ANALYSIS

Napoles’ affidavit, a whitewash in progress

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There are grave reasons to worry. President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his allies are tempting the gods. They are courting a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions.

Unfolding events point to a whitewash of the P10-billion PDAF scam. A highly placed source close to the Napoles family who requested anonymity disclosed to The Manila
Times over the weekend that Napoles’ affidavit will undergo yet another revision. It will be re-written ostensibly to free some of the principal players in the scam from criminal prosecution.

“May pinababago. Konti lang. (Some changes are being ordered. Just a few),” said our source.

He also clarified an earlier statement he gave The Times, saying the list we wrote about on Monday was actually on Napoles’ unsigned affidavit. Like former senator Panfilo Lacson, DOJ Secretary de Lima was also provided an unsigned document.


The reason is pretty obvious. All this talk of Napoles coming out with a signed and notarized sworn statement is a calculated gambit for her to gain leverage. She felt the urgent need to talk to de Lima about her affidavit only after she saw that her “mentors” and friends in the Palace and in both Houses of Congress had abandoned her. She blames them for her having contracted a urinary tract infection (UTI) while in Santa Rosa jail facility. “|Kasi marumi ang facilities. (Because the facilities are dirty),” our source narrated. Napoles also said her prolonged stay at the PNP Santa Rosa training camp had complicated her health and contributed to her worsening condition.

Her petitions to be put under hospital arrest and for a change of detention venue were all thumbed down by the courts, because, she felt, her “mentors” and friends did nothing about it. And then as talk of her becoming a state witness was fast losing traction, she had to unsheath her “Damocles sword” to send a powerful message to her “mentors” and the Palace. Either they come to her “rescue” or else. And it now appears she is winning the battle of nerves.

So that the only logical explanation why Napoles and de Lima have not yet released the sworn statement to the public could be that she and the government are yet to agree on what “favors” can be extended her in exchange for a sanitized version of her statement.

As a quid pro quo, her petition for hospital arrest will be granted. The DOJ can cite the cases of former Presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as precedents. The other request for a change of venue might also be granted citing security reasons. The most contentious issue would be her demand to be a state witness.

If and when Napoles becomes some kind of a state witness, she will not go for the jugular, so to speak. Meaning, she will not force the DOJ to recommend that she be given immunity from suit. She is resigned to the fact that she would have to serve time. That is why, according to our source, she will content herself with a reduced sentence of, say, two to five years in jail.

He said Napoles is still waiting for de Lima’s clearance. In all likelihood, when de Lima finally releases the document to the public, it would have been already rewritten and sanitized, clearing her “mentors” and Presidential allies. They will come out of the Napoles caper smelling like roses.

Only the three opposition senators will be hailed to court. The Palace and the DOJ will have come up with some verbal contortions to explain why the “mentors” originally named in the Napoles affidavit were not included in the charge sheet. It will take some doing but trust Malacañang to come up with some justifications regardless. Some members of the Liberal Party and Palace allies will be “sacrificed” and charged along with the three senators, but not to worry, they too, will be exonerated in the end.

The judicial decision to absolve the members of the administration party should happen before Aquino steps down from office in June 2016. There are two problems with that though.

First, the people have already formed their conclusions that the three plus one of the “mentors” and Presidential allies are guilty and that any attempt to clear them would be nothing but a barefaced whitewash.

Second, their cases will surely be reopened when the new President comes in on June 30, 2016 or two years from now.

And Napoles? Well, she will be in a deeper rot when that happens. Nothing will save her from the wrath of the Filipino people. The people will be unforgiving this time and uncompromising if she refuses to come clean by baring everything she knows about the schemers and her “mentors.”

There’s a distinct possibility that Vice President Jejomar Binay will be elected President in 2016. Assuming he succeeds President Aquino, he will be forced to bow to public pressure to pursue the P10-billion PDAF scam vigorously and objectively.

Regardless of his loyalty to the Aquino family, the people’s frustration, anger and heightened public emotion will force Binay to reopen the cases against those behind the scam.

From Rome, Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal has reportedly called Manila and talked to a layman for an update on Napoles and the P10-billion PDAF corruption case. The bishops and clerics who were in the Vatican to witness the canonization of Pope John 23rd and Pope John Paul 2nd discussed the the P10-billion PDAF scam. The cardinal, according to The Times source, would be hurrying back to the Philippines for fear that the issue might morph into a national catastrophe.

In all likelihood, the Catholic Church will be issuing a pastoral letter soon, the source added.

In a function over the weekend, de Lima casually approached the President and confidently told him that the Napoles’ affidavit will be released to the public very soon, our source said. Her confidence must have some basis, he added. The Napoles affidavit will be rewritten and the language will be “softened” to clear the names of her “mentors.”

But there’s still another problem with that. Former senator Lacson has a copy of the first original draft affidavit given him by the spouse of Janet Lim Napoles. Any changes in the document, particularly if the new version absolves the “mentors” and the allies of the President, would trigger Lacson’s release of the Napoles statement to the public as Lacson had warned he would do.

When that happens, all hell will break loose. And Lacson? Well, it is highly possible he might resign from the Cabinet over the issue of the P10-billion PDAF scam. Sayang.

One of the only few no-nonsense member of the Cabinet, it would be a pity if he leaves the Cabinet over the President’s betrayal of public trust.

What about civil society and the true non-government organizations (NGOs)? There will again be mass protests and street demonstrations. Both Houses of Congress will be rendered inutile. They would have lost their remaining relevance and people will demand their abolition.

The President cannot escape responsibility. He, too, will be pilloried. Calls for his resignation will escalate with no clear ending. But the bigger problem for the President would be what happens after he steps down from office. The twin issues—P10-billion PDAF scam and the Development Acceleration Program fund (DAP) —will be revisited. He will find himself hailed to court, arrested and incarcerated for being a complicit in a crime against the Filipino people.

And for what? For Napoles’ “mentors?” For the “Pork King?” For the Palace thieves? For his allies in the Senate and Congress?

Would the President allow the images of his saintly mother, the late President Cory, and his father, the late senator Benigno Aquino Jr., tarred, because he has coddled and shielded the crooks in his own party?

Time to wake up, Mr. President.

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15 Comments

  1. “MENE, MENE, TEKEL UPHARSIN” – The writing is on the wall. Your article eloquently chronicles the multi-horned dilemma the PDAF corrupted administration faces. A brazen attempt to whitewash the rotten situation will only foment public outrage and hasten the disintegration of the hypocritical Daang Matuwid administration..

  2. Juan dila Crossed on

    Speak up Juan. Let them hear your voice. We want to know the truth. Prosecute and punish them all. We want real change and not whitewash cleansing. Pnoy et. al. your days are numbered.

  3. mauricio palao on

    Joseph Estrada won the presidency in 1998 with the support of..not just the ‘low information voters’, but with that of a number of ‘industrialist types’..businessmen who thought they might be the elected president’s puppet masters. Obviously, that didn’t work out too well. Today, with the PDAF swindle case dominating the news scarcely two years from the next presidential election cycle, there are clear political alignments once again. Various sectors of the country, business, the academe, the military and media have a dog in the next fight. Binay, Roxas, Cayetano(?) and even Lacson and Revilla are mentioned. The winner,,again..will be the one with the most funds, the best press (print/tv/radio) and the most inventive lies…not the BEST. The citizens, I’m afraid will just have to fend for themselves all over again.

  4. How about the Lacson’s copy? Can’t this be sanitized too? Just asking this possibility if Lacson is part of the script planned by Malacanang.

  5. Arlene Bermudez on

    Ping Lacson should not waste this GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to be the Next PH Pres. Mas mapagtitiwalaan siyang i-pursue yang kaso ni Napoles kaysa kay Binay. Yung list na hawk niya ang key pay inilabas na ni De Lima yung sanitised nilang list.

  6. apolonio reyes on

    A pastor once said ( read in your paper) ” A LEADER, HOW EVEN HONEST (PNOY), IF HE ALLOWS HIS OFFICAL FAMILY TO DO EVIL DOINGS IS MORE GUILTY OF THE SAME “.
    PNOY, GEN. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR SAID DURING THE SURRENDER OF JAPAN AT TOKYO BAY ” IN POLITICS OR WAR, THERE ARE NO PERMANENT FRIENDS NOR PERMANENT ENEMIES BUT ONLY PERMANENT INTEREST “. THIS WAS CONFIRMED EVEN BY PRESIDENT OBAMA WHEN HE TOLD THE JAPANESE THAT THEY WILL DEPEND THEM ( MILITARILY ) IN THIER CONFLICT WITH CHINA. BUT HERE OBAMA SAID, IN FRONT OF YOU SIR, THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO CONTAIN CHINA ONLY BUT NOT DEPEND THEIR LONGTIME ALLY IN CASE A WAR BREAKS UP BETWEEN PHILIPPINES AND CHINA. AS THIS WILL NEED THE APPROVAL OF US CONGRESS.
    I AM SURE PNOY IS WELL VERSE WITH THIS AND THAT HE KNOWS THAT IN HIS CABINET THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO BETRAYED GMA TO SAVE THEIR NECKS AND COULD NOT BE TRUSTED. IF PNOY LEAVE HIS POSITION BY 2016, HIS PARTY MATES AND EVEN HIS FAMILY FRIENDS WILL ALSO LEAVE HIM.
    PNOY, I BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE ONE AND ONLY HONEST PRESIDENT, BESIDE PRESIDENT CORY, WE EVER HAD AND THERE IS STILL TIME TO REDEEM YOURSELF BY NOT TOLERATING THE EVIL DOINGS OF YOUR KKK, CABINET MEMBERS AND PARTY MATES. PLEASE SHOW US THAT YOU ARE PRESIDENT OF ALL FILIPINOS. OKAY BA SIR?

  7. Congratulations, Chairman, Finally there is someone with real balls to talk about this Scam. I just hope that all these things that you are talking about happens. Everything!! I just want to see how the Filipinos will react this time. I was one of the millions of people who supported the change since the declaration of martial law. Change to “give us back the democracy that we had before”. But what happened when it was given back under the leadership of the “Saintly Cory”? Same thing as what is happening now, before, when “saint cory”was the President evrybody who was part of the millions who fought for the change was waiting for the change but what happened while we were all waiting she was playing mah-jong same thing now while everybody is looking for the “tuwid na daan”. Pnoy is at the firing range with his friends. While the mother & son is busy doing their thing, all the kamag-anaks=mentors, palace thieves are very busy. I hope that all of them burns in hell!!!

  8. Wake up and do what? Accept his criminality? They are all wetting their kansonsilyo right now but will fight this to the last of taxpayer’s peso. Only choice for the Phl is hang them all.

  9. Allen llamar on

    Mr. Pres. you`ve sleeping in your job for too long. The choice is yours now…if you don`t understand what I`m sayin reread the Manila times editorial for today.

  10. Thank you for publishing my previous reply, Dr. Ang. However, I hope you will consider my request in that reply.

    in regards to this new disturbing development in your continuing expose of the shenanigans of this administration, let me just cite my following observations:

    1. Affidavits can easily be rewritten, sanitized, or even retracted, there’s no problem with that. The problem lies when assertions on a particular affidavit are factual and backed by clear and convincing evidence, which Napoles of course, has in her possession. These documents like SAROs, vouchers, audios, videos, and cctv footage cannot be sanitized;

    2. I distinctly remember that the first time Lacson exposed his possession of Napoles’ documents, he also mentioned a USB containing copies of documents, audios, and videos given to him by Jimmy Napoles. I could not imagine Lacson retracting this fact when he revealed it’s existence to the public in his own expose;

    3. Finally, your revelation that the cardinals who are now in Rome are hurrying to come home because they are alarmed of the impact of this burning issue is only one of the reasons. Considering that there are priests close to Napoles, and in fact witnesses for her serious illegal detention case, I would not be surprised if the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy has also a copy of Napoles affidavit and the evidence that backs it up. Therefore, the foremost reason why they are alarmed is the report that Napoles may have agreed to rewrite her affidavit which therefore contains half-truths this time.

    In sum, it would be impossible for PNoy to hide the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, even with the pressured participation of Napoles in this charade. You are correct that “Aquino is tempting the gods” and that “he is courting catastrophe of unimaginable proportions.”:

  11. armando flores on

    No one seems to realize that aquino himself took advantage of the pork barrel during his term as congressman and senator in the millions of pesos then and now as president in billions of pesos. He and his liberal party cohorts are all in the scheme together with their erstwhile master gma who was jailed by aquino not because of corruption but for fighting his mother and relatives in the case of hacienda luisita. Aquino is ruthless as he even used gma his punching bag to cover up his own thievery.

  12. The PDAF/DAP ‘scandal’ is so grand that a ‘whitewish’ is impossible; the people have already an idea of what has been happening in the past years. The government officials should not undermine the new ‘estate’ — The Netizens. The result of any whitewash would be belied by the saying: ” You can fool all the people at a time; but, not all the people all the time.”