The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is set to file criminal charges against government officials involved in the “insertion scam”, which Justice Secretary Leila de Lima described as congressional insertions in the General Appropriations law for projects not funded by the regular Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers.
She said that the NBI will file the fourth batch of criminal charges against those who funneled pork funds through insertions to dubious non- government organizations of jailed businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
She said the funds are released to government agencies and usually end up in the pockets of lawmakers and their cohorts in the departments.
De Lima said at least three departments are involved in the anomaly, covering the years 2004 to 2012 from the time of former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
De Lima said they found out that some of the lawmakers who were earlier charged with plunder over the P10 billion PDAF scam were also involved in the “insertions scam.”
She said the amount involved in the insertion mess is less than the P10 billion but both scheme share a common “modus.”
“Basically, the same modus na may kakausapin na implementing agency at kapag nandiyan na ang pondo, susulatan ang implementing agency na dito ninyo sa mga non-government organizations na ito i-release iyong pondo kasi sila ang aming partners,” De Lima said in an earlier interview.
Former senator Panfilo Lacson, one of two senators who never used their pork barrel, confirmed in earlier reports that hundreds of millions were being plundered through congressional insertions.
He said the amount usually runs from P100 million to as high as P500 million or “sometimes bigger for the privileged few.”
Like Guevarra, Lacson said the insertions are made during closed-door sessions and after a bill had been scrutinized by both chambers of Congress.