Mar 142015

Pork scam whistleblower Merlina Suñas mentioned new names in the latest bail hearing for alleged mastermind Janet Lim Napoles at the Sandiganbayan, GMA’s “Saksi” reported Friday.

According to the report, Suñas specifically said that Senators Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Loren Legarda and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. were also involved in the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund scam.


She also mentioned Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and Abante Mindanao Party List Rep. Maximo Rodriguez as members of the lower house who were allegedly involved.

Furthermore, she said that former Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon and his father Muntinlupa City Rep. Rodolfo Biazon, who are both memebrs of the administration Liberal Party, were also involved.

Aside from this, Suñas also alleged the involvement of other members of the House of Representatives whom she only identified by their surnames; Estrella, Ortega, Umali, Cagas, Olano and Fuentebella.

She said she didn’t include the new allegations in her affidavit since the National Bureau of Investigation only asked her about incidents from 2007 to 2009.

Sotto has earlier stated that he does not know Suñas while Legarda and Marcos have both denied the allegations.

Napoles’ legal counsel Atty. Dave Buenaventura for his part questioned Suñas’ credibility as a witness.

“We cannot rely on this particular witness. Tignan mo ang kaso ng prosecution aside from ‘yung verbal na sinasabi nila wala na silang dokumento,” Buenaventura said.

“They dont have documents to show that the accused is connected really with the NGOs. If they really want us to believe them they really need to show na believable sila,” he continued.

Suñas is among the primary whistleblowers in the PDAF scam cases who first said Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada were involved in the mess.

Enrile, Revilla and Estrada are currently detained due to their alleged involvement in the scam. Andrei Medina/JDS, GMA News

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