Belmonte to NBI: Give us 'pork barrel' scam documents

The House of Representatives has appealed to the Department of Justice (DoJ) to send them copies of the documents linking incumbent and former lawmakers to the so-called "pork barrel scam."

In a press conference, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr. vowed to write to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to ask for documents, which he said they will use to conduct their own probe.

"We intend to write the DoJ and the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to give us copies of the documents that they have, even confidentially," Belmonte said.

"On the basis on that, we will see if there is a need for us to have it investigated, even by appropriate committee here or ethics," he told reporters yesterday.

Belmonte said he will determine the accountability and culpability of incumbent members of the new 16th Congress or even those who used to be part of the previous Congress.

He also clarified he is willing to issue a subpoena so the House of Representatives can conduct it's own investigation.

"We'll ask for a copy or else we will subpoena it for our good governance committee. [We will do this] after the SONA," he added.

At the same time, Belmonte asked NBI not to reveal the identities of the lawmakers linked to an alleged scam involving their priority development and assistance fund or PDAF.

In an interview aired over on GMA News TV, Belmonte demanded the NBI should establish a strong evidence before going public with the names of the congressmen tagged in the scam.

The NBI is investigating a P10-billion pork barrel scam of entrepreneur Lim Napoles, whose JLN Group of Companies was reportedly tapped for questionable government-funded projects.

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