Bay Area Fil-Ams weigh in on Lacson’s pork barrel list

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 14, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif – Philippine officials have already stated that the new pork barrel scam list handed over to the Senate by Secretary Panfilo Lacson would not be at all admissible as evidence in the investigation that businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles supposedly masterminded.

The list which supposedly came from Napoles’ husband was not notarized and was not signed.

The two-page document included the names of those already implicated in the scam like Senators Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile but cited new alleged scam operators like Senators Tito Sotto, Loren Legarda, Kiko Pimentel, Alan Peter Cayetano, Gringo Honasan, Chiz Escudero, Manny Villar and JV Ejercito.

Some kababayans here did not expect to see so many news names on the list.

“I don’t know. If it’s in here then it’s here. It’s surprising that their names are in here,” Susan Ang of Daly City, Calif. said.

“I’m actually not that surprised other than the fact that a few of these people are dead,” James Brillantes of South San Francisco, Calif. said.

The list even included names of deceased lawmakers like Senator Robert Barbers and Congressman Iggy Arroyo.

Gloria Navarrette of the US Pinoys for Good Governance says some of the names on the list may have not known their pork barrel funds were used for the scam.

“I don’t think they knew at the time where the money will go or perhaps they had a very good intention. But upon knowing that there was fraud, it’s possible they stopped,” Navarrette said.

She says she expected two more names to be included in the list – Senate President Frank Drilon and former acting Local Water Utilities Administration Chairman Rene Villa.

“And I’m just wondering why Frank Drilon and [Rene] Villa are not included in this pork barrel scam when they’re the mentors of Napoles. In fact he was the executive secretary of Cory Aquino during that time and I am surprised if he doesn’t know anything about pork barrel and how it is done and how to facilitate, maneuver, or manipulate money from the pork barrel,” Navarrette said.

Navarrette says she is also surprised that Lacson sent out that list to begin with.

“Why does he even meddle around in this? What’s his role in this when it’s already on the table in the Department of Justice dilemma, right? He should be doing reconstruction for Yolanda,” Navarrette said.

In the end Navarette hopes the Philippine government will be able to sort out this pork barrel mess and prosecute those involved.

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  • Andres Bonifacio
    14 May 2014 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Napoles husband is former Marine officer, member of the RAM (reformist movement, headed by Sen Honasan, classmate of Sec P Lacson from PMA. Napoles pork scams needs a lot of military bodyguards in order to squeezed, pressure the politicians and stop them from talking.. Who is then, the real mastermind Do you think J Napoles is only a front, Sen M Santiago was correct and said to J Napoles”tell the truth now, while you are still alive”.Sec De Lima tell Janet not to play games with you anymore and do it fast.For now let us forget Half Billion Pesos, political campaign donation from Napoles given to the Office of the President…

  • ApoMabini
    15 May 2014 at 4:12 am - Reply

    Kaya pala kay Pnoy nagsurrender si JNapoles, at ang Presidente pa ang nag-escort kay Janet sa opisina ni Sec DeLima at “Mam” ang tawag sa iyo ni Mar Roxas. Malaking bagay talaga yoon political campaign donation. Ang asawa mo ay member ng RAM boys, sana huwag siyang mabiodo, dahil limpak-limpak na pera ang pupunta sa kanya. Puwede uling mag-asawa. Janet tumabla ka na, sabihin mo na ang totoo habang buhay kapa……

  • JRB
    15 May 2014 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Wow what words to say, Sen M Santiago said to J Napoles tell the truth now, while you are still alive? Why who’s going to kill J Napoles? That’s not nice when your say words like that. I hope the government watch over the case, with military bodyguards? Tell the bodguards kill anyone that is crazy and want to kill J Napoles. Good for the bad politicians get them all out of office right away.