Marcos denies funneling funds to fake NGOs-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. denied Tuesday that he authorized the release of P24.25 million from his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) to the non-government organization controlled by Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind.
He also denied endorsing livelihood projects in Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental through Napoles' fake NGO, Masaganang Ani para sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc. (Mamfi), in 2011.
He clarified that the alleged "pork conduit", Catherine Mae "Maya" Santos, ceased to be connected with his office since March 2013.
However, the senator admitted that he engaged Santos' services as a consultant. The job, however, does not grant her authority to represent or sign documents on the senator's behalf, Marcos said.
Marcos recalled that the only project he had authorized was the construction/improvement of a drainage canal in Barangay Rafael Castillo, Agdao, Davao City wherein the sum of P300,000 was allocated to the Department of Public Works and Highways through the Davao City District Engineering Office, as the implementing agency.
Marcos blamed the controversy to a syndicate operating in the Senate, as he noted that the group behind it is well connected with the government.
The senator said that his colleagues who were being dragged into the pork barrel scam are actually victims themselves but they are being tagged as part of the anomalous transaction and worse, "conniving with these people."
Marcos said they are all victims of this manipulative and systematic move to get senators funds, "using their names and faking their signatures."
However, he is confident that the truth will come out as he challenged those accusing him to come out with sufficient documents that will prove his strong link to the said anomalous transaction. (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)