A GMA News report lists “13 incumbent senators and six former senators” and also included “one Cabinet member, Budget Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad.”
The incumbent Senators in the list include Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Bong Revilla as well as…
– Alan Peter Cayetano
– Pilar Juliana “Pia” Cayetano
– Francis “Chiz” Escudero
– Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II
– Manuel “Lito” Lapid
– Loren Legarda
– Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
– Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III
– Miriam Defensor-Santiago
– Vicente “Tito” Sotto III
The former senators in the list are…
– Edgardo Angara
– Joker Arroyo
– Robert Barbers (deceased)
– Teresa “Tessie” Aquino-Oreta
– Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay Jr.
– Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr.
According to the report the contents of the list came from two sources, with one of the sources confirming that “the 11 were included in an affidavit executed by Napoles before Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.” But of the 19 incumbent and former Senators listed, “three—Pia Cayetano, Santiago and Marcos—were mentioned by Napoles as having received commissions, but there is still not enough evidence to show they received such funds.”
Another list is being bandied around by former Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson reportedly consisting of “12 sitting senators, two Cabinet secretaries, and 90 members of the House of Representatives” on lists “provided by Napoles and principal whistleblower Benhur Luy.” With one of the purported Cabinet secretaries already identified in the GMA News report, the other one remains undisclosed for now.
Lacson has for some time been waving his own list around threateningly. Earlier he had reportedly revealed that his list combines that provided by Jaime Napoles, husband of alleged pork barrel scam ringleader Janet Lim Napoles and a “glimpse” of that of whistleblower Benhur Luy and includes “21 former and incumbent senators” and “two Cabinet secrataries” both of whose involvement happened “when they were still congressmen”.
Last Monday (the 13th May), the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee ordered Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and Lacson to submit to them their respective Napoles Lists. According to Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Senator Sergio Osmeña III, De Lima’s version of the list, supposedly one that was “signed and sworn to” by Napoles herself is “the only one that matters”…
“That’s the one attested and signed; that’s the valid one. Anybody else’s list is not sworn to,” he said. “If I want to invent a list I can write one now.”
“Evidence is evidence and first you must have personal knowledge. It has to come from Napoles herself and it can be verified by people like whistleblower Benhur Luy and Ruby Tuazon,” Osmeña said.
As expected, a tidal wave of denials from people named in these lists has started rolling in. Leading the pack is Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago who pointed out that the “Napoles list, if unsigned, has no evidentiary value at all” and proceeded to launch a vicious verbal attack on Lacson…
“I repeat, Lacson is an attack dog of (Senator Juan Ponce) Enrile. The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that to allege is not proof. Where is the evidence, as defined in the Rules of Court?”
To make her point that anyone can come up with a “list”, Santiago postulated the existence of a list of gay public servants…
“Anyone can make lists. I was told that there is a list [titled] “Closeted gays or bisexuals in public service.” I was given names, and I was requested to say “Yes” or “No” on whether the person was truly in the list. When the name Pinky Lacson was called, I said ‘yes,’” Santiago said.
“Anyway, there is an affidavit, although unsigned, circulating in Metro Manila that Pinky Lacson has asked for leave of absence from Malacañang. The highly confidential reason is that he is scheduled for a gender change operation in a remote clinic in the United States,” she added.
Lacson reportedly denies that he is gay. Nonetheless it is on. The circus is in town.
[Photo courtesy Yahoo! News.]
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