Luzon LGUs got millions: Janet Napoles links Marcos Jr to pork barrel scam

By Nancy Carvajal

Convicted pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles has named presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as one of the lawmakers who allegedly received kickbacks for channeling their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocation to questionable projects.

Marcos was listed as 11th among hundreds of lawmakers allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam, based on a copy of Napoles’ unreleased sworn affidavit obtained by Politiko.

The son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was a senator from 2010 to 2016.

Napoles claimed in the affidavit that Marcos received a 50 percent kickback by coursing his PDAF allocation to bogus projects through a conduit named Catherine Mae “Maya” Santos.

“Si Maya Santos and naglapit sa akin ng mga proyekto galing sa opisina ni Senador.Hindi ko po direktang nakausap o nakilala si Senador Marcos. Ayon sa kanya siya ang inatasan na mamahala ng mga proyekto/ pondo ng Senador,” the businesswoman said.

Napoles’ former close associate, pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy, had documents showing that Marcos allocated his PDAF to a number of local government units (LGUs) in Luzon through alleged questionable projects implemented by the National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC).

Among the LGUs listed in Luy’s records were: Umingan, Pangasinan, Calasiao, Pangasinan, Sual Pangasinan, Dinalupihan, Bataan, Sariaya Quezon, Pilar Bataan, Bulacan, Bulacan, General Nakar, Quezon, San Antonio, and Nueva Ecija.

Each LGU allegedly received between P5 million and P10 million worth of projects from Marcos’ PDAF. The projects, which included financial assistance for micro entreprenurs and small farmers, were supposedly implemented by the People’s Organization for Progress and Development Foundation Inc., a non-government organization linked to Napoles and headed by her former associate, whistleblower Merlina Sunas.

Luy also allegedly has in his records a letter from Marcos that was addressed to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), which requested an inter-agency transfer under original Special Allotment Order Release Order (SARO) number E- 11- 01883 dated Dec. 11, 2011 for realigned and transfer to NLDC.

Napoles subscribed to her affidavit before her former lawyer, Lanee Cui-David, in May 2014.

Cui David is now a justice of the Court of Appeals.

Napoles executed two affidavits—one in English and one in Filipino—which detailed how lawmakers allegedly received kickbacks by channeling their PDAF to bogus NGOs linked to her.

She admitted in the affidavit to giving “SOP,” “rebates” or “commissions” to lawmakers, their representatives and heads of government agencies in exchange for getting their PDAF allocation.

“Alam ko po, na sa aking paglalahad ng katotohanan, marami po akong masagasaan, maraming magagalit at sasama ang loob at madaming madadamay. THE TRUTH HURTS.. BUT THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE. Kaya hindi po mawawala sa aking isipan at pangangamba na gaganti sila sa akin o sa aking pamilya, maga kaibigan at tauhan,” Napoles said.

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