Drilon should not be judged based on photos with Napoles: Lacierda-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
MALACANANG defended Wednesday Senate President Franklin Drilon, who was seen with Janet Lim-Napoles, an alleged brain in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam, in previous photos attending in some social gatherings.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that Drilon's photos with Napoles should not be a basis to judge the administration lawmaker on how he used his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.
"A photograph of him, knowing Ms. Janet Napoles, should not be used as a basis to judge, rather, the actions taken by the senator with respect to this PDAF," he said.
He said that the issue was the diversion of the taxpayers' money to non-government organizations linked to Napoles and subject of the report of the Commission on Audit (COA) and of the investigation of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
"I think there's an attempt to make Senator Drilon guilty by photography. The point is it's not so much the pictures that should be the basis for judgment. Let me emphasize that the basis for evaluation of wrongdoing should be acts undertaken, acts that involved taxpayers' money," he said.
Asked if President Benigno Aquino III was surprised that Drilon had photos and even attended some of the gatherings hosted by Napoles, Lacierda said, "Senator Drilon volunteered the information. That's as far as I know." (SDR/Sunnex)