DOJ open to probe ex-Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr. –De Lima

January 24, 2014 4:27 am 

MANILA, Jan. 23 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) said it is open to investigate ex-Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr. in connection with the expose made by whistle-blower Benhur Luy that the former lawmaker was one of the earliest clients of detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

Luy is the main whistle-blower in the alleged priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or "pork barrel" scam.

Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima said on Thursday that such an investigation will be conducted if Luy is ready to submit a sworn statement to be made as basis of investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

De Lima added that Luy had not mentioned in his earlier sworn statements about the transaction of the former with Napoles, the alleged “brains” behind the P10-billion pork barrel and P900-million Malampaya Fund scams.

Likewise, De Lima said she plans to talk to Luy and his counsel, Atty. Levito Baligod, about the expose of Luy.

It was earlier reported in the newspaper that according to Luy, between the years 2003 and 2004, then Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr. allotted P35 million as part of his PDAF to local government units in the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Laguna, Leyte and Bohol.

Revilla allegedly utilized Jo Chris Trading, a company of Napoles, in the implementation of the projects in the said provinces. (PNA)

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