Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla, Tito Sotto and other lawmakers will certainly fight tooth and nail to avoid being convicted of plunder or other charges in the P10 billion PDAF scam. They’ll certainly employ the country’s smartest and most veteran lawyers to defend them.
Pero may kasabihan – tuso man ang matsing ay napaglalangan din! He! He!
Because of apparent greed, Enrile and company committed a very serious mistake – and this may eventually lead to their conviction and downfall.
The single biggest blunder that Enrile and his cohorts made is the so-called paper trail that they left behind the crime scene!
In last Thursday’s Senate hearing on the PDAF scam, principal whistleblower Benhur Luy made several explosive revelations:
1] Pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles issued checks to lawmakers representing cash advances to lawmakers on their share of the kickbacks from PDAF coursed through the woman’s fake non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
2] If not checks, the cash advances were paid by Napoles via direct cash deposits into the bank accounts of the accused lawmakers or their chief of staff
3] The rest of the kickbacks of lawmakers was paid in cash by Napoles and delivered personally to lawmakers or their chief of staff who signed vouchers as proof that they received the cash payments
The checks issued by Napoles, receipts of her deposits into the bank accounts of accused lawmakers or their chief of staff and their signatures on the vouchers for cash payments all comprise SOLID EVIDENCE of their involvement in Napoles’ P10 billion pork barrel scam!
It will be very, very hard even for the brightest lawyers to explain away these damaging and incriminating pieces of evidence of their clients’ involvement in the scam.
Justice secretary Leila de Lima said at Thursday’s Senate hearing that the bank accounts of accused lawmakers and their chief of staff are now being investigation.
When concerned banks are asked by law enforcement authorities to reveal details of transactions in bank accounts of lawmakers and their chief of staff which received deposits from Napoles and her people, what plausible explanation can they give?
It is clear that Enrile and company overlooked a very, very basic thing – never leave a paper trail in a white-collar crime.