Netizens: Napoles lists confusing

Posted at 05/15/14 4:09 AM

MANILA -- Social media users believe the recently publicized "Napoles list" just made the pork barrel scam more complicated and confusing.

The unsigned draft affidavit submitted by rehabilitation chief Panfilo Lacson to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Tuesday contained the names of 11 senators and 69 congressmen allegedly involved in the scam.

Justice Sec. Leila de Lima insists that Lacson's list is just a “worthless piece of paper.”

De Lima said she is disappointed that the unsigned list and affidavit were released sans evidence that would back up the allegations.

On Wednesday, TV Patrol asked on Facebook and Twitter, "Tingin mo ba, nakatulong o nakagulo lang ang naisapublikong kopya ng 'Napoles list' mula kay Lacson?"

Majority of the netizens who responded to the question said that the list contained in the unsigned draft affidavit just added more confusion to the pork barrel scam saga.

Some even blasted Lacson's involvement and said that he should just focus instead on the Yolanda rehabilitation efforts.

Others who reacted said that all lists and supporting pieces of evidence should have been verified first before a final list was publicized.

However, there were a few who thought that the list was helpful, especially in letting the public know who are the other people involved in the pork barrel scam.

Aside from de Lima's and Lacson's lists, the Philippine Daily Inquirer has come up with a list of pork barrel scam suspects from whistleblower Benhur Luy's files.

Meanwhile, Whistleblowers Association President Sandra Cam claims her list is closer to the truth.—report from Aira Leigh C. Bagtas