Close  

Magsaysay: Never met, dealt with Napoles, Luy on pork barrel projects

By: - Deputy Day Desk Chief / @TJBurgonioINQ
/ 05:50 PM May 17, 2014

Ramon Magsaysay Jr.  INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. has expressed shock at his inclusion in Benhur Luy’s files as among the senators who dealt with Janet Lim Napoles’ non-government organizations.

“More than the shock was the huge blow it had dealt not only to me and my family but also to the Magsaysay name,” said the son and namesake of the late President Ramon Magsaysay in a statement.

ADVERTISEMENT

Magsaysay said he had neither dealt with Napoles or Luy, nor pocketed a centavo from the release of his pork barrel to the beneficiaries.

“If at all, I surmise that my inclusion was part of the vendetta for having stirred the report on the fertilizer fund scam,” he said.

FEATURED STORIES

Magsaysay confirmed allocating P2 million each for marginal farmers in the Alburquerque and Candijay towns in Bohol province out of his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) in 2004.

But contrary to Luy’s claims, Magsaysay said the beneficiaries were the two local government units, and not the People’s Organization for Progress and Development Foundation Inc. (POPDFI) or any of Napoles’ NGOs.

The two LGUs received or “should have received” the funds from the Department of Agriculture, he said, citing the advice of notice of cash allocation signed by then acting Budget Secretary Mario Relampagos on March 19, 2005.

The same document stated that the funds were credited to the DA account, he added.

According to Luy’s files, the senator allocated P4 million of his PDAF to POPDFI through the office-of the DA Secretary and National Agricultural and Fishery Council.

Magsaysay, chairman of the agriculture committee that inquired into the P728-million fertilizer fund scam, clarified that the allocation was made before he learned of the misuse of funds of the DA’s Ginintuang Masaganang Ani program.

In August 2005, he filed Senate Resolution No. 327 opening a hearing on the scam, and then in March 2006, he issued a committee report recommending the filing of charges against agriculture officials.

ADVERTISEMENT

Before the third hearing, Magsaysay said he wrote the DA to say that his office’s remaining projects with the department under the 2004-05 national budget be withdrawn and voided.

The idea, he said, was to conduct an “unbiased and independent” investigation.

“All my records will attest to the fact that I had gone through the legal and proper channels in the disbursement of my PDAF,” the former senator said.
“I have never dealt with Mr. Luy, Ms Napoles or anyone claiming to be a representative of her bogus NGOs. Most importantly, I did not receive a single centavo in the release of the amount since that would be between the LGUs and the implementing agency,” he added.

Magsaysay furnished the Philippine Daily Inquirer copies of the supposed letters of Alburquerque Mayor Efren Tungol and Candijay Mayor Monina Camacho in 2003 each requesting P5 million for the farmers from his office.

The letters used the same date (Nov. 18, 2003), the same font, and the same wording in justifying the request: the money will be utilized for the purchase and distribution of farm inputs and implements to marginal farmers. They have different letterheads, though.

Napoles allegedly ran her racket of converting pork barrel into kickbacks through her staff, including Luy, who forged letter requests from local officials to lawmakers; a network of dummy foundations, and her connections in government.

RELATED STORIES

25 senators on Luy list

Complete records of Benhur Luy bared

Luy’s records at a glance
 

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Benhur Luy, bribery, Crime, Department of Agriculture, Department of Justice, Efren Tungol, Graft and Corruption, Janet Lim Napoles, law and justice, Local authorities, Local Governments, malversation of public funds, mayor, Monina Camacho, News, Philippine Congress, Plunder, Pork barrel, pork barrel scam, Priority Development Assistance Fund, Ramon Magsaysay Jr., Senate
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

Gov’t lawyers blamed for water concession deals

December 10, 2019 04:58 AM

newsinfo

Burden of proof drags Marcos wealth cases

December 10, 2019 04:57 AM

newsinfo

Joma Sison backs peace talks resumption

December 10, 2019 04:55 AM

newsinfo

Gasoline prices decreased; diesel mixed

December 10, 2019 04:40 AM

newsinfo

Week after ‘Tisoy’: Bicol folk pick up the pieces

December 10, 2019 04:19 AM



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.