Revilla endorsed Napoles NGOs, then confirmed it: COA

Posted at 07/17/14 5:59 PM

MANILA - Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. confirmed that he endorsed non-government organizations (NGOs) of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles to implement projects funded by his Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF), a Commission on Audit official said Thursday.

Speaking at Revilla's bail hearing today, Assistant Commissioner Susan Garcia said Revilla confirmed his signatures on endorsement letters that allowed his pork barrel funds to be coursed through the fake NGOs of Janet Napoles.

In a letter sent to COA on July 20, 2011, Revilla confirmed that it was his signature affixed on endorsement letters submitted to COA. This was in response to a letter sent to Revilla asking that he authenticate his signature.

The COA official said although it is common practice for legislators to submit endorsement letters for non-government organizations, it violates the mandate of the government procurement policy board that NGOs are to be chosen through a public bidding conducted by the implementing agency.

Revilla is accused of funneling millions of pesos of his so-called pork barrel funds to fake non-government organizations set up by Mrs. Napoles in exchange for kickbacks.

He is currently detained at the Philippine National on plunder and graft charges for his part in the alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam.

Meanwhile, a Department of Budget and Management (DBM) official said the name of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles never appeared in any of the 10 special allotment release orders (SAROs) issued to Senator Revilla.

DBM Director Carmencita Delantar also said she finds nothing irregular in the list of projects to be funded by Revilla's pork barrel since it satisfied the PDAF menu of the General Appropriations Act.