Former Senator Aquilino ‘Nene’ Pimentel on Wednesday admitted knowing a Mon Arcenas but denied he was his agent dealing with Janet Lim-Napoles at the height of the pork barrel scam.
Pimentel is one of the former senators tagged by Napoles in her list who allegedly received pork barrel kickbacks.
“I know (Mon Arcenas) but he is not my agent,” Pimentel said.
Pimentel recalled knowing Arcenas when he was looking into a legal case—the Banco Filipino case against the Central Bank—but not connected with his Priority Assistance Development Funds (PDAF).
The former senator said he once helped Arcenas’ employer, who was affiliated with Banco Filipino. The bank, owned by the Aguirre family, was shut down in 1985 due to its alleged insolvency. The bank took their case to the Supreme Court, which eventually held that the closure of Banco Filipino was illegal, and sued for damages.
“I was able to help (in that case)… And in the process, I met (Mon) Arcenas,” Pimentel said.
Pimentel added that knowing Arcenas does not mean he is guilty. He also denied knowing Napoles.
“Which is true. I never met (Napoles), for one. But she also knows the person who is supposed to be my agent (Arcenas). But I have no agent. That’s not true at all,” Pimentel said.
Pimentel said he would file charges against “those who are responsible for malevolently charging (him) with (pork barrel) malversation either directly or through others.”