Napoles won't hide anything, says her lawyer


Posted at Apr 24 2014 05:18 PM | Updated as of Apr 25 2014 01:18 AM

MANILA - Businesswoman Janet Napoles will not withhold her affidavit from the Filipino people, lawyer Bruce Rivera said.

In a statement, the lawyer appealed to the public to give time for investigators and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to evaluate her affidavit.

“Mrs. Napoles for her part has no intention of withholding anything from the Filipino people. It is just that we are asking for time to allow the investigating bodies to evaluate the statement of Mrs. Napoles on its material points,” he said.

Any half-baked statements could affect the quest for truth, he said.

“Releasing a half-baked statement to satisfy the clamor of several individuals may jeopardize the proceedings and is a disservice to the people who deserve no less than the truth,” he said.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is being urged to release the complete and raw testimony of Napoles.

In a statement, the #ScrapThePork Network warned the Aquino government against sanitizing Napoles’ list in order to protect its allies, a claim the administration says it won't do.

This, amid statements from former Senator Panfilo Lacson that he also has a copy of Napoles' list.

Napoles’ camp admitted they had approached Lacson prior to seeking De Lima’s help this week.

At least two senators have reacted to Lacson’s claims.

Senate President Franklin Drilon said he is confident he is not on it, but urged Lacson to release the list only if it is backed by evidence.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, on the other hand, said Lacson’s claims are “incredible.”