2 Oro lawmakers included in ‘Napolist’ anew-A A +A
By Riz P. Sunio
Friday, May 16, 2014
TWO legislators from Cagayan de Oro were listed in the controversial list of Janet Lim Napoles, who was allegedly involved in the misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel amounting to more than P10 billion.
According to reports, the city’s second district Representative Rufus Rodriguez and his brother Maximo of the Abante Mindanao (Abamin) partylist were included in the list for former Senator Panfilo Lacson submitted on Tuesday.
Included in the list were 12 senators, a total of 60 congressmen, 12 from other government agencies, and nine other agents to be in business with the alleged PDAF scam allegedly masterminded by Napoles.
In a TV news report Wednesday, Jocelyn Rodriguez, chairperson of Barangay Nazareth, is confident that her brothers will be cleared from the accusations.
For his part, first district Representative Rolando Uy said some of the legislators were just dragged into the mess through trial by publicity.
“That’s the problem. It was already publicized even before the conduct of an investigation, and that list, there were no documents proving that this or that congressman was involved in the pork barrel scam,” Uy told Sun*Star via text message Wednesday afternoon.
Recently, Uy’s name was mentioned as one of those who were included in the alleged 1.7 billion scam as one of the legislators who allocated portions of their PDAF to bogus NGOs for agricultural programs.
Uy denied involvement with the NGOs and the scam and in an earlier report, said he was willing to submit himself to an investigation.
Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro tried to contact Rodriguez to get his side but failed to get a reply from him.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 16, 2014.