• 5 senators probed for ‘pork’

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    FIVE incumbent senators and four former members of the Senate implicated in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam are being investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), an official of the bureau said on Tuesday.

    Rodante Berou, chief of the NBI’s Special Operations Group, made the admission when he took the witness stand on Tuesday during a bail hearing of former Masbate Rep. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete at the Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division. Lanete is the incumbent governor of Masbate.

    Berou said being investigated by the bureau are Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano, Gregorio Honasan, Manuel Lapid, Loren Legarda, former senators Edgardo Angara, Rodolfo Biazon, Ramon Magsaysay and Richard Gordon and Batanes Rep. Henedina Abad, wife of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

    The NBI official said the names of the lawmakers were included in the Commission on Audit’s (COA) special audit report on the use of lawmakers’ PDAF allocation from 2007 to 2009.

    The COA said based on the report, the lawmakers have possible “anomalous transactions regarding the implementation of soft projects.”

    Berou did not disclose details of the investigation.

    Lanete is facing a P108-million plunder case in connection with the PDAF scam. She is detained at a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City (Metro Manila).

    Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. belonged to the first batch of lawmakers who were charged with plunder for their allegedly irregular use of their pork allocation.

    The Supreme Court allowed Enrile to post bail for health reasons but Estrada and Revilla are still held at the Philippine National Police detention center at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

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      • Galit ba kamo? kung galit siya dapat wala siya sa list ng mga nangungurakot. hindi maglalabas ng list ang government kung hindi tlga sya involve. ohhh common.

    1. This is what we want, corrupt officials checked out, caught & jailed. I always like Alan peter cayetano but if he also is a thief then he should be tried & jailed. I see all the time people writing for the manila times always slating the aquino family & government but its under his watch that corrupt officals are being checked on & tried in court. Has anyone else ever done this. Yes i know Arroyo had Estrada locked up but he was soon released & all charges against him removed hence his position in politics today. We want all corrypt politicians caught & jailed, thats just the start & pnoy has started that ball rolling.

    2. Ito ay mga kagagawan ng gustong manira kay sen. alan at sa kanyang kapatid,laban lang po tayo at lalabas din ang katutuhanan na wala silang kasalanan.#cayetano2016

    3. hindi tototng kasama sina sen. alan at ang kanyang kapatid yan ay mga mga panlaban lamang sa kanila para sila ay siraan. Labanan po natin sila sen. alan.

    4. This is nonsense. Another black propaganda to destroy Sen Alan. Why do you have to bring this out today? The senator has been actively doing his duties with flying colors. He is not a perfect individual, but would never engage himself to corruption.

    5. sinusuportahan pa rin namin si sen. cayetano, kahit anong gawin niyong paninira skanya, alam naman namin na black propaganda lang yan ng ibang naiingit kay sen. cayetano

    6. bakit ba palagi nalng ginagawan ng issue ang mga taong walang kinalaman?para siraan lang? mga walang magawang tao..basta kmi ky Cayteano pa din!

    7. Sana wag naman nilang idamay ang mga cayetano dahil wala naman silang ginagawang kasalanan para idamay sa pork barrel, ang mga cayetano ay mababait at nagmamalasakit hindi nila iniisip ang pangsariling kapakanan.

    8. this is the reason why people , even they are not qualified for candidates, i.e. celebrities, personalities, media men, because of the PORK BARREL money initiated by the Mother of Yellow regime cult, Corykong Aquino. Ito ang dahilan ang PORK BARREL..For every year Senators have 200million each. while congress have 100 million each for every representatives. Kung wala kayong naipagawang project, dapat lang isauli ninyo ang pera, dahil wala nmn kayong naipagawang proyekto sa nasasakupan ninyo.. Kaya dapat lang na kasuhan kayo..

    9. laguatanlawzen.com on

      We can turn this hapless country upside down if Mayor Duterte will run for 2016 Presidential election and win. All the other presidentiables are useless and inutile. They have no balls to run after the corrupt oligarchs who are members of KKK and Yellow Club. Give big ZEROS to all LP candidates, all POE’s line up and all Binay’s line up. Give a resounding landslide vote for Duterte.

    10. Nadamay pa si Cayetano eh sya nga tong gigil na gigil sa mga kurakot. Gusto lang gumanti ng mga taong na-interrogate nya. Pero kahit na anong paninira ang gawin nila, lalabas pa rin ang totoo at makikita nating lahat na walang ibang gustong gawin si Cayetano kundi mapabuti ang bansa natin.

    11. hindi totoo yang mga pinaparatang na kasangkot si Sen Alan sa PDAF scam dahil unang una ayaw nya sa mga corrupt officials ng gobyerno, pannira lamang yan sa kanya dahil sa parating na eleksyon sa 2016

    12. The blackhands on the move,Sen Alan Peter Cayetano is the only one that can defeat LP bet Robredo also include the sister Pia Cayetano,this will backfire on this blackhands because more will support the Cayetanos.Also included Abad’s wife so he will keep quite on the DAP.That is why Mayor Duterte need to run for president so he can clean up this garbage that want to destroy good people.

    13. It is obvious that these investigations are just harrassment and will wane when the election fever is down. And to top it, it is also very obvious that the name Mrs Abad is included only as moro-moro to show to us that these investigations are not partial only. Sorry PNoy but we are not retarded like you.

    14. The only solution that we should have regarding graft and corruption is not choosing who will they accuse. Dapat pantay pantay walang kaalyado walang kampihan. It just made me think if I am correct there are no names na LP candidate and so i can conclude that this is merely a smear campaign and no basis.

    15. These allegations against Sen. Alan Cayetano would all vanish when election period is over. Naglalabasan lang naman mga to kasi kanya kanyang paninira sa kapwa para lang makalamang at manalo sa eleksyon. Alam naman ng taong bayan ang totoo. Walang kinalaman sa scam na to si Sen. Alan.

      • haahhahah, saan mo na naman nakuha ang information mo? Di mo ba alam na isa sa mga pinaka corrupt na politiko ay ang mga ipinagtatanggol mo.

    16. Funny how allegations lke this appears whenever election is approaching. Throwing allegations to good public servant such as Sen. Alan Cayetano. The public knows what his intentions are. We never believe you can be part of this scam.

    17. Jennifer Abion on

      This were all just black propaganda against Sen. Alan Cayetano made by his rivals on politics. He is innocent and with pure good intentions only for the public.

    18. We all know that Sen. Alan is innocent. He hates corrupt so why he would be involved in this pork barrel scam?

    19. The NBI official said the names of the lawmakers were included in the Commission on Audit’s (COA) special audit report on the use of lawmakers’ PDAF allocation from 2007 to 2009. (Quoted from the article above)

      It is already 2015 or 6 six this wasnt acted upon. This made me think that this is connected with the coming elections on 2016. Ince the timing is so perfect. I dont believe that an anti corrupt Alan Cayetano would put himself down and be a lawmaker they are saying to have used pdaf wrongly. Cayetano knows the consequences of this kind of action since he himself always probe any corrupt officials during hearings. I hope this case will start soon so Cayetano can explain himself. Since I am confident that this is purely dirty politics and a smear campaign against the Cayetanos.

    20. The NBI official said the names of the lawmakers were included in the Commission on Audit’s (COA) special audit report on the use of lawmakers’ PDAF allocation from 2007 to 2009. (Quoted from the article above)

      It is already 2015 or 6 six this wasnt acted upon. This made me think that this is connected with the coming elections on 2016. Ince the timing is so perfect. I dont believe that an anti corrupt Alan Cayetano would put himself down and be a lawmaker they are saying to have used pdaf wrongly. Cayetano knows the consequences of this kind of action since he himself always probe any corrupt officials during hearings. I hope this case will start soon so Cayetano can explain himself. Since I am confident that this is purely dirty politics and a smear campaign against the Cayetanos

    21. Walang mapapatunayan na nagkasala ang magkapatid na Cayetano dahil wala naman talaga silang ginagawang kasalanan!

    22. Filomeno Casaul on

      The Philippines is hopeless.
      The Government should execute all those politicians who committed corruptions.
      They are worse than Lim Sing, the Chinese citizen that was executed by firing squad.
      If those corrupt officials and their families will be killed I am sure corruption will stop.

      The laws of the Philippines is applicable only to regular citizens. The politicians and their families are ABOVE THE LAW.

      If anyone could change that, that is the only time the Philippines will be a great country again.