HIGHLIGHTS: Senate hearing on pork barrel scam | September 24, 2013
MANILA, Philippines - The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee continues its hearing into the alleged multi-billion peso pork barrel scam. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, state witness Benhur Luy, and other whistleblowers are invited to the hearing, but De Lima says the Ombudsman now has jurisdiction over the case.
During the hearing last Sept. 12, Luy made a surprise appearance, detailing the collusion between Janet Lim-Napoles and lawmakers. Luy revealed that all parties involved in the scam have a cut: 50% for the lawmakers, 10% for the implementing agencies and 40% for Napoles.
Following the hearing, charges were filed before the office of the Ombudsman on Monday, Sept. 16, against 38 lawmakers, government officials, and private individuals.
Among the lawmakers facing plunder complaints are senators Jose “Jinggoy" Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. Evidence against the three were presented to the media before the filing.
Watch highlights of the hearing below.