Napoles gave P150M bribe, says Sandra Cam

Posted at 05/22/14 11:45 AM

De Lima: Bakit sila nakatutok sa akin?

MANILA - Whistle-blowers Association of the Philippines president Sandra Cam believes alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles gave as much as P150 million in bribes in exchange for the dropping of the serious illegal detention case filed against her.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, meanwhile, swiftly denied receiving any bribes from Napoles and questioned why Cam was accusing the Department of Justice of wrongdoing.

Speaking to radio DZMM, Cam said she received copies of two DOJ resolutions that first dropped and then found probable cause in the serious illegal detention case filed by pork scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy against Napoles.

The first resolution was dated June 10, 2013 while the second one was issued August 6, 2013.

Cam said she received information that Napoles gave the P150 million bribe after she met with former National Bureau of Investigation director Nonnatus Rojas and lawyers Alfredo Villamor and Plaridel Bohol at Rojas' office last May 23, 2013.

Bohol is Justice Secretary Leila de Lima's ex-husband, Cam said.

Cam claimed the P150 million bribe was for the dropping of the case and that investigators no longer mention the pork barrel scam allegations.

She also claimed that the resolution to drop the serious illegal detention case would not have been passed without de Lima's knowledge.

For her part, de Lima questioned why Cam is trying to link her to Napoles.

"People may have different impressions about me but as long as karamihan naman ng tao ay naniniwala pa rin at pinakaimportante pa rin sa akin at naniniwala pa rin sa akin ang Pangulo and the general public. That will be my gauge, kung mag-iisip na ba ako kay Sandra Cam," she said.

"Bakit kaya? Bakit nakatutok sila sa akin?"

Cam, however, said her revelation is only meant to show that the Napoles scam has influenced not just legislators but investigators such as the DOJ.

She said her group is now getting information from the Anti-Money Laundering Council on Napoles' withdrawal of the P150 million.

The whistle-blower also claimed Rojas resigned last September 2013 because rumors of the Napoles bribe started to leak out.

"Nag-resign si Rojas without even turning over his work to the next chief because, per our source, Rojas got P30 million and the rest was given to DOJ," she said.

"Nalaman kasi sa ahente sa baba na nagkabukolan sila. Walang nakarating sa baba," she added.

De Lima earlier said Rojas tendered his resignation after President Aquino announced that the NBI "has its share of 'less trustworthy' officials and agents."

"Medyo naging very sensitive siya," she said.