Janet Lim-Napoles has apologized to Cebu Rep. Gerald Gullas whose name was in the affidavit she submitted to the Department of Justice.
On Thursday, Napoles’ lawyer, Bruce Rivera, released a statement admitting that they made a mistake in including Gulas in the list of lawmakers Napoles implicated in the pork barrel scam.
“Last night, JLN [Napoles’ initials] noticed the mistake. It is not Gerald Gullas but
Eduardo Gullas,” Rivera said in a text message.
Eduardo Gullas was succeeded by Gerald, his grandson, in the 2013 elections.
According to a Commission on Audit special audit for 2007-2010, Eduardo Gullas allotted his pork to Aaron Foundation Philippines Inc., a non-government organization that was later found bogus.
Rivera said that in the transaction records of Napoles, “it was only the family name Gullas that was listed.”
He added that the secretary who encoded the list assumed Napoles was referring to the incumbent legislator.
“Our sincerest apology on the matter,” Rivera said.
He attributed the mistake to the “pressure” and “stress” to meet the deadline for submitting the list to the Justice department.
Napoles was given until May 23 to hand the affidavit to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima who will submit it to the Senate.
She, however, experienced bleeding following her hysterectomy, and could not finish the affidavit on that date.
“Typographical error like this that can be easily committed in stressful situations is one of the reasons why we preferred the DOJ (Department of Justice) and the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to verify the names and entries first before [they]should [be]released to the public,” Rivera said.
De Lima had asked the Senate to keep the affidavit and the list confidential but Senate blue ribbon committee chairman, Teofisto Guingona 3rd, publicized the documents “in the spirit of transparency and effort to find the truth.”