Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (MNS Photo)

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (MNS Photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima on Wednesday said that they are reviewing the third batch of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) cases since there is an issue about alleged forged documents or forged signatures of lawmakers.

”These documents do not only cover the usual liquidation documents for the PDAF-funded projects of lawmakers, as was already admitted by whistleblowers, but also include letter-endorsements,” De Lima said in an ambush interview.

The DOJ Chief said that this is what’s taking time in the filing of the third batch of cases because this information/claim has to be verified.

De Lima asked why letter-endorsements would be forged.

She added that these should be authentic.

”This review is necessary so as to ensure a solid case,” De Lima said, “since filing weak cases now would only ‘dilute’ the ‘strong’ cases they have previously filed in connection with the ‘pork’ scam.”

De Lima added that the forgery claim is not being made by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General and President Benigno S. Aquino III’s ally Joel Villanueva alone.

The DOJ Chief said that two personalities are claiming their signatures and documents were forged, however, she refused to identify the other individual. (MNS)