MANILA - Two former officials of the National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) are also seeking to turn state witness in the P10 billion pork barrel scam of Janet Lim Napoles, a lawyer of the pork scam whistle-blowers said Friday.
Lawyer Levito Baligod said former Nabcor vice-president for finance Rhodora Mendoza and ex-Nabcor general services department head Victor Gacal are willing to testify on how their former boss, Nabcor President Alan Javellana, released multimillion-peso checks to non-government organizations of Napoles due to pressure.
"Sa totoo lang, kung makikita ninyo itong mga hawak ng taga Nabcor na mga dokumento, medyo mapapailing kayo ng husto dahil daang daang milyon ang transaksyon na pinipirmahan nila na tseke. At makika natin na ang head of agency na si Mr. Javellana ay pinaparelease na niya ang tseke kahit wala pang supporting documents. Kahit wala pang napirmahan na memorandum of agreement ay pinaparelease na niya ang tseke," he told radio DZMM.
The lawyer said Javellana signed checks that were not countersigned by his subordinates such as Mendoza.
"Fina-followup sila. Pine-pressure sila at dahil dito hindi nasusunod ang proseso sa ahensiya," he said.
Baligod said both ex-Nabcor employees are willing to testify on the pressure brought on Javellana to release the funds. He said the two have written affidavits that will be submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman.
The lawyer said other accused in the pork barrel scam have signified intentions in turning state witness.
He said that to avoid delay before the Ombudsman, the prosecution is looking at accepting some of those that sent feelers as ordinary witnesses.