Latest Stories

Bong Revilla hires expert to verify his signatures

From accusing Malacañang of targeting opposition senators like him to calling for establishing the authenticity of his signatures.

This was the new tack taken by Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. in defending himself from allegations that he benefited from the P10-billion pork barrel scam pulled off by Janet Lim-Napoles over a 10-year period.

He has hired a handwriting expert to verify the authenticity of his signatures on documents related to the questionable release of his pork barrel to the fake NGOs, Joel Bodegon, Revilla’s legal counsel, on Wednesday said.

Bodegon said that an initial review and verification of the records from Revilla’s office showed that the senator had neither endorsed any NGO nor requested implementing agencies to transfer his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to any NGO.

“Senator Revilla welcomes an impartial investigation of this matter,” Bodegon said in a statement on the heels of the Commission on Audit (COA) report that found that more than P413 million of the senator’s PDAF allocations from 2007 to 2009 went to dubious NGOs.

Revilla was one of the five senators and 23 members of the House of Representatives whose pork barrel funds were funneled into fake nongoverment organizations (NGOs) that Napoles had set up.

In-depth study

“At the same time, the office of Senator Revilla is currently doing an in-depth study and serious review of the process and evaluating options to strengthen the safeguards or security measures to ensure that his PDAF allocation is not used without his office’s consent or knowledge,” Bodegon said.

Bodegon said Revilla had hired a handwriting expert in light of the admission of whistle-blowers in the P10-billion pork barrel scam that they falsified documents covering the disbursement to NGOs of lawmakers’ pork barrel.

“A full and complete examination by handwriting experts should resolve the question of authenticity of the signatures,” said Bodegon, one of the defense lawyers at the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona last year.

The lawyer said Revilla was not taking the COA findings lightly “as at the very instant he learned of the controversy, he directed his staff to verify the information against his records.”

Not responsible


Bodegon said the records review conducted by Revilla’s staff showed that the senator did not endorse any NGO to receive his PDAF allocation.

The lawyer said this was the reason Revilla’s camp had requested the COA to provide him a copy of the documents the agency used in arriving at its findings that the senator had requested certain agencies to implement the projects to be funded by his PDAF.

Bodegon said that while legislators might endorse NGOs to the implementing agencies, it was the responsibility of these agencies to determine the legitimacy of the NGOs.

“Indeed, even if an NGO has an endorsement from a legislator, the implementing agencies may still choose not to release the funds to the NGO, if upon its verification, it finds the NGO illegitimate or incapable of assisting the implementing agency in the project,” Bodegon said.

He said this was confirmed by the COA itself in the report when it supposedly recognized that the responsibility of ensuring that government funds were used in accordance with the laws and safeguarded against loss lay with the implementing agencies.

Finding of miscomputations

“To be fair to our legislators, the COA does not impute liability of culpability to any legislator, including Senator Revilla,” Bodegon said.

On the issue of excess pork supposedly allocated to Revilla, Bodegon said a thorough examination of the records of the Department of Budget and Management should be conducted “as there had been a finding of miscomputations of PDAF allocations by the COA itself.”

“In fact, the COA has admitted that there had been miscomputation on PDAF allocation, even double entries, including that of Senator Revilla,” he said.

Bodegon said this was especially relevant in the wake of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad’s admission that the COA finding on the supposed P3-billion PDAF allocations to former Campostela Valley Rep. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora was based on a clerical error.—Norman Bordadora



Sen. Revilla denies transfer of ‘pork’ funds to any NGO

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: fake NGOs , handwriting expert , Janet Lim Napoles , Joel Bodegon , Philippines , Pork barrel , pork scam , Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  2. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  3. Massive infra spending set
  4. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  5. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  6. Estrada, Gigi Reyes denied access to evidence from other respondents
  7. DOJ to NBI: Arrest Cedric Lee, 4 others
  8. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  9. DOJ orders arrest of Cedric Lee
  10. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  1. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  2. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  3. Netizens cry: 6/55 Lotto was rigged
  4. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  5. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  8. ‘King’ Yabut and I: Driver bares Makati dad ‘abuses’
  9. It was difficult having Japanese blood
  10. Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. UP back on top as ‘average’ student aces bar
  5. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  6. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  7. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  8. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  9. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  10. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’


  • Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured
  • 9 confirmed dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast
  • Aquino to public: Learn to sacrifice
  • 20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria
  • Drug firm Novartis to help Leyte firefighter
  • Sports

  • Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86
  • Man City slips further out of title contention
  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  • PSC sets Blu Girls US training
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Business

  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Technology

  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Marketplace