After Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. called whistle-blower Benhur Luy names, like, “Boy Pirma” (a forger) and “juke box king” in his privilege speech, for mouthing lies about his alleged involvement in the P10-billion pork barrel scam, the latter came back displeased and unloaded a more damning accusation, saying, that Revilla’s father and namesake, Ramon Revilla Sr., also made illegal dealings with Janet Lim-Napoles during his time as senator of the realm.
Luy was reported to have told his lawyer, Atty. Levito Baligod, that between 2003 and 2004, the elder Revilla channeled P35 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to local government units—Clarin, Misamis Oriental (P10 million); San Quintin, Pangasinan (P5 million); Porac, Pampanga (P5 million); Siniloan, Laguna (P5 million); San Juan, Leyte (P5 million); and Dawis, Bohol (P5 million).
The company said to have been used for the implementation of the projects was Jo Chris Trading, which happens to be Napoles’ main trading firm named after her daughter.
Luy said that he, Napoles, and her husband, Jaime, used to call on the elder Revilla in his Senate office, where he first met Richard Cambe, a trusted aide who served the father and later the son.
One can’t help but wonder that if Luy has all these information to divulge, would he still be telling a lie? Would Luy have the capability to fabricate signed documents if he doesn’t have the data to base it from?
Take for instance the claim that Revilla Jr made in his privilege speech, that the documents bearing his signature that were presented as evidence by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to the Ombudsman in the plunder case against him, were forged by Luy.
While Luy, on his part, debunked this claim of Revilla Jr, saying, that all letter-requests from the senator were original and the signatures were “all his” (meaning Revilla Jr), it is actually Revilla Jr himself who confirmed the authenticity of his signature when, in a letter he sent to COA Assistant Commissioner Arcadio B. Cuenca on July 8, 2011, he stated that, “After going through these documents and initial examination, it appears that the signatures and/or my initials on these documents are my signatures or that of my authorized representatives.”
The letter was part of the special audit conducted by the Commission on Audit on PDAF releases from 2007 to 2009 during which P503.69 million of Revilla Jr’s pork barrel allegedly went to dubious NGOs.
Now, will Revilla Jr claim that he hasn’t sent this letter at all or that his signature has been forged again?
Surely it leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth.
And if the allegation by Luy that Revilla Sr was one of the earliest clients of detained PDAF mastermind Napoles, then, indeed, the apple has not fallen far from the tree.