MANILA — Justice Secretary Leila de Lima recently defended the filing of third batch of pork barrel cases against despite issues raised by those implicated.
This is despite allegations that the signatures were forged in the documentary evidence.
“That supposed finding of the NBI QDD is not really binding. Also, it’s a matter of defense on the part of these respondents that should best be threshed out before the Sandiganbayan,” she said.
The latest batch of respondents include Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) director general Joel Villanueva, Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing, former Pangasinan congressman and now Abono party-list Rep. Conrado Estrella III and La Union Rep. Victor Franciso Ortega.
Most of those in the list have denied the charges filed against them adding that their signatures have been forged.
De Lima explained that though the National Bureau of Investigation confirmed that the signatures were indeed forged, the finding was still “not conclusive and binding.”