Digital files ni Benhur Luy kaugnay sa PDAF scam, ipinasusumite na rin ng Senado
FILE PHOTO: Pork Barrel Scam Whistleblower Benhur Luy (PRIB Photo by Joseph Vidal / 7 November 2013)
MANILA, Philippines — Binigyan ng taning ng Senate Blue Ribbon Committee ng hanggang Mayo 21 si whistleblower Benhur Luy para maisumite ang hawak nitong soft copy o digital file patungkol sa mga sangkot sa Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
“The Blue Ribbon Committee already filed a subpoena duces decum to produce these digital files,” pahayag ni Senate President Franklin Drilon.
Nito lamang nakaraang Miyerkules, lumabas sa isang broadsheet newspaper ang pangalan ng mga mambabatas na sangkot sa pork barrel scam.
Ang listahan at impormasyong ito umano ay nanggaling sa hard drive ni Benhur Luy na ibinigay ng mga magulang ng whistleblower sa opisina ng nasabing pahayagan noong Abril 27, 2013.
Nilinaw naman ni Senate President Franklin Drilon na ang subpoena na naka-address kay Luy ay hindi para sa isang hearing o pagdinig kundi para maibigay lamang sa Senado ang nasabing digital files.
“Yes, I signed the subpoena duces decum not for a hearing ha but for this digital address to Benhur.”
Base naman sa naging pahayag ni Justice Secretary Leila De Lima nitong Miyerkules, mayroong kopya ng hard drive ni Benhur Luy ang DOJ at NBI ngunit inaalam pa ang authenticity nito.
“Alam ninyo, yung hard drive na yan, mayroon din niyan ang NBI, mayroon kami niyan., at pinao-athenticate pa yan,” saad ng kalihim. (Rosalie Coz / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
Ong, Dargani undergo medical check up prior to Pasay Jail transfer
MANILA, Philippines — Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation executives Linconn Ong and Mohit Dargani went through a medical check-up before their transfer to the Pasay City Jail Monday (November 29).
A statement released by the Senate Public Relations and Information Bureau (PRIB) to reporters said the two Pharmally executives underwent the medical check-up, including an antigen test for COVID-19, inside the Senate premises.
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee ordered Dargani and Ong’s transfer to the Pasay City Jail for their failure to provide the documents needed by the panel.
The documents will be used in the Blue Ribbon’s probe on the alleged anomalies in the purchase of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies related to the fight against COVID-19.
“In the commitment order signed Saturday, November 27, by Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Richard Gordon, Blue Ribbon Committee chairman, Ong and Dargani would remain in jail ‘until such time that they will properly answer questions propounded to them, submit documents required by the committee or otherwise purge themselves of a contempt order imposed against them’,” the Senate said. —/mbmf
Senate issues arrest order vs. Lao
MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigation (Blue Ribbon) on Friday (November 5) issued an arrest order against former Procurement Service-Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) head Lloyd Christopher Lao after he was cited in contempt on Thursday during the 14th Blue Ribbon committee hearing.
Lao was cited in contempt after his refusal to attend the Committee hearings of October 5, 19, 28, and November 4.
The Committee said Lao’s failure to attend the hearings on the said dates has delayed, impeded, and obstructed the inquiry into the alleged anomaly in the procurement of supplies in the government’s fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Senators Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan made the motion to have Lao cited in contempt and, subsequently, arrested, and detained at the Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms “until such time that he submits the subpoenaed documents, or otherwise purges himself of that contempt.”
The Sergeant-at-Arms was directed to carry out the order within 24 hours from its enforcement.
The arrest order was signed by Senator Richard Gordon as the Blue Ribbon chairperson, and Senate President Vicente Sotto III. —/mbmf (with details from UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)
De Lima seeks reelection in 2022 polls
MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila De Lima has filed her certificate of candidacy (COC), through an authorized representative, for her reelection bid in the 2022 elections.
De Lima’s spokesperson, Atty. Dino de Leon, filed her COC on Friday on her behalf.
In seeking reelection, De Lima said she wants to restore justice in the next administration and vowed to demand an accounting of President Rodrigo Duterte’s unfulfilled campaign promises.
De Lima, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, has been in detention since 2017 at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center at Camp Crame for her alleged involvement in the narcotics trade.
She has repeatedly denied the drug-related charges against her.
Prior to being elected as senator in 2016, she served as chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights and secretary of the Department of Justice.