Over 3,000 sign petition to bare Napoles list
MANILA -- An online petition urging Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to release the so-called 'Napolist' has gained the support of thousands of Filipinos, with the petitioners expecting more signatures.
More than 3,500 people have signed the #ScrapPorkNetwork petiton on Change.org, urging de Lima to release a list she claims to have personally gotten from alleged pork godmother Janet Lim-Napoles.
#ScrapPorkNetwork spokesperson Betty Romero said she expects thousands more to sign as around a dozen organizations have joined as co-petitioners.
“We know that it’s essential to our democracy that corrupt officials are held accountable for their actions and we know that this simply won’t happen unless the public has full transparency on who is named,” the petitioners said.
De Lima has refused to release the affidavit, saying it could spark "mayhem."
On the other hand, rehabilitation czar, former Senator Panfilo Lacson, released a list handed over by Napoles’ husband, Jaime.
A whistle-blower also claims to holding a third list, its origin unknown.
Aside from the three lists, President Benigno Aquino III added that he was also given a separate list, which he passed on to the justice secretary.
Given the existence of different lists, the petitioners believe that information coming from Napoles should be closely scrutinized, stressing that the people have the right to the unaltered details of Napoles' affidavit.
The #ScrapPorkNetwork said delaying the release of information would only cast doubt on the government’s intentions.
“The clamor for disclosure of the Napoles list is growing and will continue to grow,” petitioners said.
In a separate statement addressed to the President, #ScrapPorkNetwork said that as the President's "boss," the people are demanding the full disclosure of all these lists.
"The Boss is demanding the truth about these lists, about Janet Napoles’ alleged involvement in the PDAF Scam, about the alleged participation of other former and present politicians. The Boss demands that no one be spared, regardless of party affiliation," the statement said.
Co-petitioners include the following:
ANGKOP (Aksyong Kabayanihan Para Sa Organisadong Pagbabago);
Bagac Bagong Mukha;
AKAPBayan - Alyansa ng Kabataan Pilipino para sa Bayan;
the vice-Chairman of the Citizens Congress for Good Governance (C2G2), Inc.;
OFP (Organizing for Philippines);
artist-activist Carlos Celdran;
former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan III;
Fr. Robert Reyes;
the Sunken Garden United;
the Juana Change Movement;
Institute for Freedom of Information;
Theo sa Kanto;
the Whistleblowers Assoc. of the Philippines;
Social Watch, Professor Leonor Briones;
Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption; and,
The Philippine Coalition on UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.
Some overseas Filipinos are also signing the petition.