SENATE Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile claimed that he never personally endorsed any non-governmental organization (NGO) to implement programs funded by his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.
In his counter-affidavit filed before the Office of the Ombudsman on December 20, 2013, Enrile refuted the charges filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) implicating him to the pork barrel scam.
The former Senate president said that the only role he or his office played in the whole process was to identify specific projects to be funded by his pork barrel. The veteran lawmaker also maintained that it was the implementing agencies that designate the NGOs that were the beneficiaries of the PDAF projects.
Enrile said it is the Executive that takes full control of the system “from the regulation of fund releases, the implementation of payment schedules and up to the actual spending of the funds.”
“Should not that power also come with full responsibility and accountability?” he asked.
The Commission on Audit itself declared and admitted that the implementing agencies cannot “relegate this duty to the legislator,” he added.
Enrile also disputed the theory that he “may” have induced the agencies or the NGOs to misuse his PDAF allocation, noting that the documents appearing to establish his alleged involvement or that of his staff were forged and fabricated.
The senator said he does not personally know any of the agency officials involved, nor has he ever met Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged architect of the pork barrel scam.
Enrile added that there is no testimonial or documentary evidence showing that he received any commissions or kickbacks.