Bongbong: My signatures in PDAF documents were forged
MANILA - Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr categorically denied allegations linking him to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
In a statement, Marcos said his signature was falsified. He said he never authorized his chief-of-Staff, Ramon B. Cardenas, to deal with the National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC) on his behalf.
“When the scandal broke out, I purposely kept quiet even when my name was constantly being dragged into the controversy. I instructed my office to conduct an investigation because I wanted to be very sure about what I would say since I didn’t want to misinform nor mislead the public,” he said.
He said his office uncovered the following:
- the signature of the senator which appeared in the NLDC endorsement letter dated March 16, 2012 was falsified;
- the endorsement letter did not appear in the docket system which was implemented in the Senators Office beginning January 2011;
- the signature of Ramon Cardenas which appeared in the Memorandum of Agreement to the four NGOs were falsified;
- the MOAs are of dubious origin because they were allegedly notarized by a certain Atty. Antonio M. Santos in Makati City;
- According to the Office of the Clerk of Court in Makati, Atty. Santos was not commissioned by the Regional Trial Court of Makati as notary public for the years covering 2011-2013;
- and per Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the IBP Lifetime Number of Atty. Santos belongs to another individual.
Marcos said the above findings were transmitted to the Commission on Audit (COA) in the hope that it could aid the agency with its audit.