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Mayor denies part in pork barrel scam

LEGANES, ILOILO, Philippines— Mayor Adolf Jaen of this town had vehemently denied that the LGU received funding from the controversial P10-billion decade-old scam involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of congressmen and senators.

Jaen expressed surprise upon learning that Leganes town was named recipient of P10-million worth of agricultural equipment in 2010.

The alleged donation was reportedly coursed through a non government organization named Micro Agri-Business Citizens Initiative Foundation.

"We have no records of getting a single centavo or any agricultural equipment," Jaen said, adding that he believed such NGO was bogus.

Even former Mayor Ike Rojas of this town also supported Jaen's assertion, insisting that Leganes town was not a recipient of any grant or funding during his incumbency.

Rojas said he was not also familiar with Micro Agri-Business Citizens Initiative Foundation, one of the many foundations allegedly set up by Janet Lim-Napoles, president and CEO of the trading firm JLN Corp.

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In Antique province, a group named Karangyaan Para sa Magsasaka Foundation allegedly received P5 million from the scheme allegedly hatched by Napoles.  (FREEMAN)

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