Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – After weeks of intense pressure from senators and congressmen as well as the media, Philippine Justice Secretary Leila de Lima finally revealed the so-called ‘Napoles List’ which contained names of individuals that benefited from the 10 Billion-peso pork barrel scam. The scam allegedly siphoned taxpayer money into ghost nongovernmental organiztions (NGOs) and projects as well as the pockets of senators, congressmen, Aquino administration officials, the Justice Department, journalists and yes, even Catholic bishops.
The ‘Napoles List’ was contained in a signed affidavit obtained from suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. De Lima persistently refused to make the list public, saying that the Justice Department needed more time to conduct a more thorough investigation of the celebrated case.
But today, de Lima made the list public.
The Adobo Chronicles obtained an early copy of the list. Because of limited space, we are publishing the list in installments of ten, starting with these names:
- Elena Magtanggol
- Perla Silanganan
- Bayani Magiliw
- Alana Puso
- Lupa Hinirang
- Duhat Magiting
- Dibdiban de la Cruz
- Juan Tamadino
- Dyesebel Moreno
- Darna Zobel
While no senators and congressmen are on this initial list, it does not mean that they are scathe-free. In fact this initial list are names of mistresses and gigolos of senators and congressmen who received money from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel funds.
Stay tuned for the next installment.