• Plunder, graft raps filed against Drilon, Napoles

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    Former representative Augusto Syjuco on Monday filed criminal charges against Senate President Franklin Drilon and Janet Lim-Napoles as he accused the duo of conspiring to loot the Malampaya gas fund.

    In filing the plunder and graft charges against Drilon and Napoles, Syjuco told the Office of the Ombudsman that the two were the “patrons” of jueteng, an illegal numbers game, during the administration of former president Gloria Arroyo.

    Syjuco said that Napoles was able to corner funds from Malampaya with the help of Drilon. He claimed that Drilon and Napoles knew each other since 2005.

    He also cited Cam’s statement that “Napoles gave P100 million to the campaign kitty” of administration candidates in the May 2013 national election. Drilon was the campaign manager of the Liberal Party.

    The Department of Justice already filed plunder charges before the Ombudsman against Napoles and Arroyo, among others, for the alleged pilferage of P900-million Malampaya fund scam.

    “As the architect and builder of the Malampaya Fund scam, respondent Napoles is at the center of this anomaly as the ‘Mama San’ along with co-respondent and partner in crime respondent Drilon as the ‘Papa San,’” Syjuco said.

    In a flowchart, he expounded that the P100 million kickback taken from the Malampaya fund was given to Drilon during the second death anniversary of Napoles’ mother at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.

    “Drilon not only maintained unlawful interest in the Malampaya Fund but acted as co-conspirator in plundering and looting the same,” Syjuco said.

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