Ex-mayor appears before NBI to shed light on PDAF scam

Posted at 08/14/13 12:50 PM

MANILA - A former mayor of Pangasinan volunteered to appear before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday to shed light on the pork barrel scam.

Rosales, Pangasinan Mayor Ricardo Revita and 20 farmers said they were shocked to hear they have been implicated in the alleged misuse of the pork barrel sourced from the Malampaya funds.

He said his signature was forged in several letters, which showed each farmer receiving at least P43,000 as a form of assistance due to the devastation of typhoon Pepeng in 2009.

The farmers said they never received such amount.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier sent out notices to 97 mayors being linked to the alleged P900 million Malampaya fund scam. The NBI team is in Pangasinan today as part of the probe.

The 97 mayors were named in an affidavit executed by Merlina Suñas, one of the so-called whistleblowers in the alleged wide-scale scam involving public funds perpetrated by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

Napoles is being investigated for allegedly siphoning off billions in public funds through the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel of lawmakers. – from a report by Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News