House hearing to clear 'pork scam confusion' proposed

Posted at 06/02/14 6:27 PM

MANILA - Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco wants the House of Representatives to step into the fray and summon several personalities involved in the pork barrel scam story.

Tiangco today filed House Resolution No. 1181 urging the House of Representatives, in aid of legislation, to compel Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, whistleblower Benhur Luy and lawyer Bruce Rivera to shed light on the alleged involvement of some lawmakers and government officials in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) anomaly.

Tiangco noted the pork barrel scam story has become so convoluted as more lawmakers are linked to the scam.

The secretary general of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said, "there is a compelling need to directly settle all issues surrounding the PDAF scam by directing (De Lima, Napoles, Luy and Rivera) to appear and testify before the Committee and to afford some members of the House of Representatives the opportunity to be heard in public."

Napoles has already submitted her lists and affidavits to the Department of Justice. Some quarters have questioned the authenticity of her story, such as her portrayal of Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad as her supposed mentor.

According to Tiangco, the many versions of the Napoles list, the recently released digital files of Luy containing names of lawmakers, executive officials and their staff, and the alleged deletion of pertinent files from the hard drive have caused confusion and doubts on the true participation of those involved.

De Lima earlier said she will be using the information from whistleblowers to validate the information given by Napoles.

Subsequently, a story came out that one of the whistleblowers, Merlina Sunas, revealed in her affidavit attesting that Abad was one of those involved in the pork scam,

Tiangco also noted the Napoles camp admitted errors on the list.

"Atty. Bruce Rivera, in some of his media interviews categorically mentioned that there were some errors and omissions in the Affidavit submitted by Mrs. Napoles, causing confusion and casting doubts on the true participation and/or involvement of lawmakers, executive officials, the members of their staff and their agents," he said.