LAWYER Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, he former aide of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile who is facing plunder charges in connection with the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) scam, can no longer qualify as a state witness since she has denied involvement in the anomaly, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
“She already denied any involvement. So, how can one be a state witness when she denies? And in fact she pointed to another staff member,” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a news briefing.
Lacierda explained that by denying her involvement, Reyes already lacked one of the requirements of becoming a government witness.
“So that doesn’t fall within the requirements of one becoming a state witness. She denies involvement. So, allegedly she says, it was [not]her signature there,” he pointed out.
In her affidavit submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman, Reyes, Enrile’s former chief of staff, said her deputy, Jose Antonio Evangelista, forged her signatures on various documents earlier presented as evidence in the case. In fact, she said Evangelista even acknowledged that.
Reyes’ action doused speculations that she came back to spill the beans on the anomaly in exchange for her admission into the Witness Protection Program.
But Malacañang and the Department of Justice have both denied this, saying Reyes’ return was not even a “priority” for President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
On April 1, the Office of the Ombudsman announced that it found probable cause to indict Reyes, Enrile and Senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Janet Lim-Napoles and five others for plunder.
It was alleged that Reyes conspired with Enrile in funnelling part of his PDAF allocations from 2004 to 2010 to non-government organizations owned by Napoles. Enrile and the other accused have denied the accusation.