De Lima on Napoles list: Don't pressure me

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 06 2014 06:04 PM | Updated as of May 07 2014 07:49 PM

MANILA - Janet Lim Napoles' statement about the pork barrel scam has not yet been completed.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the process of putting into writing Napoles' testimony is still ongoing, and, simultaneous with this, the vetting process being undertaken by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to verify the so-called pork barrel scam queen's story.

This is one of the reasons why de Lima sees it more prudent not to make public the list given to her by Napoles of lawmakers and other personalities allegedly involved in the scam, in spite of mounting pressure for her to do so.

"I've said it before and I'm saying it again, please huwag ninyo po akong i-pressure... Kinukumpleto pa rin nga yung statement dahil may mga detalye pang kailangang malaman.

"Pangako ko rin sa taumbayan na gagawin ko yung mandato ko in a very responsible and prudent manner... Kailangan munang magkaroon ng vetting process kasi kami rin ang tatanungin niyan kung totoo ang mga yan -- 'Chineck niyo ba kung totoo ang sinasabi ni Mrs. Napoles?' I'm sure people would not want me to take her word for it," de Lima said.

The justice chief again assured the public that she will not "sanitize" the list so as to protect administration allies.

De Lima earlier said she will reveal the list in due time, in full.

"You just have to trust me that I am not going to do that -- na isa-sanitize ko yung listahan. Pangako ko po yan sa taumbayan, na hindi ko gagawin yan, na hindi ko isasanitize."

"Paano ko masasanitize yan, hindi naman galing sa akin yang listahan na yan. Malalaman namin natin yan kung mayroong idadagdag diyan o aalisin diyan. Madali din namang tanungin si Mrs. Napoles kung iniba ko ba o hindi ang listahan niya," she said.

The justice chief, meanwhile, said it is up to the trial court hearing the serious illegal detention case against Napoles whether to order Napoles returned to her detention facility in Fort Sto. Domingo, or to allow her more time to recuperate in the hospital.