President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not stop former senator Panfilo Lacson from spewing out blind items about those allegedly involved in the P10 billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
“Secretary Lacson said that he actually eats Yolanda for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He is attending to Yolanda work and this [revelation]is something new but we really don’t think it will interfere with his work as a rehab czar,” Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
She issued the statement following Lacson’s startling revelation that he has a copy of Janet Lim-Napoles’ draft affidavit linking more than 100 lawmakers, including the President’s allies, in the pork barrel scam.
Other unnamed sources also claimed to possess Napoles’ affidavit and have linked prominent leaders of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) such as Senate President Franklin Drilon and Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad to the scam.
The LP is chaired by the President.
But Valte said the Palace is not panicking over an affidavit that has yet to be submitted to to the Office of the Ombudsman.
Abad and the President, Valte said, met a few times this week but did not talk about the pork barrel scam.
“We have no insight on the motivation of whoever is trying to link members [of the Aquino administration], particularly Secretary Abad, as the mentor of Napoles. As far as we are concerned, nobody else has the affidavit,” Valte stressed.
“It’s [Justice] Secretary Leila de Lima who has Napoles’ affidavit. Until such time that the affidavit is made public, then these allegations are, at best, speculations,” she added.
Likewise, Valte shrugged off the possibility of a Constitutional crisis over Lacson’s unconfirmed reports.
“To comment on that would mean we agree with the premise that these lawmakers are really involved. At this point, we really don’t know what is in that affidavit,” she noted.
The Office of the Ombudsman already approved the filing of plunder charges against Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.