Aguirre: ‘Pork’ raps up vs Abad, op­po­si­tion se­na­tors

Panay News - - METRO -

MANILA – Se­na­tors Leila de Lima, Franklin Drilon and An­to­nio Tril­lanes IV were fac­ing charges in con­nec­tion with the pork bar­rel scam, Jus­tice sec­re­tary Vi­tal­iano Aguirre dis­closed on Mon­day.

The camp of Janet Lim- Napoles, the al­leged mas­ter­mind in the fun­nel­ing of Pri­or­ity De­vel­op­ment As­sis­tance Funds ( PDAF) t o bo­gus non­govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, was set to file the charges be­fore the Depart­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ).

For­mer Bud­get sec­re­tary Floren­cio Abad will be in­cluded in the charges, Aguirre said in a tele­vised in­ter­view. “ac­tu­ally

lawyer. And in a few days

file DOJ,” Aguirre told ABS- CBN kauku­lang Chan­nel habla2’s morningat show “Uma­gangiyon sa Kay Ganda.”

Aside f r om t he f our men­tioned, Napoles’ camp will also file charges against “prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties,” still in con­nec­tion with the pork bar­rel con­tro­versy, Aguirre re­vealed. “per­son­al­i­ties

prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties in­volved PDAF scam the Jus­tice chief said.

Trill anes de­nied t he al­le­ga­tions. “I cat­e­gor­i­cally deny any i nvolve­ment i n any ir­reg­u­lar­ity re­gard­ing PDAF, DAP ( Dis­burse­ment Ac­cel­er­a­tion Pro­gram) or any gov­ern­ment funds for that mat­ter,” he said on Mon­day.

He was never  in­cluded in any list of those ac­cused of in­volve­ment in the scam be­fore, the sen­a­tor stressed.

“Aguirre has been us­ing his of­fice to per­se­cute and ha­rass mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion by fab­ri­cat­ing tes­ti­monies from du­bi­ous con­victs or de­tainees such as the Bili­bid drug lords, Ker­win Espinosa and now Napoles,” Tril­lanes said.

Mean­while Drilon de­scribed the al­le­ga­tion as “bla­tant lie,” “out­right black pro­pa­ganda” and “po­lit­i­cal ha­rass­ment.”

“The in­ten­tion is ob­vi­ous from the per­son­al­i­ties be­ing linked. tar­get

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