MANILA - Detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles would have had the opportunity of becoming a state witness if the Sandiganbayan accepted prosecutors' amendments to plunder charges filed against those implicated in the pork barrel scam, a lawyer said Tuesday.
Atty. Marichu Lambino, one of the private prosecutors in the plunder case of former President Joseph Estrada, said proposed amendments in the pork barrel scam case would have reduced Napoles' role from a principal accused to just being an accomplice.
Lambino told ANC's "Beyond Politics" that the Office of the Ombudsman should explain the intent of the proposed amendments on charges against senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla, and Jinggoy Estrada -- which were either rejected by the anti-graft court or were withdrawn.
She said the prosecution's proposed amendments made it appear that Napoles didn't gain a single centavo from the pork barrel scam.
Lambino said Napoles could be allowed to turn state witness if the court allowed the prosecution's amendments.