Rufus fumes as signatures forged in PDAF documents

By IRENE DAYO, Reporter

CAGAYAN de Oro’s second district Rep. Rufus Rodriguez yesterday expressed his disgust that his signatures were allegedly forged in documents dragging his name in the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

This develops as the outspoken Rodriguez assured the Department of Justice that he will submit himself to the ongoing investigation involving several lawmakers from both Houses of Congress who reportedly diverted portions of their PDAF, popularly known as pork barrel, to dubious non-government organizations.

Rodriguez said he gave P3.5 million of his PDAF to the Technology Livelihood and Resource Center (TLRC) for livelihood projects. But he said he received documents from the Commission on Audit (COA) where he saw that his signatures were forged.

“I was surprised that all communications were forged, including my signatures. …The letters that allegedly accepted the funds and letters certifying the implementation were all forged,” he told reporters in an interview before attending the hearing of the DOJ budget.

At the hearing, Rodriguez told Justice Secretary Leila de Lima that he was willing to show the documents to the investigating team and would help shed light on the scam.

De Lima was later pressed during the hearing to name the lawmakers who will be included in a report she expected NBI probers to submit to her soon, but she declined. Earlier at the Senate, an irritated Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos wondered aloud whether De Lima and her team of probers were engaged in a game of “kampihan” (siding with friends) on account of reports floating only the names of lawmakers who are outside the political circle of President Aquino.

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