Lacson: Other senators also earned from 'pork scam'

Posted at 04/22/14 7:52 PM

MANILA (UPDATED) - Former Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday said he has information that some incumbent senators, other than the 3 already indicted, also amassed money from their pork barrel using alleged fake non-government organizations set up by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

Lacson, now the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery of areas hit by disasters, declined to name the senators involved.

An ABS-CBN News source on Tuesday claimed that at least 19 other senators will be linked by Napoles to pork barrel kickbacks.

"I have an idea based on information that I received, some are still incumbent senators," he said.

He urged Napoles to disclose their names after she reportedly told Justice Secretary Leila de Lima all that she knows about the pork barrel scam.

De Lima met with Napoles at the Ospital ng Makati from around 10 p.m. Monday to 3 a.m. Tuesday.

"That's a good thing [Napoles tell-all]...Kung kulang-kulang and we will not make accountable for those who made misdeeds, we are doing the country a disservice," he said.

"Kung sino ang dapat ma-involve ay dapat ma-involve at ma-indict," he said.

Lacson said that as early as 2003, he had exposed the pork barrel scam through a privilege speech when he was still a senator.

"I have been detailing the evil in the pork barrel system, 20 percent to this, 5 percent to this agency, 10 percent to that," Lacson said.

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, De Lima neither confirmed nor denied the information that Napoles identified 19 other senators involved in pork barrel kickbacks.

"Sino nagsabi nun? I cannot confirm," she said.

Atty. Bruce Rivera, meanwhile denied the allegation that his client tagged 19 other senators. 

"Pinabubulaanan po na may ganung listahan, na may 19. Ayoko po magbigay ng numero kasi hindi naman po talaga iyun ganoon," Rivera told radio dzMM Tuesday night.

"Ayoko rin pong maglabas ng kahit anong sasabihin, nag-assist po ako sa usapan nila ni Mrs. Napoles, ako po ay walang authority isiwalat po ang laman nito," he said. "Ang masasabi ko po, kung may naglalabas po na may disinuwebe o 19 senators ay misinformation po iyon."

Rivera said he can't divulge what Napoles told De Lima.

"Bilang abugado ni Mrs. Napoles, I am sworn to secrecy sa mga sinabi niya. Hindi po ako bystander doon eh, hindi po ako miron doon sa ginawa niya, ako po iyung lawyer niya na nagexplain sa kanya nung kanyang mga rights. Kaya po bilang isang abugado po, bound po ako na itago, para po akong pari, na itago ang confession ng aking kliyente, kaya po wala po akong puwedeng ilabas," he explained.

Three opposition senators--Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.--have been indicted by the Ombudsman for plunder and graft in connection with the pork barrel scam. -- with reports from Lynda Jumilla and Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News; Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBNNews.com