The public reacted negatively upon learning that pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles now wants to become a state witness too.
Even the whistleblowers showed apprehension over Napoles’ interest in joining the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Witness Protection Program. They fear that Napoles’ statements may only weaken the group’s testimony against those involved.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima had said the DOJ will carefully study if Napoles can be made a state witness.
Some lawmakers in the Senate and the House of Representatives are opposed to the idea of making Napoles a state witness, saying she is not the least guilty among those charged at the Office of the Ombudsman.
Right you are, your Honors! Napoles was the “briber” or the one who offered money to these legislators as commissions from their priority development assistance fund (PDAF), therefore, she is more guilty than those who accepted the bribes or “tongpats.”
Observers believe that Napoles being accepted to the Witness Protection Program will set a precedent for individuals like her who steal oodles and oodles of public funds and offer to become state witness once caught.
I really believe that the testimony of Benhur Luy and the other whistleblowers will be sufficient to prosecute all those involved in this P10- billion pork barrel scam, especially Napoles.
Secretary de Lima should disregard Napoles’ request.
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DOJ, NBI should now go after Napoles and other contractors
As I have said before, there are several more contractors like Janet Lim Napoles who siphoned off billions of public funds in cahoots with a dozen more lawmakers entitled to PDAF or “pork barrel.”
Names like “Evelyn Miranda” and “Gay Tan” are just some that are very familiar to members of the House of Representatives.
Just like Napoles, the two are said to have approached several congressmen for funding of their alleged bogus foundations in the form of soft projects.
In return, Miranda, Tan and several more contractors reportedly would give 15 to 20 percent commissions to the lawmakers out of their PDAF.
A Commission on Audit (COA) report submitted earlier to the Senate showed 82 bogus foundations receiving more than a hundred billion pesos in pork barrel.
Napoles only had 11 foundations and received P10-billion worth of PDAF from the same list furnished by COA to the Senate’s blue ribbon committee.
The rest of these fake foundations or NGOs reportedly belong to the other contractors like Miranda and Tan, who allegedly made billions too from the pork barrel of several unscrupulous lawmakers.
Miranda, Tan and the other contractors must be investigated too, Secretary de Lima… to be fair.