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Lawyer: Revilla confirmed his signatures, why deny now?

MANILA, Philippines - Dismissing Senator Ramon Revilla Jr.'s claim that 'pork barrel' scam whistle-blowers are professional forgers, lawyer Levito Baligod said the lawmaker himself confirmed the authenticity of his signatures years ago.

"Bakit inamin niya noon pero ngayon ay dini-deny niya. Dahil ba may kaso na ngayon?" Baligod, legal counsel of the whistle-blowers led by Benhur Luy, said in an interview with radio dzMM on Tuesday morning.

The lawyer said that Revilla was asked by the Commission on Audit (COA) in 2011 to validate documents requesting for his Priority Development Assistance Funds to be released to fraudulent non-government organizations of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

"Kalakip ng sulat ay napakaraming dokumento na nagpapakita ng pirma ni Senator Revilla at ang tanong ng COA, 'Pirma mo ba ang lahat ng ito at galing ba ang mga dokumentong ito sa iyong opisina?" Baligod recounted.

In his priority speech on Monday, Revilla called the whistleblowers a "political wrecking crew" and dubbed Luy "Boy Pirma." The senator also denied that he earlier confirmed his signatures affixed in the said documents.

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