MANILA - Sen. Cynthia Villar is irked by reports linking her to the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam of Janet Lim Napoles.
In a manifestation before the Senate, Villar said she understands the irritation of senators who are being linked to scam involving lawmakers' priority development assistance funds (PDAF).
"Kung masama ang loob ng ating ibang mga senador dito sa Senado sa Napoles List, lalo na kami. Hindi kasi naming kilala si Mrs. Napoles, and we have NO transactions whatsoever with her or her NGOs, using our PDAF," she said.
Villar said she was included in the Napoles affidavit after she received computers from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) in 2004 when she was a member of the House minority bloc.
She, however, pointed out that the DOTC is not the only government department that gives out computers. She said the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Science and Technology also distribute computers as part of a computer literacy program.
"This is not PDAF-related. We didn't have any influence over these departments, as to where or from whom they will buy the computers, and the cost of buying them," she said.
She also said she didn't receive the computers since these were delivered by the government departments or their representatives directly to public schools and barangays.
She reiterated that the money used to buy the computers did not come from PDAF but from the regular budgets of the government departments.
Villar, one of the richest lawmakers in Congress, has also denied that her husband received campaign contributions from Mrs. Napoles during the 2010 elections.