Napoles list aims to destroy govt – Abad

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BUDGET Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad on Tuesday claimed that people who are out to destroy the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd are the same ones who peddle lies about a supposed list prepared by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

In a statement released to media, Abad on Tuesday vehemently denied having any transactions with Napoles or any of her fake non-government organizations (NGOs) “in any way throughout my career in public service.”

“I find it amusing, if not outright revolting, that I am once again in the crosshairs of those who want the Aquino administration to fall,” he said.

Abad added that he never dipped his hands into government funds and urged the public “not to immediately believe these allegations, but to weigh the only thing that matters in the end: the evidence.”


“All projects I sponsored under the Priority Development Assistance Fund [PDAF] when I was a legislator are above board—none have been coursed through any fake NGO. Unlike other personalities dragged into the PDAF scam of 2007-2009, who have been implicated by evidence and testimony by whistleblowers, nothing credible has been brought against me—but rather, unfounded allegations and malicious name-calling,” he said.

Abad also urged the Department of Justice and the Ombudsman to continue their investigation “and take appropriate action on behalf of the people.”

Former Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson named Abad and four members of the Senate as among those on the list of pork barrel beneficiaries handed to him by Napoles’ husband, Jaime or Jimmy, as he was called in previous reports.

But Lacson, the Presidential Adviser on Rehabilitation and Recovery, said he will no longer discuss the Napoles list because he wants to focus on reconstruction of areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda.

Muddling the issue

Political analyst and University of the Philippines Professor Pros­pero de Vera also on Tuesday said “fake” versions of the Napoles list may have been circulated to muddle the issue as Aquino himself suspected.

To address this, de Vera also urged all those involved in the P10-billion PDAF scam based on the various lists to disclose their pork barrel transactions.

“Public interest requires that all lists be made public and for all public officials involved to make public all their PDAF records so that those who have Napoles ties can really be identified,” he explained.

“There are clearly fake lists but non-disclosure will not clarify the issue. This will also require very responsible media reporting so that those circulating fake lists will not succeed in muddling the issue,” de Vera said.

Abad, meanwhile, pointed out that everything will be speculative “until the public sees the true affidavit of Janet Lim-Napoles, and until hard evidence supports the statements in this affidavit.”

Despite the inclusion of Abad’s name in the list, the Budget chief still enjoys the trust of the President, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said also on Tuesday.

“A mere allegation concerning actions taken in a previous position does not affect the presumption of regularity in connection with the performance of current duties,” Coloma noted.

He, however, said if evidence will show that people close to Aquino were actually involved in the scam, they will have to face the law.

“No discrimination or favoritism. Only concrete evidence will be the basis,” Coloma added.

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  1. Abad is a confirmed “balimbing” and corrupt, he should be ashamed in saying that Napoles is aiming to destroy the goverment. Pnoy will end up like GMA if he will continue to keep Abad on his cabinet, he is like a rotten “kamatis” he will infect all who are beside him.Abad should also be thrown in jail together with the three senators.

  2. Tama na ang paliwanag mo Sec. Abad. It will destroy the Admin of PNoy. You and You pare ko kasama ka dito sa inilabas ni Sen. TG . when you are still in Congress. during the time of former Pres. GMA now you are doing the same thing dito na naman sa DAP. Isinasangkot mo pa si Pnoy. Mahiya ka naman. sa aming mga tax payer na iyong ginagawang pala bigasan. Ating mga OFW iniiwan pamilya nila at malaking sakrepisyo pati ng pag aabuso nila sa kanila lalong lalon mga kapatid nating mga babae. Kumakayod sa ibat ibang bansa upang mapakaiin ang pamilya at itong mga nasasankot sa corruption ay ni hindi nahihiya . Maaring sa mata ng tao makakawala sila subalit doon sa itaas siguradong sa impyerno ang tuluy nila . Karamihan dito sa mga sinasabing Honorable pala simba at tanugin natin kung bakit. Dasal , dasal upang hindi mabisto at maka kakuha pa ng maraming pera. Ha ha ha ha

  3. sec delima…you should show the list to public immediately. tsaka kayo nagvalidate… para walang duda…alam na ng lahat na dinoktor na yan..pag nagsalita si napoles sa senate sigurado na ang ssabihin nya galing na sa inyo..Mr. president…tuwid na daan wala na…dapat lhat ng involve magresign..bistado na kayo…

  4. Mr. President to protect the integrity of the state and instill the trust of the citizenry please sack and replace all cabinet members involved in any issue.

  5. Mga ipokrito ipokrita kayo. Gumagastos kayo ng daang milyon sa eleksyon para manalo, ngayon sasabihin niyo malilinis kayo? Alam na po naming ordinaryong tao kung sino po talaga mga magnanakaw, may lumabas pong list so be it at maliit na halaga palang yan sa trillion na budget ng gobyerno na hindi pa na aaudit. Sana lang magkaroon tayo ng presidente na self made, yong walang utang na loob na tatanawin pagkatapos ng eleksyon at tunay na may malasakit para sa lahat.

  6. Bakit pinigil nyo ang paglabas ng list kung totoong wala silang itinatago,ito pang professor de vera, ngayon lang nagsasalita pero noon ay ayaw magsalita,dapat alisin ang pangulo, abad, delima, coa at ombudsman,dahil sila ang pumipigil sa pagbunyag ng mga pangalan ng totoong mga magnanakaw.