Aquino revealed to have received commissions from Napoles

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Janet Napoles is believed to have divulged to a former lawmaker that former President Benigno Aquino III used to receive commissions based on a "casual" conversation Napoles and the former lawmaker had.

Former Negros Orietal representative and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption member Jacinto Paras said that Napoles told him about Aquino's involvement in the pork barrel scam.

"I had a chance to speak with Napoles long before this PDAF paper came about, sometime in the early part of 2010, where I had the chance to meet with Napoles and her lawyer, not Atty. [Stephen] David, another lawyer then... In front of his lawyer, Napoles told me that Noynoy Aquino was getting commission from her," he said.

Paras was asking Napoles who would she be supporting in the 2010 elections and Paras was compelled to inquire further when Napoles' answer surprised him.

"While we are having lunch, nagkaroon kami ng konting chat. In the course of our casual conversation tinanong ko siya, sabi ko Jenny (Napoles), 'Sino bang susuportahan mo ngayong coming election kasi malapit na?' Sabi niya, 'Kay Manny Villar ako e'... 'bakit ayaw mo ba kay Noynoy (Aquino) kasi he's gaining ground?' Sabi niya, 'Sir, ano 'yan e nangongomisyon sa'kin," Paras said.

Napoles' laywer Stephen David was not able to confirm Paras' claims, however he asserts that Paras is "credible".

"We should believe him (Paras)... What I am confirming is the credibility ng kaibigan natin," David said. 

Napoles was recently acquitted of her illegal detention case of former aide Benhur Luy.

Because of Napoles primary involvement into the scam, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II deems it beneficial to turn her into a state witness.

"If she eventually becomes a state witness pakiusap ko lang sa kanya na sabihin ang katotohan. Kung 'yung sinabi niya sa akin kung 'yon ang katotohanan, I hope she reiterates that when she becomes a state witness," Paras said.


Source: GMA News Online

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