Sonny Angara: My PDAF didn't go to NGOs

Posted at 05/15/14 7:35 PM

MANILA - After being linked to the pork barrel scam, Sen. Sonny Angara on Thursday denied that he allocated any of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to non-government organizations of Janet Lim Napoles.

In a statement, Angara said all of his PDAF from 2004 to 2013 were allocated to local government units' schools and hospitals within his congressional district in Aurora.

"For transparency,I have released all my PDAF records to the media. In my three terms as a congressman, I have never allocated any of my PDAF to any NGO for that matter. Records will bear me out," he said.

Angara is the latest lawmaker to be implicated in the pork barrel scam, which allegedly saw billions of pesos in PDAF being funneled to fake foundations of Mrs. Napoles.

On Thursday, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee released the signed list of lawmakers that Mrs. Napoles submitted to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima last April 22.

Except for a few additional names written in longhand, the list is essentially the same list earlier released by rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson.

The signed list had the written notation "Cong. Angara - APO" on the list of congressmen who allegedly had transactions with JLN Group of Companies.