There are a dozen more contractors, aside from pork barrel “queen” Janet Napoles, who have benefited from the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) of several lawmakers.
Definitely, the people would love to see these other contractors investigated and charged in courts for the abuse and misuse of the taxpayers’ money.
A ranking official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) who requested anonymity confirmed that Napoles is just one of the contractors who has fake foundations or non-government organizations (NGO) that received billions of “pork barrel” for soft projects such as livelihood programs but were never implemented.
But unlike Napoles, whose dubious operations were exposed by one of her staff, Benhur Luy, the other contractors reportedly enjoy the faithfulness and loyalty of their people, thereby their illegal operations remain secret to this day.
The same official said Evelyn Miranda, Jane Alberto, and Violet Sevilla should also be summoned by the Senate’s Blue Ribbon Committee so that they can explain how they spent the millions given to them by the National Agri-business Corp. (NABCOR).
Miranda, Alberto and Sevilla are known contractors at NABCOR. They were reportedly awarded contracts worth hundreds of millions of pesos.
Miranda was also said to have cornered projects from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and DA while Alberto allegedly got her projects from various members of Congress.
However, all three contractors have lain low since the latter part of 2013 when the Senate started investigating the P10 billion pork barrel scam involving Napoles. The contractors have not been seen on the premises of these agencies lately.
The three women contractors have reportedly ceased in doing any transactions with the DA and NABCOR since news of the PDAF scam came out, my source said.
I am sure that these ladies either have a lot of stories to tell or will remain mum on the issue. But one thing is for sure: they will be a big help in aid of legislation, as per Sen. JV Ejercito.
In a recent radio interview, Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares assured the public that contractors involved in the PDAF scam will be investigated too to determine if they filed the correct amount of taxes based on the projects awarded to them in the past.
“Kilala ho namin sila at hindi po sila puwede magtago dahil malalaman naman namin base sa records nung ahensiya na nabigyan sila ng pondo,” Henares said.
Napoles will surely be happy to have these three contractors as her cellmates in Fort Santo Domingo in Laguna.