Sunday| May 21, 2017
Yesterday, Jacinto "Jing" Paras a former lawmaker involved former President Benigno Aquino III
got commission on pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
"I had a chance to speak with Napoles long before this PDAF paper came about, sometime in the early part of 2010, where I had the chance to meet with Napoles and her lawyer, not Atty. [Stephen] David, another lawyer then... In front of his lawyer, Napoles told me that Noynoy Aquino was getting commission from her," Paras said.
The information divulged by Napoles in a casual conversation in a restaurant.
Paras indicated the conversation took place before the 2010 presidential election.
"While we are having lunch, nagkaroon kami ng konting chat. In the course of our casual conversation tinanong ko siya, sabi ko Jenny (Napoles), 'Sino bang susuportahan mo ngayong coming election kasi malapit na?' Sabi niya, 'Kay Manny Villar ako e'... 'bakit ayaw mo ba kay Noynoy (Aquino) kasi he's gaining ground?' Sabi niya, 'Sir, ano 'yan e nangongomisyon sa'kin," the former lawmaker alleged.
Paras also urged Napoles to include this information on reinvistigation of the multi-billion pork barrel scam which planned by Department of Justice.
Earlier Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre IIsaid Napoles will became a state witness in the new pork scam cases that will be filed base on results of reinvestigation.
"If she eventually becomes a state witness pakiusap ko lang sa kanya na sabihin ang katotohan. Kung 'yung sinabi niya sa akin kung 'yon ang katotohanan, I hope she reiterates that when she becomes a state witness," Paras said.
Napoles was acquitted from the serious illegal detention case involving her former aide Benhur Luy, Sec. Aguirre met her lawyers to explore the possibility of using her as a state witness in the pork barrel scam case.
Stephen David, Napoles Lawyer who was also in the same forum, declined to confirm Paras' claim, but said the former congressman is a "credible guy."
"Kahit may sinabi (si Napoles), you know mayroong lawyer-client privilege so hindi ko pwedeng i-divulge 'yan."
"We should believe him (Paras)... What I am confirming is the credibility ng kaibigan natin," David said.
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