Friday, August 16, 2013

Gov’t execs, lawmakers urged to disclose transactions with Janet Lim-Napoles

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Gov’t execs, lawmakers urged to disclose transactions with Janet Lim-Napoles

By Julliane De Jesus
2:40 pm | Friday, August 16th, 2013
MANILA, Philippines – The lawyer of a key witness in the P10-billion pork barrel scam urged legislators and government officials on Friday to disclose their transactions with Janet Lim-Napoles and her company, JLN Group of Companies.

Levito Baligod, lawyer of whistleblower Benhur K. Luy, said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990 AM that those concerned should surface and confirm to the public what was behind their deal with the “most wanted businesswoman.”

Napoles, who allegedly channeled Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel funds of lawmakers into “dummy” nongovernment organizations (NGOs) is the object of a manhunt, along with her brother Reynald “Jojo” Lim, by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Baligod said that the officials needed to enlighten the people, especially the taxpayers, why they were receiving fund transfers and checks from the enterprise of the “high-profile fugitive.”

“I cannot specify the amount the legislators received from JLN but we are all left with a question whether the money being transferred from Napoles to the officials are their commission in the set up or just payments of her debt to them,” he said.
Baligod and Luy got hold of documents from 2003 to 2011 showing senators, congressmen and middle-grade government officials allegedly receiving
money from Napoles’ “dummy” foundations.
Janet Lim-Napoles. FILE PHOTO

Some funds were allegedly transferred from Napoles’ Metrobank and Landbank accounts to government agencies, among them the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Technology Resource Center and National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) and Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs).

“They should debunk the allegations if they are not hiding anything or if they are not misusing the funds. We are hoping that the legislative branch will scrutinize this system,” he said.

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74 solons exceeded PDAF budget by ‘hundreds of millions’, says COA

By Kristine Angeli Sabillo
3:12 pm | Friday, August 16th, 2013
Commission on Audit Chairperson Gracia Pulido-Tan Photo from
(For the full COA report, click here)
MANILA, Philippines – Seventy-four lawmakers got more than their share of the Priority Development Assistance Fund by “hundreds of millions” from 2007-2009, the Commission on Audit disclosed Friday.

In a press conference, COA Chairperson Gracia Pulido-Tan did not name the 74 legislators but said that they “significantly exceeded” their respective allocations of P200 million for senators and P70 million for congressmen.

“When we say labis-labis – makikita nyo po yun sa report namin ng full – hindi po isang milyon, limang milyon ang labis.

Hundreds of millions. At meron ding isa tayong mambabatas na tumanggap ng halos P3 bilyon (When we say significantly exceeded – you’ll see that in our report in full – it doesn’t mean just one million, five million in excess. Hundreds of million. And we have one lawmaker who received almost P3 billion),” she said.

Tan released the report in the wake of the controversy allegedly involving several lawmakers and government officials and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind in a scam concerning the release of billions of pesos of pork barrel funds to bogus nongovernment organizations (NGOs).

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