MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila De Lima slammed criticisms from several quarters that she is lawyering for alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles.
In an interview with reporters, De Lima stressed that she is "not sleeping with the enemy" nor representing or assisting Napoles in any capacity.
The justice chief stressed that she will not be influenced by anybody in the performance of her duty.
She also said Napoles' list and her claims must be taken with caution and must be subject to validation, in order to prove the veracity of her story.
"This is part of our truth seeking mandate. We do not want to vet this in order to aid or assist Mrs. napoles. Kaya walang basehan yung mga nag aagam-agam dyan na I'm practically lawyering for Mrs. Napoles or that I'm probably being used by Mrs. Napoles. Please. I don't think anyone can use me. I don't think anyone can influence me in the discharge of my mandate," de Lima said.
"Hindi ibig sabihin na dahil kinausap ko si Mrs. Napoles o kakausapin ko sya uli o kaya't tatanggapin ko yung more comprehensive affidavit na tinatapos na...na naniniwala na ako sa mga sinasabi ni Mrs. Napoles. I'm not at all sleeping with the enemy if that is what people are trying to paint now. It's quite unfair naman sa akin dahil trabaho ko yan eh. Malalaman ang buong katotohanan sa storya na to."