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    Ex-Phl senator dragged to P10B scam

    FORMER senator Ramon Revilla, Sr. on Thursday was dragged to the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam following reports that erstwhile lawmaker was one of the earliest clients of detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged brains in the funds anomaly.
    Revilla Sr. is the father of incumbent Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who is now facing plunder charges along with two other senators.
    Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said they are open to investigate ex-Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr. in connection with the expose made by whistleblower Benhur Luy , the main witness in the alleged "pork barrel" scam.
    De Lima said such an investigation will be conducted if Luy is ready to submit a sworn statement to be made as the basis of investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila.
    She said had not mentioned in his earlier sworn statements about the transaction between Revilla Sr. and Napoles, who is also behind the P900-million Malampaya Fund scams.
    De Lima said she plans to talk to Luy and his counsel, Atty. Levito Baligod, about the expose of the whistleblower.
    Newspaper reports said between the years 2003 and 2004, then Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr. allotted P35 million as part of his “pork barrel” funds to local government units in the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Laguna, Leyte and Bohol.
    Revilla allegedly utilized Jo Chris Trading, a company of Napoles, in the implementation of the projects in the said provinces.
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