• Two more pork scam witnesses waiting in wings

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    Two more former government officials are willing to testify against lawmakers implicated in the pork barrel fund scam.

    Levito Baligod, the lawyer of whistleblowers in the pork barrel scheme, identified the two willing witnesses as Rhodora Mendoza, former vice president for administration of the National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor), and Victor Roman Cacal, who used to be Nabcor’s finance and former general services supervisor.

    Baligod said Mendoza and Cacal know how the lawmakers’ pork barrel fund was channeled to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) of alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

    The two are among the government officials charged by the Department of Justice (DOJ) with plunder, malversation of public funds and other charges before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the pork barrel scam.

    Baligod said Mendoza and Cacal will provide links on how lawmakers pocketed kickbacks from their pork barrel fund.

    If the two become state witnesses, they will corroborate the testimony of former
    Technological Resource Center (TRC) general manager Dennis Cunanan, “that the legislators were the ones doing the follow-ups in their office for the immediate release of the fund,” Baligod told a radio interview.

    The National Bureau of Investigation, which put together all evidence for the plunder case, said the TRC and Nabcor are among the government agencies that received funds from the Department of Budget and Management.

    Under the scheme, the agencies were said to have turned over the money to fraudulent agriculture-related foundations owned by Napoles.

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    1. If those whistleblower to be will just echo the statements of the present whistleblower, I think these investigations is nothing but a hullabaloo concocted by the Abnoy adminstration. These new whistleblowers should come out with new names to really be credible.