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    Philippine Senate to summon actor

    THE blue ribbon committee of the Philippine Senate will subpoena movie actor Mat Ranillo III in connection with the investigation on the P10-billion pork barrel scam now shaking both houses of Congress.
    In his testimony on Thursday’s hearing, whistleblower Benhur Luy confirmed that Ranillo was one of the conduits tapped by businesswoman Janel Lim Napoles at the House of Representatives.
    Napoles is the alleged mastermind in the P10-billion priority development assistance fund (PDAF) controversy.
    During the resumption of the Senate inquiry into the pork barrel scam, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV moved to subpoena Ranillo as well as former chief of staff Atty. Gigi Reyes of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and appointment secretary Pauline Labayen of Senator Jinggoy Estrada.
    Enrile and Estrada, along with Senator Ramon Revilla Jr., have been charged with plunder before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged misuse of PDAF.
    Luy claimed that Ranillo served as a conduit of kickback money for Estrada, but Napoles stopped paying commissions to Ranillo because she wanted to directly deal with the senator.
    The whistleblower revealed that Napoles gave Ranillo a Ford E-150 and the alleged pork barrel scam queen wanted the actor to pay the vehicle through his commissions.
    The partnership between Napoles and Ranillo later ended in court after Ranillo allegedly failed to pay the vehicle. Napoles won in the case and the car was recovered through sheriff service.
    Luy said Ranillo did transactions with Estrada through the senator’s appointments secretary Labayen.
    During the Senate probe, co-accused turned state witness Ruby Tuason claimed that she gave kickback money for Enrile through Atty. Reyes.
    ”She has a lot of power in (Enrile’s) office. She is authorized to transact. Perhaps he has full trust on Reyes,” Tuason said.
    When asked if Enrile had knowledge about such kickbacks, Tuason said: “I presume Enrile knows about it.”
    Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, said the panel might also invite Estrada’s security personnel Alfredo delos Reyes who, Tuason claimed, picked her up from a car at the Senate basement parking and carried the bag full of kickback money for Estrada.
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