Drilon warns vs turning ‘pork’ probe into smear campaign

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Thursday, April 24, 2014


SENATE President Franklin Drilon on Thursday said he is confident that his name is not included on the list of senators who supposedly benefited from the pork barrel scam of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

In a press conference, Drilon shrugged off rumors that he is one of those senators being implicated in the multi-billion peso Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) scam allegedly masterminded by Napoles.

Drilon dismissed as "black propaganda" any effort to include his name on the Napoles list. He warned against turning the pork barrel investigation into a smear campaign.

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According to reports, there were 12 to 19 incumbent and former senators in the Napoles list submitted in an affidavit to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Rehabilitation czar Secretary Panfilo Lacson.

"I wish to state once more that in so far as I am concerned, my name is not and will never be on any list because I have not assigned a single peso of my PDAF to any non-government organization of Mrs. Janet Lim-Napoles," Drilon said.

Drilon challenged those accusing him to show proof as he further said he can account for every peso of his pork barrel funds.

"Maraming mga text messages na nasasabi na kasama raw ang pangalan ko sa 19 na mga senador who Janet Napoles has implicated in the pork barrel scam. Well, I guess they are at it again. These are the black propaganda operators who were doing the same thing last year. They have been tapped to muddle the issue by spreading lies and baseless accusations," Drilon said.

Drilon warned against mudslinging and smear campaigns.

"Dahil lalo lamang nagugulo ang proseso ng paghahanap ng katotohanan at hustisya. These are the kinds of propaganda that will only ruin our quest to find out the truth," he said.

Drilon believed that the process of ferreting out the truth and delivering justice should be blind of any political colors.

"Those who have plundered the nation's coffers should be put to jail and their political affiliation – their pedigree – should never be a consideration," the senate chief said.

He said the charges however must be supported by compelling and undeniable documentary evidence.

"No other evidence is better than the document, because documents do not lie," he said.

Drilon said his name will not be in any list as he said that the only nongovernment organization that he has worked with for the past several years is the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce. (Camille P. Balagtas/Sunnex)

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