Miriam suspects hanky-panky on Napoles list

by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 08 2014 08:35 PM | Updated as of May 09 2014 04:51 AM

MANILA - Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is questioning the pressure being applied on Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to immediately publicize Janet Lim-Napoles' alleged list of people involved in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.

"I'm getting suspicious. Bakit siya minamadali?" Santiago asked on Thursday.

She expressed doubts on the truthfulness of anything that Napoles may say because the businesswoman already failed to tell the truth when she had the chance at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing.

"What changed her mind?" Santiago said.

She described Napoles' new affidavit and pork barrel scam list as an act to hold the public in suspense.

Santiago also cautioned former Senator Panfilo Lacson against proceeding with the threat of making public an unsigned affidavit of Napoles, which is allegedly similar to the one given to de Lima.

Santiago, a former trial court judge, said an unsigned affidavit is a mere scrap of paper.

"Wala naman siyang paki, nakikisawsaw," said Santiago in describing Lacson's role in the latest episode of the pork barrel scandal.

Santiago said Lacson should should be aware that he is a presidential assistant given the rank of a Cabinet member and not a Cabinet member who is an alter-ego of the President.