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Napoles to Manila Solon: I Am Sorry

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Detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles on Tuesday apologized to Manila 5th District Rep. Amado Bagatsing and clarified that she did not implicate the solon in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or the so-called “pork barrel scam”. “Allow me to clarify that at the outset that I never stated that the (sic) Rep. Bagatsing received or authorized anyone to receive on his behalf rebate or commission from PDAF transactions involving any NGO (non-government organization) connected with me,” Napoles said in a statement read to reporters by her lawyer and spokesman Bruce Rivera. Philippine Star

“There was nothing in the statement that I ever stated or insinuated that Rep. Bagatsing was directly or indirectly involved or participated in the rebate. I never met Cong. (sic) Bagatsing and have not directly dealt with him,” Napoles said. “I hope that I have clarified this point to avoid any confusion on the matter and I am extending my sincerest apologies to Cong. Bagatsing for this unfortunate incident,” Napoles added. Philippine Star