MOST members of the Senate blue ribbon committee are inclined to compel Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to make public the so-called Napoles list despite her appeal to the Senate that she be given time to finish evaluating the list.
Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday said while he believes that de Lima was just being responsible in having the list evaluated first before it is made public, it would be more prudent for the Justice secretary to have the blue ribbon committee subpoena it.
“I’m in favor of compelling the Department of Justice to release the list so that we can put this to rest sooner,” he added.
But aside from the list, the majority leader said the committee should also compel the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Commission on Audit (COA) to release supporting documents to ensure fairness.
He explained that while he is for complete transparency and the immediate release of the list, he also does not want to be unfair to anyone and it would be better if supporting documents will also be presented.
Senator Sergio Osmena 3rd, vice chairman of the blue ribbon panel said he favors compelling de Lima to produce the Napoles list the moment the committee decides to reopen its investigation of the pork barrel scam.
The list being referred to is part of the documents submitted by detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles to de Lima during their meeting in April.
Osmena and other members of the committee are in favor of reopening the scam investigation. However. They will have to wait for Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd, chaiman of the committee, before coming up with a decision.
Guingona has not reported to the Senate since the resumption of sessions on Monday.
Sen. Cynthia Villar said she sees no problem in giving de Lima time to evaluate the list but she insisted that the justice secretary should do it faster.
Senators Antonio Trillanes 4th, Juan Edgardo Angara, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Ramon “Bong“ Revilla Jr. and Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th also want the list to be released soon to give all concerned a chance to directly answer the issue.
De Lima said the DOJ and the National Bureau of Investigation are still vetting Napoles’ statement to verify her story.
De Lima assured the public that the names on the list will not be sanitized or edited.
WITH JOMAR CANLAS