Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Wikipedia photo
Manila, Philippines —President Benigno Aquino III revealed that he has seen the lists of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
In an interview in Myanmar aired over Radyo ng Bayan on Monday, May 12, he said that the lists consist of administration allies and “several” non-administration personalities.
“Mayroong alleged, maraming hindi. Pero alam ninyo kasi parang kapag sinabi kong may discrepancy, iyong number nagpa-fluctuate eh,” Aquino said.
(There are alleged, many are not. But you know, when I say that there is a discrepancy, the number will fluctuate.)
“I think I have physically seen… I have seen two and they don’t agree with each other exactly. And they both supposed to have come from Mrs. Napoles,” he added.
Aquino explained that he is unsure if the lists are “safe to reveal” because Napoles has three different lists.
“Now, former Senator [Panfilo] Lacson was telling me of another list given to him by relatives of Mrs. Napoles. And, again, there is a substantial detail there that doesn’t again agree with the other two. So when you ask me, ‘Did you see a list?,’ I think the best answer is I have seen physically two lists and I am told that there is a third list,” he explained.
“Iyong unang list na ipinadala sa akin ‘X’ numbers sabihin natin, ano. Iyong next list na nakita ko, minus three. Tapos iyong binabanggit sa akin parang plus four,” Aquino said.
(The first that was sent to me, let’s say ‘X’ numbers. The next list that I saw, minus three. Then, the one being mentioned to me, it’s like plus four.)
He shared that he received the first list when Napoles was not yet ready to talk to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
Meanwhile, the second list was the one given by Napoles to de Lima.