The National Bureau of Investigaiton (NBI) wants to get its hands on the notebook, which supposedly contains a list of individuals that the Ampatuans allegedly bribed in connection with the Maguindanao massacre case.
In a report from GMA’s “24-Oras” on Tuesday, NBI Chief Atty. Virgilio Mendez said the bureau could check whether the allegations have basis based on the notebook’s contents.
“This notebook contains the list of those alleged recipients of the bribe money. Dito natin makikita kung talagang meron bang pinagbasehan yung mga sinasabi,” Mendez said.
Witness Jerramy Joson earlier showed the notebook to the media.
The notebook contains names and contact numbers of individuals involved in the Ampatuan massacre case, with corresponding amounts of money beside the names.
According to the report, the NBI recently investigated members of the prosecution regarding the bribery attempt. Among them was Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Fadullon who denied the allegations.
“Kung hindi lalahad at lalantad yung tao na yun, we should not even dignify answering any accusations about the notebook,” Fadullon said.
Fadullon’s name was purportedly said to be in the notebook revealed by Joson.
Also implicated in the notebook was Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, who denied the allegations.
“Hihingin ko sa Ombudsman na agad akong bigyan ng subpoena at ng complaint ng babaeng ito para masagot ko na ang kaniyang mga allegasyon,” Francisco said.
The NBI has called on Joson to attend the inquiry to provide more information on the investigation. —Andrei Medina NB, GMA News