THE National Bureau of Investigation said Thursday it was unable to retrieve deleted files entitled “PINOY Request” and “Ochoa” in the hard drive of pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy.
Ronaldo Aguto, chief of the NBI cybercrime division, said the digital files that the agency submitted to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee included a list of deleted files that the bureau was unable to retrieve.
Among the deleted files was one entry that read: “PINOY Request.odt, File Exit odt, Is Deleted False…… Entry Modified, File Deleted.” It was created and last edited on 02/16/12 and last accessed on 01/22/14.
Two other deleted documents were entitled “P200M_Sexy_Ochoa.doc” and “2012-200M Ochoa.doc.” The first file was created at 12:25:28 p.m. of June 7, 2012 while the other was created at 03:16:42 p.m., also on June 7, 2012.
There were several letters addressed seeking financial assistance that ran up to millions of pesos addressed to President Benigno Aquino III, but these did not include signatories.
The files also included two letters, both dated June 6, 2012, addressed to Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr.
The first letter bore the title “Financial assistance for the implementation of livelihood projects for small farmers ( i.e. organic farming for high value crops) in various local government units.”
It read: “Kelangan, need to put emphasis in the letter the implementing agency will be done by the local government units.”
Another deleted file, “Abad Letter.doc,” was created Dec. 1, 2011.
Luy’s affidavit, created June 13, 2011, was also among those deleted as was a document created the same day called “PAYROLL UCPB.doc.”
All these documents were last accessed Jan. 22, 2014.
One of the deleted files was named “BIGBOY” but bore nothing telling in its title. It was created Aug. 2, 2012 and deleted Aug. 30 the same year.
Also among the deleted files were ones containing code names that Luy used for some senators, including “Tanda” for Juan Ponce Enrile, “Pogi” for Ramon Revilla Jr., “Sexy” for Jinggoy Estrada, as well as Loren Legarda (“Dahon”) and Vicente Sotto III (“Bigote” and “Bonget”).
The names of other deleted files, however, clearly identified the lawmakers by their family names or nicknames, such as “Jinggoy,” “Estrada,” “JPE,” “Enrile,” “Sotto,” and “Legarda,” with others named “Marcos” and “Pimentel.”
The digital files detail the transactions suspected pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles made from 2002 to 2012, the period during which she channeled congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund allocations to ghost projects and gave kickbacks to lawmakers.
The NBI submitted a CD containing copies of Luy’s files and its forensic report to the Blue Ribbon committee on Wednesday.
Senator Teofisto Guingona III, the committee chairman, released the files on Thursday, saying this was in the “spirit of transparency,” despite a warning in the NBI report that said: “Under no circumstances should this report or information contained herein be distributed, reprinted or reproduced in any form without written permission of the National Bureau of Investigation.”
Aside from lawmakers’ identities, several file names also specified amounts and whether these came from the Priority Development Assistance Fund or from budget savings.
The bulk of the deleted files were last accessed on Jan. 22, 2014, although some were last accessed on Aug. 30, 2012.
Figuring prominently in the names of the deleted files were the supposedly bogus non-government organizations created by Napoles, who is accused of engineering the scam: POPDF, CARED, and WFP-MAMFI.
Luy, then the finance officer of Napoles’s JLN Corp., said he made the entries upon the instructions of Napoles.
It cited the beneficiaries of the 200M (pork barrel funds) as follows: Region 1, Ilocos Norte, 15M; Umingan, Pangasinan, 18M; Calasiao, Pangasinan, 15M; Sual, Pangasinan, 9M; Balungao, Pangsinan,11M; Region II Isabela, 10M; San Antonio, Nueva Ecija 12M; Pilar, Bataan,15M; Dinalupihan, Bataan, 8M; Bulacan, Bulacan, 5M; Region IV, Sariaya, Quezon;11M; Gen. Nakar, Quezon, 9M; Region V: Province of Camarines Norte, 10M; Region VIII; Javier, Leyte, 12M; Region IX, Zamboanga del Sur,15M; Region XI; Davao Oriental, 10M Region XII and Surigao del Sur,15M. It was signed by “Senator PAULINE LABAYEN...hehehe.” Libayen was the chief of staff of Estrada.
An unsigned letter, also addressed to Ochoa, sought P250,000 in financial assistance for the implementation of livelihood projects for small farmers in various local government units.
The other entries deleted from the Luy files that NBI forensic experts failed to retrieve were under the names “Dahon.”
One entry under “Dahon” shows the name of Senator Loren Legarda. It read HDD/C/Files/DOCS/2011_DAHON_50M_LGUs/_2012_Endorsement_Legarda -Umingan, Pangasinan.
Among the deleted files retrieved by NBI forensic experts were those under the code names “Bigote,” “Bonget,” “Anak,” “Tanda,” “Sexy” and “Pogi.”
In a folder of deleted files were two entries.
The bureau on Wednesday submitted a copy of Luy’s hard drive in compliance with the subpoena issued earlier by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. – With Ma. Jerrylyn B. Damaso
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