FACT CHECK: No new list from Napoles on pork barrel scam

The video is an interview with Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. He did not mention this claim in that interview

A screenshot of a blog post that claims Janet Lim Napoles submitted a new list of names involved in the PDAF scam, and that it included names of opposition members.

Claim: Janet Lim Napoles, who was the mastermind behind the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, allegedly named involved opposition members in a new list.

On Wednesday, June 20, the YouTube channel Pro Duterte Ka Ba? published a video titled “Panibagong listahan ni Napoles bubulagain ang mga dilawan!” The video was then shared on the Facebook page “MOCHA USON BLOG Supporters” and on the blog newsinph.tk.

The video itself is an interview on CNN Philippines’ The Source, where Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra talks to host Pinky Webb about Napoles, among other topics.

The video was originally posted on CNN Philippines’ YouTube channel on June 20 with the title “EXCLUSIVE: The Source: DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra.”

Rating: False

The facts: There have been no official reports that Napoles has named new people involved in the PDAF scam as of this posting. (READ: Napoles tags Drilon, Trillanes, De Lima in PDAF scam)

On The Source, Guevarra and Webb talked about the possibility of Napoles becoming a state witness. Guevarra said that he is open to hearing her testimony if it is necessary to gather more evidence. He did not name anyone who was involved in the case.

Guevarra added that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is leading the probe into Napoles’ case. “The investigation is ongoing. The case build-up is ongoing,” he said.

Videos from the Pro Duterte Ka Ba? YouTube channel have been used for fake news stories before. Among these are false claims that Senator Leila de Lima will be transferred to Bilibid prison, that she may be served the death penalty, and that Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte was the only deserving replacement for her father President Rodrigo Duterte.

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