TAN | GIBING AGANA VILLACORTA | ATTY. YACKY AGANA
26 EMANO, Yevgeny VICENTE | CHERYL “Cheche” YARRA
26 ESPINOSA EDGAR
27 ESTRELLA, CONRAD III | DEXTER MANALO
28 ESTRELLA FtEYMUND | DEXTER MANALO
29 FABIAN, ERICO | RUTH ALLEN RUSTE
30 FALCON, JESNAR | LEOVIGILDO, BANAAG
31 FALCON, PETER | LEOVIGILDO, BANAAG
32 FLORES, FLORENCIO
33 FUENTEBELLA, ARNULFO | ZENNY DUCUT
34 GULLAS, GERALD | CHERYL “Cheche” YARRA
35 JOAQUIN, ULIRAN | ALICE NAVALES VILLANUEVA
36 JARAULA, CONSTANTINO
37 LAGDAMEO, ANTONIO JR | LUIS ‘LOUIE’ CRUZ
38 LANETE, RIZALINA SEACHON
39 LANETE, SCOTT DAVIES
40 LIBANAN, MARCELINO | CATHERINE MAE “Ma’am Maya” CANLAS SANTOS
41 MACARAMBON, BENASING JR.
42 MADAMBA, SUNNY ROSE | JOHNNY ROXAS
43 MAGSAYSAY, EULOGIO | WIFE
44 MALANYAON, CORAZON |BOMBIT DELA PENA
45 MALAPITAN, OSCAR
46 MARTINEZ, CLAVEL
47 MERCADO, ROGER
48 MIRAFLORES, FLORENCIO | ZENNY DUCUT
49 MIRANDA, ANTHONY | MICKY ARROYO
50 MONTEJO, NEIL BENEDICT | MARIA CRISTINA “C3″ TUANO
51 NIEVA, ERNESTO “Bazai” | MINA NIEVA, Daughter
52 OLANO, ARREL
53 ORTEGA, MANUEL | ZENNY DUCUT and CLAVEL MARTINEZ
54 ORTEGA VICTOR | ZENNY DUCUT
55 PABLO, ERNESTO | JOHNNY ROXAS
56 PADILLA, CARLOS | ARMAN PADILLA (Minority Block)
57 PANGANDAMAN, HUSSEIN
58 PANGANDAMAN, NASSER
59 PICHAY, PROSPERO | ZENY DUCUT
60 PINGGOY, ARTHUR
61 PLAZA, RODOLFO
62 RAMIRO, HERMINIA | ALICE NAVALES-VILLANUEVA
63 REAL, ISIDRO | PATRICIA ‘Gay” AGANA TAN, BIBING AGANA VILLACORTA, ATTY. YACKY AGANA
64 REMULLA, GILBERT | TET DE JOYA
65 RODRIGUEZ, MAXIMO |
66 RODRIGUEZ, OCA
67 RODRIGUEZ, RUFUS | MAX RODRIGLlEZ
68 ROMUALDO, JURDIN JESUS | MAITE DEFENSOR
69 ROMUALDO, PEDRO | JURDIN JESUS ROMUALDO
70 SANDOVAL, RICKY | TET DE JOYA
71 SANDOVAL, VICENTE | TET DE JOYA
72 SANTIAGO, JOSEPH | JULIE UNICO
73 SOLIS, JOSE | CORA GONZALES, former DA-NAFC employee
74 SUPLICO, ROLEX | ARMAN PADILLA (Minority Block)
75 TULAGAN, GENEROSO | RAFAEL NANTES
76 UMALI ALFONSO “Boy” | CORA GONZALES
77 UMALI, AURELIO “Oyi” | MAITE DEFENSOR
78 UMALI, REYNALDO
79 UNGAB, ISIDRO | MARIA CRISTINA “C3″ TUANO
80 UNICO, RENATO | JULIE UNICO
81 VALDEZ, EDGAR
82 VALENCIA, RODOLFO | CELIA CUASAY
83 VELOSO, EDUARDO | ZENY DUCUT
84 VILLANUEVA, JOEL | MAITE DEFENSOR
85 YUMUL-HERMIDA, Georgilu | ARMAN PADILLA (Minority Block)
86 ZAMORA, MANUEL “Way Kurat” | ARMAN PADILLA (Minority Block)
87. ALVARADO, WILHEMINO
88. CORTUNA, JULIETA
89. DAZA, NANETTE COSTELLO | BOBBY (BROTHER OF CONGRESSWOMAN)
90. ECHEVERRI, RECOM | TET DE JOYA
91. LAPUZ, JESLI | MON ARCENAS
92. MONFORT, NARCISO | CLAVEL MARTINEZ
93. NANTES, RAFAEL
94, NOGRALES, PROSPERO
95. PABLO, ERNESTO | JOHNNY ROXAS
96. PLAZA, MARIA VALENTINA | CHRIS LINDO
97. ROMAN, ANTONIO | RUTH ALLEN RUSTE
98. ROMUALDO, JURDIN JESUS | MAITE DEFENSOR
99. SAN LUIS, RODOLFO | ARMAN PADILLA
100. ZIALCITA, EDUARDO
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
The Ombudsman for Mindanao has added in its list former House Speaker and Davao City First District congressman Prospero Nograles and his son, incumbent First District congressman Karlo Nograles, Davao City Third District congressman Isidro Ungab, current chair of the House committee on appropriations, and Compostela Valley First District congressman Rommel “Bobong” Amatong in its ongoing investigation of legislators from the Davao Region linked to the P10 billion Priority Assistance Development Fund (PDAF) scandal.
The names of Ungab and Amatong are in a new list of legislators alleged to have received kickbacks for ghost government projects from pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles. The list however contained only the name ‘Nograles’ possibly referring either the former Speaker or his son congressman Karlo Nograles or to both.
The PDAF scandal also known as the pork barrel scam involves legislators getting kickbacks from ghost projects funded by their PDAF allocations released to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) of Napoles.
Earlier, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed charges in connection with the scam against two sets of personalities including three senators.
The expanded evidence-gathering task for the Mindanao office of the anti-graft body comes as the names “Nograles,” “Isidro Ungab,” and “Rommel Amatong” appeared in a new list of legislators alleged to have received commissions from Napoles for connivance in the multi-billion peso PDAF scam..
The new list was submitted by former senator and now presidential assistant for rehabilitation and recovery Panfilo Lacson to the Senate blue ribbon committee which is investigating the biggest scandal to hit the Philippine legislature. The content of the list has been widely reported in media.
Another list has been submitted by Napoles to DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima who has yet to reveal its content before filing of formal charges.
Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao Rodolfo Elman told media the new names in the lists would be included in their investigation.
Earlier, the Commission on Audit (COA) in its investigation report of PDAF allocations of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives listed Nograles, Ungab, former Davao del Norte First District congressman Arrel Olano, former congresswoman now Davao Oriental governor Corazon Malanyaon and former Davao del Sur congressmen Douglas Cagas and his son Marc Cagas.
The COA report had Nograles getting more than P600 million of PDAF, the second biggest next to former Compostela Valley congressman Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora who had P1.2 billion. DBM would later say that the PDAF figure of Zamora was a technical error.
“Our field investigation unit is actively involved but its report or recommendation has to be collated with that of the central office for the bigger picture. Napalawak at napakaramikasi,” Elman said in a news report in SunStar Davao.
“Our role is to conduct field inspection, validation, evidence gathering and case buildup, taking testimonies of witnesses and everything needed to strengthen our cases against them. All out ang Ombudsman diyan. Walang sinasanto,” Elman said, further explaining that while they are responsible for the investigation, the prosecution will be handled by the central office.
The DOJ has already filed two separate charges of malversation of public funds, graft, bribery and plunder charges against Napoles, several senators, congressmen and officials and employees of government agencies linked to the anomalous release of PDAF.
In the second complaint in November last year the DOJ included congressman Douglas Cagas, alleged to have received kickbacks of P9.3 million, and his son, Marc Cagas, P5.4 million in kickbacks, and Olano, P3.5 million, as commission in the pork barrel racket of Napoles.
The DOJ has also filed plunder charges against Senate minority leader senator Juan Ponce Enrile and senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla.