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5 more senators, 4 ex-senators probed for ‘pork’

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MANILA  The investigation on the pork barrel scam continues with five incumbent senators and four former members of the Senate implicated to the scam.


This was learned from the National Bureau of Investigation which said that the nine senators and former senators are being investigation for the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.

Rodante Berou, chief of the NBI’s Special Operations Group, made the admission when he took the witness stand last week during a bail hearing of former Masbate Rep. and now Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete at the Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division.



Berou those being investigated as Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Juliana Pilar Pia Cayetano, Gregorio Honasan, Manuel Lapid, Loren Legarda, former senators Edgardo Angara, Rodolfo Biazon, Ramon Magsaysay and Richard Gordon and Batanes Rep. Henedina Abad, wife of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

The NBI official said the names of the lawmakers were included in the Commission on Audit’s (COA) special audit report on the use of lawmakers’ PDAF allocation from 2007 to 2009.

The COA said based on the report, the lawmakers have possible “anomalous transactions regarding the implementation of soft projects.”

Berou did not disclose details of the investigation.

Lanete is facing a P108-million plunder case in connection with the PDAF scam. She is detained at a Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City (Metro Manila).


Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. were the first lawmakers who were charged with plunder for their allegedly irregular use of their pork allocation.

The Supreme Court allowed Enrile to post bail for health reasons and is back working in the Senate but Estrada and Revilla are still held at the Philippine National Police detention center at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

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