MANILA – Sen. Serge Osmena, vice-chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, said the re-opening of the hearing on the pork barrel scam is a decision that the members of the Blue Ribbon Committee collectively will have to make.
"There are those that say, let’s have another hearing, and there are also those that say that it all depends on what Mrs. Napoles will say," he said.
Osmena told ANC's Primetime on Thursday that "the greater good should rule in this case."
"If she [Janet Napoles] made a confession and contradicted herself, the committee will be willing to overlook the perjury charge. But then again, that's a collective decision," he said.
Osmena also said Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima should come out with Napoles' "list" of people involved in the pork scandal as soon as possible.
"If they don’t show the list, everybody in the Senate, everybody in the House, would be under suspicion and I think that’s brutally unfair. We would like them to come out with the list as soon as possible. There are also thoughts that it may be sanitized, but if you know Secretary De Lima, she will not allow that to happen," Osmena pointed out.
"We trust in the integrity of Secretary De Lima and we know she would not allow any sanitizing of the list," he said.
Former Senator Panfilo Lacson said Napoles implicated more than 100 people, including at least 10 other senators, in the pork barrel scam.
He said several officials who were involved in transactions with Napoles then are now incumbent senators.