THREE Cabinet members who reportedly benefited from the pork barrel of lawmakers were included in the list of Janet Lim Napoles, Sandra Cam, president of Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines, said on Thursday.
Cam did not name the Cabinet officials but she challenged Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala to come out and prove her a liar.
She confirmed the statement of former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson that 16 senators are on the list, including Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. Three of those on the list are no longer incumbents.
Also on the Napoles list, Cam said, are 82 congressmen who allegedly earned millions of pesos in kickbacks from their transactions with non-government organizations affiliated with Napoles. The pork barrel scam allegedly ran from 2004 to 2010.
According to Cam, 80 percent of the personalities on the list are allies of President Benigno Aquino 3rd. Some are “very close” to Aquino, while others are members of the ruling Liberal Party headed by the President.
She said she got the list from an “unimpeachable” source who had provided her information in the past that turned out to be true and reliable.
“I was advised by my lawyers not to divulge the Napoles list because I might face a number of libel charges. But I will be forced to show the list once Justice Secretary Leila de Lima presented an embalmed list,” she said, referring to the public apprehension that the Justice secretary may present a sanitized list to save the people close to the President.
Several senators and congressmen had urged de Lima to make the list public but she claimed that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation are still “vetting” the list.
Cam said Senate President Franklin Drilon lied when he denied knowing Napoles, her husband Jimmy and their children. The whistleblower said she once presented to the media pictures of Drilon with Napoles and her family. One of the pictures was taken from a mausoleum at the Heritage Park cemetery in Taguig City (Metro Manila) where Napoles’ mother is buried.
“Just look at his body language,” she said, referring to Drilon’s gestures when asked by reporters if he benefited from the pork barrel scam. Cam noted that she will disclose what she knows about Drilon if he will continue to deny his association with the Napoles family.
Melchor Magdamo, lawyer of the Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines, said Napoles is not qualified as state witness because is one of the main accused.
Meanwhile, the Justice department junked the criminal raps filed by Napoles against Benhur Luy, one of the witnesses against the jailed businesswoman.
Luy was charged by the Pasig City Prosecutor’s Office for allegedly pocketing P300,000.
But the DOJ backtracked and said the case against Luy has no probable cause.
With Jomar Canlas