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