Koko denies he's a Napoles collaborator

Posted at 05/12/14 10:19 AM

MANILA - Sen. Koko Pimentel denied that he is included in the list of lawmakers who allegedly benefited from the pork barrel scam of Janet Lim Napoles.

A statement from his office read: "Any list which includes my name as a 'Napoles collaborator' is a bogus list meant to muddle the present controversy."

Pimentel, who won re-election in the 2013 polls, confirmed that there were "attempts" by Mrs. Napoles to befriend him in the past.

"I acted civilly towards her but said 'NO' when priority development assistance funds (PDAF) matters were raised," he said.

The senator said he is set to charge criminally people who forged his signature in a letter-request sent to the Department of Agriculture, asking for the release of millions of pesos in organic agriculture funds.

He earlier told the Senate that the letter-request was used to justify a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the local government unit (LGU) of Surigao del Sur.

"The syndicate even had to forge my signature in a letter dated Oct. 29, 2012 addressed to the Department of Agriculture in an attempt to forcibly associate me with their illegal activities, apparently not being able to take 'NO' for an answer," he said.

"I am set to criminally charge those I suspect to be responsible for this forgery," he added.

Pimentel said official records will show that not a single centavo of his PDAF projects have been endorsed for implementation to any non-government organization controlled by Mrs. Napoles.

He said he has never endorsed any of his PDAF projects for implementation by any NGO, "whether Napoles-controlled or not."