MANILA - A private group filed Friday graft and plunder complaints against businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, 5 incumbent senators and 23 former and current members of the House of Representatives in connection with the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
Included in the lawsuit filed by Citizens Crime Watch are Napoles, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla, Bongbong Marcos and Gringo Honasan, Customs chief Ruffy Biazon and TESDA chief Joel Villanueva, and incumbent congressmen Amado Bagatsing, Rufus Rodriguez and Victor Ortega.
The denial came after audit team leader Magno Oasan confirmed the authenticity of Marcos’ signature in his endorsement letter to the National Livelihood Development Corp. (NLDC) in March 2012.
In that endorsement letter, Marcos also purportedly designated four nongovernment organizations as conduits in the implementation of the projects and designated his chief of staff Ramon Cardenas to sign documents.
In a statement, Marcos said he had written back Oasan to say that his signature was “not mine’’ and that he “never authorized’’ Cardenas or any person to deal with the NLDC.
Marcos said his staff, whom he instructed to investigate the matter, found out that his signature in the NLDC endorsement letter was falsified; the endorsement letter does not appear in the “docket system’’ of the senator’s office; the signatures of Cardenas in the memorandums of agreement with the four NGOs were falsified; and that the MOAs were of dubious origin, among others.
Jinggoy Estrada insisted that he is not the senator "Sexy" alluded to by whistleblower Benhur Luy during the hearing on the pork barrel scam in the Senate on Thursday.
"Hindi ko alam kung sino ang tinutukoy nilang 'Sexy'. Hindi ko po kilala kahit sinong whistleblower," he said.
"Inaamin ko naman na dati akong mataba at pumayat eh dahil nagpaopera ako para pumayat dahil shobang-shoba na ako noong araw," he said.
Estrada admitted this first on "Bandila" during the 2010 election campaign period .
"The truth is I had this bariatric surgery because I had an uncontrollable appetite. I ate all the kinds of food served on the table," the son of former President Joseph Estrada said.
This was the new tack taken by Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. in defending himself from allegations that he benefited from the P10-billion pork barrel scam pulled off by Janet Lim-Napoles over a 10-year period.
He has hired a handwriting expert to verify the authenticity of his signatures on documents related to the questionable release of his pork barrel to the fake NGOs, Joel Bodegon, Revilla’s legal counsel, on Wednesday said.
Revilla was one of the five senators and 23 members of the House of Representatives whose pork barrel funds were funneled into fake nongoverment organizations (NGOs) that Napoles had set up. From Inquirer
Honasandenied having any social or business ties to retired Marine officer, “Jimmy” Napoles, husband of detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, believed to be the chief operator of the P10-billion pork barrel scam, and a fellow member of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM). Napoles was an active participant in the 1989 coup d’état, which Honasan led.
“How can I remember every single officer who was with me in 1986, `87, and `89? We are not buddies or business partners, we don’t have a social or business relationship,” said Honasan.
Those whose intentions and motivations may be farthest from the lofty ideals of truth and justice are wont to feast upon this man's downfall should this Court render a guilty verdict.
I am equally aware of the tremendous pressure weighing heavily upon all the members of this Court as we had to come to a decision on this case, one way or the other.
But to render a just verdict according to my best lights and my own conscience is a sacred duty that I have sworn to perform.
As one who has been through many personal upheavals through all of my 88 years, I, too, have been judged, often unfairly and harshly. But I have constantly held that those who face the judgment of imperfect and fallible mortals like us have recourse to the judgment of history, and, ultimately, of God." JPE's Speech in the Corona Impeachment