Napoles to name 3 more senators, several congressmen
MANILA - Alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles is willing to undergo a lie-detector test to prove that she is telling the truth, her lawyer said Tuesday.
Atty. Bruce Rivera believes that his client is telling the truth, particularly in identifying the lawmakers and government officials who allegedly benefited from the multibillion-peso scandal.
He told late night newscast "Bandila" that 3 more senators and an undetermined number of congressmen will be on an updated list of those who allegedly earned from the scam.
"Senators...at least 3 more," Rivera said.
Rivera said the list will be handed over to the Department of Justice (DOJ) either Wednesday or Thursday.
"Noong time kasing ginagawa ni Mrs. Napoles iyung list niya, wala siyang access sa mga records niya. Itinago po iyon nung nagsimula iyung raids sa Benhur Luy case," he said. "When she had the opportunity to check the records for herself, doon po nakita niya, may isolated na transactions sa mga congressman and senators."
He said Napoles only made one list.
"Isa lang po talaga. The first list was an incomplete list dahil ginawa ni Mrs. Napoles iyan, noong nasa [Fort] Sto. Domingo pa siya. Hindi clear iyon. Hindi kumpleto iyon. Iyon ang binigay nila kay Sen. Lacson. Sen. Lacson knew it was incomplete. The family was very clear about it, hindi po iyan kumpleto," Rivera said.
He said Napoles' records were brought to the hospital for her to see the transactions.
"Naging almost complete lang iyan when Mrs. Napoles was in the Ospital ng Makati. Iyung records kasi niya, kailangang isa-isahin."
When asked why Napoles clammed up when she faced the Senate Blue Ribbon committee and did not tell all that she knows about the scam, Rivera said the businesswoman was afraid for her life.
NO JOURNALISTS, JV, DRILON IN NAPOLES LIST
Rivera firmly said "no" when asked if journalists were among those who had transactions with Napoles.
"No, no, no," he repeatedly said. "Talagang no. Nakakahiya. No."
The lawyer also reiterated that neither Senator JV Ejercito nor Franklin Drilon is part of the scam.
He said an encoding error resulted in Ejercito's name inadvertently being included in the initial list that Napoles submitted to the DOJ.
Rivera also denied that the list was purged and Napoles is standing by its truthfulness.
He said Luy, Napoles' former finance officer who has become the primary whistleblower in the case, did not record all transactions that the businesswoman had.
He also replied "yes" when asked if Napoles wants to be a state witness.
Rivera said he and his client have yet to discuss the possibility of Napoles returning money to the government.
"Hindi ko pa siya nakakausap doon. Hindi pa namin pinapag-usapan," he said.
Napoles, who is set to be returned to Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna this week, was billed around P105,000 for her operation and stay at the Ospital ng Makati.
He said the businesswoman, who had her assets frozen by the court, got help from relatives and used PhilHealth to get a discount at the government hospital.