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'Janet Napoles not least guilty in pork scam'

Posted at | Updated as of 04/24/14 6:56 AM

MANILA – Janet Lim Napoles is not the least guilty in the pork barrel scam. This was the sentiment of lawyer Michelle Estor, member of the Scrap Pork Network, when asked about the qualifications of the businesswoman as state witness in the prosecution of the case.

Estor told DZMM on Wednesday night that Napoles lied under oath during the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee when she claimed that she did not have anything to do with the scam.

"Iyan ang sinasabi ng mga senador natin ngayon. Bakit noong Blue Ribbon Committee hearing, sinabi nya na wala syang natatandaan at wala syang kinalaman sa lahat ng mga transakyon na inisa-isa ng mga whistleblowers? Tapos ngayon sasabihin nya alam nya lahat? Paano kung in the future, bawiin nya ulit?" Estor said.

Estor also said her group believes that Napoles is not qualified to be a state witness, as she is not the "least guilty" in the alleged pork barrel scam.

"May requirement na dapat, 'yung applicant ay 'yung least guilty of the crime," she said. "Kung pag-uusapan ang guilty, paano natin masasabi na least guilty iyung inaakusahang mastermind, kung totoo man ang akusasayon sa kanya sa siya talaga ang arkitekto ng scam na ito."

According to Estor, the allegations that Napoles transacted with a number of politicians and amassed billions of pesos is enough to say that she is not the least guilty.

"Yun lang mga ebidensyang yun, malakas na 'yun para masabi na hindi sya ang least guilty sa sitwasyong ito," she said.

Estor said the claims of Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima about information she gathered from Napoles are still unfounded, as of now.

"Yung sinasabi ni Secretary De Lima na napaglaman nya sa mga transakyon involving Napoles, hindi natin alam yun. Puro balita pa lang naririnig natin, wala pang sample," she said.