SOME senators want rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson to make public the names of lawmakers who allegedly received pork kickbacks to remove the cloud of suspicion hanging on the heads of all members of Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday said as long as the list remains confidential, all senators and members of the House of Representatives remain suspects.
He and Sen. Francis Escudero urged Lacson to bare the list given to him by Jimmy Napoles, husband of Janet.
“Whether it’s one name or 20 names, as long as the reporting is correct, meaning it will be based on documents submitted by Mrs. Napoles, let [those included]explain themselves,” Cayetano said.
“If it’s a document, then let those people involved [speak]. If my name was on it, I’d want it out. I’d want to answer,” he added.
Escudero agreed with Cayetano, noting that although he is certain that he is not on the list, he is ready to defend himself in case his name was also listed by Napoles.
But Senate President Franklin Drilon said the list should be released if there is documentary evidence to back it up.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th also expressed confidence that he is not on the list as he maintained that he is not a thief.
But like Cayetano and Escudero, Trillanes also want Lacson to bare the list.
Lacson “would serve the public well if he would just release the document given to him. That way the document would speak for itself,” he said.
Sen. Miriam Santiago questioned Lacson’s motive in coming out with the document supposedly given to him by Jimmy Napoles.
“Why would Lacson come forward with a spurious document, one month after he claims that it was handed to him?” Santiago asked. She said Lacson’s claims are “so full of holes that it’s like a sieve.”
The senator urged the public to “keep your composure and remain level-headed” amid what she claims is a “massive psywar disinformation campaign using pork barrel kickbacks.”
She said the aim of the psywar campaign is to discredit the Aquino administration and distract public attention away from the trial and prosecution of those charged with plunder.
“This is a diversionary tactic, very similar to the so-called Zamboanga uprising. Both are bankrolled heavily because they are intended to forcibly turn public attention away from the criminal culpability of those charged with plunder. For the respondents, this is a desperate make-or-break situation,” Santiago added.