- Posted August 28, 2013 by
Whistleblowers to testify on P10-B fund scam in Phl
Senator Chiz Escudero issued the statement a few hours after President Benigno Aquino III announced a P10 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged brain in the multibillion-peso scam.
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will conduct Thursday its initial hearing on the controversial PDAF scam.
Escudero, chairman of the Senate committee on finance and author of the resolution that formed the basis of the investigation, said the body has only invited so far officials of the Commission on Audit (COA).
"We want to hear from the whistle blowers, from the implementing agencies which have been repeatedly mentioned in various news reports. We only hear and read about them from the news, it is time we hear it straight from these people," Escudero said.
Among the list of entities that he would ask to appear before the committee include the National Agribusiness Corp (NABCOR), Technology Resource Center (TRC), National Livelihood Development Corp. (NLDC), Zamboanga del Norte Rubber Estate Corp. (ZREC) and the Philippine Forest Corp. (PhilForest).
"These are the agencies commonly appearing as conduits for PDAF releases to seemingly favored NGOs" he said.
The senator was the first among his colleagues to have asked the Senate to look into the alleged PDAF rip offs of the Napoles group by filing Philippine Senate Resolution No. 41 (PSR No. 41), which first formed the basis of the blue ribbon committee investigation.
"While the NBI, the DOJ and the Ombudsman are already doing their own investigation, it is doing so away from the public eyes. The Senate investigation is a chance for everyone to hear and make statements in public and under oath. We get the facts straight and not on an installment basis. Each of us here in the Senate has the duty and obligation to address this issue. Everyone is equally responsible to oversee the use of people's money and ensure that it is properly and judiciously disbursed," the senator pointed out.