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Statement of Senator Loren Legarda on Napoles’ Affidavit

May 26, 2014

I categorically deny, in the strongest terms, allegations that I had any dealings with Ms. Napoles or any of her group. I have never dealt with them and have never even heard of their foundations. Above all, I have never received monetary or any form of illegal benefit from my PDAF or its equivalent at any time. I have never authorized anyone in my staff or outside of my office to transact with anyone.

 

I have judiciously allocated my PDAF to accredited government agencies and local government units as prescribed by law. I allocated my PDAF to 300 classrooms worth P150 million, financial assistance to indigents during disasters through DSWD, the National Museum’s Hibla and Baybayin galleries, medical assistance in PGH and other government hospitals, scholarships in SUCs, livelihood assistance to schools of living traditions of indigenous peoples, financial assistance to farmers and rural folks, among many others.

 

I never endorsed any NGO to benefit from my PDAF. Any statement to the contrary contained in any affidavit is a perjured lie and is actionable criminally against those involved in this smear campaign. (END)