Marcos, Honasan open to NBI probe on P10-B pork barrel scam

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SENATORS Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan 2nd on Monday expressed readiness to a probe of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in connection with the alleged ghost projects worth P10 billion involving their priority development assistance fund (PDAF).

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”I am more than eager to fully cooperate in the investigation and in any other similar efforts that will reveal the truth on this matter,” Marcos said in a press statement.

Marcos, who was senator only in 2010, stressed that he doesn’t know Janet Lim-Napoles, president and CEO of the trading firm JLN Corp. which allegedly hatched the P10-billion scam over the past decade.

“With regards to allegation or insinuation by some quarters reported in the media, I can only repeat that I don’t know Ms. Napoles. I have never spoken to her and so I have had no personal dealings with her,” Marcos said.

For his part, Honasan said any allegation of irregularities should be investigated even if it involves elected officials like senators and congressmen.

According to a report, Marcos and Honasan are two of the five senators and 23 members of the House of Representatives who allegedly made available their PDAF to Napoles’ non-governmental organizations (NGOs) alleged ghost projects.

Marcos reportedly gave access to dummy NGOs formed by Napoles to his PDAF four times while Honasan once involving a small amount.

Other senators linked are Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. who allegedly transacted with Napoles’s NGOs 22 times; resigned Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on 21 occasions and acting Senate president Jinggoy Estrada, 18 times.

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