Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla has denied involvement in the alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam and said the Aquino government was behind moves to tag him in the scam.
In a statement released to media, Revilla said he did not benefit from the supposed scam.
“Hindi totoo ang mga akusasyon na nakinabang ako sa usaping ito. (The accusation that I benefited from this issue is not true)," he said.
Revillla said he believes the controversy is a demolition job engineered by the Aquino administration against him and the opposition.
"Porke ba may mga nagtutulak sa ating tumakbo sa 2016 ay wawasakin na nila ang aking pangalan? (Is it because some are pushing me to run in 2016, they are besmirching my name?)," he said.
“I have already been warned by someone in Malacañang that I will be targeted. Eto na yun (This is it). This controversy has been engineered by the administration for only one purpose - to demolish the opposition, especially those who enjoy the popular support of our people," Revila said.
He stressed that he has always been "transparent and accountable."
"I have nothing to hide,” said Revilla in the statement.
Revilla has been identified as one of the lawmakers who allowed their pork barrel funds to be used in the scam.
Other senators identified were Sens. Juan Ponce Enrile, Gregorio Honasan, JV Ejercito, and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos.
Revilla noted that the 5 senators named in the controversy are all from the opposition.
“Suspiciously, only non-allies of the administration are being dragged into this controversy. Bakit hindi nila buklatin at usisain din ang mga record ng paggamit ng PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) ng lahat, pati ang mga kaalyado ng Pangulo (Why don't they open and inspect the records related to the use of the PDAF of everyone, even those allied to the President),” the senator said.
Revilla is said to be a possible presidential candidate in 2016 under the Lakas party.
Decades of armed struggle have derailed progress in Mindanao. The lost opportunities and widespread damage caused by the conflict have reached a staggering P700-B.