Secretary Panfilo “Ping” Lacson did not hesistate to give five additional names in Janet Lim-Napoles’ list of pork barrel scam personalities.
The former senator in an exclusive interview on ABS-CBN’s “Bandila” on Monday night, answered “yes” when asked if the following lawmakers were included in the yet to be published list:
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago
Senator Francis Escudero
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano
Senator Gregorio Honasan
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad (former congressman of Batanes)
They are a supplementary to the earlier identified involved in the scam joining Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.
The rehabilitation chief said that if the names on Napoles’ and on whistleblower Benhur Luy’s lists were combined, it would include 12 incumbent and 9 former senators.
He contradicted that Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senator Teofisto Guingano III were on the lists he saw – the one given to him by Napoles’ husband Jaime months ago and the records of Luy.
Lacson added that two senators were in Napoles’ list but not in Luy’s. An statement on their connection was included however there were no supporting documents or an accounting of the commission theysupposedly received.
He also countered that he would run in the 2016 elections and that he was guilty in the Dacer-Corbito double murder case.
He believes that Napoles was a believable source though she should not be permitted to become a state witness.
Meanwhile, Senator Chiz Escudero and Senator Peter Cayetano denied that they have any dealings with Janet Lim Napoles. Escudero said that this is Napoles game plan and just confusing people. Cayetano said the alleged pork barrel mastermind would just want to inflict mass destruction to distract people.