MANILA, Philippines – Retired police chief Jesus Verzosa and Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno were among former and incumbent government officials who received jueteng payola, anti-jueteng advocate and former Lingayen Archbishop Oscar Cruz revealed today.
Cruz made the revelation at today’s Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing chaired by Sen. TJ Guingona, wherein the priest presented a list containing the names of several government officials tagged as recipients of jueteng money.
Those tagged by Cruz as receiving payola are Pampanga Gov. Baby Pineda, Paul Dy of Isabela, retired General Eugene Martin and Mayor Mauricio Domogan of Baguio City, Danny Soriano of Cagayan, Governor Amado Espino in Pangasinan, and Boy Jalandoni of Bacolod.
Puno, who was present in the hearing, denied the allegation.
The DILG official received a scolding from Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for not revealing the identities of alleged jueteng operators who are currently under government surveillance