By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Feb. 18, 2014
LOS ANGELES – Actor Mat Ranillo III sounded the alarm on the alleged illegal activities of Janet Lim Napoles as early as 2007, but no one listened to him, his lawyer said.
“As early as 2007, inalarma na ni Mr. Ranillo ang ating mga mambabatas tungkol sa mga aktibidades ni Mrs. Napoles, pero anong nangyari? Walang nakinig sa kanya,” Atty. Morel Callueng said in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News’ North America Bureau.
Ranillo, after finding out that was been linked by whistleblowers Benhur Luy and Ruby Tuason to the pork barrel scam, expressed dismay and disappointment, according to Callueng.
He said Ranillo and Napoles met some time in 2004, where Napoles offered to help the actor in his candidacy for Zamboanga congressman.
Ranillo also returned in 2007 whatever he earned from his transactions with Napoles, Callueng said.
Asked if they have documents supporting this claim, Callueng said: “Meron. Sasabihin namin yon, ipre-presenta namin yon in due time.”
Ranillo allegedly decided to migrate to the US with family in 2009 after failing to find someone in the government to listen to his expose about Napoles.
“I see actors, I see politicians na wala lang. ‘Di kagaya sa atin, it’s a big deal. Dito (US) parang everybody’s pantay-pantay lang,” Ranillo allegedly said.
Now, following Tuason’s testimony, Ranillo might be summoned by Senate to shed light on his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.
The NBI, meantime, is still studying Ranillo’s role in the controversy.
Ranillo’s lawyer said they have yet to receive any communication from any government agency, but the actor is willing to return to the country to help in the investigation.
“So in due time, pag naaral naming lahat at ayos ang seguridad nya at pwede syang umuwi, bakit hindi?” Callueng said.
His lawyer said Ranillo has a clean conscience, and is ready to answer the public’s questions, when the time comes.