Whistle-blower Benhur Luy recently revealed in an email through lawyer Levito Baligod that 86-year-old former Senator Ramon Revilla
Sr., the father of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., was also involved in the “pork barrel” scam.
In fact, he said, he was among the very first clients of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind behind the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
Revilla Jr., who was tagged by Luy and other whistle-blowers as among the three senators with the biggest roles in the scam, allegedly funneled P500 million of his pork to Napoles’s fake non-government organizations (NGOs).
The pork barrel funds diverted by the older Revilla amounting to P35 million, however, pales in comparison to his son’s diverted PDAF.
The money was channeled through projects managed by Jo-Chris Trading, a Napoles-owned company named after her daughter.
Considered to be the main trading firm owned by Napoles, Jo-Chris Trading delivered Foliar Fertilizer in exchange for money to the following areas: Dawis, Bohol (P5 million), San Juan, Leyte (P5 million), Siniloan, Laguna (P5 million), Porac, Pampanga (P5 million), San Quintin, Pangasinan (P5 million), and Clarin, Misamis Oriental (P10 million).
These transactions occurred between 2003 and 2004.
Original Documents, Original Signatures
All the letter requests made by Revilla were original documents that the senator signed himself, Luy said.
He did admit that there were times when they had to forge the lawmaker’s signatures but that only happens during the liquidation process – after the supposed project was already”‘implemented” and the money already withdrawn by the NGO.
The documents were originals especially because funds are only released after a lawmaker or his authorized representative formally writes the Speaker of the House for representatives or the Senate President for senators regarding the particular project where the PDAF money will be used.
In this letter, the lawmaker also includes the name of the implementing agency and the amount needed to fund the project.
When it is time to liquidate the money, Luy would sometimes forge the signatures of the lawmakers but only under orders from Napoles.
Cambe had also signed for Revilla on several occasions if he happened to drop by the Napoles office to collect his “rebates” and those of his boss.
In the midst of repeated denial that that he signed the documents involved in the PDAF scam, records show that Revilla Jr. sent Assistant Commissioner Arcadio B. Cuenco Jr. a confirmation letter last July 8, 2011 stating that he had personally checked the authenticity of the signatures on varied documents and found these authentic.
These documents were those later linked to Napoles-owned fake NGOs.
In his privilege speech before the Senate last Monday, Revilla Jr. referred to Luy as “Boy Pirma” after his admission that he forged many lawmakers’ signatures.
Revilla denied all accusations against him regarding the pork barrel scam, saying that those were mere lies spun by Luy and the other whistle blowers.
The older Revilla was also present during the speech and appeared emotional.
Even Revilla Jr. appeared to choke with emotion while delivering the speech where he also said that he was fighting for their family’s name and dignity as well as the truth.