MANILA, Philippines – Two more witnesses showed up at the Senate Thursday and identified Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce-Enrile as well as senators  Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla  Jr.  as the legislators who had  allegedly  endorsed  their  priority development  assistance fund (PDAF) to   non-government  organizations (NGOs)  linked to Janet Lim-Napoles.

Under grilling by  Senator  Teofisto Guingona III, former  National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) president  Alan Javellana named  the three senators  as among those who funnelled their PDAF to  Social Development Program for Farmers Foundations Inc. (SDPFFI), Magsasakang Ani para sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc. (MAMFI), and People’s Organization for Progress and Development Foundation Incorporated – three of eight NGOs  linked to Napoles.

Nabcor was the implementing agency allegedly used by some legislators to siphon off their priority development assistance fund (PDAF) , a euphemism for “pork barrel” fund, to questionable NGOs.

“Which legislators funnelled their funds through Nabcor to these NGOs – the eight NGOs?” asked Guingona, chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee investigating the “pork barrel” scam.

“Senator Revilla, Senator Enrile and Senator Estrada,”  Javellana said.

Javellana said Senator Gregorio “Gringo Honasan also coursed his PDAF through Nabcor but it did not go to the NGOs identified with Napoles.

Another witness, Rhodora Mendoza, former vice president for administration and finance of Nabcor, corroborated  Javellana’s testimony.

“I’m very sure of the three senators— Revilla, Estrada and Enrile,” said Mendoza.

Mendoza was not among those invited as resource persons in the hearing, but she was called from the gallery on  Javellana’s suggestion.

Mendoza, also responding to Guingona’s questioning, also admitted that she had met whistle-blower Benhur Luy several times because the latter had been following up about his NGO, Social Development Program for Farmers Foundations Inc. (SDPFFI).

It was Luy, who she said introduced her  to Napoles.

“I met her once… I was invited in the thanksgiving Mass in Discovery Suites,”  Mendoza told the committee, referring to Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam.

And when asked who were the legislators who had coursed their PDAF through  Nabcor, Mendoza  mentioned the names of Revilla, Enrile and Estrada.

Mendoza said the three senators endorsed their PDAF to SDPFF1, MAMFI, and People’s Organization for Progress and Development Foundation Inc.

 

Mendoza said Enrile endorsed the use of his PDAF for  all three NGOs, while Estrada allegedly funnelled his funds to  SDPFII and MAMFI while Revilla’s PDAF went to MAMFI.

The witness  also mentioned the names of  some congressmen  whose PDAF were allegedly transferred to either  SDPFII and MAMFI.

Mendoza said it was only Enrile, who used his PDAF to the People’s Organization for Progress and Development Foundation Inc.

Most of the legislators themselves, she said, signed the endorsement letters and the  releases of funds to the NGOs while a few had assigned somebody  from their offices.

She said she did not find anything suspicious about the transactions.

“Wala naman, they are complying so far,” Mendoza said, responding to  queries.

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