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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Move on to Other Cases, Sen. Santiago Urges Senate After Luy-Cunanan Clash

After watching dozens of hours of the Senate led Pork Barrel/PDAF Scam investigation the public is now ready to move on from Janet Lim Napoles, Sen. Santiago said Thursday in an interview after the 9th Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the multi-Billion Peso scam Thursday, were the latest government witness, Ex-Technology Resource Center (TRC) Dir. Gen Cunanan was questioned by the panel. Cunanan is a respondent in plunder charges filed by the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) in connection with the misuse of lawmaker's Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), commonly known as Pork Barrel. He appeared before the Senate Thursday as a DOJ provisional witness. Napoles allegedly earned rich kickbacks from the PDAF of senators and congressmen who allegedly got substantial parts of the funds. The funds were reportedly coursed through bogus NGOs and implementing agencies of government projects. TRC has been named as among these implementing agencies. It was suggested during the Senate hearings that there are Napoles copycats who are operating on a larger scale. It's yet unclear if there will be future Blue Ribbon Committee hearings on the matter after Cunanan gave his testimony Thursday. The committee chairman Sen. Guingona said that an evaluation of the various whistleblowers' statements is in order to determine the panel's next step. In last Thursday's hearing, previous whistleblower Benhur Luy disputed certain statements of Cunanan with regard to commissions.   
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