• Ombudsman won’t touch Napoles list


    The Office of the Ombudsman will not investigate the supposed draft affidavit of Janet Napoles in which she implicates at least 100 lawmakers in the P10-billion priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.

    Assistant Ombudsman Asryman Rafanan made the announcement on Friday after disclosing that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales granted immunity to Ruby Tuason, one of those who initially faced plunder charges in connection with the PDAF scam.

    Rafanan said while the Ombudsman can investigate the matter motu propio, what were submitted to the Special Panel of Prosecutors assigned to the PDAF case were the motions for reconsideration of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., as well as those of Napoles and Enrile’s former aide Jessica “Gigi” Reyes.

    “It would be up to the complainants such as the NBI [National Bureau of Investigation] or the DOJ [Department of Justice] to file the necessary pleadings for that [investigating contents of the Napoles affidavit]because the case is already under preliminary investigation,” he told reporters.

    Former senator and now rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson earlier revealed that he has been given a copy of the Napoles affidavit, and warned Justice Secretary Leila de Lima that he will release the names of lawmakers in the affidavit if de Lima decides to “sanitize” the list.

    De Lima said she will only name names only after she has strong evidence that would back up Napoles’ claims.


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