Palace: Allies won't be spared in pork scam probe

Posted at 05/05/2014 5:24 PM

MANILA - Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the executive will not spare its allies should they be linked by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles to the pork barrel fund scam and the Malampaya fund scam.

Coloma reiterated this assurance after Whistleblowers Association President Sandra Cam claimed that the President’s allies in the Liberal Party are trying to prevent her from publishing Napoles’ alleged list of co-conspirators in government.

“As stated by the President, let the evidence point to the direction of any inquiry regarding allegations on the misuse of public funds. Public officials associated with the administration will be treated in the same manner as all others. Their alleged involvement in anomalies will be scrutinized thoroughly to ascertain whether there is sufficient evidence to file appropriate charges against them,” he said.

Malacanang washed its hands of the release of the Napoles list, however. The alleged pork scam mastermind earlier gave a copy to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

“Ang Department of Justice po, sa pangunguna ni Secretary (Leila) de Lima, ang siyang binigyan ng Pangulo ng responsibilidad hinggil dito. Pero ilagay po natin sa konteksto. Batid natin na mayroon nang nakahain na mga paratang,” he said.

Coloma reminded the public that there are already pork barrel scam cases pending before the Office of the Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman earlier tagged Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla in the scam. A case has yet to be filed at the Sandiganbayan.

News reports - claiming to be based on a Napoles list - show Aquino allies are also allegedly involved, including Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.