MANILA — A new batch of complaint involving the alleged misuse of the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund may be filed as a new group of whistleblowers, including government officials, have surfaced.
Because of this, the second batch of complaint involving the alleged pork barrel scam filed before the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday will have the third batch coming.
However, Atty. Levito Baligod, counsel of the whistleblowers in the alleged PDAF scam, explained that the new complaint to be filed next month may not anymore be connected to businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
Napoles is the alleged “brains” behind the P10-billion pork barrel scam and the P900-million Malampaya Fund scam using her bogus non-governmental organizations involving some lawmakers and government officials.
Baligod said the new group of whistleblowers who have have surfaced have already executed their respective affidavits.
Baligod added that just like the two earlier batches of complaints filed before the Office of the Ombudsman, some lawmakers are again expected to be implicated in the case.
When asked about the amount involved in the non-Napoles PDAF scam, Baligod cited the case of the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) wherein the P2.9-billion amount of PDAF changed hands, but from the said amount, only P544 million ended up in the NGOs connected to Napoles.
Baligod said this means the remaining P2.4 billion ended up in the other NGOs not connected to the controversial businesswoman.
He added that aside from the pork barrel fund, the filing of the complaint not involving PDAF but still government money and used in the implementation of programs of NGOs not connected to Napoles will follow suit. (PNA report by Perfecto T. Raymundo)