Miriam wants Napoles to testify anew in Senate


Posted at Apr 23 2014 03:11 PM | Updated as of Apr 23 2014 11:11 PM

MANILA - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago wants businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles summoned anew to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

In a letter to committee chair, Senator Teofisto Guingona, Santiago noted “today’s media reports that Ms. Napoles has not only asseverated the criminal liability of three senators named in the recent partial report submitted by our committee; but it appears that Ms. Napoles has also implicated some 19 other senators.”

During her first appearance before the committee, Napoles did not thresh out details of the pork barrel scam. She consistently denied or dismissed the claims of the whistleblowers.

Even Santiago failed to get important answers from Napoles, who consistently invoked her right against self-incrimination.

On Tuesday, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the businesswoman is now willing to tell all.

She said Napoles confirmed the participation of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam.

An ABS-CBN News source said at least 19 other senators will be linked by Napoles to pork barrel kickbacks. Another source said there are 13 names on the list.

Santiago said the invitation for Napoles should be given priority over the one for lawyer Gigi Reyes, the former chief of staff of Enrile.

Santiago also earlier asked Guingona to summon Reyes, who arrived on Saturday after staying abroad for around 8 months.

“I respectfully propose that the Napoles case should be given priority to the case of Atty. Gigi Reyes, whose whereabouts seems to be unknown at this time, triggering rumors wild or otherwise, on where she is,” Santiago said.