Filing of cases on pork barrel scam not possible by Friday-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima refused to confirm on Wednesday the names of lawmakers who will be slapped with plunder and malversation charges in relation to the anomalous use of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF).
A national daily quoted the whistleblowers' lawyer Levito Baligod as saying that Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr.and Enrile's former chief aide Gigi Reyes will face plunder cases before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Also in the list, according to the report, were former Surigao del Sur Representative Prospero Pichay and congressmen Rodolfo Tuason, Edgar Valdez and Rizalina Seachon-Lanete.
These politicians allegedly channeled their PDAF to dubious non-government organizations linked to businesswoman Janet Napoles in exchange for kickbacks.
De Lima said Baligod denied the report after speaking to him by phone.
"Ang naalala niya, in an ambush interview after the case conference at NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) last Friday, while he confirmed na malapit nang i-file, when he was asked daw sinu sino ilan, ang sinabi lang niya at least five will be charged. But acccording to him, he never named names. He too was surprised kung bakit naglalabasan mga pangalan na yan," she said.
De Lima asked the media to just wait for the actual filing of cases rather than coming out with names.
"Iyan ang mahirap, inuunahan na palagi ang filing, mas lalo tuloy nape-pressure ang NBI team," she said.
The cases will likely be filed on Monday next week instead of Friday as mentioned by President Benigno Aquino III, de Lima said, because they are still in the process of preparing the documentary evidence.
Baligod said the documents will run up to almost 3,000 pages. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)