Senator Francis Escudero stated that the Senate would possible start by July a a lot wider probe on the pork barrel scam involving P8 billion by bogus foundations not owned by Janet Lim Napoles .
Escudero stated the pork barrel probe would not be a reopening of the Senate investigation performed below the Aquino administration which centered solely on the bogus foundations owned by Napoles and Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) launched from 2007 to 2009
“Humigit kumulang P14 billion ang PDAF Scam, P6 bilyon lamang ang dumaan kay Napoles. Kakalimutan nalang ba natin yung P8-bilyon pa na nalustay din?” requested Escudero in a discussion board within the Senate.
“Pangalawa, sa dinami dami ng pangalang binaggit ni Ginang Napoles, ano nang nangyari sa mga kasong ‘yun? Nasampahan ba o hindi? Dapat sana maresolbahan rin ang mga kasong ‘yun. Hindi lamang para mapanagot ang may sala pero para malinis din ang pangalan ng mga nagkataong binaggit lamang at nadawit ang pangalan na wala namang ginawang mali o anomalya,” he added.
Based on the Commission on Audit (COA) Special Audit Report, which fashioned the idea for the Senate investigation and the plunder charges filed towards lawmakers, the largest pork scam operator which used Napoles’ modus operandi of utilizing faux non-government organizations is the Godofredo Roque group which incorporates Marilou Antonio, Joel Soriano, Marilou Ferrer, Myra Villanueva and France Mercado.
The group offered livelihood coaching kits (C.C. Barredo Publishing House) and seedlings (BB Vergara Plant Nursery and S&A Plant Nursery) to justify the discharge of the pork barrel funds to bogus foundations reminiscent of Kabuhayan at Kalusugan Alay sa Masa Foundation Inc. (KKAMFI) with P526.679 million with 74 tasks and
Gabay at Pag-Asa ng Masa Foundation Inc. (GPMFI) with P66.312 million for 12 tasks, primarily based on the COA audit.
EScudero stated that he hunted for a wider probe off the pork barrel scam within the Senate however this fell on deaf ears as the federal government determined to start submitting charges towards choose lawmakers.
“Sa parte ng media ganon din, nung may nakulong na may ibang isyu nang lumabas at hindi na nabigyan gaano ng atensyon yung balanse pa pero bahagi ng COA Report yung balanse ng mga cooperatives o people’s organization na involved doon sa kalahati pa ng PDAF scam na hindi dumaan sa kamay ni Napoles” stated Escudero.
He stated he would file a decision to start a brand new probe of the pork barrel scam to focus on non-Napoles scammers by July when the Department of Justice would have had sufficient time to compile new proof.