Former President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III received campaign funds from Janet Lim-Napoles, amounting up to P90 million. This is according to Council of Philippine Affairs (COPA) secretary-general Pastor Boy Saycon, who said that Noynoy Aquino used the said money in the 2010 elections, where he ran for president and eventually won.
In an exclusive interview with Radyo Inquirer this Friday, March 17, Saycon said that he sees nothing wrong with accepting campaign contributions from anyone. However, he emphasized that the former president did not include it in his Statement of Contributions and Expenditure (SOCE) that the latter has submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Saycon, who recently turned over to DOJ (Department of Justice) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II some documents allegedly proving corruption of the past administration, added that Noynoy Aquino knew alleged Janet Lim Napoles even before he became president, simply because she served as one of his important campaign contributors.
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“Kaya nga sinundo siya (Napoles) sa Heritage Park, pagkatapos naglunch pa sila sa Malacañang, pagkatapos hinatid pa siya sa Crame ng Presidente… pwede naman ‘yung guwardiya niya… bakit siya, personal, di ba?” Saycon explains, referring to the time when Janet Lim Napoles surrendered to then-President Noynoy Aquino at Malacañang Palace.
As we all know, on August 28, 2013, at around 9 pm, some Malacañang officials that time met with Napoles at Heritage Park, in Taguig City. That time, Napoles was already fugitive as the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam. The public then believe that Malacañang gave Napoles a special treatment.
Meanwhile, Pastor Boy Saycon said there were also 11 lawmakers who also received campaign contributions from Napoles. According to him, this includes Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who made multiple trips to China as alleged backdoor negotiator for the disputed South China Sea. The senator admitted that Noynoy Aquino ordered those China visits.
Saycon did not reveal how much Trillanes allegedly received, but insisted that the amount was not declared in the senator’s SOCE. Nevertheless, he noted that the said documents have been in his possession a long time ago. However, he said he decided not to give them to then-DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima, simply because Noynoy Aquino was the president.