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    Phl senator: Filipinos are the real victims!

    A PHILIPPINE senator on Wednesday said the Filipino people are the real victims in the confusion allegedly sowed by Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the P10-billion pork barrel scandal.
    “As the lists multiply in number and the lists themselves grow longer, we should ask ourselves who the real victims are in the confusion sowed by Ms. Napoles and those who supposedly want to shed light on the pork barrel scam,” Sen. Chiz Escudero said in a press statement.
    He added: “Those who have been unfairly dragged into this mess are not the real victims; these lists and affidavits are baseless and lack the kind of evidentiary support that can establish cases against many of those who have been named, myself included.”
    Escudero said the real victims in the mess are the Filipinos, who are now seeking redress after learning the scale at which funds allocated to help them have been efficiently and systematically plundered.
    “As it stands, there is an opportunity for our people to obtain justice as the (Office of the) Ombudsman already found probable cause which concluded to filing of the cases.
    The senator, however, assured the public that he has never allocated public money using the Priority Development Assistance Fund or budgetary incentives to any fictitious NGOs set up by Napoles.
    Escudero reiterated that he not dealt with Napoles to supposedly solicit or receive campaign funds. Such claim, he said, is a total falsity and runs counter to common sense because as early as October of 2009, he has already withdrew any intention to run for the presidency and in 2010, he was not even a candidate for any elective position.
    “And by Ms. Napoles' own list, I am the only one who did not allocate any funds to her foundations from my PDAF releases,” the senator said.
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