Belmonte rejects calls to probe Napoles’ list

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Saturday, May 31, 2014


SPEAKER Feliciano Belmonte Jr. rejected calls for the House of Representatives to investigate the inclusion of some legislators in the affidavit of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles.

"Not in this House when you have only few are involved here, bakit naman? We want to get on with our work and the President himself office prepared on their priorities one of this days," Belmonte said.

Earlier, some lawmakers are calling for an inquiry into the Napoles list to clean the names of House legislators who were accused of misusing their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) as most of them say they were victims of trial by publicity.

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Belmonte said lawmakers named in the so-called Napoles list may file libel cases instead or conduct press conferences or issue press statements to deny their participation in the alleged misuse of PDAF instead of conducting congressional inquiries.

The House leader said the main reason why he does not want the chamber to probe the Napoles list is to avoid being accused of self-serving as no one among the accused lawmakers will admit any involvement.

"Most of those in the list were identified with former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, which represents 80 percent. In the 16th Congress, only 20 percent were involved and most of them have no concrete evidences," Belmonte said.

He added that the institution will not derail its timetable to investigate something that should be left with Office of the Ombudsman. (Sunnex)

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