Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Tuesday blamed the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the delay in their investigation of the “Napolist” issue that is related to the pork barrel scam of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
De Lima cited “difficulty in getting documents from DBM,” which is headed by Secretary Florencio Abad.
“We have to get [them]from the implementing agencies concerned. It’s a tedious process,” she said.
Abad’s name is allegedly on “Napolist,” a list of people linked to the pork barrel racket, allegedly a brainchild of Napoles.
The Budget chief was a former congressman representing Batanes province.
To prove that the “Napolist” probe is still alive, de Lima said the Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to investigate involvement of nine incumbent senators and 69 incumbent and former congressmen.
“We are still verifying which ones among those on the list of Mrs. Napoles really had PDAF [Priority Development Assistance Fund] projects and endorsed her NGOs (non-government organizations),” de Lima said.
From the list that Napoles submitted to the DOJ, the Justice secretary named the nine incumbent senators: Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, Vicente Sotto 3rd, Loren Legarda, Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, Alan Peter Cayetano, Gregorio Honasan and Francis Escudero.
Former senator Manuel Villar allegedly was also on the list.
A close ally of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority head Joel Villanueva, a former Citizen’s Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party list lawmaker, allegedly was also on the “Napolist.”
Napoles is on trial for plunder before the Sandiganbayan, along with Enrile, Revilla and Estrada.