Loi Estrada, 7 other ex-senators linked to pork scam

Posted at 05/26/14 7:52 PM

MANILA - Businesswoman Janet Napoles has named 12 incumbent and 8 former senators plus around 100 congressmen in her amended affidavit submitted to the Senate on Monday afternoon.

Napoles claimed the following incumbent senators received kickbacks from her modus operandi:

Juan Ponce Enrile,
Jinggoy Estrada,
Gringo Honasan,
Lito Lapid,
Loren Legarda,
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.,

Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III,
Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.,
Tito Sotto,
Cynthia Villar,
Alan Peter Cayetano, and
Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

The former senators on the list are:

Rodolfo Biazon,
the late Robert Barbers,
Loi Estrada,
Robert Jaworski,

Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay Jr.,
Tessie Aquino Oreta,
Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., and
Manny Villar.

Napoles claimed former actor Matt Ranillo was the agent for Loi Estrada, while Robert 'Dudut' Jaworski Jr. was the agent for his father.

The names of Escudero, Cayetano, and Manny Villar were on a separate line on the list. Napoles alleged these 3 senators only received money for their campaign funds.

The affidavit was filed Monday in response to a subpoena the Department of Justice.

Written in English, the 53-page long affidavit also includes annexes of checks given to “agents” including “Doña Señora Ruby Tuason.”

Napoles also appealed that her children, James Christopher and Jo Christine, be spared from criminal prosecution.

Evelyn de Leon, John Raymond De Asis, and Ronald John Lim, and Eulogio Rodriguez are also requesting to be utilized as state witnesses and be granted immunity from criminal prosecution.

They, too, are willing to execute their own affidavit in support of the request.

Napoles second and extended affidavit, on the other hand, is written in Filipino and is 32 pages long. She reiterated she is not the perpetrator of the scam.

“Ang aking munting kaalaman o kamangmangan sa batas ang naging sanhi upang ako ay madaling mahikayat na maging isa sa mga tulay ng mga mambabatas at opisyal ng pamahalaan sa paggamit ng pondo ng kanilang mga pork barrel. Subali’t alam kong hindi ito maaaring maging katwiran,” Napoles said.


In a press statement after the Napoles affidavits were made public, Senator Legarda said:

"I categorically deny, in the strongest terms, allegations that I had any dealings with Ms. Napoles or any of her group. I have never dealt with them and have never even heard of their foundations. Above all, I have never received monetary or any form of illegal benefit from my PDAF or its equivalent at any time. I have never authorized anyone in my staff or outside of my office to transact with anyone.

"I have judiciously allocated my PDAF to accredited government agencies and local government units as prescribed by law. I allocated my PDAF to 300 classrooms worth P150 million, financial assistance to indigents during disasters through DSWD, the National Museum’s Hibla and Baybayin galleries, medical assistance in PGH and other government hospitals, scholarships in SUCs, among many others.

"I never endorsed any NGO to benefit from my PDAF. Any statement to the contrary contained in any affidavit is a perjured lie and is actionable criminally against those involved in this smear campaign." – with a report from Ruby Tayag, dzMM